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2.0 out of 5 stars Totally unbelievable - and not in a good way, 27 Oct 2013
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This review is from: Shattered Icon (Paperback)
This is one of the many books which were written to cash in on the success of Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" and it makes that book look plausible. The complete unbelievability of the plot of this novel is not just the problem as readers are often asked to accept unrealistic premises for stories. The problem here is that, even if you accept the plot, the story still has a raft of inconsistencies and implausibilities.

The book consists of a narrative set in the present day and a journal set in Elizabethan times. The journal makes a pleasant interlude but it more than stretches reality to assume that a sailor on an early transatlantic sailing vessel should sit down every evening and write up the events of the day in detailed prose. The journal goes into extreme detail about the period of time in which the artefact which is the subject of this book is near to the sailor and then we are asked to believe that the rest of his long life is dismissed in a couple of entries. It also passes understanding that the journal would have survived.

The present day narrative is about Harry, who is an ex-army antique map dealer. Harry puts his life and his reputation on the line for a young woman who asks him and very little else. He teams up with a marine historian and together they have most of the answers. The villains are very James Bondish - cardboard cut outs who threaten but don't follow through. None of the characters in the book is very believable and they do have very staged conversations to pass information to the reader.

I have read a large number of these conspiracy novels, many of which also are about religious artefacts. This is not a good example of a strange sub-genre. There unbelievability gets in the way of any real enjoyment that you might have had in reading this story.
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