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Almost Perfect

Almost Perfect

A novel of 13th Century France, Cathar treasure, the Inquisition, the Vatican, and modern-day financial fraud and murder. What would you do if your marriage was falling apart, you were forced out of your job, you started having weird “dreams” about the Crusades and people being burned at the stake, one of your associates was just murdered, and now someone is trying to kill you? Matt Brennan’s life is a mess, and it’s only getting worse!

A young, arrogant investment banker gets caught up in an 800-year-old conspiracy by the Catholic Church, greedy private bankers in London and an international criminal organization. The story follows two inter-linked tales, one of the Crusades against the Cathars in the 1200’s in the south of France and the other a modern day conspiracy of fraud and murder.

Matt Brennan and his young wife Francine, who is distantly related to a female Cathar priest, purchase an old Cathar chateau and become part of the history to a point where modern and historical events tend to merge and their lives are put in imminent danger.

This is a fast paced thriller which will take you on a historical journey to one of the most beautiful parts of France and one of the bloodiest Crusades, where over 1 million people were killed in battle or burned at the stake in the name of the Church, God and Greed!

Almost Perfect – Reviews

A vivid thriller!
Delia Horwitz

Wow! Childress has done it again. The dual century web he weaves is filled with unexpected twists and turns that had me up half the night to see what happened next. His vivid descriptions of the characters and their emotional lives as well as the explicit non-stop surprising events created a visual feast that was like watching a movie as well as reading a book. He really has a way of making history come alive while highlighting important moral dilemmas.

Delightful combination of good story and wonderful philosophy
Raunak Mahajan, India

Almost Perfect is a beautiful journey between the past and the present. The constant struggle between a powerful religious institution and a simple yet profound religious belief serves as a great underlying theme on which the plot of the story is constructed. In the midst of conspiracy, greed and ambition, conversations between the Matt and Andre are a delight for philosophy lovers like myself. In short, it is a brilliant story, served with a garnish of great thinking.