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4.0 out of 5 stars Dan Brown with a supernatural twist!, 22 Aug. 2011
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This review is from: The Medusa Amulet (Kindle Edition)
I bought this because I liked the sound of the story, I was expecting another Dan Brown type novel and whilst there are some similarities in plot, this book has a very different style. Mixed into the extensively researched factual side is some fantastical elements. Discard what you believe and accept the fantasy as it's a great adventure.
There are two stories, one past and one present which are connected by the Medusa amulet. The story begins in Chicago, David Franco a literary scholar is approached by a mysterious, rich widow and asked to track down the Medusa amulet, an unheard of treasure from the great Italian artist Cellini. The amulet is said to be able to grant eternal life. David accepts the assignment hoping that the amulet would be able to cure his dying sister. David travels to Florence where he meets Olivia who is to become his assistant and then to Paris. Their search is hindered by those who wish that the amulet stays hidden. Intertwined with David's story is that of Cellini, the creator of the amulet. This story begins in Florence circa 1550 and travels through history to the French Revolution, the second world war and onwards until it connects with the present day story of David.
This novel wasn't what I expected, I was surprised at the two different stories and initially I thought that this made the novel start slowly, a few chapters in and I was entranced by both stories, especially the past. I liked the way the story flitted between past and present and thought that the level of historical and factual information was very impressive and well woven into the story. I felt that in some points the present story was a little weak, there were lots of coincidences and I thought that it lacked some of the tension found in other similar artefact seeking novels and the threats and villains seemed to be too easily dealt with. The combination of the two stories however meant that as a whole the novel was griping and kept me guessing for a while with regards to the twists.
I thought that the characters were well rounded and interesting, David was likeable and sincere and Olivia passionate and strong, together they made a good team and their characters developed together. Cellini was well written and this made me want to read more about him.
Overall I enjoyed this book, not your typical Dan Brown style novel, this book added a supernatural twist which made the book unique and interesting, it is less believable than others in this genre because of this but it is more fun. Definitely worth a read.
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