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It is the time of Queen Victoria. Spiritualism is all the rage on both sides of the Atlantic. Some consider ghosts and spirits so much nonsense, but others know that powerful supernatural forces are being brought to bear on England and the United States.
The Eterna FilesThe assassination of Abraham Lincoln spurred a secret group within the American government to attempt to bestow both invulnerability and immortality on the country's leader. Creating Eterna required the services of scientists and theologians, magicians and philosophers. Their research is on the brink of bearing fruit when the entire team is wiped out in a single, otherworldly stroke.
Clara Templeton, who helped set Eterna in motion...and secretly, surprisingly, fell in love with one of the researchers, is wracked by guilt over the deaths. She struggles to decide if the work should resume or be abandoned, fearing all the while that others might follow Eterna's path-and suffer the same fate.
In England, Queen Victoria appoints Harold Spire of London's Metropolitan Police to investigate certain unnatural events. Her Majesty's first directive: recover the Eterna compound, which the Queen believes survived the disaster in Manhattan.
Now the leader of a team of psychics, assassins, and con-artists, the skeptical Spire is ordered to abandon his investigation into body-snatching, torture, and the murder of children, apparently committed by wealthy, noble members of London society.
A determined man, Spire finds a way to fulfill all his obligations. He quickly comes to rely on Rose Everhart, mistress of codes and cyphers, whose knowledge of the inner workings of society and politics are surprisingly useful in their complicated investigations.
Spies and counter-spies, betrayals and hauntings, secret plots, and the unexpected results of combining new technologies with ancient powers have set the British and Americans on a collision course, unaware that a far greater menace looms over them all.