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The archaeologist couldn’t be happier. He finally has permission to return to his old site; he can complete his research before he retires. But then he finds a box with a date that is 300 years too old for where he is digging. Worse yet, the box contains documents that one would only expect to have come from Constantine’s Library. If they are authentic, it could mean that 2000 years of history need to be rewritten. He solicits the aid of two friends, who discover that a strange map from a London gallery and murders in Boston, London, Paris and New York are tied to this box.
Hewitt Freiburg has worked as a corporate finance attorney for over 30 years. She and her husband, Borys, have sought and studied archaeological mysteries and wonders all over the world. This first novel draws upon those years of travel and study. The Freiburgs live in Tucson and Chicago (and sometimes Berlin).
Dayfdd 'Daf' Smith
Dear Daf, as Eisen would say, died in December 2012, just as Renegades begins. He and Kat met in 1959, when Kat had
begun graduate studies at Cambridge. Daf was a year ahead of him and almost three years older; Daf being 24 then. Daf took Kat under his tutelage, helping him polish his English among other things. At Cambridge, Daf studied Medieval Wales. After getting his PhD, Daf went on to teach Welsh history at Cardiff University in his home town of Cardiff. Daf
met his wife, Beca in Cardiff. She taught Greek and Latin at a boys’ school in Cardiff and loved Welsh history almost as
much as Daf. Beca died in 1999.
Eisen is a year older than Kat. His wife died childless in 1978 and most of his family died in World War II. So, Eisen
continues to work for Kat. Eisen learned to speak English from the American soldiers stationed in Japan after the
War. His knowledge of English secured him a position as an aide to a senior member of the Ministry of International
Trade and Industry. When that member died unexpectedly, Kat’s father had convinced Eisen to work for him. When
Kat’s father died, Eisen had been assigned to Kat–that was in 1963.
Hershel owns Hoftstein Sciences located in Zurich. Hoffstein, which was founded by Hershel’s grandfather on his mother’s side, is an antiquities authentication and conservation laboratory. It provides services. Hershel studied at the University of Chicago where he began he studies by working on preservation of Civil war era daguerotypes.
Jon is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania whose specialty is Archaic period Native Americans. Jon, who is
divorced, is getting ready to retire when Renegades begins. His only son, Scott, has joined the Franciscans and is now
Katsutoshi 'Kat' Ohno
Kat is a 75-year old retired Japanese business tycoon who grew his grandfather’s company into one of the largest in
Japan. Kat did graduate work at Cambridge where he focused on European art as it grew into the Renaissance. His wife, Yoshiko, died in early 2002. His son, Michel, now runs the company, but Kat still has an office there. Now though, he uses his office to study religious symbols in art of the 13th century–on the cusp of the Renaissance. Eisen, his very tolerant assistant, has been with Kat for many years. Kat likes having Eisen around, he is a very good researcher. Even though Kat’s son made them both retire, they still both come to work…the only difference is that Kat now pays Eisen’s salary.
Marta studied Slavic languages at the University of Arizona where she met Susan. She parlayed that into a job with the NSA, where she stayed for eighteen years. She then joined Senator Hinderman’s staff in a function related to the
Senator’s position on the Select Committee on Intelligence. When the Senator decided to retire five years ago, Susan
convinced Marta to join Peale, Curtis and Blume in the firm’s advocacy and government affairs group. Marta has
been married twice; she amicably divorced her first husband. Her second husband died in a plane crash in Nigeria.
Steven, who, had majored in biophysics as an undergrad, had gone to a patent law firm in Chicago after law school.
Steven left his firm twenty-five years later to help found the company which he recently sold. Steven is again studying
biblical archaeology. He is busy preparing an article on the similarities of religions at the formation of Christianity.
Susan grew up on a ranch outside Tucson Arizona. She began studies in chemistry at the University of Arizona. In her junior year, she decided that analyzing inks on ancient documents to create acceptable standards for dating, was less exciting than reading the actual documents. So, after getting a degree in chemistry, she entered graduate school at Penn to study biblical archaeology. When Susan met Steven at Penn, her friend, Marta, was already doing graduate work in London. All three of them ended up in Chicago for law school in 1980. The Graves went to law firms in Chicago. Susan is still at Peale, Curtis and Blume, where she went into corporate work.