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The Secret of the Cathars by [Hillier, Michael r]
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3.4 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews

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About the Author

Michael Hillier spent most of his life in the English West Country, where he owned and ran a specialist company in the construction industry along with bringing up a family. During that time he wrote as a hobby and produced a variety of works. Ten years ago he retired to the Spanish Costa Blanca to concentrate on writing novels. He now lives with his chocolate Labrador Cocoa in a villa on a south-facing mountainside with splendid views, where he works several hours a day on his writing.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 614 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: KSF publishing (24 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052NDSG8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,272 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I am very interested in this era and the subject matter I find endlessly fascinating. However, this book was probably one of the most tedious I have ever read. It's had virtually no story line, limited connections to the the Cathars and the most appalling ending. This was so sudden that I thought I had an incomplete download. Could not recommend it from any point of view .
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Although I am fascinated with the subject matter and the setting of this book, it did not grab me at all...the writing is not very dynamic and certain passages took me back to marking pupils' essays.....I was very disappointed, especially as this was my first Kindle experience. It is not often that I give up on a book, but I was not engaged by the characters at all.
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A Kindle find I did not know the author. I did enjoy The Secret Of The Cathars but wished it had not been what seemed to me, such a short rushed ending! I liked the idea of the limited discussion about how Christianity would have been affected if the Cathar's secret became known to all. I won't elaborate on the secret, as I wouldn't wish to spoil the story.
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I actually met and talked to the author and from his description of the book I thought I would glean some information about the Cathars. Not the case I am afraid and the storyline reads like a copy from 'How to Write a Mystery Novel by Numbers'. He is a good writer and the book is readable but this plot could be set in any time any place with ease. In my view you will certainly learn very little about the Cathars if that was your p[urpose in buying it.
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This is a pleasant book. Nice light holiday reading particularly if you have or will be on holiday in the area. I thought it ended a little abruptly all tidied up in what felt like just a few sentences but still an enjoyable read.
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'Secret' and 'Cathars' are target words I would enter in a search, which is how I found this book, which I thoroughly enjoyed reading. I found the author's ideas about the Cathars (and their secrets) interesting and believable. He has obviously undertaken a good deal of research. However the characters were not quite vivid enough and at certain points in the plot I became confused (this might be my fault!) I felt that the story could have been developed further.
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I had never heard of The Cathars before so, in addition to being a fantastic story, this was a really interesting history lesson for me. It did take me a few chapters to really get into the book as there were a lot of different characters introduced at first, but once I got into the story I couldn’t wait to pick it up each evening for another instalment.

Philip Sinclair inherits his Grandmother’s house when she passes away, along with a letter requesting that he travel to the ancient Cathar stronghold le Bezu to find some scrolls that his ancestor had hidden in the castle. Philip is also given a diary belonging to his ancestor, Phillipe de Sainte Claire, which his Grandmother has translated into English. This is his key to finding out where the scrolls have been hidden.

When he gets to France, he finds that a team of archaeologists have started excavating le Bezu and his interest in the site makes him anything but welcome. Then one of the team is discovered dead on the site and a murder investigation gets underway with Philip being one of the main suspects. Unbeknown to the police there are lots of other suspects, some even hidden amongst the archaeology team. Nobody is who they seem.

I've always dreamt of being an archaeologist so I loved the character of Jacqueline Blontard. Jackie is an archaeologist who has her own series on TV France where viewers can follow her current project. She has come to le Bezu to excavate the Cathar stronghold and to my absolute delight le Bezu is a real place. I even found that when I googled it, I had drawn an imaginary picture in my mind that was pretty close to fact – thanks to the vivid scene that was set by Michael Hillier’s amazingly descriptive writing.
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The authors note at the beginning of his book is extremely interesting, it is informative and helpful to the understanding of the main topic of the novel.

Philip Sinclair is summoned to Smyth and Baker Solicitors to find out that his Grandmother has recently passed away and named him as her heir.

He also discovers that she has left him quite a considerable amount of money, her very large house and a task.

The task is a treasure hunt, and the treasure is the 'lost' Cathar treasure. Obviously he isn't the only one searching for this treasure, Andre Jolyan and Jacqueline, a well known archaeologist is also on the trail.

I enjoyed the setting of this book, the Languedoc region sounds just perfect, and the fascinating history of the Cathars is one I have read about in a number of novels, this book is predominantly about Philip and his mission.

There are a lot of characters, and the plot progresses at a steady pace.

I loved it,
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