A front-line game of cat and mouse between cops as tough and cunning as the conspirators – a murderous satanic cabal intent on influencing the 2014 Scottish referendum. Kertamen is a fast-paced thriller involving recurrent darkness, some moral dilemma and portal-stepping into Jerusalem in 30AD. Seen primarily through the eyes of Detective Inspector Chuck Kean of the Drug Squad. Kean is running a deniable investigation into a masonic cabal among the Edinburgh establishment, who are allegedly linked to child abuse. His team soon experience various unanticipated twists including the discovery that the background on the faction is an intricate one with links to Rosslyn Chapel and a migrant Templar, Adam de Gordon.The clandestine investigation quickly becomes entangled within the foundation roots of a much bigger political conspiracy encased within the 2014 Scottish Referendum. Martone resurrects the political climate, passions and concerns of the voters, whilst cannily revealing a conspiracy akin to that of Dallas in 1963, lurking within the shadows. Connections to the oil and the arms industries, whose peripheral strategies are somehow aligned with the cabal, develop while Kean discovers that he is involved in an age old supernatural struggle between seraphs and fallen angels. One angel – Dai, mentors Kean in what develops into his own moral quest, after revealing to him that the referendum, along with other events around the globe, are all the chess games of the divine.
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Mauro Martone, born Glasgow 1974, is a Scottish historian and writer. Part Scottish-Italian on his mother’s side and part Persian (Iranian) from a Zoroastrian family on his father’s. He was raised in Edinburgh, and educated residentially in the north of Scotland. Martone studied under the British historian and writer – Donny Gluckstein, whilst taking A-level history and politics in Edinburgh. He was additionally lectured in the Jacobite rebellions by the poet, writer and broadcaster – Stuart McHardy, in a “Dickensian” classroom within Edinburgh Castle. Martone added “Mustafa” to his surname as a teenager, as an appeasement to a then partner’s family. He was however, raised as a Roman Catholic, though he “Abandoned idolatry” as a schoolboy, and regards himself today as a non-demonination Christian with “good friends in the Church of Scotland ministry”. Friends who Martone studied alongside at New College on the Mound, and who “always make me welcome within the Kirk”. He got his MA (with honours) from the University of Edinburgh, where he read Ancient History and Classical Archaeology at Teviot. Martone additionally read Christianity, Hebrew and a History of Social Christianity within the UK & USA, at New College as outside honours subjects. Whilst a student, he worked as a nightshift taxi driver in the undesirable Muirhouse, Pilton and Granton housing scheme circuits of Edinburgh. Describing his approach to the job as one where, “method acting was often required of me”. He volunteers as a classroom tutor to both young offenders and adults with substance dependences. He still lives in Edinburgh and keeps rescue dogs.