Book number 69 was The Celtic Conspiracy by Thore D. Hansen. This was a suspense novel. Ronald MacClary is the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States but he is also an archeologist who specializes in the archeology of the Celts of ancient Europe. During World War II, MacClary’s father discovered a trove of parchments and other Celtic treasures in Austria and noted their position somewhere in his notes in a hidden fashion but MacClary has never been able to discover the coordinates. While giving a lecture in Dublin, his second home, he meets with Thomas Ryan, a descendent of the ancient Druids, his friend Debra, and a new friend Adam Shane, an Austrian of Irish descent. They pour over MacClary’s father’s notes and Adam produces a solution for deciphering secret writing which gives them the coordinates of the secret trove.
Thomas, Debra, and Adam go to Austria to see if they can retrieve some of the trove but they are met with opposition in the form of people from the Vatican who have been watching MacClary and don’t want these parchments made public since they reveal the role of the ancient Church in the genocide of the ancient Celtic people. Adam amd Debra escape with some of the parchments but Thomas is trapped and injured by the Vatican thugs. MacClary and his lawyer friend Jennifer Wilson plan to file suit in the Boston district court against the Vatican for theft of historical and cultural identity of the Celts and hope that the court will not hear the case, which Jennifer will then take before the United States Supreme Court since Thomas has dual United States and Irish citizenship. This is a very tricky move for MacClary and he may have to recuse himself, but they decide to go ahead with the case, which raises much controversy throughout the world.
In the meantime, Thomas is still trapped in Austria and must be freed to come before the United States Supreme Court, with the Vatican still hunting him down. He manages to flee to a doctor in Italy who flies him by private jet to the United States but more danger awaits him here. Debra and Adam make their own secret surveillance of the parchments that the Vatican captured by infiltrating the Vatican’s secret archives outside Rome and are nearly caught.
There is much danger and intrigue in the book and a surprise ending. Sixty-nine down, 31 to go.