In this fast-paced adventure of the mind and heart, Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Jordan Haldane, a roguish Victorian imperialist, is forced to go up against two powerful dark brotherhoods when he inadvertently interrupts their nefarious schemes for world domination. Haldane stumbles into a startling web of ancient conspiracy and forbidden cosmic romance, when he goes to Italy to broker a shady mining contract between two rival aristocratic families. His introduction to the uncannily familiar Sophia D'Amici sparks a mind-bending transformation within him, and sets him against the villainous conspiracies of the Illuminati, who are intent on capturing the ancient Grail stronghold of Villa D'Amici and its secrets for their own diabolical purposes. He confronts both his personal demons and awakening potential to protect his beloved Sophia and the ancient secrets hidden deep within the venerable fortress of Villa D'Amici. Haldane is thrust upon a dangerous quest to unravel the enigma surrounding the Illuminati and the Holy Grail, while saving Sophia and his world in the process. A wide-sweeping alternative history, The Impossible Lover, Book One of the GrailChase Chronicles, grapples with perennial questions of the true nature of reality and consciousness, woven in with an exploration of the impacts of technology, sexual identity and morality in a society caught in the midst of rapid transformation. This genre-bending novel blends elements of Steampunk, Action-Adventure, Romance and Metaphysics into a unique and compelling melange, with plenty of twists and turns to keep readers on the edge of their seats throughout. With well-defined and intriguing characters in a meticulously researched and highly imaginative plot, The Impossible Lover is designed to engage not only those interested in Science Fiction, but to appeal to thriller and romance fans, as well. Lovers of Dan Brown's The DaVinci Code, Frank Herbert's Dune and Neil Gaiman's Stardust will find much to captivate them in this sexy, intelligent and unpredictable tale. The Impossible Lover is a provocative mystical journey of self-discovery and peculiar devices. It is the first of the forthcoming 6-part GrailChase Chronicles.