The Omega Factor

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What to expect

The Ghent Altarpiece is the most violated work of art in the world. Thirteen times it has been vandalized, dismantled, or stolen. Why? What secrets does it hold?

Enter UNESCO investigator, Nicholas Lee, who works for the United Nations’ Cultural Liaison and Investigative Office (CLIO). Nick’s job is to protect the world’s cultural artifacts-anything and everything from countless lesser-known objects to national treasures.

When Nick travels to Belgium for a visit with a woman from his past, he unwittingly stumbles on the trail of a legendary panel from the Ghent Altarpiece, stolen in 1934 under cover of night and never seen since. Soon Nick is plunged into a bitter conflict, one that has been simmering for nearly two thousand years. On one side is the Maidens of Saint-Michael, les Vautours, Vultures, a secret order of nuns and the guardians of a great truth. Pitted against them is the Vatican, which has wanted for centuries to both find and possess what the nuns guard. Because of Nick the maidens have finally been exposed, their secret placed in dire jeopardy-a vulnerability that the Vatican swiftly moves to exploit utilizing an ambitious cardinal and a corrupt archbishop, both with agendas of their own.

From the tranquil canals of Ghent, to the towering bastions of Carcassonne, and finally into an ancient abbey high in the French Pyrenees, Nick Lee must confront a modern-day religious crusade intent on eliminating a shocking truth from humanity’s past. Success or failure – life and death – all turn on the Omega Factor.

(P) 2022 Hachette Audio

Critics Review

  • Berry once again smoothly blends action and history. Dan Brown fans will want to check this one out

    Publishers Weekly
  • Here’s one vote for Berry making a series out of Nick’s adventures

    Booklist
  • Praise for Steve Berry:

  • Berry has called Dan Brown and raised him, taking the lead in the big-money game of the religious-relic thriller

    Booklist, on The Warsaw Protocol
  • Berry raises this genre’s stakes

    The New York Times
  • My kind of thriller

    Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code

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