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About Ernest Dempsey
Hey, neighbor. My name is Ernest Dempsey, and I would love to be your guide on a journey of exploration, discovery, and the experience of a lifetime through the eyes of my characters.
I love history. Always have, as long as I can remember. And I also love literature. Same story with that. Most of all, I love archaeological thrillers like the ones I grew up watching in the 1980s: the Goonies, Indiana Jones, stuff with a mystery and a good treasure hunt. Now I live in the most amazing dream where I get to write those kinds of archaeological thrillers for a living.
I've also always had a fondness for Fantasy and Science Fiction. So, if you snoop around my catalog you may find a few of those stories too.
I attended Southern Adventist University from 1995-2003, earning a bachelors degree in psychology and a masters in school counseling. In my heart, however, I've always been a storyteller, an entertainer. So, after twelve years of working in the school system, I quit my job to write full time.
I've learned over the years, both in writing stories and in my experience, that life is unpredictable.
Cliché, I know.
But people crave a little predictability now and then, when the good guys win and the bad guys get their comeuppance. The most important thing, both in books and in life, is that the end can be easy to predict so long as the journey isn't. You may know how a story will end, or at least have an inkling, but if you don't know how it gets there, then that unpredictability makes it fun.
That's how I approach storytelling.
So, if you like twists in stories, you'll find them here. All along the journey. And maybe occasionally at the end. But one thing is certain; you will never be bored.
Come on this journey with me. I promise I will always work hard to honor your valuable time with exciting action, baffling mysteries, and intriguing history.
Join the adventure, and get four free stories on my website at www.ernestdempsey.net.
See y'all in there,
Your Friendly Neighborhood Author
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JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN'T SEE SOMETHING... DOESN'T MEAN IT ISN'T THERE.Throughout history, kings, presidents, prime ministers, and treasure hunters have sought the fabled lost city of Shangri La. For centuries, this utopia has been relegated to fiction and lore, believed to be nothing more than a legend in the eyes of every historical expert in the world.
Until an archaeologist discovers an ancient map carved into a sacred mountain in China, and is murdered because of it.
Now, Sean Wyatt and his team from the International Archaeological Agency must trace his work and solve a series of clues that wind through China, and relearn this fascinating country's history that could lead to the key to opening Shambala's gates.
But they aren't the only ones who seek the door to Shangri La. An old rival is chasing down the clues as well, financed by one of the Far East's most powerful underworld leaders.
Where Horizons End is the first Sean Wyatt novel in over a year from USA Today Bestseller Ernest Dempsey. It's a powerful story about courage, friendship, and salvation against impossible odds, and in the face of a possibility that defies logic, and science as we understand it--and with a twist ending that you won't see coming.
This is also the 21st book in the Sean Wyatt Adventure Series, an up-tempo archaeological thriller story that spans more than a decade, and follows a set of heroes on their personal and professional journeys against all odds, and all manner of villains.
Welcome to the IAA
The International Archaeological Agency is a fictional agency based in Atlanta, Georgia. The agency's primary purpose is recovery, security, transport, and analysis of priceless artifacts pulled from dig sites all around the world. That job often gets complicated when nefarious characters emerge.
Follow along with the entire Series, and become a member of the IAA Field Division. There's no telling what you may find out there in the world of lost history.
Maybe the hero humanity needs is actually a monster.
At first, Dr. Gideon Wolf thinks the guy standing in front of him is insane.
Ten million bucks for what amounts to a glorified treasure hunt. Ten million dollars, this man offers him, to find a mythical amulet based on, apparently, some maps he printed off the internet and his outsize faith in make-believe.
Turns out the unwelcome interlocutor isn’t just some garden-variety kook. He’s Vicente Carrillo, the world’s most feared drug lord, and Gideon learns fast that the deal is nonnegotiable.
Held captive by Carrillo’s thugs in the Mexican jungle, Gideon escapes before the expedition . . . only to stumble into an ancient, hidden temple that contains the medallion itself.
The instant he touches the amulet, he knows why Carrillo wants it. It exudes a power that makes him feel invincible.
