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The Creator's Map Hardcover – 3 Jul 2008

2.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray (3 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0719520908
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719520907
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 22.2 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,656,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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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.

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I loved the concept for this: emigre nationalists, a library,a map, a dodgy prince...and so much in Rome.

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.
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Emilio Calderon's The Creator's Map is set in the emigre Spanish community in 1930s Italy. Although Spain is riven with sectarian strife, the snooty expatriates are all Nationalists, and would like nothing better to ally themselves both with Mussolini's Fascists, and the nascent Nazis who are going from strength to strength. This is a somewhat laboured spy novel with all the simplifications and generalisations attendant upon a conspiracy to take over the world. Calderon, however, seems to be pitching it as a sort of Indiana Jones caper, with frequent references to the Nazi desire to snatch antiques of power, such as the chalice of Jesus and the Ark of the Covenant and sundry other relics from the Christian past. The main narration follows an architect who rises in the Fascist and Nazi hierarchies under the aegis of an influential and immensely wealthy prince; both these men are in love with a (obviously) beautiful and vivacious girl. There is a motley collection of men named Smith who recruit the architect and his girl to spy upon the prince and the Church; meanwhile, the spies are being spied upon by the counter-intelligence of the Nazis and the Vatican; the plot is somewhat tenuous and the book is ultimately quite plodding. At the end comes the rather facile conclusion that nothing is as it seems, and people fighting on the opposing side may just as likely be on yours. The blurb calls it 'part love story, part espionage novel and part mystery'. It fails at all three.
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I enjoyed this book in its interweaving of love and war. Set in Italy just before, during and after the second World War I found the historical elements interesting and the fictional spy story kept me reading. Bits of the story reminded me of the Indiana Jones' films in the stories of how some top Nazis were fascinated by artifacts like the Holy Grail or the Crystal Skull and went to great lengths to track them down. The Roman Catholic Church doesn't come out well in this author's version of history.

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.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x97108090) out of 5 stars 3 reviews
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HASH(0x9877f9a8) out of 5 stars Easy to read 23 Jan. 2009
By A. Raffo - Published on Amazon.com
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A complicated triangle during the fall of the fascist regime in Italy. If you liked books like The Da Vinci Code, The Last Cato: A Novel, ... you will find this book a nice addition. The style resembles Dan Brown: short chapters, you want to keep going and find out. There is a love story, an historical context, Rome, and a secret plot. It does not beat my favorite in this genre, The Shadow of the WindLa Sombra Del Viento/ the Shadow of the Wind (Autores Espanoles E Iberoamericanos) (Spanish Edition) by Zafon.
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HASH(0x97329c24) out of 5 stars Educational and entertaining 19 April 2013
By K. N. Grieshaber - Published on Amazon.com
It's hard to understand why this book is not more well known or more available.It has all the intrigue of The English Patient,the sensitivity of a love story and the author is skilled and smart. I love the Italian settings,the strong female character and the weaving of the actual events into a narrative. Again, I can't believe that I had never heard Emilio Calderon before reading this fabulous book.If nothing else it is a valuable
e history lesson,but it is such a pleasure to read and is the perfect length,not too long or too short.Highly recommended!
HASH(0x97329f54) out of 5 stars Thought provoking fascinating historical spy thriller novel 25 July 2016
By Edwin Ortiz - Published on Amazon.com
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Having never read any books by this author I was unaware what to expect but I am not disappointed. The novel reads like a thriller in the vein of the devinci code . The question I have is how of the book is fact ? Read it and be fascinated.
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