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5.0 out of 5 stars Archaeological mystery with a supernatural twist.
THE ANCIENT CURSE Valerio Massimo Manfredi (Kindle Edition)

Dr. Valerio Massimo Manfredi, is a very eminent Italian historian and the Professor of Classical Archaeology at the University of Bocconi and the author of some dozen or so very successful historical novels, several of which have been used as the basis for screenplays.

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1.0 out of 5 stars The ancient curse
I have read all of the Manfredi books and always looked forward to the next one. The Ides of March was poor, Conn Iggulden, Bernard Cornwell and Robert Harris have all written much better books on the subject.

The Ancient Curse / What a load of rubbish. Totally unbelievable, I began to wonder if he'd employed a ghost writer. Such a dreadful shame that such an...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kept me hooked!, 2 Dec 2011
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A wonderful Manfredi book. I read the book in 1 time finished.
Valerio Massimo Manfredi take you on the mysteries of the ancient curse of the Etruscans!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 6 Aug 2014
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excellent
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2.0 out of 5 stars Reads like a minor horror story, 9 Oct 2010
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This was the first book I have read from Valerio Massimo Manfredi, and I'm not sure if I'll read anymore. The title blurb states that Manfredi "shows Dan Brown how it should be done". My honest answer to that is that Manfredi doesn't get anywhere near to Brown's standard - even including Brown's disappointing latest novel.

Maybe this assessment is due to the fact that the book has been translated from Italian into English, and that some aspects of the book - such as idioms, everyday sayings or adjectives - were lost in translation. However, there are some sentences that didn't make sense, which should have been ironed out before publication.

As for the novel itself, this was not what I was expecting. Yes, it is thrilling, there are dead bodies, horrific deaths and some action, but for me the story lacked plausibility. It also read like a minor horror story (a genre I do not like) with a terrible beast massacring people, a scary middle-aged woman who seems possessed by something and a spooky house complete with mummified animals and humans. As another reviewer has said, Manfredi resorts to the supernatural. In this case it is an ancient Etruscan curse and a chimera. The part of the chimera, going round killing people by ripping their throats out, reminded me a bit of The Hound of the Baskervilles.

This was ok as a quick read, but if you want something a bit more realistic, skip it. This is probably a book for Manfredi fans only.
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4.0 out of 5 stars improvement on last book, 7 Oct 2010
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this is much better than his last book.this held my attention from the start ,good to see he is back to normal,will now await his next book hoping he will keep it up!
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