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Potsdam author publishes third novel


POTSDAM - Potsdam author Aaron Brownell recently released his third novel, “The Long Path” - an epic tale that follows a college professor on his quest to find the lost treasury of the fabled Knights Templar.

Starting in academia and turning into a global run across Europe and North America, the story follows Professor Chris Anderson as he chases clue after clue on the journey to find the resting place of a vast treasure he believes to have been secretly shuttled from place to place after the fall of the Templars centuries ago.

“The Long Path” is a novel that readily shifts from present to past in a style that is part travelogue, part whodunit, leading to a climatic end in a fictional Northern New York town not unlike where the author was born, raised, and earned his college degree.

“It’s ultimately a story of dogged perseverance,” said Brownell, who graduated with a degree in physics from SUNY Potsdam in 1992. “It has some dark moments, intrigue, and historical drama, but I also tried to mix in a little fun for Mr. Anderson along the way.”

Brownell said he drew from his education in science, fascination with history and his extensive travel to craft the heart of the novel.

“My goal was to weave my science and professional background with my real world travel experiences to produce a structurally sound but enjoyable ride for my readers from start to finish,” Brownell said. “Not a small amount of all that experience was gained right here in Potsdam, and anyone familiar with the area will recognize that when they read “The Long Path.”

The book is a sea change from the author’s first two novels, also published by iUniverse, a self-publishing company in Bloomington, Ind. The first book, “Reflection,” published in 2007, and second novel, “Contention,” chronicle the trials and tribulations of an English vampire named Sara Grey. The second book was given the “Editor’s Choice Award” by iUniverse after its publication in 2010. Brownell expects to complete the final novel in the trilogy, “Progression,” this year.

“The Long Path” became available in soft-cover in November from iUniverse through their online store, as well as,, and other major web based retailers. It is available in soft cover at the Brewer Bookstore in Canton for $19.95. It is also available in Kindle and other eBook formats for between $4.00 and $10.00. Brownell’s Sara Grey novels are available from in the same formats, from the same retailers, as well as at the Brewer Bookstore.

About the author: Aaron T. Brownell, 45, splits his time between his home in Potsdam, and locations around the United States, where he works as an engineer for Sevenson Environmental Services Inc. Follow him on Facebook at Aaron Brownell Novels, on twitter at @vernsaysHI, or visit his website

You can also email Aaron at

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