The Vatican Betrayal Paperback – 22 Aug 2012
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On a separate note, and not wishing to put off any potential buyer from this enjoyable read, there are two minor points which the author might wish to address or consider when hopefully he is publishing his next book. Firstly, I read this on my Kindle Paperwhite and the line spacing was 'double' even when set on 'single', which meant that page turning was very much more frequent that is usual. Also on a number of occasions the 'provenance' of an artwork is referred to, but the word used is 'providence'; as otherwise the author's use of words is fine, I can only think that this is the result of a inadvertent error when spellchecking.
Still forgetting these things the book is an easy read and compelling enough and will leave you enlightened wwith some interesting historical snippets as the characters follow the tourist route and visit some of the most popular sights in Italy. You will learn some intersting titbits and perhpas be inspired to read more about it. Certainly his writing comes more alive when he is discussing the historical material.
The ending could also be better but then I could say that about all too many books!
So overall an easy read with a fast pace and some interesting history thrown in. Appears to be the first novel from this author and self published. What I can definitely say is that amongst the half dozen self published novels I have read this was clearly the best.
Don't get me wrong- I do love a Dan Brown book, but sometimes I find myself skimming a lot of the pages because there is just too much history/background.
What Spratt does is condense the wordy history bits concisely so that the necessary factoids fit nicely into the narrative. This makes for easy reading and heighten the pace of the book. Which is exactly what I want in a thriller involving Catholic fanatics and conspiracy theories involving the Vatican!