October 1965, to James Franklin and Sandra (Wood) Franklin –
Age: 48 (in 2013)
Ht: 5’ 11” +
Wt: 175 lbs, slight and muscular, good body strength and flexibility
Hair: Dark brown
Features: Culturally vague, blends easily in other cultures with
Marital Status: Single; emotionally committed to Ashley Jordan
(see A.J.'s profile below)
Principle Associate: Rouzbeh Aryana, long-time friend, bodyguard,
(see Aryana Biography below)
Education: Off the charts, child prodigy. Harvard – Ph.D. History
(1985, age 20); Ph.D. Biology (1987, age 22); M.D. (1989, age 24).
Religious Affiliation/Proclivity: Eclectic agnostic. Has studied all
the major religions of the world and appreciates the best in each. Personal
ethics and morality are Aristotelian in nature, i.e., moderation in all
things. He has an intuitive sense of the infinite but with no pretense at
absolute understanding or direct knowledge of same.
Languages: Fluent in Dutch, German, and Italian; competent in French;
conversant with phrases in Russian and Slavic dialects; modest abilities in
Middle Eastern dialects, ordering food and drinks and the like. Functional
sphere of mobility,
Financial Status: Complete financial independence achieved from:
family inheritance – substantial real estate holdings, trust funds, and
insurance from untimely death of parents (automobile accident, 1979), and is
highly compensated for investigative services.
Cloister of Akhenaten,
a clandestine worldwide resource network, primarily academicians, but not
exclusively so. They have no government or state accountability or
association. Fees earned are commensurate with hiring party’s ability to pay
(thus, from negligible to considerable compensation for services rendered).
Medicins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), consultant,
fieldwork in Africa
and South America
several months each year.
Consumes a special Cognitive Enhancement drink each morning, comprising
various natural berries and juices, combined with Hydergine, Piracetam,
Aniracetam, BMY-21502/BMs-181168, Minaprine, Oxiracetam, and Pramiracetam.
As a student of religious ceremony and ritual, he has participated in
various cultural practices involving the use of psychoactive and
psychotropic substances, resulting in extensive expansion of brain function.
Truth never happens in real time.
Bailey’s & Decaf, extra hot, and dark chocolate.
J. K. Rowling; Clive Cussler; Dr. Thomas Roberts (NIU) Psychedelic Medicine.
Ashley Jordan (A.J.)
Ashley Jordan is 36, eight
years junior to Wes Franklin, and is his one true love and partner in life.
A.J., too, has an extraordinary IQ, with her area of expertise being
computers and communications technology. She is a brunette (though sometimes
blonde) with an athletic body, and is well-practiced in martial arts. She
has been a partner in Wes’ adventures since their initial meeting eight
Aryana has been Wes Franklin’s right-hand man for
fifteen years. Aryana is a few years older than Wes, 6’2”, and 225 lbs of
muscle. He is an arms expert but prefers to keep things simple, calling
mainly on his throwing knives, which are dispensed by a high-tech arm sheath
of Aryana’s own design. On more than one occasion Aryana has thrown himself
into harm’s way to save Wes’ life, repayment for an earlier life-debt that
Aryana will never forget. A dime-sized swirl of uneven flesh on his chest
and back was caused by a 9mm bullet meant for Wes, and is a permanent
reminder to all of Aryana’s complete and total dedication to Wes Franklin.
The Cloister of Akhenaten
The most concise description of The Cloister of Akhenaten, the
clandestine intelligence network of which Wes Franklin is a member, is
provided by Wes in the first book, Sacrament of Fear. The
Cloister was founded by a group
of five archaeologists in the 1920s upon the discovery of the Pharaoh
Akhenaten’s tomb at the Amarna excavations. The discovery of this hitherto
unknown pharaoh ushered in a period of great fascination for Egyptian
history that lasted through the 1920s and ‘30s. Reflecting the reality that
all disciplines expand their understandings over time, and that at any given
point in time, what we believe to be completely true may suddenly change
because of some new discovery, the group gave themselves the motto “Truth
never happens in real time.” The more these archaeological scientists
learned about this incredible pharaoh, the more they realized how far
reaching was the influence of his short life. James Henry Breasted, the
noted American scholar, described Akhenaten as ‘The most remarkable of all
the Pharaohs….’ James Baikie, the famed British Egyptologist, characterized
Akhenaten as ‘an idealist dreamer, who actually believed men were meant to
live in truth and speak the truth’. Akhenaten was a revolutionary king and a
man of visionary humanitarianism.
Over a period of about ten years, the ranks of the Cloister of Akhenaten grew to
nearly twenty, with representatives from several countries: the UK, France,
Germany, Italy, Spain, Scandinavia, Russia, Austria, Greece, Morocco, Libya,
the United States, and of course Egypt. The membership started with
archaeologists but grew to include other disciplines as well. They gathered
under a banner honoring the spirit of Akhenaten, united by a dedication to
uncovering truth in all its forms,
wherever it was to be found. Although the
Cloister of Akhenaten was never
intended as a clandestine or covert spy network as such, they maintained a
very low profile, believing the uncovered
truth was always more important
than the person uncovering it.
In the years leading up to WWII, the group’s efforts
were primarily focused on matters dealing with medicine, science, and
mathematics. But the war changed all that. It was apparent to the membership
that learning about things like microbes and atoms would be of little value
if the world’s powerbrokers turned that knowledge into weapons that could
destroy civilization itself. So, during and after WWII the efforts of the Cloister of Akhenaten – or
Ankh network, as it came to be
known – expanded to include social and political
truths, as well. The members have
always remained anonymous and their work largely unheralded, but this
anonymity helped to make their work easier. And, considering some of the
things they got into over the years since WWII, it made it a lot safer as
Membership in the
Cloister of Akhenaten has always been strictly by invitation of an
existing member. Wes Franklin was brought into the Ankh Network by Dr.
Britomar Handlon Lathrop, a Psychotherapist from Berkeley, who passed away
in the mid-1990s. Like new members before him, Wes traveled to
for a special induction ceremony at Tell el-Amarna, the site of the original
excavation. The ritual was simple and solemn and usually began with a
reading of a poem written by the Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore,
Where The Mind Is Without Fear. Following this reading, all members
– both old and new – affirmed their commitment to Akhenaten’s fundamental
concepts: truth, freedom, idealism, non-violence, and the resolution of
disputes by means other than war. The ceremony was brought to a close by the
reading of another poem embodying their universal brotherhood, this one
written by the thirteenth century mystic, Jelaluddin Rumi. At his own
induction, Wes Franklin had the distinct honor and privilege of reading the
poem aloud to the assembled group and, it has continued to serve as a
guiding light for him ever since. That poem is as follows…
Ihold to no religion or creed,
Am neither Eastern nor Western,
Muslim or Infidel,
Zoroastrian, Christian, Jew or Gentile.
I come from neither land nor sea,
Am not related to those above or below,
Was not born nearby or far away.
Do not live either in Paradise
or on this Earth,
Claim descent not from Adam and Eve or the Angels above
I transcend body and soul.
My home is beyond place and name.
It is with the beloved, in a space beyond space.
I embrace all and am part of all.
One final truth
about the Cloister
of Akhenaten remains to be said. While the group might represent a
fascinating concept, it is, in fact, strictly the product of my imagination,
created solely for the purposes of my ‘Wes Franklin’ novels.