But there’s a downside. The medallion has disfigured him horribly. What was once the respected archaeologist Dr. Gideon Wolf is now a bloodthirsty monstrosity: part wolf, part dog, part man.
“El Chupacabra,” a cartel gunman gasps as Gideon bashes his skull in an escape.
Gideon’s amulet is one of seven, hidden by the ancients millennia ago and bestowing great responsibility on whoever finds, and dons, the powerful artifacts.
To fulfill his destiny as El Chupacabra, the Guardian of the Innocent, he must first learn to control his all-too-real animal instincts while protecting the amulet from Carrillo, who’s launched a private army straight at Gideon to steal it back.
USA Today best-selling author Ernest Dempsey again blends his mastery of history, myth, and suspense to deliver the first great series of 2022. Emergence marks the introduction of an antihero for the new age: Dr. Gideon Wolf, a man whom fate pushes through the door of history to fulfill a lonely, dangerous destiny.
Dak Harper's Delta Force team stumbles upon an ancient treasure trove in the mountains of Iraq. But when Dak suggests they report their findings to command, the team steals the loot and leaves him for dead.
Faced with certain death, Dak must find a way out of the darkness, and onto a path of revenge to settle the score with the men who betrayed him.
This box set contains the entire six book series of short stories called The Relic Runner Origin Story. Join Dak as he scours the world, from the beaches of Portugal and Miami, to the jungles of Mexico, the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, the hills of Southern Kentucky, and the wilderness of Turkey.
This digital anthology of short stories includes-
Book 1: Out of the Fire
Book 2: You Only Die Once
Book 3: Tequila Sunset
Book 4: Purgatory
Book 5: Scorched Earth
Book 6: The Heart of Vengeance
Out of work and on the run after a shocking betrayal by his brothers-in-arms, the ex-Special Forces commando hasn’t stopped moving for months. He can’t. Some of the same soldiers who left him for dead in the Middle East still want his head. And as long as Dak's alive, they know they will never be safe.
Fate intervenes when an eccentric young millionaire offers Dak a gig hunting down stolen artifacts. The catch? His first assignment is to recover a priceless item that's in the possession of the most fear cartel boss in Peru.
This cartel doesn't just smuggle drugs, though. They have diversified into illegal gold mining, and human trafficking.
Dak finds himself caught between doing his job, and helping the people of the slums outside of Lima, whose suffering and squalor goes largely unnoticed by any developed nation's media. He learns of their plight through an unlikely introduction to a small boy named Hector. A bond is forged, and Dak knows he can't ignore what's happening.
With a corrupt mayor in the back pocket of the cartel, Dak is in for the toughest fight of his life to help the people of Lima, and recover an artifact that once belonged to the famed conquistador, Francisco Pizarro.
USA Today best-selling author Ernest Dempsey, creator of the popular Sean Wyatt series, again expands his ever-growing universe of spies, soldiers, treasure hunters, and terrorists. Dak Harper is the baddest good guy you’ve ever met, and the pace of Dempsey’s new series is as unrelenting as anything he’s ever written.
It's no wonder The Relic Runner is one of the most anticipated new series in the genre in the last ten years.
A must-read for fans of Lee Child, Steve Berry, James Rollins, Clive Cussler, or anyone who loves the John Wick movies.
Ernest Dempsey writes high action, archaeological thrillers that bring in elements of adventure, private investigation, international mystery, historical aspects from a wide range of cultures, vigilante justice, worldwide travel, secret societies, and political conspiracies.
After a historian is murdered while investigating an ancient text, a former government agent learns his best friend has also gone missing. He soon discovers his friend has been abducted in order to uncover a 4000 year old mystery buried deep in the southeastern United States.
If this secret is uncovered, it could bring about a pandemic unlike anything the world has ever seen.
And that's exactly what one man wants. So he can remake the human race in his image.
Welcome to the International Archaeological Agency.
The Secret of the Stones is Ernest Dempsey's first novel in the groundbreaking Sean Wyatt Adventure series about friendship, and doing whatever it takes to save the people you love against impossible odds, and amid a global conspiracy that spans the course of human history.
A DEEPER DIVE INTO THE SECRET OF THE STONES
Sean Wyatt did his time saving the world with the Axis agency. Now he just wants to kick back and run security detail for his best friend's International Archaeological Agency. Until everything changes.
