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A masterful piece of well researched writing!
on 29 April 2012
I was completely hooked from the first page; the story takes off with a lightening pace of events as the complexities of the plot unfold.
The story begins in Venice with such a wonderful descriptiveness you can really imagine yourself to be there walking through the many canal filled back streets. Here we find the main character Jana, who is working in a scientific laboratory on the restoration of a religious icon. During this process she uncovers a secret which if proved could destroy the foundation upon which the Catholic Church has been built.
As Jana starts to dig deeper into the mystery of the icon she develops an unlikely relationship with Rob Anderson, the Curator and a Roman Catholic priest. A series of events transports them to Malta where they end up taking a huge risk which causes them to have to run for their lives from what appears to be three separate groups who all have invested interest in obtaining the secret of the icon.
Through a trusted friend they are introduced to an expert in the interpretation of symbols who helps them to unravel the various meanings of the pictograms embedded in the icon. This fatherly Welsh professor becomes the real sticking element of this group of eclectic characters which grows in numbers as the plot twists and turns. The stakes are raised, a ransom is demanded and people are found dead as a race against time sees the group flee to other exotic destinations trying to unravel various clues along the way before one of history's biggest secrets falls into the wrong hands.
This book will grab your attention from start to finish. It has a bit of everything in it including colourfully illustrated destinations, mystery, romance, vibrant characters and a well researched plot which is so believable that it is quite shockingly real. The amount of work which must have gone into checking the facts and the restorative methods used on such pieces is tremendous and yet flows so simplistically throughout the book without detracting from the story line. There was a great balance of characters, story, detail and mystery. It was a hugely enjoyable book which I would highly recommend.I will definately be checking out other books by this author.
Andria Saxelby for the Kindle Book Review