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A Solid Historical Thriller
on 4 September 2011
The Holy Grail, the Templars and the intrigue that they epitomise has been very much in vogue with novellists in recent years and I wondered if this would be more of the same.
I was pleasantly surprised to find this a well balanced novel which feels fresh and original.
Hodgkinson manages to share his enthusiasm for and knowledge of the period by delivering a good plot with memorable characters worthy of any decent thriller.
By the time you find yourself in Carrickfergus Castle with underdog hero Richard Savage, the story has its hooks in and it clips along at a good old page turning pace.
There is something here for anyone who likes an action packed adventure story with a decent helping of love, betrayal, murder and mayhem making it a good read regardless of the historical context.
Peppered throughout the story however, are little titbits of historical fact and imagery that help to both inform the reader and conjour up a notion of medieval life.
The story acknowledges many of the themes that have characterised the British, Irish and particularly Northern Irish psyche for centuries; a crises of identity and divided loyalties haunt virtually all of the main characters on some level.
I'm not an avid reader of this genre of fiction so comparisons don't come easily but I reckon that if you like the writing of Bernard Cornwell you'll like this.