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The Secret of the Cathars

The Secret of the Cathars [Kindle Edition]

Michael r Hillier
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Philips Sinclair’s grandmother has recently died. She leaves him the unusual legacy of the translated journal of his ancient ancestor, who was one of the four Cathar perfecti who escaped from the castle of Montségur with the ‘treasure of the Cathars’ strapped to his back – a treasure which has never been found. She also leaves him a sum of money with the request that he travels to the Pyrenean fastness of le Bézu where she believes the treasure still lies.
Meanwhile the famous young French archaeologist Jaqueline Blontard has arrived at le Bézu to start excavations as part of her new television series about the Albigensian Crusade. She believes her team will have the summer to uncover the secrets of the place before they are disturbed by the press and the authorities.
However the Roman Catholic Church already knows about their plans and has arranged for their agent to join the archaeologists. Also a secret but very influential body in Paris is sending their man to watch the excavations. Furthermore a criminal gang in Marseilles has become involved in the search for the treasure.
The archaeologists are suspicious of Philip but allow him to join them. As they start to uncover the secrets of le Bézu they find themselves in a race to make the information public before they are overwhelmed in a maelstrom of violence caused by the forces trying to stop them so that they can claim the treasures for their own illegal ends.

About the Author

Michael Hillier spent most of his life in the English West Country, where he owned and ran a specialist company in the construction industry along with bringing up a family. During that time he wrote as a hobby and produced a variety of works. Ten years ago he retired to the Spanish Costa Blanca to concentrate on writing novels. He now lives with his chocolate Labrador Cocoa in a villa on a south-facing mountainside with splendid views, where he works several hours a day on his writing.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 380 KB
  • Publisher: KSF publishing (24 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052NDSG8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #47,708 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I live on the Costa Blanca, Spain, with my chocolate labrador Cocoa. I have written about 8 books some of which have been published conventionally but which I am now selling online as ebooks in several different formats.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Tedious 19 Jan 2012
By Eileen
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I am very interested in this era and the subject matter I find endlessly fascinating. However, this book was probably one of the most tedious I have ever read. It's had virtually no story line, limited connections to the the Cathars and the most appalling ending. This was so sudden that I thought I had an incomplete download. Could not recommend it from any point of view .
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Secret of the Cathars 19 Jan 2012
By Linda S
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Although I am fascinated with the subject matter and the setting of this book, it did not grab me at all...the writing is not very dynamic and certain passages took me back to marking pupils' essays.....I was very disappointed, especially as this was my first Kindle experience. It is not often that I give up on a book, but I was not engaged by the characters at all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A book within a book 4 April 2013
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This book is interesting - it focusses on areas that people like to read about, such as cathars and the langedoc region, and the writer presents a reasonable plot line, developed where essential (eg in the specifics of the search), and has a length appropriate for a low-priced e-book. I think that it is value for money in that regard which is why I give it four stars.
What I see in this book, though, and what interests me, is that it could actually be a precis or extract from another, wider, bigger, not-yet-written book, a rumbustious, big-money thriller. For example, the book could run, in parallel, the story of the research that the protagonists relative had undertaken (which could be both scholarly in libraries and musty archives and geeky on the internet), and perhaps led to her death, perhaps at the hands of one of the other players in the story. It could cover how the merovingian happened to be there, with some back story, perhaps an ill-fated romance with the protagonists relative. Maybe they met whilst she undertook scholarly research in Paris? Maybe his famhouse was where she secretly worked whilst in the region. What conflicts did this engender? What would this mean for the protagonist? The marseilles thugs need a back-story too, and all of this would facilitate action across a wider variety of locations, which the story needs in order to add verve. I would also tweak the character of the protagonist slightly, remove the anachronisms, and explain one or two oddities (like being able to cut a long path through trees without anyone else on that hill hearing trees being felled etc).
Like others, I would tweak the ending - maybe the hero could secretly video the conversation and place it on YouTube, perhaps with copies etc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Secret of the Cathars 1 Dec 2013
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Disappointed with this as it didn't grip me at all. Too many characters being introduced early on as central characters so became confused.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The secret of the cathars 12 Sep 2013
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All right on a rainy day, a bit too obvious. The characters were a bit one dimensional, I didn't like the rush to tie up the loose ends.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Cathar's Secret? 12 July 2013
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A Kindle find I did not know the author. I did enjoy The Secret Of The Cathars but wished it had not been what seemed to me, such a short rushed ending! I liked the idea of the limited discussion about how Christianity would have been affected if the Cathar's secret became known to all. I won't elaborate on the secret, as I wouldn't wish to spoil the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 5 star read 7 Nov 2013
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Excellent read once it got going i got through it in a day from my sick bed highly recommended .....
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3.0 out of 5 stars a good read 1 July 2013
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This is an interesting book, starts fairly slowly but then develops quite well, some of the plots could have been better and it seemed a little rushed at the end with no great conclusions but worth a read if you like the area and are interested in Cathar history
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