Photo Gallery from Research

The following are images I compiled during the research and site visits for the novel, Crown of Serpents. I’ve listed them here in order of how the book plot flows and added captions to further explain how the image is connected. As you read the novel, visit this gallery to enhance your sense of the realism in the story. Keep in mind, the book is fiction, meaning the entire story came from my imagination, so as you read the captions take that into account.

An illustration of a Continental Army officer in the period of 1779. Scout Lt. Thomas Boyd would have dressed in a similar fashion but probably in full deer skin attire.

An illustration of a Continental Army officer in the period of 1779. Scout Lt. Thomas Boyd would have dressed in a similar fashion but probably in full deer skin attire.

Continental Army scout reenactor firing his weapon. Typical woodland attire that Thomas Boyd's scouts would have been dressed in. Photo by Jim W. Filipski

Continental Army scout reenactor firing his weapon. Typical woodland attire that Thomas Boyd's scouts would have been dressed in. Photo by Jim W. Filipski

An illustration of Mohawk Chief and Freemason Joseph Brant.

An illustration of Mohawk Chief and Freemason Joseph Brant.

Iroquois warrior illustration and brief history.

Iroquois warrior illustration and brief history.

Iroquois Indian reenactors in war paint. Photo by Jim W. Filipski.

Iroquois Indian reenactors in war paint. Photo by Jim W. Filipski.

An illustration of one of British Colonel John Butler's Rangers who operated out of Old Fort Niagara.

An illustration of one of British Colonel John Butler's Rangers who operated out of Old Fort Niagara.

The site where Thomas Boyd was murdered.

The site where the American scout prisoners Thomas Boyd and Michael Parker were murdered by Little Beard's Seneca warriors on September 14, 1779.

The tree used to prop up Continental Army scout Lt. Thomas Boyd while the Seneca Indians under Little Beard tortured him to death.

The tree used to prop up Continental Army scout Lt. Thomas Boyd while the Seneca Indians under Little Beard tortured him to death.

Cranberry Marsh, Seneca County, NY. The view Jake Tununda would have seen from Marsh Road. He walked into the treeline shown to find the victim trapped in a hole.

Cranberry Marsh, Seneca County, NY. The view Jake Tununda saw from Marsh Road before he hiked into the treeline to find the hunter trapped in a hole.

Cranberry Marsh woods. The view Jake Tununda had as he entered the marsh woods in search of the trapped victim. Just ahead is the small island the Indian grave was found on and where the victim was trapped in a well.

Cranberry Marsh woods. The view Jake Tununda had as he entered the marsh woods in search of the trapped victim. Just ahead is the small island the Indian grave was found on and where the hunter had fallen in a well.

Old Fort Niagara South Redoubt Gatehouse Entrance. View from parking lot.

Old Fort Niagara South Redoubt Gatehouse Entrance. View from parking lot.

Reenactor in British infantryman period uniform cradling a Brown Bess musket. French Castle (main structure within Old Fort Niagara) is in background. The same scene Jake Tununda had when he entered the fort with the executive director of the association.

Reenactor in British infantryman period uniform cradling a Brown Bess musket. French Castle (main structure within Old Fort Niagara) is in background. The same scene Jake Tununda had when he entered the fort with the executive director of the association.

Parade ground and French Castle within Old Fort Niagara. The grounds in front of the castle had soldiers barracks and storage buildings. It was in the parade ground that a team of archaeologists from SUNY Buffalo found the Boyd Box lodged while excavating a buried stone foundation wall of one of these parade ground barracks.

Parade ground and French Castle within Old Fort Niagara. The grounds in front of the castle had soldiers barracks and storage buildings. It was in the parade ground that a team of archaeologists from SUNY Buffalo found the Boyd Box lodged while excavating a buried stone foundation wall of one of these parade ground barracks.

Up the stairs to the second floor, left down corridor, last door on right. The commandant's office where Jake viewed the contents of the Boyd Box.

Inside the French Castle. Up the stairs to the second floor, left down corridor, last door on right. The commandant's office where Jake viewed the contents of the Boyd Box.

Beatling cliff called Painted Rock on the southeast shore of Seneca Lake.

Beetling cliffs called Painted Rocks on the southeast shore of Seneca Lake about a mile up the coast from Watkins Glen. Paintings show early Native American symbols with much later American additions. Supposed site of ambush against Iroquois Indians by Sullivan's scouts. An Indian chief was killed trying to protect British gold being hustled away from Catherine's Town. This is also the site where Sullivan's cannon of gold (stuffed with the confiscated British gold) accidentally fell off the cliff and sunk in the deep water below. There have been claims that a Indian spiritboatman paddles a canoe on the lake in this area. He is thought to be the chief who was killed by the scouts. Photo courtesy of Fingerlakes1.com Seneca County forum user.

The horse stables and pasture near where Boyd's keg of loot is buried. Located between the McMillan creeks south of Conesus Lake at the site of the old Indian village named Kanaghsaws.

The horse stables and pasture near where Boyd's keg of loot is buried. Located between the McMillan creeks south of Conesus Lake at the site of the old Indian village named Kanaghsaws.

