Mystery, Intrigue in "Eye of the Pyramid"

Northern VA author hosts book signing at Old House Vineyards

 

Allison Brophy Champion

Culpeper Star Exponent

Saturday, December 18, 2004


The elusive eyes of the Mona Lisa peer from the front cover of The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. A single eye, equally as recognizable, stares emotionless from the cover of Terry Krohns novel, Eye of the Pyramid.

  In both cases, the eyes hold a secret.

  A research scientist in physics for more than 20 years, 49-year-old Krohn is tapping into his mysterious side. It took the northern Virginia resident two years to pen his first novel, but the end result represents 45 years of living and experience, he said.

  Eye of the Pyramid is in the same genre as Browns bestseller, said Krohn, adding, In some sense, it is the next Da Vinci Code. He described the 352-page thriller as a classic struggle of good and evil.

  And it has imagery that allows the reader to go any place he wants - to the depths of despair or heights of success, said Krohn. The books interesting range of settings will also take the reader to extreme locations, both past and present.

  Eye of the Pyramid begins in 1915 and bangs forward to modern day, followed by a trip way back in time to ancient Egypt, circa 40 B.C. The story is told through characters like Dr. Paul Malone, a 21st century physicist [who receives cryptic messages from his dreams]; Edward Leedskalnin [creator of the Coral Castle in Homestead, Fl and who died in 1951]; and Helop, chief counsel to Cleopatra.

  This is a conspiracy theory story about a scientist who stumbles upon a secret society that has manipulated the worlds monetary system for more than 2,000 years, said Krohn.

  The novel has three layers of discovery and a fictional, but fascinating, reference to the eye above the pyramid on the back of the $1 bill.

  It takes a long time to get your arms around what the book is all about, said Krohn.

  Like in The Da Vinci Code, the events in Eye of the Pyramid are presented as facts. The two books have a similar, controversial flavor, said Krohn.

  The novel, though mystical, has a benevolent message, he added. And the story is not graphic - Krohn wanted his son and daughter to be able to pick up the book and read it. It has action and drama and powerful artifacts.

  Today, from 1 to 3 p.m., Krohn will appear at Old House Vineyards in Culpeper for a book-signing and meet-the-author session. The author is friends with Vineyard owners Allyson and Patrick Kearney and is looking forward to a relaxing afternoon down on the farm.

 

Krohns background

A self-proclaimed Army brat, Krohn has lived much of his life in the Washington, D.C., area and is a bit of an over-achiever. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Virginia Tech, where he earned a bachelors degree in math and physics. Krohn also holds an MBA from George Mason University and masters of science in mathematics from Virginia Tech.

  Krohn has worked for GE Aircraft Engines in Cincinnati and currently runs a software development consulting business in Fairfax County. The research scientist said he had a lot of help with his first novel and that the editing process took nearly as long as the actual writing.

  Eye of the Pyramid recently caught the eye of a big book retailer, said Krohn, and hes been traveling the country to promote it. From Georgia to California, the novel has quite a buzz.

  Its resonating so well, said Krohn. I think its because people sense the reality behind the novel.

  He has already committed to a sequel, The Power of the Scepter, which is scheduled to come out in early 2006. Eye of the Pyramid is available for purchase at Amazon.com and at local bookstores across the country. The book was published through Axiom House Publishing in Fairfax.

  Its a complex piece of work, but an easy read, said Krohn.

Allison Brophy Champion can be reached at:

825-0771 ext. 101 or

abrophy@starexponent.com

 

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