The Psalter

 A medieval prayer book, an Irish saint's prophecy of the last pope, and a forgery that changed the church—forever.

Father Romano has run afoul of the modern inquisitors before. This time, it leads to a medieval manuscript and murder. Was it an ordinary theft gone wrong or something more? The Carabinieri in Rome would like to know.

Michael Romano is an American priest working in the Vatican's Secret Archives with a penchant for stepping over the line. Church Inquisitors have noticed -- and they aren’t happy. Nevertheless, Romano is also the Church’s senior paleographer, an expert in ancient manuscripts, and his expertise is needed to examine a ninth-century codex known as a Psalter.

Father Romano’s examination leads him into the past as he uncovers an historical narrative of medieval forgeries, Saracen invasions and a legendary fight for the richest kingdom on earth. Yet he has unwittingly become a target for those who will stop at nothing to possess the secret of the Psalter.

Reviews of The Psalter

  •  WOW. As much as I tried to read this book slowly and savor the story, I zoomed through it. It is one of those novels that consumes the reader even when not physically reading the book. -- Paula Howard 

Open Your Mind. What a wild ride through history which ties into present day. There's more

truth presented here than you realize. It's a book that will lead you into a research adventure of

your own to discover which are the truths and what are the lies we've been given from the past.

And what makes you think it doesn't continue today? --Book Club Junkie

  •  Skillfully written, highly involving. Impressive and engaging. It always amazes me when someone keeps a plot line interesting in one "time slot." This author did so with multiple eras, interwoven skillfully with the "Psalter" as the central theme. Well worth your time; I was sad once I finished the last page. --Bill3 

 Exciting page turner with lots of history. One of those "I couldn't put it down" books. Found myself going to the internet learning more and more about the historical events mentioned in the book; it has that effect of wanting to discern fiction and fact. Highly recommend it!! --Tampa Quilter 

  •  A Wonderful and Thought-Provoking Story. This tale is exceedingly well crafted and told. That the line between fact and fantasy can be so easily blurred or obscured is food for serious thought. The historical research is thorough and enlightening, especially for those of us who love books. F. Wellington 

 History...such history, so believable An extremely well written story. Makes one want to believe that there is more truth then fiction here. An excellent read. Beverly A. Smith Great Read! A well-written and gripping story from a fascinating period in history. The characters are drawn with such depth that they take on lives of their own, and I had strong emotional reactions to events detailed in their lives. The "wrap-up" is particularly poignant and perfect for this story - although the very end leaves me wondering ... and wanting more!!! --A. Hartley 

About the Author

Galen Watson lives between the Sierra Nevada’s and Paris. When he’s not writing, he’s bistro hopping or tramping the mountains. He admits to being a closet banjo picker. THE PSALTER is his first novel.

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