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John is lured back to Europe with an invitation to participate in the largest Blacksmith Event on the continent. Everyone said it was safe to go, but they were wrong.At their hotel in Torne, Czech Republic, their four friends: Joey, Gitte, Anthony and Christopher are kidnapped. John and his wife Natasha barely escape. John can see the police aren’t going to pull all the stops to save them, but he will. He convinces Natasha to help him and the trail leads back to where John almost lost his life three years ago, Rozafa Castle in Shkoder, Albania.
Derrick should have known better, all the signs were there. The construction box would be his tomb, but he would have the last laugh. As the end seemed near something happened. Derrick didn’t and doesn’t understand why or what, but he is alive.
Reporter Katherine Culver is conflicted by Derrick, but soon understands she must trust him, without him, Vladimir will never be caught.
A great trip, but he has to make it alone, none of John’s blacksmith friends and co-forgers can make, not even his wife. His understanding of Albania soon comes in handy when he realizes Rozafa Castle has many secrets of her own besides it’s legend of the lady walled within. He doesn’t want to join them. In a land where no one can be trusted he is dependent on Tony a guy he knew a decade ago and to his surprise his nemesis’ own kept woman Donika, both of whom have secrets of their own. No one is who they seem to be not even the Chief Inspector Buchari who has an agenda of his own too.
Christopher LaFitte is offered the job of a lifetime and he calls his friends: John Reid, Joey Bitteman and Anthony Scali to help him with it. The recent murders within the Blacksmith community made them cautious, but this was a legit deal. They never suspected depth of the secrets that came with forging this replica of Michael’s Spear nor what others were willing to do for it.
Eleven International Artist Blacksmiths share their passions and drives. It is a collection of their works and an attempt to help others understand how and why their work is still relevant and still requires skilled hands to produce masterful works.
A collection of interviews of Blacksmiths from 2007 to 2010 with an emphasis on what they think about Blacksmithing, its future, its past and how it effects their lives.
I wrote this right after leaving Colonial National Historical Park in the hopes that it would help others understand how to build more historically correct cannon carriages. My expertise covers the 1750 to 1810 period and only the carriages contained in Muller’s and DeScheel’s artillery treatises. My emphasis is on how I did what I did for the Park, there are other ways. History is in the details and they are being lost everyday.
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