While investigating a strange series of ancient symbols, Sean's friend vanishes, and a professor he entrusted with a 4000 year-old secret is murdered.
With only a few people he can trust, Sean must unravel the clues to a powerful mystery.
He must fight off highly trained mercenaries in hand to hand combat, engage in furious gun battles, and survive high speed car chases through the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia.
And in the end, what Sean learns will change the history books as we know them, and could alter the scope of human civilization as we know it.
What Sean doesn't know is how far the mastermind behind all of it is willing to go to make his sinister plans a reality.
The Secret of the Stones is packed with suspense and mystery, conspiracies and fascinating secret societies, and leaves you turning the pages late into the night in USA Today Bestseller Ernest Dempsey's breakthrough international adventure series.
Beyond Werewolves and Vampires, Darker Lore Lingers In ShadowGideon Wolf’s world has turned not only upside down but inside out. Everything the world-renowned archaeologist thought he knew about history, about myth, about humanity’s place in the universe has somersaulted from reality into a new world he can scarcely believe.
In just a few days, the capricious hand of fate has flung Gideon from the status of celebrated scholar to wanted murderer. The US government, the Mexican cartels, even a shadowy team of assassins are hunting him.
All because he discovered some ancient amulet in a hidden jungle temple. All because he killed the drug lord who murdered his wife to force him to look for it. All because that mysterious amulet now transforms Gideon into El Chupacabra—part man, part monster, part ancient guardian sent to protect humanity from the evil running the world.
Gideon is as confused as anyone why he must carry this burden. But he clearly understands that if he doesn’t fulfill his destiny, the dark, dangerous forces now arrayed against him won’t stop until they’ve stolen his power, killed him and everyone he loves, and plunged humanity into a new Dark Age.
USA Today best-selling author Ernest Dempsey blends his mastery of history, myth, and suspense to deliver the pounding second installment of the first great series of 2022. Righteous Dawn continues the saga of our antihero for the new age: Dr. Gideon Wolf, a man who resists the call of destiny until, at last, he has no other choice.
After two successful terms—despite a series of political maelstroms—this humble Southern gentleman united the country behind a common purpose, strengthened America’s standing throughout the world, and kept his nation safe.
So, when Dawkins retires to his cabin in the Georgia woods, about the only excitement he’s looking for involves romantic dinners with his girlfriend and the occasional cold beer while watching his Atlanta Falcons.
Unfortunately, powerful past enemies he didn’t even know he made have been waiting—waiting for their chance to exact revenge for a series of vile grudges and dubious grievances. And despite his world-class security, they’ve tracked Dawkins down.
They drug him, kidnap him, and stash the former president all the way across the country.
And they pin the crime on former secret-agent-turned archeologist Sean Wyatt, one of the former president’s closest friends.
The news media, the feds, local cops—it seems everyone is hunting Sean, and he barely escapes the dragnet as he races to save his old friend.
But this will be no mere rescue mission. The kidnappers, hungry for power as well as for retribution, order Sean to find them perhaps the world’s deadliest secret weapon, the most lethal force in antiquity, hidden by the nations of the world for fear of its awe-inspiring destructive power.
To solve the riddle and save the former president, the kidnappers give Sean just one week—an impossible task to evade a nationwide manhunt and solve the most dangerous mystery of his life.
In The Omega Project, USA Today best-selling author Ernest Dempsey is at his most impressive. This stark, evocative puzzle, this dark thriller, is capstone storytelling. With nerve-shredding action and the precision of a master craftsman, Dempsey reminds us that, sometimes, the greatest dangers are those we think we’ve put behind us.
This archaeological thriller is sure to keep you burning through the pages late into the night. Get into some of the best adventure fiction kindle unlimited has to offer.
Former Delta Force operative Dak Harper narrowly escaped death after his team betrayed him. Now, he's out to make sure every single one of them pay.
The men from his team have gone underground, changed their names, and spread out all over the world. But no one can hide forever, especially from Dak Harper.
