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Michael ByrnesMichael Byrnes grew up in West Orange, New Jersey. After high school he attended Montclair State University, moonlighting as a waiter and bartender until completing his Business Administration degree. After developing a successful insurance business he honed his creative writing skills. The result was his debut novel, The Sacred Bones (2007), a page-turning action thriller infused with science, religion, and history which was published in over twenty languages. Its sequel, The Sacred Blood, was published worldwide in 2009. Byrnes’ highly anticipated third novel, The Genesis Plague, was published in 2010. He lives in Florida with his wife and three children.

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Michael ByrnesAt the dawn of civilization ...An exotic stranger appears in a Mesopotamian village and is venerated as a goddess ...until she unleashes a horror beyond anything humankind has ever known. At the sunset of civilization ...A mercenary unit in northern Iraq, led by Sergeant Jason Yaeger, has trapped radical Islam's most wanted target in a mysterious cave that sits at the heart of the Genesis story.

When a Marine platoon seeks to control the extraction mission, a threat far more ominous is found lurking beneath the mountains. Meanwhile in Boston, Massachusetts, Agent Thomas Flaherty helps archaeologist Brooke Thompson escape assassination by a Las Vegas televangelist intent on using the cave's deepest secret to bring the Middle East to its knees.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: The Genesis Plague. Simon & Schuster, UK, 2009; French rights to Belfond. The Sacred Blood, Morrow / HarperCollins USA; Simon & Schuster, UK 2009; German rights to Droemer; Dutch rights to Luitingh; French rights to Belfond; Russian rights to Eksmo; Czech rights to Jota; Taiwanese rights to New Sprouts Publishing; Portuguese condensation rights to Reader's Digest. The Sacred Bones. Morrow/ HarperCollins USA; Simon & Schuster, UK 2007). Russian rights sold to Eksmo; German rights to Droemer; Italian rights to Newton & Compton; French rights to Belfond; Spanish rights to Planeta; Greek rights to Modern Times; Dutch rights to Luitingh; Portuguese rights to DQ; Romanian rights to Humanitas; Polish rights to Sonia Draga; Estonian rights to Ersen; Japanese rights to Hyakawa; Chinese rights (simplified character) to Shanghai Readers; Serbian rights to Laguna; Polish to Sonia Draga; Bulgarian to NSM; Czech and Slovak condensation rights to Reader’s Digest; Brazilian rights to Rocco; Polish condensation rights to Reader’s Digest; Indonesian rights to PT Gramedia Pustaka; Hungarian rights to Victoria Publishers; Norwegian rights to Cappelen Damm; Thai rights to Nokhook; Turkish rights to Pegasus; Arabic rights to Merit. Large Print rights to Magna.