Black Scorpion: The Tyrant Reborn: JON LAND
The sting of a scorpion is deadly. But, one man needs its venom in order to survive. Taking the scorpion and placing it on his arm he allows it to inject him with its poison knowing all too well that the pain that follows will hinder him for a while but prolong his life. One man whose life was so tarnished, filled with betrayals, hate and vengeance that he will stop at nothing to make anyone pay that gets in his way.
A gold medallion dating back to Julius Caesar’s reign and having powers so to speak that can give the wearer victories, safety and protection of a powerful source. When Caesar found this medallion he sent a convoy out to find its origin. But, King Solomon and his son saw it first and called it The Treasure of the Gods. “ A gift from God himself, providing we prove ourselves worthy of it.” “ Let the blood spilled this night remind you always of the great responsibility you bear securing the future of the people of Israel, for you are truly a man now worthy of that….” Solomon spoke these words to his son. But, in 47 BC Caesar holds this treasure within his hands stating he fully believed that the medallion “begot the victories I’ve won and achievements I’ve made, the power I’ve gained and expanded. But, where did this come from and what secrets lie beneath the gold?
Raven Khan entered a Russian prison and freed a man that would play an integral part in this secret. Rescuing this man is just step one but finding out more about him and who he works for quite another. A young woman has to find a way to escape captivity but will she in time. Just how is Manda, why has she been captured and what does she swallow to protect the past?
In the present we meet the other man whose venom and power does not come from a scorpion but from the gold medallion that he wears close to his heart. Scarlett Swan is an archeologist on a dig with her partner Henri. Finding a pouch and other artifacts they get stored away for safe keeping. But, Scarlett’s curiosity gets the better of her and opening the pouch and seeing its contents she cannot resist reading the parchment. What she learns will place her in dire danger and bring her front and center in the eyes of the man whose life depends on the scorpion and who has created a network of lethal, powerful and dangerous cells dealing with human sex trafficking, drugs, alcohol, corruption, hedge fund trading and much more. This man created the Black Scorpion organization and his sting is more venomous than that of the scorpion itself.
Naomi Burns is the CEO of King Midas World, parent company of the Seven Sins and all gambling interests. The man behind this empire is Michael Tiranno, aka The Tyrant. A powerful man who no one wants to cross and whose sting is just as deadly as that of the man who wears a black veil to cover his face and is the Black Scorpion himself: Vlad Dracu.
Edward Devereaux entered the Seven Sins and paid close attention to Michael Tiranno’s movements. With his agenda in mind he began the registration process to be told he’d been upgraded to a more expensive and luxurious suite. As he enters his Daring Sea Suite beneath the service of the ocean from his portal window he can see sharks and other animals. An automated voice is heard asking to adhere to his personal needs. But this man has his own thoughts and work to be done as he takes out a DNA kit and wants to match the results using a book he asked Michael to autograph. But, when he stood at the glass wall of his suite what he saw was breathtaking. Imagine a hybrid ocean environment at your front door and sharks cruising by. The DNA analyzer he was using signaled that the answers were just footsteps away. But, something changes and something happened as he attempted to leave his room and could not. Not able to communicate with anyone on the staff, use his phone or the virtual concierge, he was powerless. What happens next defies all odds as the souvenir book he had coveted with the DNA he needed slipped away and his life shattered just like the heavily paned glass of his suite.
At the same time someone pulled the plug on all of Las Vegas and everything went dark for five minutes. The backup generators failed and everyone was enveloped in the dark. But, how and why would not be discovered in a conventional way. While Michael and everyone else was busy trying to find out what caused the blackout Scarlett Swan wanted her partner Henri Bernard to try and decipher the papers within the pouch and read them. But, a harsh reality comes about and Scarlett is forced to run for her life along with one young boy who survives the carnage inflicted upon a village by the Black Scorpion. Not willing to give away the whereabouts of someone this whole village suffered at the hand of this one man who vowed revenge. His goal to get Michael and destroy and take it all. Both men left as children to fend for themselves. Michael witnessing the death of his family, hiding in a barn and then taken in and protected by a powerful mob boss. The other betrayed and abandoned by his father forced to care for his mother and then taken and abused by some many he lost sight of the person that he was as did Michael. The link will astound you as the story unfolds and their heritage comes to light and the two have a link that will either destroy them or bind them forever.
