books.google.com - Garver's classic Occult novel, originally published in 1894. The reader is swept along with Alphonso Colono as strange adventures, coindences, and happenings stalk his every move!...https://books.google.com/books/about/Brother_of_the_Third_Degree.html?id=q1tzMMYlUGYC&utm_source=gb-gplus-shareBrother of the Third Degree
Garver's vision of a united Europe at peace in the 20th century, (after a period of war) was a good prediction, even if the mechanism he proposes is a bit absurd. The narrative itself is still a good read, despite the overblown period prose. This long-forgotten predecessor to the Da Vinci Code moves along nicely and has memorable characters. Not many 19th century occult fictions are half as readable.