Quarterdeck Magazine Praises THE VIRGIN OF THE WIND ROSE as a “Highly Recommended Historical Thriller in the Manner of Dan Brown.”

The world’s flagship magazine for all things nautical has signaled flank speed for Glen Craney’s dual-period thriller about Christopher Columbus, calling it “an exciting journey across time, with more twists and turns than a strawberry Twizzler.”

“Craney has produced a page-turning adventure, with crisp, clean and measured prose, a reflection on his past work as a screenwriter, journalist and lawyer,” writes reviewer Joseph Henderson in the Fall 2015 issue of Quarterdeck magazine. “The research behind the stories is massive, lending credence to the cast of characters and authenticity to the historic periods. This is a highly recommended historical thriller in the manner of Dan Brown.”

Quarterdeck Virgin Review

In the novel, while investigating the murder of an American missionary in Ethiopia, rookie State Department lawyer Jaqueline Quartermane becomes obsessed with decoding an ancient Latin palindrome embedded with a cryptographic time bomb. Separated by half a millennium, two global conspiracies dovetail in the breakneck thriller to expose the world’s most explosive secret: The true identity of Christopher Columbus and the explorer’s connection to those now trying to launch the End of Days.


Craney is a screenwriter, novelist, journalist, and lawyer. After graduating with honors from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, he joined the Washington, D.C. press corps and covered national politics and the Iran-contra scandal for Congressional Quarterly magazine. His feature screenplay, Whisper the Wind, about the Navajo codetalkers of World War II, was awarded the Nicholl Fellowship prize by the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences for best new screenwriting. His debut novel, The Fire and the Light, received several honors, including being named Best New Fiction by the National Indie Excellence Awards and a Finalist/Honorable Mention Winner by Foreword Magazine for its Book of the Year in Historical Fiction. Earlier this year, he was named a double Finalist by Foreword Reviews for its BOYTA.

The full print Quarterdeck review can be read here.

The Virgin of the Wind Rose: A Christopher Columbus Mystery-Thriller is available for purchase in bookstores and online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and Itunes.


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