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The Odinerbund Series
Amy, Irene, Becky and Suzy are four twenty-something actresses, looking forward to a relaxing two weeks back-packing together around the islands of the Aegean. After not getting off the boat in time at Paros harbour, Amy is cut off from her friends for an evening, during which, she meets an enchanting traveller from Germany called Gunter. Felix Rhone, a very rich German businessman is cruising in the Aegean in his 78m ocean going yacht which serves as a floating headquarters for a clandestine international network of key business and political figures. For years, Rhone has been planning a conspiracy with the power to infiltrate the entire world order and the time has now come for his protégé, a young banking executive called Heinrich Swartz, to be activated and initiated into his inner circle. Mark and Nigel are two unemployed, small time criminals whose latest get-rich quick scheme is to scuba dive in search of lost treasure. A chance meeting with Gunter, who is an occasional scuba diver, on the island of Mykonos, reveals the story of Max Merton, the governor of Salonica in Northern Greece during the Second World War. Merton had appropriated from the Jewish community 50 cases of Gold, valued in the year 2000 at around $2 Billion.
Jenny is a go-ahead sales executive in an engineering company. A chance meeting with a stranger in a castle, during a sales visit to Germany, leads to a small part in a film being made in Munich, about the medieval knight Tannhauser. After a successful day filming, Jenny has not been asleep long, back in her Munich hotel, when there is a knock at the door. Three men suddenly burst in and Jenny is abducted. Arriving in the middle of the night at an obscure house in the Bavarian countryside, Jenny soon discoveres that her abductors are actually her guardians. The film she is appearing is a front for a sinister organisation called the Odinerbund with dark motives and she was due to have been murdered that evening. Within 24hrs, she finds that she is now the prime suspect for another murder that took place at the film studios that same evening. Jenny has been framed by the Odinerbund and they want her dead. The police want to arrest Jenny but are her abductors might not be all that they seem. Jenny is suddenly thrust into a life and death world of intrigue and the occult as she tries to work whom she can trust whilst living a new, covert existence.
Jenny is getting back to a normal life in England having been on the run and then kidnapped in Germany the previous year, after being falsely accused of a high-profile murder at Bavaria Film Studios. In an unsolicited call to her, Gunter, a German national living Manchester, claims to have been held captive in the same underground palace where Jenny had been held by the neo-Nazi Odinerbund organisation. It turns that Gunter and his girlfriend Amy had had their own dealings with the Odinerbund in Greece two years before. After being introduced to the Brothers of Erfurt, a secret society who had protected Jenny during her time on the run, Gunter is induced to help them investigate the latest scheme of the Odinerbund by visiting Malta. As a picture slowly emerges of a massive international conspiracy aimed at getting into the uppermost areas of power in Europe, Jenny, Gunter, and their partners, Dieter and Amy, are all once again locked in a life and death struggle with the Odinerbund.
Pamela has just broken up with her boyfriend when her sporty friend Chantelle suggests they go on a ski trip to Pamporovo in Bulgaria. In the hotel bar, a suave young man called Jim seems to be just another holidaymaker looking to improve his skiing but he has a more serious reason for travelling to the Balkans, following the arrival at Ploviv University of a recently a discovered skeleton,claimed to that of a vrkolak; a Bulgarian werewolf. Jim knows of certain individuals who will go to any lengths to acquire the skeleton because of its alleged magical powers but the skeleton has also come to their attention of an organised criminal network in Bulgaria, who specialise in illicit artefacts.
After bad weather makes skiing at Pamporovo impossible, Pamela is thinking of spending the day with Chantelle and Yane, their ski instructor then Jim offer to take them all on a day out to the mysterious mountain Buzluzdha, where the ruins of the monolithic communist party headquarters create an eerie presence on the summit. Jim has a secret reason for wanting to go to Buzludzha but certain other parties are already ahead of him and the holiday soon becomes a struggle for survival in the Balkan mountains against the elements, an evil occultist, the Bulgarian mafia and a vrkolak.
