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The Mask of Atreus
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on 28 November 2013
I have only one complaint, I just couldn`t put this book down. The Egyptian Culture was brought to life in the most interesting and fascinating crime story. I loved the Heroine and do not wish to give the merest hint of content as a synopsis already exists and only wish to state how fabulous a read this is. I got introduced to this writer by reading on Kindle The Tears of The Jaguar, which I couldn`t put down either. I cannot recommend this excellent read strongly enough and all 4 books I have read by this author have been outstanding. A lot of research and hard work has gone in each piece of work.
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on 18 April 2014
About the usual standard of intrigue from A. J. Hartley. It was all tied in with history and a great yarn. Even our old archaeologist friend Schliemann was included. A little bit of a sly one was he.That's for anyone who hasn't heard of him. America to Italy to Greece, the story takes you where the hero goes.
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on 13 August 2008
I bought this because of the excellent Amazon recommendation service and wasn't disappointed.
The pace is quick with an interesting story and intriguing characters. The action moves well and there are some highly exciting scenes.
The only let-down for me was the predictable bad guy and the predictable reveal of "who it really is". I thought these were quite obvious from early on.
Other than that this was a highly enjoyable action / thriller.
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on 11 April 2006
"The Mask of Atreus" is one of those rare mystery novels that combines an exciting story line, rich in historical and archaeological detail with a quality of writing which is a joy to read.
The book revolves around Deborah Miller, an Atlanta museum curator, who discovers the body of the proprietor of the museum in a secret room surrounded by a myriad of archaeological Greek artifacts.
A central cabinet, however, lies empty and the curator believes this to have contained a Mycenean death mask.
Deborah embarks on trips to Greece and Russia in search of answers.
She becomes embroiled in a mystery which is far more sinister than she could ever have imagined. Attempts are made on her life as she begins to uncover the awesome truth.
The question is "Will she have time to reveal the truth to the world before she herself is annihilated?"
This novel is a really accessible read without being patronising and the chapters move in a sharply paced style.
Gradually the reader is drawn into this intriguing story and kept guessing.
The characters are well delineated and believable, whilst the plot has many twists and turns building up the tension and suspense and compelling the reader to keep turning the pages.
To say more would spoil the mystery. Read and enjoy!
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on 11 July 2013
Story good, if a little slow. Nicely timed reveals of plot turns. Thought the internal angst was unecessary padding. So many spelling errors even taking the American spelling (?) into account. Consistently (except once) used "passed" (past participle of "to pass") instead of "past" (noun) when "the past" was being referred to. Irritating. Author also got confused as to what time it was in America when it was evening in Europe.
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on 4 April 2006
The Mask Of Atreus is a great Dan Brown style detective thriller, but with highly credible characters and plenty of well researched historical detail.
The archaelogical aspects of ancient Greece are accurate and well described, without being heavy and boring or ever slowing the pace of this thriller which will keep you turning th epages!
Enjoy!
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on 7 July 2013
Even the author seems up-front about this being a "Dan Brown style" book. So the hero-protagonist is "Deborah Miller" who's female, Jewish and non-sexy (because she's 6'1" tall and doesn't use lipstick/perfume), but has a Masters Degree, and runs what can pass for a museum in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

The story works well as a page-turner/thriller, and the author skips over the holes in the the plot in a way that helps you ignore them.

[WARNING: Spoilers]

S/he rather over-eggs the pudding with Tonya, who is allegedly the black woman (whose Dad died in WWII), that flew to Greece, and had a pistol there, in order to confront Deborah and explain to her that a 'hate crime' may be significant. (Thus moving the plot forward, and establishing a fleeting rapport between black and Jewish people who both happen to be female, against the sort of mess that men who have daughters can make, even if they're dead).

Think back to watching Scooby-Doo cartoons, and enjoy. ;)
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 11 February 2008
Although the storyline for this book reads much like many other "find the key to a problem, while racing against the clock to save the world from imminent disaster, it is much more than that. The flowing style of the author's writing makes for easy reading and there is a well structured balance between the historical and archaeological content of the book. The author is careful not to rely too heavily on these subjects, which may be a little off putting or boring to some, but not all readers.

An out of the way, little known museum is the scene of the murder of its owner. He is found in a secret room surrounded by a unique collection of Greek artifacts. Deborah Miller who finds the body, is herself a museum curator and is baffled by the fact that only a Mycenaean death mask and some bones attributed to a legendary hero, although thought to be a myth rather than a real person.

Deborah Miller is soon embroiled in a mystery that threatens to claim her life before she is able to find the truth. But she is determined to see the mystery through to the end and Deborah is drawn to Greece and Russia in her attempt to find out what really happened

There is lots of suspense in the book and the author handles this side of the story with aplomb. The tension builds up as the story progresses and keeps the reader guessing until the very end.
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on 8 April 2006
'The Mask of Atreus' is one of those rare mystery novels that combines an exciting story line rich in historical and archaelogical detail with a quality of writing which is a joy to read.
The book revolves round Deborah Miller, an Atlanta museum curator, who discovers the body of the proprietor of the museum in a secret room surrounded by a myriad of archaeological Greek artifacts. A central cabinet, however, lies empty and the curator believes this to have contained a Mycenean death mask.
As the story unfolds, the curator travels to Greece and Russia and becomes embroiled in a mystery whish is far more sinister than she could have ever imagined. After several attempts on her life Deborah uncovers the truth but realizes that she is up against a race against time to reveal to the world the secret she has discovered.
This novel is an accessible read without being patronising and the chapters move in a sharply paced style.
Gradually the reader is drawn into this intriguing story and kept guessing.
The characters are well delineated and believable, whilst the plot has many twists and turns to develop the tension and suspense and the compulsion to keep turning the pages.
To say more would spoil the mystery. Read and enjoy!
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on 25 May 2014
Exotic location, archaeolgical interest, gore, villainy, jeopardy, all told with panache; I like it! I think you will too. Get it.
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