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Ancient Relic Tracked to France; Renowned Psychologist and Professor Brett King Releases Debut Adventure - Thriller the Radix

The Radix, an ancient relic lost for centuries, appears in the unlikeliest of places – the chest of a mummified priest. What follows is a global hunt for the key to unlocking its chilling secret.

Boulder, CO, March 24, 2010 --( Brett King is an accomplished psychologist and professor at the University of Colorado. His first novel, The Radix, will be available at bookstores everywhere in April 2010 with a sequel scheduled for publication in early 2011.

Advance Praise for The Radix:
“A topnotch thriller! Part Da Vinci Code, part 24, The Radix is roller‐coaster storytelling at its best.”
—Jeffery Deaver, New York Times bestselling author of Roadside Crosses

“The Radix brims with rich detail, in a story fraught with action, suspense, and intrigue. The reader is in highly capable hands with Brett King—a fresh, exciting voice in the international suspense genre. Settle back, enjoy the ride, and savor this debut.”
—Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Vendetta

“Brett King’s The Radix is a gem of a novel, a thrilling blend of historical mystery and modern intrigue. Lightning paced and expertly told, here is a debut not to be missed!”
—James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of Altar of Eden

“Brett King has spun a hair‐raising adventure that propels us from the ski slopes of Aspen, Colorado to the secret turrets, hovering high above Paris, of the ancient Notre Dame cathedral. The Radix is a relentless, plot‐twisting, labyrinthine quest to decipher the medieval mystery of the “Voynich Manuscript”—a very real tome that still conceals an arcane code that no secret service agency—including the CIA and KGB—has been able to crack in the past five‐hundred‐years.”
—Katherine Neville, New York Times bestselling author of The Fire

“A pulse-pounding thrill ride of a book.”
—Jason Pinter, bestselling author of The Fury

The Radix: Truth vs. Fiction

The Radix is grounded in fact. The Voynich manuscript, an essential piece of The Radix puzzle, is a centuries old text which has yet to be deciphered. Currently located at Yale University, it contains drawings of medicinal roots and herbs and over 100 unidentified plant species. Its ownership can be traced back as far as the 1600s but its origin and meaning remains a mystery.

Additionally, Carl Jung was fascinated with alchemical concepts and wrote about the Scintilla in Mysterium Coniunctionis and used the term radix ipsius while discussing the prime material in his book Psychology and Alchemy. While the author takes liberties with his interpretation of these concepts, the mythology of The Radix exists in reality.

About the Author

Brett King is a novelist, psychologist, historian, and an award-wining educator with a passion for writing thrillers. In addition to a background in forensic psychology, he has published two nonfiction books as well as journals articles on subjects ranging from sport psychology to the history of science. After only four years at the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Brett was named CU Boulder’s best professor in a survey conducted by the campus newspaper. When not writing his next novel, teaching, or touring his imagination, he enjoys time with his wife and three children, and exploring the scenic riches of his native Colorado, both above and below ground.

Brett King is available for interview.

For more information about The Radix please visit or contact Brett King at or Jennifer MacRostie at

The Radix by Brett King/Publisher: Leisure Books/Publication Date April 27, 2010/ISBN 10: 0-8439-6382-4/ ISBN 13: 978-0-8439-6382-3/$7.99 US $9.99 CAN £5.99 UK $14.94 AUS

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