Javier González Rodríguez

Javier González Rodríguez

Madrid, España, 1958

Javier González gained a degree in law from the Complutense University, and worked as a lawyer until 1986 when he began a career in the advertising sector. He is currently the director-general of the Madrid-based advertising agency, Solución. His second novel, La quinta corona, has been published in various countries with excellent international sales figures. The rights to Navigatio had already been sold in various countries (Portugal, Poland, Holland, Greece and Romania) before it was published in Spain.

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In the year 1578, some catacombs were accidentally discovered in Rome. Pope Gregory I took this as a sign from heaven, and concocted an ingenious plan to consolidate the Catholic faith, now under threat from the Protestant Reformation: the remains found there would be presented as relics of martyrs and be exhibited all over Europe. The expedition, commanded by the dashing Captain Moncada, consists of a young cook, a feisty group of nuns, a squad of Swiss Guards, and an eccentric theatre company. Together they travel halfway around Europe with a macabre spectacle of skeletons and magic, negotiating hazards and difficulties to carry out this strange Papal mission.

El viaje de los cuerpos celestes is a thrilling adventure novel inspired by a true story: the greatest advertising campaign in the history of the Catholic Church.

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The greatest advertising campaign in the history of the Catholic Church

In the year 1578, some catacombs were accidentally discovered in Rome. Pope Gregory I took this as a sign from heaven, and concocted an ingenious plan to consolidate the Catholic faith, now under threat from the Protestant Reformation: the remains found there would be presented as relics of martyrs and be exhibited all over Europe.The expedition, commanded by the dashing Captain Moncada, consists of a young cook, a feisty group of nuns, a squad of Swiss Guards, and an eccentric theatre company. Together they travel halfway around Europe with a macabre spectacle of skeletons and magic, negotiating hazards and difficulties to carry out this strange Papal mission.

El viaje de los cuerpos celestes is a thrilling adventure novel inspired by a true story: the greatest advertising campaign in the history of the Catholic Church.

Winter of 185. The Members of the Manterola-Guillemard Royal Expedition venture into a gigantic inactive volcanic crater on Fernando Po Island. They do so in compliance with the bizarre and disturbing "Reserved Instruction Nº. 14", signed by the queen. Autumn of 1622. On his deathbed, Páez, a Jesuit missionary in modern-day Ethiopia, composes a secret letter to the head of the order. In it, he reveals the incredible story of Elá Abá Okiri, a boy kidnapped by the Queen of Sheba's slave traders on a faraway island in the Gulf of Guinea. Summer 1986. Jorge Salvatierra prepares for the lats exam of his degree in Madrid's old Military Casino building. There he meets the colourful Coronel Monistrol, his tutor, and the rest of the strange inhabitants of the old Casino, a ragtag group of men in their seventies with a single dream: to Return to Guinea. Only Jorge, accompanied by Claire, will manage to piece together this enigma, overcome all the difficulties, and discover the secret hidden for centuries in the bowels of an inactive volcano. A thrilling adventure story.

 «En mitad del océano, detrás de la niebla, desde hace siglos, esperan todas las respuestas.» Tras el falso muro de una iglesia en restauración en un pequeño pueblo de Castilla, aparecen la talla de una Virgen, un extraño manuscrito, los restos momificados de un monje y la presunta reliquia de la pluma de un ángel. Alejandra Recasens, la doctora forense encargada de la autopsia de los restos del monje, y el historiador americano Sebastian Cameron, se verán involucrados en la investigación de estos extraños hallazgos. Ambos están a punto de descubrir un secreto que cambiará la Historia de la Humanidad.

Dos cuadros, un Goya trasladado durante la Guerra Civil española y un Van Dyck desaparecido en plena II Guerra Mundial, correrán la misma incierta suerte. Cincuenta años más tarde, Jaime decide emprender un curioso viaje hacia el pasado: su objetivo es encontrar el cadáver del gran amor de su tía, desaparecido en un campo de batalla ruso cuando luchaba en las filas de la División Azul. Una novela sobre el destino de los hombres y de las obras de arte bajo el caos de una contienda bélica.

El 30 de mayo de 1588 el rey Felipe II de España ordenó que de Lisboa zarpara una armada contra Inglaterra, una agrupación naval de más de 300 buques de guerra que se reuniría en el Canal con la flota de desembarco del duque de Parma, el gobernador español de Flandes. Su misión era dar escolta y asegurar el desembarco de 30.000 hombres en las costas inglesas y ocupar las islas. Ésta es la historia de una de las mayores aventuras militares puesta en marcha.

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