The Sacred Scroll Paperback – 12 Apr 2012
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About the Author
Anton Gill was born in London and educated at Chigwell and Clare College,Cambridge. He has written on a wide range of subjects, especially contemporary European history, and published a series of thrillers set in Ancient Egypt. Until recently, he has divided his time between London and Paris, but now makes his home in London again.
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So why not the full 5 stars? Well when I reached the end I felt a little bit of an anti-climax. Of course I can't reveal too much here without spoiling the plot, but all I can say is I felt some parts were not cleared up as much as I would have liked them to have been. In fact, I still had questions regarding certain parts of the story, and even felt some of the plot (after re-thinking about it) didn't make sense.
However apart from this I would still encourage people to read this book as I think the writer's got excellent skill with his writing and having read some of his other work I reckon he's worth a read.
High class thriller set in 3 main time zones, about 2000 BC in Constantinople (now Istanbul) , mid 20th century (Germany) and today (Europe and USA), very well researched (I checked one of the characters, an archaeologist, on Wikipedia - he was real) and informed (discussion of psychopathy). Not just a good read, but thought-provoking eg re extreme sophistication of science in area of old Mesopotamia, and destruction of books and artefacts by war and fanaticism. Keeps you on your toes, not just about who-dunnit but the time zones.
Anton Gill is known as a good and varied writer, as he has written on such subjects as Berlin between the 2 world wars, and Peggy Guggenheim in addition to crime stories set in Ancient Egypt, all with fascinating backgrounds, and I hope this will the start of a series set in old Constantinople.
Well worth the money.
Willing suspension of disbelief is essential when reading fiction and I do expect the book to draw me in and encourage such suspension. This book failed to offer me any such encouragement.
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I've liked it, but I think a person with more history knowledge than mine will be able to appreciate it more.Read more
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