The Creator's Map Hardcover – 3 Jul 2008
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'Calderon's refusal to allow a character to become the mouthpiece of a cause is admirable' (Laura Silverman, Daily Mail)
'Subtle touches of humour follow this unlikely spy, and evocative descriptive passages afford the reader satisfying moments of reflection' (Elisabeth Field, Financial Times)
'Calderón is clearly a novelist with a superb imagination' (Gillian Nelis, Sunday Business Post)
'A powerful mix of romance, spy story and thriller, this fascinating novel captures life in the Eternal City under Nazi rule. It's a real page turner' (Choice)
'Calderón has a light literary touch, a respect for historical reality and a dark dramatic imagination' (Iain Finlayson, Saga Magazine)
'I'm thoroughly enjoying it' (Bookseller)
Incredibly entertaining . . . A narrative that combines the historical novel and the espionage thriller, with a dash of fashionably esoteric intrigue, it is likewise a story whose stylistic and thematic beauty surpasses the expectations of even the most demanding of readers. ... A stunning work of fiction (ABC Las Artes y Las Letras (Spain))
'A challenging, very enjoyable read' (Yours magazine)
'Thrilling and beautifully translated espionage thriller...I had difficulty putting this book down. I am sure you will too' (Dover Express & Folkestone Herald)
A dark espionage thriller with a compelling love-triangle at its heart that superbly evokes the tragic period of the 1930s and 1940s tumultous from the Spanish Civil War to Mussolini's Fascist Italy.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
It starts off so well and there is something exotic about the story and the group in Rome watching how the war goes and squabbling between each other. And at first the love triangle really works and we are engaged. Only then it becomes Indiana Jones. I got so lost with the Nazi map thingie that I stopped caring - what was that all about? - and the characters are the core only we have them leaping off into a quest that adds little to what could have been a love story or even the grimness of occupied Rome.
This is an unusual and exotic book but, when you pay good money, you expect better, and it really wasn't good enough as a story, with a flawed structure and plot, to make it merit the praise that made me but it. Or so I thought. Wanted to love it - really did.
The Epilogue to the book is an eye-opener. I thought the book did live up to its claim to recreate the intrigues of of war-torn Europe.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
e history lesson,but it is such a pleasure to read and is the perfect length,not too long or too short.Highly recommended!