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Realm of the Unknown

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After a mass murder in Israel, a renowned investigator from the Ministry—Vince Ramsey—is called in. Some experts at the scene believe only something supernatural could be responsible for such an atrocity. Ramsey finds an artifact which leads him to the Antiquities Authority. There, he teams up with historical specialist April Fulton. Together they learn the artifact is lin ...more
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Published December 11th 2019 by Paper Gold Publishing (first published November 7th 2012)
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Fiona Ingram
Nov 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Vince Ramsey, a forensic archaeologist and Ritual Investigator for the Ministry of Jerusalem attends an utterly horrific scene of slaughter just outside Masada, a spectacle of epic, even supernatural proportions astounds him. Could any human have carried out such an atrocity? The bodies appear to be torn apart by a gigantic force, and burned beyond recognition. A clue, an almost human handprint burned into the ground, reveals signs of talons. Subsequent DNA testing reveals that it comes fro ...more
BreeAnn (She Just Loves Books)
What I Loved: Vince Ramsey, our main character, is so savvy and makes for a great lead in Realm of the Unknown. I enjoyed his character the moment he enters the book. He’s knowledgeable and reads people well and I felt that he made decisions I understood and agreed with.

How I Felt: The writing Realm of the Unknown was done so well! The descriptions of the locations in the book gave me such a great visualization of the scene! I was hooked on this book from the very beginning. The prologue gives y
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Shey Saints
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Summary

Vince Ramsey is a forensic archaeologist and ritual investigator for the Ministry of Jerusalem. He receives a call from Benjamin Hobbs, a reverend in town, informing him of a gruesome mass murder in the little town of Masada. Hobbs further tells him that the nature of these deaths is bizarre and that there seems to be a blasphemous religious underpinning to all these murders, something that requires Ramsey’s unique skills. Upon Ramsey’s investigation, he acquires an important piece of evi
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Rich Stoehr
From the first century A.D. to the modern day, from Israel to Italy, Realm of the Unknown is a rollercoaster of a story. It also has its ups and downs as a reading experience.

For the most part, James McPike has crafted a fast-paced, intricate story here. Hearkening back to The Da Vinci Code (though thankfully better), we find a tale in these pages that touches on Biblical history, freemasons, the Knights Templar and brings it all into the modern day with an unexplained massacre in Masada. With e
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Victor Gentile
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
James B. McPike in his new book, “Realm Of The Unknown” published by Inkwater Press introduces us to Vince Ramsey.

From the back cover: After a gathering of people in Israel are inexplicably slain, a renowned investigator from the Ministry-Vince Ramsey-is called in to investigate. Some experts at the scene believe that only something supernatural could be responsible for such an atrocity. Ramsey ends up finding an ancient artifact that leads him to the Antiquities Authority, where he teams up wit
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Elizabeth Ehlen
Follow Vince Ramsey and his new acquaintance, the knowledgeable April Fulton, as they track down a serial killer who does not seem to be entirely human. Their journey takes them all over Israel and a few places in Europe as they follow the trail of a secret society based on the teachings of the ancient Pythagoras and slightly more modern Albert Pike, whose secrets are slowly revealed by clues found on an ancient amulet unearthed by Ramsey at the grizzly site of a brutal mass murder. In this Dan ...more
Stuart
Jul 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the Realm of the Unknown, James McPike takes us on a mystery of murder with supernatural leanings. Outside of Masada something unexplainable has happened. Multiple people were murdered in a seemingly ritualistic way that is beyond anything a man could be accused of as the victims were torn apart by something defying human strength. Not only that but they were burned and the only clue is a hand print that was also burned into the ground, a hand print that had talons.

A ritual investigator for t
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Britt
Jul 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Realm of the Unknown by James B. McPike was quite an interesting read. McPike truly delivers a wonderful story that grasped me from the get go. It is a religious, science-fiction, mystery, thriller that will have you enthralled from page one. While this is a fictional novel it has some basis of biblical proportion and archaeological history; in this sense I believe McPike truly made the novel even better.

Based in Israel mostly with trips to Italy and Pris, we follow an investigator for the
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Deborah Bean
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Readers that liked The DaVinci Code will love Realm of the Unknown by James B. McPike. I was hooked on this book from the first page. While the book is not necessarily centered on the Church itself, it does deal with a religious artifact. This book if full throttle action, starting with a town getting massacred) to the very end (where the whole world is in danger).
I love a book that keeps you guessing to the end. I had a suspicion on who the killer was, but was still surprised at the end. The c
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Donadee's Corner
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone of this genre
Recommended to Donadee's Corner by: Author
James McPike – Realm of the Unknown – Reviewed 2/5/20 – Read 2/2-4/20
Mass murder, sinister murderer, prophecies of the past, an ancient secret society, assassins at every turn!

Vince Ramsey a forensic archaeologist and Ritual Investigator for the Ministry of Isreal was informed of the mass murder of the people of the little town of Masada. After visiting the town and finding a very unique necklace, he turned to his good friend Morgan Underhill. When he arrived at his office, Director Underhill wa
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Sandra Lopez
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who is he? What was his name? And why was he BIG TROUBLE?

Vince Ramsey couldn’t figure out what the old man was saying or why he advised him to STAY AWAY. It’s certainly an odd thing.

Then he gets a call from a priest with news from an unusual murder—actually around a dozen. It was deemed a “ritualistic style slaying.” Sounds gruesome, but it sounded like just the thing for a Ritual Investigator like Ramsey.

The writing was pretty good. The mystery was complex and very thorough, full of historical
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Diane Hernandez
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Vince Ramsey is a forensic expert and a Ritual Investigator in Israel. He is called in to investigate a mass murder in Masada. A dozen townspeople were viciously mauled to death. The location was the also the site of a similar scene two thousand years previously. Did the death have a religious connection with the defunct gnostic Christian group, the Basilideans? How does the old amulet found by Vince at the scene relate to the current murders? Vince gets the help of a member of Israeli Museum Co ...more
Tracey S Choat
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Exciting

Exciting but strange. Not my usual kind of book but I did enjoy it. Good vs evil. I'll read the next book in this series.
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Amanda Rhoads
Storyline was okay but the writing was simplistic and the ending kind of abrupt. I expected a little more than just 'hey, lets go on vacation now'. There were good moments of suspense and struggle but in general it was just an okay story. ...more
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