Stairway of the Gods
Stairway of the Gods takes readers on a magical journey to the Philippines and the heartland of its people in the Cordillera Mountains. Warren’s tale of skullduggery unfolds on the slopes of the Banaue rice terraces when Paul and Joan Webster are trapped in the village after an earthquake. Paul is hospitalized and Joan is left alone to protect one of the most important discoveries of the twentieth century—a booty of gold and precious artifacts hidden in a cave during World War II—that some would kill for.
The priceless relics were once considered to be only legendary, based on the myth that Japanese General Yamashita hid them temporarily before World War II came to an end. The myth alone has lured treasure hunters here. With the main road washed out and the mountains inhabited by the New People’s Army (NPA), the armed wing of the Communist Party in the Philippines—Joan must work closely with the townspeople to keep the discovery secret. She enlists the help of an influential senator in Manila.
Despite the fact that Joan is worried about her husband’s recovery, she must excavate the treasure that lies buried on this dangerous mountain. Joan realizes that Banaue will be their home for the coming months, and their lives are dramatically changed as a result. Their marriage may be falling apart, and someone wants to kill Joan to get the treasure.
Warren combines his travel experience with his knowledge about Asian art to weave an exciting tale of deceit, betrayal and murder in his novel, Stairway of the Gods.