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The Alchemist's Secret by Scott Mariani
The Alchemist's Secret by Scott Mariani
This is a Dan Brown-ish rip off with a secret religious society full of devious characters and numerous murderers. It has a super dooper hero and a damsel in distress and there is of course a long lost manuscript...

I guess it's generally OK, entertaining in bits but quite silly in parts. It has also numerous errors that a good editor would/should have spotted:
-consistency: on one page: "he travelled in other towns to visit libraies...." two pages later: "he had never ventured more than a few miles outside his village"
-reality: there is no way whatsoever than a 2CV would have managed to move a massive car with bullet proof windows etc..out of harm's… Read more
The Murder Wall (Kate Daniels) by Mari Hannah
This book was a big disappointment for me. The writing style is awkward and makes it difficult to read, I had to will myself to go on reading after the first few (very short) chapters. About a third into the story, the flow improved and I started to enjoy it a bit. Then towards the end, it becomes clunky again and that combined with poor characterisation and a few improbabilities here and there makes this a rather poor book.
Templar by Jordan Mechner
Templar by Jordan Mechner
This is a really good book that will plunge you into a vivid 12th Paris! The story is fast-paced and an inventive take on what happened to the treasure of the Temple. The illustrators have a really nice style and bring to life this epic story.

This book builds upon careful research to deliver a well written and well illustrated entertaining story. I say genius!

Quick summary: Martin and his knight templar mates are stationed in the order's temple just outside the walls of Paris. One evening they defy the curfew, change into civilian garb and go into town for a bit of evening fun. That very same night the destiny of the 15,000 or so knight templars of France is forever… Read more