Not quite as catchy as "The DaVinci Code", this book is still a fun ride to solve an ancient mystery.
I loved this book because it intertwined so many stories -- the one in the time of Christ, and the other in current day. It ranges all over the world, from Idaho to Italy to Russia to the Holy Land to Spain, Paris and Britain. An interlocked tale of intrigue and mystery, puzzles and code-breaking, Native American heritage to the Rom "gypsy" people. Neville is a good writer and keeps interest at a peak. Each chapter has quotes from varied authors at the beginning, leading one to wonder about the connection with what is going to happen next. 552 pages in paperback
I was excited to read this book. I love a good thriller, and having a good riddle wrapped up in it is always even better. Unfortunately, I was extremely disappointed with this book. The author seemed to assume that the reader would be ready to dig as deeply as her main character to find the answers she needed. When I read a book I really don't want to have to work that hard.
She interspersed stories from the time of Christ and beyond within the novel, I presume to give the reader an understanding of what was to come, or maybe to hint at what new revelation was coming next. Maybe I just didn't get it. But I'm interested in the story NOW, not to be interrupted by 50 pages of, to me, unrelated and deeply detailed information, so much so that I have to go back to the previous chapter and re-read what was happening in present time because I've already forgotten.
The book was convoluted, confusing and, at times, maddening, not only because of a constantly changing family tree, and the uncomfortable relationships entwined within. You need a scorecard to keep track of all these people. One of the most annoying traits in the book is the the main character's ridiculous behavior when it came to dealing with people she knew she couldn't trust. There were a lot of tense moments that could have gone somewhere and because of her decision, just fizzled out. Bleh.
The ending was very unsatisfactory in that that it really left more questions than answers and considering the length of this overwritten novel, was sharply drawn and ended more like the air coming out of a balloon than the sharp bang I was expecting.
A great big crunchy chow mein of a novel that reads like a cross between Raiders of the Lost Ark and The DaVinci Code with frequent side trips through mythology, numerology, astrology, world history, and ancient religions. A young woman with an almost unimaginably tangled family history received a mysterious inheritance which is also being sought by several others. It's a little long, and the resolution is a little fuzzy, but it's a great ride otherwise.
Having purchased two previous audibooks of this author (The Eight & Calculated Risk), both of which were excellent books (Eight being a little more excellent), I decided to give this one a listen-to when I saw it posted. In some ways, you can compare this book to "The DaVinci Code", although this one was writtem much earlier. Katherine Neville is a gifted writer, her books seem to be well researched, and fast paced. Her books, when compared to other authors in the Mystery/Thriller genre are definatley more "literate" than most. In this book, you are treated to an intricate story line involving history, mythology, faith and power. Somehow she manages to weave together stories of Christ, Mary Magdalagne, and Joseph of Arimathea with those of Ceasar and Hitler. Go figure that one! Personally, I found this book offered me a story that kept my interest level up, to the point that I was a little disappointed when the last tape ended. This is a very complex book - one that will exercise your mind trying to grasp all the different threads between ancient history and modern times. I will be the first to admit that this is NOT an easy read/listen. That being said, it is well worth an attempt to understand it. If for no other reason than to marvel at the ability of someone who can mesh all the various elements into a winner of a story.
interesting book, similar in style to the Da Vinci code - fast paced, world travels, ancient mystery to solve. this is the abridged version.
Another great book from my favorite author, Katherine Neville.
When her cousin is slain by an unknown assassin, Ariel Behn becomes the sole heir to a family legacy: a sinister cache of manuscripts that thrusts her into the deadly center of international intrigue---and an age-old enigma that spans the centuries. Whoever assembles and interprets the cryptic clues of this ancient mystery will possess the power to control the fate of the world.