Have you ever thought what might happen if there were a celestial event at the end of the year 2012 that
could be hailed as a marker for truly apocalyptic events here on Earth?
A new book by Ninian G Boyle is a story of such a possibility...
A Catholic priest working at the Vatican Observatory in Italy makes a chance discovery on Christmas Eve
that will have global repercussions. As the story unfolds, humanity's reaction to this event acts as a
trigger for outpourings of religious fervour, criminal behaviour and the threat of major global war.
All the while a few individuals are swept along in a Tsunami of events that include kidnapping and terrorism,
hysteria and heroism.
A handful of scientists work to understand what has happened and why, doing their best to reassure
and to re-evaluate an event of truly Earth-shattering significance against a backdrop of human prejudice
Politicians posture and debate; make claims and counter-claims and pile warnings on to threats. As the clock
ticks down to midnight on the 31st December 2012 the world holds its breath...
This amazing and fast paced story whisks you from Rome to Edinburgh, London, Chicago, New York, Washington
and to Tel Aviv and beyond.
Ninian's writing has been likened to that of Michael Crichton, Dan Brown and Carl Sagan. If you like a book
that keeps you turning the pages to find out what happens next and is high in plausibility, then 'In The Lion's Paw'
is a 'must read' of 2011, 2012 and for many years to come.
In the Lion's Paw, is the first novel by Ninian G Boyle. He is an
experienced published writer in his field of astronomy, having written features and articles for magazines
such as the BBC Sky at Night Magazine and 'Astronomy Now' Magazine and other periodicals on the subject.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a member of the British Astronomical Association and
has made appearances on the BBC Sky at Night Television Programme with Sir Patrick Moore as well as on
local BBC Radio. Ninian even had his own TV programme on the Sky Information Channel called 'Stargazer'.
He lectures and teaches in astronomy to local societies and other organisations and gives
talks and holds night classes at his local Planetariums. He also runs 'Astronomy Know How' a small business
dedicated helping amateur astronomer at all levels. He likes nothing more than assisting people get started
in what he describes as 'the most amazing hobby'.
He was raised a Roman Catholic but professes to 'no religion', but feels his background gave him an insight
into the workings of the Catholic Church, which proves very useful for the plot of the book!
Ninian has been aware of the ideas about the 'End of the World' philosophies if that is what you could
call them, connected with the end of the Mayan Calendar in December 2012, for some time. The huge amount of
mis-information about this subject, whether unintentional or not, was a 'prime motivator for the writing of the book', he says.
He also like to play with 'what if' ideas. This is made abundantly clear in 'In The Lion's Paw'.
He enjoys writing, teaching and using his telescope, as well as music, both listening and playing as he is also an
accomplished musician. He lives with his wife and two sons in southern England.