The Dawning tells an age-old story of deadly struggle and a heart-rending tale of young love—its aspirations, pain, disappointments and eventual triumph.
"Lada inhaled sharply. Her mouth formed the beginnings of a scream, but the look in his eyes and a warning finger pressed to his lips silenced her. His eyes were strange: gray like a stormy afternoon sky. She twisted her head, but the hand gripped her like a strong winter's chill. The man's ruined visage conveyed no particular menace, only curiosity and a touch of amusement."
Ejil and Lada, son and daughter of a Cro-Magnon tribe—on the verge of adulthood—have begun to explore their maturing feelings. An encounter with a clan of Neanderthal hunters tears their Ice Age world apart. Lada is ripped from her lover's arms and the only home she's ever known. Ejil finds himself embarked on a desperate odyssey. Will the two lost lovers ever be reunited?
The Neanderthals, a pale skinned people occupied Ice Age Europe for three hundred thousand years. Our direct ancestors, dark-skinned Cro-Magnons, appeared forty-five thousand years ago. Five thousand years later, the Neanderthals had disappeared. What happened when our two ancestral peoples came face to face on the ice bound plains of prehistory?
Travel back 33,000 years into our deep past to follow the gripping tale of two young lovers and the sweeping narrative of ancient cultures in bloody conflict set against the fabulous painted caves of Southwestern France.
Redlined, A Novel of Boston
The year is 1974. Boston's Jamaica Plain is a neighborhood under siege, skating along the razor's edge of decline. The banks have REDLINED the central neighborhood, causing the housing market to crash, wiping out local homeowners' lifetime investments, opening up the neighborhood to blockbusters and slumlords.
Now, someone is systematically torching abandoned buildings and the charred body of Sandy Morgan, a dedicated young neighborhood organizer, has been found among the ashes. Why? Who stands to gain?
Community organizer and Marine combat veteran, Jedidiah Flynt and Alex Jordan, his beautiful Harvard educated researcher are determined to stop the redlining and and bring the arsonists responsible for Sandy Morgan's death to justice. Their search will lead them through a labyrinth of corrupt politicians, Asian gangsters, and bent churchmen.
Called "One of the world's foremost gemstone connoisseurs," by Gemkey Magazine, Mr. Wise's first book, SECRETS OF THE GEM TRADE, The Connoisseur's Guide...published in 2003, became both a commercial and critical success and is now considered a classic. The second edition, extensively revised and rewritten with 127 more pages, 11 new chapters and 161 added photographs appeared in 2016.
The French Blue
Forty years and sixty thousand leagues! The French Blue tells the true to life story of Jean Baptiste Tavernier a 17th Century gem merchant.
Between the years 1630 & 1668 Tavernier made six voyages to the Empire of Persia and to India, the land of the Great Mogul. His real adventures make a mockery of the ink and paper exploits of fictional hero's.
Travel with Jean Baptiste by caravan through jungles and across desert wastes and by ship through raging battles and across storm tossed seas. Be with him when he meets his great love, Madeleine de Goisse, the beautiful bastard daughter of a French courtesan and the Persian king. Follow him as his lifelong dream leads him to the fabulous 116 carat Great Blue diamond. He lusts for it, but to claim and hold it he must battle bandits and religious zealots and outwit a greedy Mogul prince.
The Great Blue Diamond! Today, housed in the Smithsonian, the remains of this fabulous gem is known as the Hope Diamond, but for the first 250 years of its history it was known simply as the French Blue. Come along as the tale of Madeleine, Jean Baptiste and the back story of the world's most fabulous gem explodes across three continents.