Loudoun author Gary D. Henry recently published two novels—The Abel Conspiracy and Falling Waters. Learn more about the works by one of our local writers.
The Abel Conspiracy
Born a genius, Franklin Abel was the most intelligent human ever. The world’s first trillionaire, he developed a code that made hacking into computers impossible. His inventions were centuries ahead of his time. He knew that the country wasn’t ready for them, so he locked them away in a journal for future generations to develop. Aware of Franklin’s genius prior to his birth, a secret, violent organization known as The Watch Legion set out to dismantle Franklin’s love of country, his family, his friends and, indeed, his life to obtain the trillion-dollar journal.
Spanning 2020 to 2080, Franklin suffered through grief, peril and hundreds of mysteries with no viable clues. The mysterious deaths of his family and friends amid the Washington, DC, monuments sent him on a quest for answers to presidential tombs and gravesites up and down the East Coast. The clues at each one of them propel him into a deeper, darker mystery. Unwittingly entangled in a massive web of deceit and deception, he built a $250 billion computer-protected, self-powered island fortress off the coast of California. He created an atmosphere within the massive mansion that allowed solid objects to appear magically at his whim by electrically charging the space using elements yet undiscovered by the scientific community.
The island’s computer was capable of powering an entire country. He implemented many of his inventions there in order to draw The Watch Legion to him by telling the world that anyone able to get to the vault that housed his journal could have it. What The Watch Legion didn’t know was that they were being led into a most extraordinary trap. Franklin’s life had taken many agonizing turns at the hands of The Legion, but Franklin got all the answers he needed once they took the bait and invaded his island. The answers shocked him into believing that there is always hope when you believe in miracles.
Preston Rhodes was a brilliant and gifted writer who was destined for greatness. He married his high school sweetheart, Carly, who was a gifted actress. They moved to California to attempt to solidify their individual and collective talents. Fame and money had become Carly’s only interests, and keeping her happy had become Preston’s full-time job. She demanded that Preston give up his dream of becoming a scriptwriter and get a real job. In fact, he got two and put all of his aspirations aside. Carly would never allow anyone in the industry to see any of Preston’s writings for fear that he would be more successful than she was. Her ego would allow only her to be successful. Preston’s father died and left him a book that he had spent his last twenty years writing. Preston loved the book and adapted a screenplay from it. The studio sent Preston on a tour of the country to promote the upcoming movie
While in New York, a mugger and an errant bullet to Preston’s head caused him to create a fantasy in his mind while in his comatose condition. In the fantasy, he came upon a town called Falling Waters in Virginia. The tiny town was a strange one because its townspeople were old movie stars who had died many years earlier. Hope, Crosby, Gable, Wayne, Garland and Astaire were all there. The clean quaint town accepted Preston. He lived a life within the tiny town. Preston had given the old movie icons a gift, and the town wanted to give something back. Preston had written a book during his stay and adapted a screenplay from it. The old stars got together and made a few films just for his eyes on a particular pink computer.
He awoke from his coma and told Jack about the town, but no one believed him. The doctors told him that what he saw was an illusion and that he was right there in the hospital the entire time. He continued on his tour when he was released from the hospital. The film earned Preston an Oscar, but Carly and her agent, Rick, conspired against Preston. Carly and Rick did what they could to prevent any success Preston might have earned. Carly and Rick began a romantic affair, which drove Preston to madness, and he finally died in an old actors’ retirement home in California. What he left his friends in his will would shock and amaze the world and forever answer ancient questions about life after death.
Gary D. Henry is a novelist and Vice President of the Loudoun County Writers Association. He is a long time resident of Sterling Virginia and the author of ten published works available on Amazon and all online booksellers.
Please visit Gary on his web site, http://www.garydhenry.com.