Very much in the vein of "The Eight" by Katherine Neville but a slightly blander version. A fast-paced beach or relaxing in the shade book.
back & forth from London, 1593 and NYC, present; mystery/thriller
Facinating and entertaining!
A melding of past and present; London and NY. I enjoyed same even though I am not to excited about flash backs.
This is one of my favorite books! If you liked the Da Vinci Code or Angels and Demons, you will also like this!
I could almost write the same review here that I just wrote for "Interred With Their Bones". If you feel like you want to read this, you may as well grab the other, too, and read them together.
Unfortunately, both have been compared to Da Vinci Code and I would *strongly* disagree with that comparison. I loved the Da Vinci Code and found both of these books wanting.
The problem with this book is it had a great concept (and we hear far too little about Marlowe, especially in comparison with Shakespeare!) but was so busy trying to be the great mystery history novella, that it ran around chasing its tail far more than it needed to.
Maybe I would have done better reading it cover to cover, but I found that by the time I got back in the swing of whichever timeline I was reading, it was time to jump to the other timeline. I'd spend long enough in each time that when I was switched over to the other, it would take me a bit to remember where I was with that storyline last I left it.
If you really want to read this book, I would recommend reading it cover to cover (or as close as possible) AND suspending any knowledge you may have of the travel world (as in reality of traveling from one time zone, country, etc. to the next). The book would have probably gotten another star out of me if it hadn't tried to convince me that all of this hustle was supposed to happen in a few short days.
Good concept, but it took too much to get into it and I had to set aside too much reality to even try to swallow this fiction. (I can buy a lot, but unbelievable timing is not one of them!)
Not my usual genre-historical fiction/spy thriller- but I picked it up a part of a box o books deal. It turned out to be an excellent read, combining present day USA crime and 1590's English spies and intrigue. Very enjoyable with interesting historical facts.
ISBN 0743432932 - Touted on the cover as "The International Bestseller" and "A Thriller", The Intelligencer strives to be all that the Da Vinci Code could be - and was. Unfortunately, that was much more than this book could be, leaving me with the feeling that I just read a wanna-be.
Kate Morgan works for a deep-undercover organization. As a front, The Slade Group functions as a fairly straightforward firm of private investigators. Behind the scenes, the group - run by a former CIA man - does those things and goes those places where the CIA fears to tread. Kate became involved after the death of her fiance, through her senator father's friendship with Jeremy Slade. Deciding to dedicate her life to doing something that matters doesn't detract from her first interest, English Renaissance studies, particularly Christopher (Kit) Marlowe.
When Cidro Medina brings a case involving the attempted theft of an old manuscript to The Slade Group, Kate is the obvious choice to work with him. The bad guy is working under the name the Jade Dragon and the manuscript he's after appears to have been put together in 1593 by Thomas Phelippes, a known spy of the era. At the same time, a mysterious man going by the name of de Tolomei, an assumed identity, takes a strong interest in Kate. His reasons are unknown, but he is every inch a threatening presence. Quick-witted Kate has to solve several riddles at once - and one of them is clearly a threat to her life!
Hopping back and forth between the present and Christopher Marlowe's last days in 1593, the pattern is easy to follow and keep straight. On the other hand, the threads of several mysteries going on at the same time does none of them any particular justice. If it wasn't fairly obvious early on that two of the cases were entwined, it would be a frustrating book to read. It was a pleasant surprise which stories turned out to be entwined, but not enough of a thrill to make up for the too-much-going-on-at-once atmosphere.
The obvious Kit Marlowe/Kate Morgan relationship is a little too cutesie; the screen name of Jade Dragon was incredibly unimaginative and the characters that seemed to me to have the greatest potential - Kate's father, Senator Donovan Morgan, her friends Jack and Adriana - were almost pointless, for the amount of time spent on developing them. Oxford student Vera Carstairs, director Alexis Cruz and others were introduced for what seems no reason at all, unless the author is hoping to follow this book up with another. If she does, I'll probably read it when the price reaches a penny on Amazon, but I'm not likely to make much of an effort otherwise. As a last thought, I'm not at all fond of books that include Book Club guides - it gives me the feeling the author and/or publisher might just think a wee bit too highly of their book.
I found the book very interesting, though at times I was wanting to know more about whichever time I was listening to. It went back and forth from the past to the present. I did find that I wanted to listen to it all in one sitting. In fact the last two discs I sat in my car and finished it. I have no CD player at present. Over all I really enjoyed it. And would definitely recommend it to others.
On May 30, 1593, London's most popular playwright was stabbed to death. The royal coroner ruled that Christopher Marlowe was killed in self-defense, but historians have long suspected otherwise, given his role as an "intelligencer" in the queen's secret service.
In 16th century London, Marlowe embarks on his final intelligence assignment, hoping to find the culprits behind a high-stakes smuggling scheme.
In present-day New York, grad student turned private eye Kate Morgan is called in on an urgent matter. One of her firm's top clients, a London-based financier, has chanced upon a mysterious manuscript that had been buried for centuries, one that someone is desperate to steal. What secret lurks in those yellowed ciphered pages? And how, so many years later, could it drive someone to kill?
As Kate sets off for England, she receives a second assignment. An enigmatic art dealer has made an $11 million purchase from an Iranian intelligence officer. Is it a black-market antiquities deal, or something far more sinister? Like Marlowe, Kate moonlights as a spy, her P.I. firm doubles as an off-the-books U.S. intelligence unit, and she is soon caught like a pawn in a deadly international game. As The Intelligencer's interlocking narratives race toward a stunning collision, and Kate closes in on the truth behind Marlowe's sudden death, it becomes clear that she may have sealed a similar fate for herself.