The Scarlet Crown, by Frederic Dalton
Tales of all-powerful gods which once ruled over heaven and earth have long faded to legend. When they disappeared, they left behind a weapon so powerful that it could unbalance world order forever.
Mild-mannered John Grey finds himself at the center of a modern-day conspiracy. His attempt to save an elderly lady from attack unexpectedly confronts him with his past, and the unlikely hero finds himself trying to keep the world’s most powerful weapon, a simple scarlet crown, out of the hands of man.
When his only lead to the crown’s location is shot, John, aided by an ancient order called The Golden Dawn, is forced to follow a series of markers in a bid to retrieve it. But he’s not alone and quickly discovers that MI6 and a seven-hundred-year old terrorist faction, hell-bent on world domination, are on his tail. The race to save the world from total destruction is on. Because if one nation or group ever had access to magic, they would destroy us all.