First, here’s the link to my book: Jesse James and the Lost Templar Treasure at my publisher, Inner Traditions – Bear & Co.

If you have an Amazon account feel free to visit my Amazon Author Page and click follow so you can stay updated on the latest news concerning my upcoming books.

With that said, I now introduce to you a list of books; in addition to my book, that I believe you will enjoy.  In this list I include books that I have authored; the first of which will be released this coming July 2019, as well as books authored by family and friends. In addition to those, I have also listed books that I have enjoyed in the past and as long as I breathe, I don’t expect this list to ever be completed. In that light, it should remain permanently under construction.

I start this list with books written by my late mother, Betty Dorsett Duke. These books represent over two decades of research into our family history/mystery regarding my great, great grandfather Jesse James aka James L. Courtney. You can read more about that at my mothers website here and much more about this historical adventure in her books shown below.

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After over twenty years of researching family lore about my great, great grandfather Jesse James who lived in Texas under the alias of James Lafayette Courtney, I am pleased to announce that my book, Jesse James and the Lost Templar Treasure is slated to be available this coming July 2019 and is currently available for pre-order.
Jesse and the men who rode with him were far more than Old West outlaws, they also played a vital role in one of the biggest treasure stories in North America, if not the world.

The description of the book can be read at the websites of Inner Traditions – Bear & Company’s , Simon & Schuster and/or Amazon.

I hope you all enjoy reading Jesse James and the Lost Templar Treasure!

Read more about me, my book and/or my publisher at the following links:

           Second Book Coming!

I am pleased to announce that my sister Teresa Duke will be co-authoring our next book which will be a continuation of our late mother’s work. My deepest thanks again to our agent Fiona Spencer Thomas and to my friend, author and editor Phillipa Lee; who writes as Phillipa Faulks, for her valuable assistance. 

More information about this forthcoming book will be posted when available.

Drawing Water from a Deep Well

Below is a list of most of the books I referenced in my book. Soon I hope to include the journals, articles, websites, interviews and other media I drew from. I wish to express my admiration and thanks to the authors and sources both past and present.

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Holy Bible (King James Version)


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The Truth about Jesse James – By Betty Dorsett Duke

The Truth About Jesse James

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Morals and Dogma Of The Ancient And Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry – By Albert Pike 


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The Way of the Templar – by Timothy W. Hogan


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The Secret Teachings of All Ages – by Manly P. Hall

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Novo Clavis Esoterika – by Timothy Hogan


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Holy Blood, Holy Grail – by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln

Holy Blood Holy Grail

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The Symbolism of Freemasonry Illustrating and Explaining It’s Science and Philosophy, It’s Legends, Mythys and Symbols – by Albert Gallatin Mackey


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The History of Freemasonry – by Robert Freke Gould

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The Alchemical Keys to Masonic Ritual – by Timothy Hogan


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Foundations Unearthed – by Maria Bauer


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The History of Freemasonry volume 5 – by Albert Gallatin Mackey


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Fulcanelli: Master Alchemist Le Mystere des Cathedrales – by Fulcanelli, translation by Mary Sworder

Fulcanelli Master Alchemist Le Mystere des Cathedrales

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Ptolemy’s Tetrabiblos, Or Quadripartite: Being Four Books of the Influence of the Stars – by Proclus, Ptolemy and Philip Ranger


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The Templar’s and the Grail – by Karen Ralls


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Los Lunas Decalogue Stone – by Donald Panther-Yates


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The Abbey Church of Tewkesbury, with some account of the Priory Church – by Henri Jean Louis Joseph Massé


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Spirits of the Border, the History and Mystery of Ft. Bliss, Texas – by Ken Hudnall


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Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean – by Edward Kritzler


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The Confederados: Old South Immigrants in Brazil – by Cyrus B. Dawsey, James M. Dawsey, and other contributors

The Confederados

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Portae Lucis by Joseph ben Abraham Gikatilla (1248 -1325), The book below was printed in 1516 and is a Latin translation by Paulus Ricius also known as Paolo Riccio (1480 – 1541). Riccio was a Jewish convert to Christianity, the physician to Emperor Maximilian I, and served as a professor of philosophy at the University of Pavia.  You can view more of this book at the following website:  Austrian Literature Online

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