GOD’S BANKER by Chris Malburg

Cardinal David Caneman
took just three years to engineer his ascension into the CEO’s office of
Vatican Bancorp. His cabal of fundamentalist zealots now quickly moves to seize
the world’s largest institution. First by publicly assassinating the Pope. Next
by replacing him with Caneman. Finally by giving the masses a common, everyday
object—unquestionably used by their savior—to rally behind. For centuries,
folklore has claimed the sacred item laid in wait sealed within the Church’s
lost treasury vault. Caneman races to unearth the vault—if it exists. He has
bet everything that he can find the blessed object, surely buried within. He
intends using it to sweep the faithful from their ungodly ways and into his
personal standards of piety.
The Taliban took just two
years to overthrow Kabul. Armed with over a billion faithful worldwide and a
$200 billion war chest—and the sacred Broom Of Formia—Cardinal David Caneman
figures it will take him just half that time to conscript the hearts and minds
first of Europe, then…
Jackson Schilling enjoys
his happy, early retirement. He attends minor league ball games near his home
in Elkhart, Indiana. He’s an amateur chef. And Jackson Schilling is a hunter.
Then the SEC drafts him. Come on, Jack. One last audit. It’s mandatory after an
attempt on the Vatican Bank Chairman’s life. But Jackson Schilling is no
ordinary auditor. And it was his Commander in Chief who personally ordered him
drafted. Schilling exhaustively uncovers Caneman’s deadly purpose. First he
must stop a professional assassin from completing his mission against the Pope.
Now the hard part—derail a fundamentalist faction led by a brilliant, ruthless
[and some would say] saint to over a billion faithful. Jackson Schilling
battles a force growing faster and more deadly than the Crusades, the
Inquisition or the Taliban ever were. Legitimate governments will surely
topple, becoming answerable to one man and his band of strict fundamentalists
if Schilling fails.
God’s Banker

The Author
Chris’s  Website / Twitter Facebook Goodreads Chris Malburg is a widely published author, with work spread over 11 popular
business books–includingHow to Fire Your Boss (Berkley) and Surviving
the Bond Bear Market
 (Wiley, March 2011).  In his other life,
Chris is a CPA/MBA, a former investment banker and now the CEO of Writers
Resource Group, Inc., providers of professional financial literary content to
corporations (www.WritersResourceGroup.com).  That’s the professional side
of Chris’ career.  The fun side began when UCLA’s Writers’ school taught
him to transition from biz-speak to fiction. GOD’S BANKER and
the first installment in the Enforcement Division series, DEADLY
 both combine Chris’ natural talent for story telling
with his professional command of the high-stakes investment world and what
money and power do to some people.

GOD’S BANKER  came to fruition from Chris’ hospital bed
while recuperating from an athletic injury.  As a long-time endurance
athlete, Chris is no stranger to the surgeon’scalpal.  Over 130,000 words
later,GOD’S BANKER was complete.  “It just poured out
me,” says the author.  “I carried my note pad to physical therapy; made
plot notes during the hours in the gym doing rehab; even while on my long
bicycle rides through the hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean where we
live.  Slowly endurance returned and with it, GOD’S BANKER.”

Chris Malburg lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Marilyn.  Their hobby is
raising service dogs for Guide Dogs for the Blind.  As of this writing,
they have raised eight Labrador retrievers and have had three make the cut for
placement with their disabled partners.

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