Giacometti Tackles the Proust Questionnaire on Book Trib

BookTrib, a "lifestyle destination" for book lovers, just ran a fun post by Shadow Ritual author Eric Giacometti, in which he tackles the Proust Questionnaire. Here the introduction:

Eric Giacometti studied biochemistry and genetics in Toulouse, France, before going into journalism. Then, at the height of his career as an investigative reporter, Giacometti was contaminated by the thriller virus. His life took on another dimension: journalist by day, novelist by night. In 2013, he left his full-time reporting job with a French daily newspaper to follow his passion. His newest U.S. release is Shadow Ritual (Le French Book, 2015), which he co-wrote with Jacques Ravenne. Here, Eric reflects on Spain, French footballers, and champagne. 

Click here to read the post.

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The Morgenstern Project by David S. Khara

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Shadow Ritual by Eric Giacometti

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Some Interesting Facts I learned as a Translator

I was lucky enough to translate the exciting thriller Shadow Ritual by Eric Giacometti and Jacques Ravenne. Other than it being an international bestseller before it ever made it into English, and it kicking off a series with Inspector Antoine Marcas, and it being full of action and adventure and excitement, it was also an opportunity to learn a lot. 

Here are just a few things I learned about:

  • Freemason rituals and how diverse freemasonry is, along with its history
  • That there were French people who fought under the German flag in World War II
  • The Farnese Palace in Rome
  • The temple of Solomon
  • Hiram, the legendary founder of the Freemasons
  • How to get from Jerusalem to Paris, via Jordan and Amsterdam
  • Stolen Freemason archives
  • Freemason persecution during World War II
  • Medieval instruments of torture
  • Supposed connections between Freemasons and Templars
  • The esoteric, extremist Thule society and their connections to the Nazi Party
  • How long the Thales takes to get from Amsterdam to Brussels and then to Paris
  • A number of different places in Paris with Freemason allusions in the architecture
  • Napoleon's campaigns in Egypt
  • That Benjamin Franklin had been a member of the Loge des IX Soeurs in 1779
  • The land of a thousand lakes near Mésières-en-Brenne, France
  • Plaincourault Chapel
  • The Knights Hospitaller of Saint John of Jerusalem and the Order of Malta
  • Various hallucinogenic substances
  • CIA mind-control experiments
  • Libertine nobles and Rococo style from the final years of Louis XV's reign
  • The Lascaux cave paintings

I truly have an interesting job. :-)

Oh, and you can find out all kinds of very interesting Freemason facts here. Eric and Jacques are sharing their research and inside information. Click here to get this exclusive content.

Great Interview on Seize the Moment

View of Sacre Coeur in Paris

On his blog Seize the Moment, Nassem Al-Mehairi posted an interesting interview of Eric Giacometti and Jacque Ravenne, along with this picture: which is what Eric sees from his office in Paris. Here are some of the questions.

  • There is a lot of influence by Freemasons. Is this group still a major influence in the world?
  • Your gift for seamlessly weaving history and thriller together to create a better novel is commendable. When did both of your interests in history begin, and what eras are you each most interested in?
  • Your protagonist, Antoine Marcas, has been found unique in many ways, setting him apart from the average lead character. How did you develop this character, and does he embody any of your personal qualities?
  • On this blog, I have written articles on the rise of extremism in Europe, specifically in France. Shadow Ritual features this extremism, and I understand that you have both studied it throughout your career. How does this startling new trend connect back to the Nazi era, and why is this ideology resurfacing now? 
  • Shadow Ritual has a lot of historical influence in it, including the Nazi era in Europe and after. What kind of historical research did you pursue for the novel?

Go check out the interview here.