Foot soldier's powder keg used in Revolutionart War period. Similar to what Thomas Boyd and Sean McTavish stored their war loot in.

Foot soldier's powder keg used in Revolutionary War period. Similar to what Thomas Boyd and Sean McTavish stored their war loot in and what Jake and Joe dig up south of Conesus Lake.

Gold Guineas - as found in Boyd's buried keg of loot.

British Gold Guineas - as found in Boyd's buried keg of loot.

A white deer along the Seneca Army Depot perimeter patrol road paralleling Route 96A.

A white deer along the Seneca Army Depot perimeter patrol road paralleling Route 96A.

White deer inside the Seneca Army Depot.

White deer inside the Seneca Army Depot.

Mennonite farming way of life. Seneca County, N.Y.

Mennonite farmers in Seneca County, as Jake Tununda would have encountered on his drive to Kendaia.

The beautiful rural landscape of Seneca County.

A late summer shot of the beautiful rural landscape of Seneca County.

Triple rows of electrified barbed wire fencing ringing the highly protected Q-Area of the Seneca Army Depot. Same view Jake Tununda had as he entered for his recon.

Triple rows of electrified barbed wire fencing ringing the highly protected Q-Area of the Seneca Army Depot. Same view Jake Tununda had as he entered for his recon.

Seneca Army Depot Q-Area igloo storage bunkers. These are concrete bunkers with a half barrel roof shape which are then buried under three feet of earth with only the entrance doors exposed.

A row of Q-Area igloo storage bunkers. These are concrete bunkers with a half barrel roof shape which are then buried under three feet of earth with only the entrance doors and a protective steel security cage around them being exposed.

Steel barrier cage around blast doors of Q-Area Bunker A0209. A large concrete block would have normally been positioned inside the cage in front of the blast doors as the next barrier.

Steel security barrier cage around blast doors of Q-Area Bunker A0209. A large concrete block would have normally been positioned inside the cage in front of the blast doors as the next physical barrier.

Heavy solid concrete blocks that were placed inside the steel cage and positioned in front of the blast doors. They were used as physical security barrier for would-be intruders trying to enter the bunker.

Heavy solid "King Tut" concrete blocks used as physical security barrier that had to be lifted out of the way for would-be intruders trying to enter the bunker. A cement block was placed just inside inside the steel cage entrance and positioned in front of the blast doors. The block was lifted on top of two vertically positioned "male" steel sleeves that went into the ground about a foot – with the steel sleeves fitting into the "female" hollowed out holes inside of the block.

Q-Area Bunker A0209 close up. Notice the two large box-shaped square locks. The commander of the base would have one key and the head of security the other. Both men had to be present in order for the locks to be open.

Q-Area Bunker A0209 close up. Notice the two large box-shaped square locks. The commander of the base would have one key and the head of security the other. Both men had to be present in order for the locks to be open.

Inside view of ammunition storage igloo bunker on Seneca Army Depot. Photo courtesy of Seneca White Deer, Inc.

Inside view of a typical igloo storage bunker on Seneca Army Depot. The one Jake entered in the Q-Area was double in size and had a vehicle ramp going underground in the back corner. The ramp led down to the subterranean base personnel survival levels in case of nuclear attack. Photo courtesy of Seneca White Deer, Inc.

Seneca Army Depot Airfield control tower. It sits behind Rae Hart's State Police barracks. It's where Alex Nero has his press conference announcing the purchase of the Depot lands. The arsonist blows this structure up.

Seneca Army Depot Airfield control tower. It sits behind Rae Hart's State Police barracks. It's where Alex Nero has his press conference announcing the purchase of the Depot lands. The arsonist blows this structure up.

N.Y. State Trooper Station Romulus where Investigator Rae Hart's office is. The Seneca Depot airfield and control tower are directly behind this station.

N.Y. State Trooper Station Romulus where Investigator Rae Hart's office is located. The Seneca Depot airfield and control tower are directly behind this station.

The stone foundation of Wilhelm Van Vleet's farmhouse on Seneca Depot property. Nero's men discovered as a result of Anne Stanton's map research.

The stone foundation of Wilhelm Van Vleet's farmhouse on Seneca Depot property.

Brook ravine where Indian cave is hidden according to Freemason Cipher code found in Boyd's journal. On Depot lands east of railroad tracks and airfield.

Brook ravine where Indian cave is hidden according to Freemason Cipher code found in Boyd's journal. On Depot lands east of railroad tracks and airfield.

Seven-point white deer buck "Handsome Hank" on Seneca Army Depot land. Photo courtesy of Wild66.com

Seven-point white deer buck "Handsome Hank" on Seneca Army Depot land. Photo courtesy of Wild66.com

Indian Scout motorcycle found by Jake and Joe under the Depot.

Indian Scout motorcycle found by Jake and Joe. These motorcycles were slated to be destroyed after WWII at the Depot, yet six were secretly set aside and saved because of their unique value. They were stored in crates and encased in cosmoline until found years later in pristine condition by Jake and Joe as they explored a forgotten locked up room six levels underground in the Depot's main personnel survival bunker A0101.

Thomas Boyd's grave marker at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Rochester, NY.

Thomas Boyd's grave marker at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Rochester, NY.

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