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The First Heresy

Information about the first heresy is secreted out of Jerusalem after its fall in AD 70. It reaches the last great pagan philosopher, Hypatia of Alexandria, and is smuggled out of Egypt by her slave-companion on the day of her murder. Centuries later, clues to the First Heresy are revealed in Ireland to a Norman youth and retired Templar Knight.

The First Heresy, the debut novel from financial commentator and TV presenter Eddie Hobbs, draws on deep historical research to create a unique, fast-paced thriller which will have you on the edge of your seat.

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  • As featured in: SUNDAY INDEPENDENT (20 Feb) LIMERICK TODAY (22 Feb) GALWAY BAY FM (22 Feb) IRELAND AM (2 Mar) RTÉ GUIDE (5 Mar) SUNDAY TIMES (forthcoming)
  • "What a nail-biter! A truly great read, with your fascination and knowledge of history showing through." ––Reader in Connemara
  • "Much of the fun in THE FIRST HERESY is each fresh revelation. . . à la The Da Vinci Code or Foucault's Pendulum, it mixes real-life events with invented characters." ––Darragh McManus, RTÉ GUIDE
  • "Just finished reading THE FIRST HERESY and can't praise it highly enough. The history, the drama, the storytelling, but most of all the insight, and what it teaches. Congratulations, Eddie." ––Gearóid Hayes, via Twitter
  • “The effervescent Eddie Hobbs is an unlikely hero. His fervour for financial matters, folksy manner and grating accent are hardly the usual criteria for TV stardom, but this chirpy presenter is now the most talked about man in Ireland, and he is causing havoc in political circles.” ––IRISH INDEPENDENT
  • “The public find his in-your-face outspokenness compulsive viewing, but he sends a chill down the spines of most politicians. The widespread worry among the powers-that-be and the powers-that-want-to-be is that it is Mr Hobbs who will decide the make-up of the next government.” ––IRISH EXAMINER
  • “Eddie Hobbs has emerged not just as a new television personality but as a political phenomenon. He has inflicted perhaps terminal damage on this government by deploying techniques of cabaret and humour to savage a record of financial mismanagement on a scale the public only now has begun to appreciate.” ––MAGILL magazine

Meet The Author

Eddie Hobbs is the originator and presenter of Irish TV blockbuster series Rip Off Republic, which challenged the establishment orthodoxy and its insider cartels. With THE FIRST HERESY, he has combined his love of history with his maverick and challenging perspective, which looks for connections across centuries of time, testing the perceptions not just of Christian-foundation myths but also of spirit-man and our destiny. Eddie’s last book, Own Our Oil, was published by Liberties Press in 2014. He is married with four children and lives in County Kildare, Ireland.

Information about the first heresy is secreted out of Jerusalem after its fall in AD 70. It reaches the last great pagan philosopher, Hypatia of Alexandria, and is smuggled out of Egypt by her slave-companion on the day of her murder. Centuries later, clues to the First Heresy are revealed in Ireland to a Norman youth and retired Templar Knight. Meanwhile, in Paris, a scholar of Persian descent, and connected to the Knights Templar, is drawn into the events that unfold.

The First Heresy is so stunning that it could destroy the foundation of the Roman Church and the secular power-structures of Europe. It sets in motion a medieval hunt across France and Ireland as a small group, led by the scholar Esi, is closely pursued by the forces of the French King. They are confronted with the truth about the Christ and the nature of man, while the Order itself is attacked by the Iron King, convinced he is an agent of God.

The First Heresy, the debut novel from financial commentator and TV presenter Eddie Hobbs, draws on deep historical research to create a unique, fast-paced thriller which will have you on the edge of your seat.

Dimensions 23 × 16 × 2 cm