As villagers go about their day little did they think or realize that a monster would soon decimate their entire population. One question as to the whereabouts of someone this monster wanted to find caused the instant death of an innocent man and the kidnapping of all the women and children. Darkness surrounds the black veil that covers his face and never does he ever see the light. As Raven recalls who rescued her from the orphanage she lived in and the one man she thought she could trust. When a harsh reality comes to bare and with the shock of this villages demise still pictured in her mind, Raven goes on a mission to destroy the Black Scorpion. But, will she and can anyone beat him?
One police detective is out to make sure that Michael pays for what he thinks are his crimes as Solcumb faces Michael and a deal is struck that might benefit them both. Edward Devereaux/aka Pierre Faustin and former Interpol agent was the man who was killed in the Daring Sea Suite. Just why he was there and who he was working for you will have to learn for yourself.
Accusations made, the gaming commissions relentless and one man determined to save the person he cares about the most. But, the story behind how Michael met a man named Paddy who would be his salvation, guide him to finish what others could not brings the story to the present as he and Alexander hunt the Black Scorpion hoping to save Scarlett once again.
Entering his code in a keypad where Niels Taupmann the Professor or German genius is being kept, Dracu, enters the workshop, hears what he has to relate and explains how his next attack will happen, the color of the zones and much more.
From Las Vegas, to Romania, Transylvania, French Guiana and The Citation, Michael Tiranno will go anywhere, anytime to get what he wants and as he says failure is not an option. Author Jon Land includes research about King Solomon, Julius Caesar, conquering Gaul and Josephus’ journal which indicates that the loyalists started their research in Rome someone time in 45 or 46 BC and did not complete it until a decade later. The rationale behind the research and how this connects to The Treasure of the Gods can only be revealed to those who read pages 258-260 when the author reveals the origins of the Treasure of the Gods, more information related to King Solomon and the Temple of Solomon, the original temple build by him and passed from David that was destroyed centuries earlier and much more. DREAM, DARE, WIN! Somnia, atude, Vince: in Latin. The medallion he wears inspires him to become a king. This is what his father promised him and this is what he will be. The author brilliantly includes the journal that Michael finds that unfolds his father’s true identity, what he really did in the war and why he was killed. Vito Numziato: David Sharpira: Nazi soldiers, working with the Organization of Special Services and the rest of the journal is classified and you need to read Chapter 78 to learn the truth about Michael’s father and how he ended up taken in by one of the most powerful mafia Dons. Chapter 80 explains Operation Sledgehammer as the author then fast forwards the Dracu his relationship with Aldridge Sterling, why this man must do his bidding and dirty work and the reason why both take pleasure in watching Harold Sterling suffer.
Each man so deadly in his own way and two women caught in the crossfire. One the love of his life and the other a member of his family that has joined forces with him to fight this evil demon. A confrontation that will bring heart-stopping moments as Michael and Dracu face off but not in a conventional way. Biographies created for each character that will keep you glued to the pages of this book, wanting to learn and understand each man’s hopes, desires and wants as greed, revenge, power and vengeance and acceptance play an important role in each of their lives. Alexander: Dracu and Michael: Just who are they?
What is at stake and whose life hangs in the balance? While Naomi Burns works her magic on Commissioner Kern of the Nevada Gaming Central Board and the tables are turned but not the ones you think, Michael fights for his life and that of someone else in order to pull out the stinger, kill the venom and prove that he is truly KING! A medallion whose powers are more potent than the sting of the scorpion: Black Scorpion: The Tyrant Reborn: Dracu or Michael: and ending that will keep the reader wanting more and hopefully the author will continue the saga really soon as the unexpected happens because Las Vegas is the city that never sleeps. The Dark Knight or the Black Scorpion: You decide who wins and who needs better odds!
Fran Lewis: Reviewer