In the remote town of Mompox, Colombia, a mysterious man, known only as El Apredido, “The Learned One,” is producing the Devil’s Breath, a genetically altered drug that puts its victims in hypnotic states and robs them of their free will and their memory. It has been described by some to have the potential of being the most dangerous drug of all time. Jesuit priest Jack Bennis goes to Mompox at the request of the woman he loves to stop this drug, only to find himself and the woman targets of assassins. When the woman is shot, a twelve-year-old orphan helps Fr. Bennis elude his pursuers in the subterranean tunnels of the ancient Musica people. But when Bennis’ sister-in-law and brother, a retired New York City detective, leave Staten Island to come help him, they all become ensnared in a deadly struggle among rivals seeking to use the Devil’s Breath for different malevolent purposes which will have worldwide implications.
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The author has taken two separate story lines and skillfully meshed them into a logical, sequential,fast moving riveting mystery novel. His short chapter(Pattersonian) style of writing encourages one not to put the book aside. Certainly, any reader who has enjoyed his four previous novels will readily identify with the juxtaposition and development of the main characters. A truly delightful read! Tom Benevento

About the Author

George R. Hopkins retired as assistant principal of English at Susan E. Wagner High School after teaching English for over 35 years in NYC schools. His teaching experiences range from being an exchange teacher in Bayamon, Puerto Rico to teaching in Middlesex College, St. John’s University, Columbia Teachers College and the Options Program at the College of Staten Island. At Susan Wagner High School, he coordinated the NYC High School Poetry Contest and was twice honored by the NY Association of Teachers as Teacher of the Year.
He was a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps and served on active duty during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

He is a true New Yorker. He was born in Brooklyn, raised in the Bronx, met his wife in Manhattan, lived in Queens, and now resides in Staten Island.

He earned a B.A. degree in English from Iona College, a Masters Degree from CCNY, and a 6th Year Certificate in Administration and Supervision from Richmond College.

His detective/priest series have received awards and recognition in the Premier Book Awards, the International Readers’ Favorite Awards, and the Reader Views Awards. He has also received awards for his poetry.

He and his wife have been married for 49 years and are the proud parents of four children and ten grandchildren. For the past 18 years he has coordinated a Senior Poetry Contest and Festival. George enjoys writing, teaching writing, and videotaping. He has taught writing workshops for the Noble Maritime Collection and for Poets and Writers, Inc. and has had many essays published in the Staten Island Advance.

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