What secret is hidden in Michelangelo's famous 'Last Judgment' painting? In ESOTERIC, W. P. Blake's newest cult and crime thriller, a discovery made by a Vatican priest threatens to shatter the iconic view of Michelangelo's, 'The Last Judgment," and expose the Church legacy that hid it. One of the greatest mysteries from the Renaissance is the spatial arrangement the famous painter used to construct his Sistine Masterpiece under the marriage of intense religious and political persuasion. In the priest's research he systematically finds the symbols of the oldest pagan deity imbedded in the circular alignment of the characters in the painting. The church views the breakthrough as heretical doctrine. A secret order of cardinals elects to excommunicate the priest and destroy the research. Unbeknownst, the memoirs of the study were secreted in a journal. Years later the journal manifests, not in the field of academia, but in cryptic murders with tantalizing clues that point to the great mystery.