With the help of his friend and underground gun runner Will Collins, Dak tracks down the first of his targets, locating him in the city of Miami. With the game set and the pieces in play, Dak makes his first move to get revenge on the men who stripped him of everything.
This is book two in the Relic Runner Origin anthology of short stories.
Unimaginable wealth. The authority to command nations. Eternal life.The god-like power promised by the lost desert city of Zerzura is as frightening as it is alluring.
Former secret agent Sean Wyatt and his best friend, Tommy Schultz, have never hunted anything like it. But the legend and the unlimited power it promises are so improbable that other archeologists—including Tommy’s parents—gave up looking for Zerzura decades ago.
Most call it a myth. That all changes when a chance discovery in the Middle East reveals long-hidden clues about the possible truth behind the Zerzura legend and catapults Sean and Tommy smack in the middle of a race to find the lost city and to protect humanity from its dark, unlimited dominion.
Unfortunately for Sean and Tommy, some very evil, very powerful men are also on the trail. To keep Zerzura’s near-limitless power from falling into the wrong hands, they must outwit a dark nemesis from their past, blast through his legions of gun-toting assassins, and forge new and unstable alliances that threaten their mission nearly from the start.
A breathless sprint across two continents, The Sahara Legacy is both a gripping tale of intrigue and an imagining of ancient powers that lie just beyond the limits of human control and comprehension. Grab your copy today and join the adventure.
Welcome to the IAA.
The International Archaeological Agency operates out of Atlanta, Georgia, and is focused primarily on securing and transporting artifacts. Now and then, IAA agents are required to go beyond that mission statement and venture into dangerous, uncharted waters.
The fact you're looking at this book says you're ready to join the adventure with the agents of the IAA, and enter a whole new world of discovery.
Ernest Dempsey blends elements from political, pulp, historical, travel, action and adventure, and conspiracy thrillers into a ripping hot, up tempo action story that will keep you pinned to the pages until you have to turn just one more. Each book represents hundreds of hours of research into history, secret societies, ancient cultures, and legends.
Welcome aboard. Enjoy the adventure.
This scorching adventure will have you up late into the night, telling yourself to read just one more page. With an old secret society, an evil mastermind with terrifying plans, and mysterious ancient history melded right into the plot, you're sure to love every second of this box set.
The thrill ride begins with book one, The Secret of the Stones. It continues with book two, The Cleric's Vault, and ends with an incredible climax in book three, The Last Chamber.
Half Indiana Jones, half spy, when the government needed something done quietly, Sean Wyatt was the guy they called. Life in covert missions took it's toll, though, and he finally made a change, taking a job with a friend's artifact recovery agency. He was looking for purpose and a life where bullets aren't always coming his way. What he got was more trouble than he bargained for.
Grab this box set now to begin your journey around the world a new hero.
It seemed like a great way to bank some cash, travel to exciting destinations on his boss’ dime, and keep under the radar of some very bad men trying to kill him.
But Dak has traded one deadly set of problems for another. He might be making bank in his new career, but each country he visits is chock full of entirely new groups of heavily armed men aiming to stop his work and put him in a body bag. Dak might have traded his combat fatigues for jeans and trainers, but he’s still getting shot at for money.
Now in India to save a stolen idol and rescue the Mumbai museum curator protecting it, he’s got to duck Russian mobsters, sidestep an Indian casino boss who wants more than just his time, and distract a local police force who seems to be as incompetent as they are clueless.
If Dak has to keep this up, there’s a good chance this new job is gonna get him killed faster than his old one.
USA Today best-selling author Ernest Dempsey is back with the frenetic follow-up in his Relic Runner series. This latest thriller, Book 2 in the new series, again expands Dempsey’s ever-growing world of spies, soldiers, and secret societies with a fresh adventure as dangerous as it is gripping.
Former Delta Force operative Dak Harper has one target left in his sights, but his old rival Bo Taylor won’t go down easily.
With time against him, Dak races across the Atlantic and arrives in Portugal to find his friend Will strapped to an explosive device.
The chain of events are set in motion. The gauntlet is laid.
Can Dak Harper survives, save Will, and challenge Bo to one final battle to the death? Or will Dak lose everything and everyone he cares about.
This is the first story in the Relic Runner Origin Story anthology.