Robert Ludlum never fails to give his readers a good read and this one is no different. Very good read. I had a hard time putting it down in order to get some sleep.
I am in the process of reading all of Ludlum's novels chronologically. So I cannot say this is the best of his life's work since I am not there yet. But I can say this is the best of his early novels up through 1976 that I have read so far.
It is a gripping tale spanning three generations of one family covering events from 1920 through the Viet Nam war. Full of intrigue, the secret at its center has worldwide implications for the Christian religion. It is not a religious story however. It is one of Ludlum's masterpieces of the suspense novel. Unlike his "Road to Gandolfo," the premise and plot of which I found to be preposterous and thus rather difficult to get through, this tale is fully believable and holds the reader's attention throughout.
FROM THE PUBLISHER
Dead of night. Salonika, Greece, December 1939. A clandestine order of monks embarks on a desperate mission: to transport a mysterious vault to a hiding place high in the Italian Alps. Its sinister contents, concealed fro centuries, could rip apart the Christian world. Now, as the Nazi threat marches inexorably closer, good men and evil will be drawn into a violent and deadly hunt, sparking a relentless struggle that could forever change the world as we know it.
Another great Ludlum...You may have to read it 2 or 3 times just to figure out everything, but its worth it!!
A gripping suspense/espionage thriller. As the Nazi begin to plunge Europe into a mysterious group of Greek monks try to secretly transport a small iron vault they've hidden for 15 centuries out of the country to a clandestine location in the Italian Alps for safe keeping. But the word gets out and a four decade search by the Nazi, the Allies, the Soviets and even the Vatican is on to find what can so threaten Western Civilization.