Serpent Rising
Ever since her great aunt left her alone in a cave when she was ten, Serena Mendez has been haunted by the traumatic incident. Now she’s an unemployed, pill-popping twenty-one year old suffering from nightmares and PTSD. When her psychiatrist suggests she visit her great aunt to get to the root cause of her ailment, she reluctantly agrees it’s time to confront the past.

Accompanied by her geeky friend Bryson, they travel to a Navajo Reservation to meet with her great aunt and return to the cave where it all began. But what she discovers points to an ancient conflict between the Illuminati and a Luminarian sect with origins to Atlantis—and she appears to be at the center of it all. With more questions than answers and only a handful of clues, Serena embarks on a mystical journey across six continents to learn more.

But sinister forces oppose her. Pursued by a powerful enemy, Serena must evade capture and fulfill her true destiny. Can she expose dark secrets and a hidden conspiracy? Or will those who wish to remain in the shadows find her first?
Serpent Rising by Victor Acquista
Victor Acquista
The Saga of Venom and Flame, Book 1
ISBN Numbers:
Hardcover: 978-1-64397-114-8 
Softcover:  978-1-64397-115-5
Ebook:        978-1-64397-116-2
LCCN: 2020933868

Page Count: 304
Release Date: 8/6/2020
Fiction / Contemporary / Thriller
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"I could not put down Acquista's novel. …definitely well written…"
— Anthony Philo, NetGalley Reviewer
— Debbi Hamm, NetGalley Reviewer
"…packs a huge amount of thoughts, philosophies, theories and metaphysical information in it’s 379 pages… Some of the passages were so timely it was astounding."
— Jamkuipers, LibraryThing Early Reviewers
"…a promising start to a series with a rich background in history and mythology."
— Cara, LibraryThing Early Reviewers
"…an interesting ride through some of the most ancient cultures of the world."
— Jon Lemming, NetGalley Reviewer
"Buckle up for a globe-hopping mission filled with suspense and self-discovery."
— Ray Flynt, Award-winning author of Brad Frame mysteries
"…a fascinating blend of mystery, thriller and the supernatural. A richly drawn cast of engaging and sympathetic characters transport the reader into an intriguing and rewarding journey."
— Gary Morgenstein, author of A Mound Over Hell
"Victor Acquista weaves a gripping tale of myth and metaphor as we follow Serena’s global quest to discover her true identity…the chase by evil forces leaves us breathless, yet gasping for more…"
— Deborah Shlian, MD, MBA, award-winning author of medical thrillers 
"Victor Acquista's terrific new novel defies genres: it's a techno-mythological thriller-cum-mystical travelogue, with a sassy heroine and a soulful geek at its heart. A Da Vinci Code for the digital age."
— JJ Amaworo Wilson, author of Damnificados
"Author Victor Acquista has opened a pandora’s box of adventure in his new breathtaking thriller, Serpent Rising. I was swept away from the first page in this wonder-filled, mystical, and compelling novel. Cleverly plotted…Acquista is the obvious heir apparent to the globe-trotting, can’t-be-put-down-novels such as The DaVinci Code and The House Of Secrets. Move over Dan Brown and Brad Meltzer, you have deserving company at your table with Serpent Rising!"
— Patrick Kendrick, award-winning author of
American Ripper: The Enigma Of America’s Serial Killer Cop
"…this book lit up with action! …the reader is rewarded with a fast pace and never a dull moment!"
— Happy, LibraryThing Early Reviewers
"Serpent Rising was an awesome Mystery/Suspense/Thriller/ Contemporary Fiction read. I loved the characters, the plot, and the settings. My favorite aspect though was the way it kept me on the edge of my seat while I read with how unpredictable it was. So much so that I really struggled to take breaks in reading it as I wanted to read the whole thing all at once!"
— Books for Books
"Serpent Rising is a globe-trotting adventure. I absolutely LOVE Serena. She's flawed, but finds an inner strength she didn't know she had. Two powerful secret societies, a lost civilization, what more could you ask for? Serena’s journey not only helps her discover more about herself but unwraps mysteries. If you enjoy strong heroines on epic adventures, you'll quickly get wrapped up in Serena's story, and you won't want to put this down once you start!"
— The Faerie Review
"I enjoy reading intelligent stories. Ones that prompt me to consider diverse concepts, beliefs, and perspectives.  Serpent Rising was as much a Tomb Raider action-packed fantasy as it was a philosophical exploration of harmony, yin and yang duality and the complexities of metaphysical science. If you’re looking for a unique tale that engages, compels, and questions, look no further! "
— Word Mongery and Musings
"I absolutely fell in love with the story! I couldn't put it down… I'll definitely be watching out for more by Victor Acquista in the future!"
— Brittany Colpitts, NetGalley Reviewer
"engrossing and quite enjoyable. Recommended."
— Annarellix Book Blog
"If you enjoy a bit of sci fi and fantasy this is the book for you. The writing is solid and the story is pretty entertaining."
— Aida Alberto, NetGalley Reviewer
"a well written book that made for quite the enjoyable read…held my attention tightly from the very first page until the very last one."
— Sefina Hawke's Books
"This was a pretty good story…"
— Ashley's Bookshelf
"I want more! This was a page turner and I truly enjoyed the read."
— Nay's Pink Bookshelf
"There is a lot of action and adventure to follow and I was holding my breath…I would recommend this book…"
— A Room Without Books is Empty
"Great plot…very well written"
— Sari Bailey, Feathered Fables
Book Information & Awards
Winner, Best New Age Fiction
The International Book Awards, 2021
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