Following two bizarre deaths bearing the hallmarks of sacrificial murder, a freelance journalist called Steve Chapman tries to acquire inside information on occult groups active in the North of England. A young woman of gothic appearance called Bobby contacts Steve, claiming extensive involvement with a satanic society. However, she is only prepared to reveal all she knows if he agrees to a clandestine meeting in Germany’s Black Forest. After only two days in this idyllic setting, during which Steve greatly expands his occult knowledge, Bobby suddenly drives her car deep into the woods and kills herself in a horrific inferno.
Having been left an obscure suicide note, Steve is coming to terms with what happened back in his home-town of Manchester when he is contacted by a priest who claims to have known Bobby. It transpires that Bobby was more deeply involved in the occult than Steve had realised. Unbeknownst to him the priest is actually an undercover member of a dark society called the Vril, operating out of a mansion on the Yorkshire moors. He was sent to investigate Steve following the publicity about Bobby’s death.
To his initial horror, Steve receives two text messages from Bobby. Somehow she did not die but is now in Scotland and wants him to meet her again, this time near the former home of the notorious Satanist, Alistair Crowley. There, Bobby reveals that she faked her own death with a stolen corpse in order to dupe the organisation she belonged to. Steve is invited to join in a quest to break a diabolical plan that this cabal is trying to realize but before he can make a decision, the couple are spotted by Bobby’s adversaries and make a hurried flight to Denmark from Aberdeen. Steve wonders if Bobby had planned the escape all along because – following a day’s drive from Copenhagen – Bobby has friends in the Polish city of Wroclaw who are committed to her cause.
The Italian trip for Janus advertising had not gone well for Kate Holden. Having lost an important sales pitch and her arch-rival Emily then being taken out by a suave Italian, Kate was mulling over her situation by the hotel pool when she witnessed a woman being killed. Arriving back in England shaken, Kate is surprised when she boss Felicity tells her to put the events in Italy behind her because she has been selected to go on a development weekend in the Lake District.
The course is both mentally and physically demanding but Kate gets through everything successfully. Over a private dinner, Felicity reveals that the weekend was actually nothing to do with Janus but was a selection process to see if Kate should be invited a join a secret organisation, which could give her unimaginable personal and career opportunities.
Kate is soon initiated into the secret and mysterious world of Virago, a powerful organisation strictly for women only, who are prepared to stop at nothing get on. Virago women help each other climb career ladders and eliminate rivals through a system of favours known as credits. This has a special appeal in relation to Emily, who continues to challenge Kate’s progress.
Kate discovers discipline within Virago is rigidly enforced, with severe penalties for anyone who discloses its secrets outside of the organisation. Members know each other only through secret names chosen at their initiation, and there is a hierarchy with the various levels named from Greek mythology. At Virago meetings, all members wear a mask, boots and a leotard which is, colour coded to denote their Virago level. The secrets of Virago are progressively revealed which as a member advances through the ranks, bring both privileges and responsibilities.
Felicity is admitted to the uppermost Virago degree, the Hera. Only at her initiation does she learn that Emily is also in Virago. The bitter rivalry between Emily and Kate is well known to the Hera and Virago has a system of dealing with disputes between members; the two women must compete in a brutal contest. Felicity had expected to know everything there was to know about Virago upon reaching the Hera but now learns a governing elite, the Morai, whose very existence is kept secret from all below the Hera.
Emily has the opportunity to work for Amalfi, an Italian conglomerate who have just opened a London operation, headed up by the ruthless Sophia Antonelli, whom both she and Kate encountered in Naples. Once she starts working for Amalfi, Emily forms a close association with Claudia, a tough-minded German living in London who has ambitious plans to develop a Middle Eastern network for Amalfi, as well as designs within Virago. Emily now has a chance to both develop a glittering career and get her revenge on Kate.
Soon after Felicity joins the Hera, three women are discovered murdered across London, the only link being that all were found wearing just red leotards; the garment worn at formal Virago meetings by the Hera. Is someone killing off members of the Hera one by one? And if so, is threat coming from within Virago or outside? Kate, Felicity and Emily all discover they had no idea what Virago is really about and that once admitted, you can never leave.