The Nostradamus Prophecies
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The Nostradamus Prophecies (Antichrist Trilogy #1)

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Nostradamus a scris 1000 de profeţii. Dintre acestea, doar 942 s-au păstrat. Ce
s-a întâmplat cu restul catrenelor? Ce secrete ascund ele? Doi bărbaţi, cu motivaţii şi dorinţe diferite, ar face orice pentru a dezlega misterul. Adam Sabir este un scriitor în căutarea unui subiect de senzaţie care să-i remonteze cariera; maleficul asasin Achor Bale face parte dintr-o străvec...more
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published (first published 2009)
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Rick F.
As I started to read The Nostradamus Prophecies, I anticipated a DaVinci Code like thriller- full of twists and historic details.
The Nostradamus Prophecies certainly contained those, yet quite a bit more. This is a very witty book! There were parts that had me laughing outloud. The plot is about an author who is seeking the lost 52 Quatrains of Nostradamus and a centuries' old secret society seeking them too. The real meat of the novel is the facinating and apparently accurate portayals of the G...more
James
If you enjoyed Raymond Khoury's Knights Templar novels or Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code, this is a good read for you. The premise is quite simple. Nostradamus wrote a thousand prophecies, ten prophecies for each year covering 100 years. Only 942 have survived. What happened to the missing 58 quatrains? Since each quatrain revealed something of the future, what secrets did the missing quatrains contain that made it necessary for them to remain hidden? These questions drive two men with very different...more
Roshni
Mario Reading, take a bow. This book is intriguing, well researched and written in such a conversational and imaginative manner that you end up thinking that you’re actually present in the plot while it unfolds. The book is in the form of a race between two men, Achor Bale and Adam Sabir, both in search of the missing 58 prophecies that Nostradamus is supposed to have written back in the 16th century. Those quatrains are supposed to point out the third anti-Christ, after Napoleon and Hitler.

As t...more
Piglet
A lot of people say that if you liked the DaVinci Code or similar books, you will like this one. I don't think that they have that much in common, but I still liked it. Yes, there is the element of a historic treasure (the lost prophecies of Nostradamus, which are supposed to tell us about the end of the world as we know it) and the search of it. And yes, there is a hunt that takes place in a number of religious places in France and Spain, where they find clues to the whereabouts of the propheci...more
John
Saw this displayed in the library as I was looking for new books and decided to pick this up. I'll admit that I enjoyed The Da Vinci code, and from the jacket, you would think this would be at least somewhat similar. Unfortunately, it's not even in the same league (and that's saying something). First off, I couldn't stand the writing; it read like a nonfiction writer trying to write fiction (which is the case). Also, the characters were very flat, and I could find nothing clever, witty, or excit...more
Dan
This was an odd book. I expected something along the lines of the Da Vinci Code and though there were elements of this it felt very different.

Much of the book is set within Gypsy camps and really explores gypsy life and mythology. I really liked how Reading played on people's perceptions of gypsies and kind of turned it on it's head and made gypsies come across as the better people (and he is probably right).

My favourite element of the book comes in the form of the mysterious Achor Bale. He's...more
Maksim
Not a light book for an easy read. Good knowledge of history would certainly help. Some of quatrains are pretty interesting.
Kar Wai Ng
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Dumitru
Don't know what pushed me into buying this. Maybe its price? Or I was somehow interested in Nostradamus? Got no ideea. Didn't regret buying it, quite cheap in fact. But it was a book of the kind I would've chosen to read just to pass time. That's what I did, actualy. Yeah, it is a thriller. It gets you thinking what might happen next. You will read it till the end only for this, at least that's what I did. But after turning the last page, I got hit with the fact that it wasn't something to enjoy...more
Lígia Bibliomigalhas
O tema Nostradamus e as suas profecias sempre me despertou interesse e este livro chamou-me a atenção precisamente pelo título. A associação das Profecias de Nostradamus a um thriller foi a motivação necessária para vir parar à minha estante.

Confesso que esperava um livro mais centrado nas profecias e na sua história, do que encontrei, mas mesmo assim este livro não desiludiu. Escrito num estilo quase cinematográfico, com capítulos curtos nos quais vão alternando as visões de várias personagens,...more
Muhammad
Sebenarnya saya bingung juga mau menulis apa di review buku ini. Jujur saja ketika melihat judul buku ini ekspektasi saya sangat besar terhadap buku ini. Saya mengharapkan buku ini akan menjelaskan ramalan-ramalan yang pernah dikemukakan oleh Nostradamus secara mendetail—bahkan kalau perlu disertai dengan penjelasan-penjelasan dan bukti-bukti ilmiah. Apalagi tebal buku ini yang 471 halaman saya anggap cukup untuk mewakili ekspektasi saya tersebut. Tetapi, ketika saya menyelesaikan membaca buku i...more
Roos Boum
I read the Dutch translation of the book: Het Notradamus-complot.

Beschrijving zoals het op bolcom staat:

Nostradamus schreef duizend profetieën. Maar we kennen er slechts 942.

Hoe zit het met de ontbrekende verzen? Waarom moesten ze verborgen blijven? Waarom zette Nostradamus in zijn testament dat hij zijn dochter een verzegelde houder naliet?

Dit mysterie obsedeert twee mannen. Adam Sabir is een schrijver die zijn verlopen carrière nieuw leven wil inblazen. Achor Bale is lid van een eeuwenoud gehe...more
Janne Paananen
Oli kiva lukea kevyttä perustrilleriä muutaman raskaamman romskun jälkeen. Reading ei varsinaisesti tuo mitään uutta tällä kirjallaan jännäreiden genreen. Tyyli on hyvin vahvasti Dan Browniin kallellaan, joskin vastaavanlaiseen asioiden taustoitukseen ja pikkutarkkuuteen ei ylletä. Tai sitä ei edes tavoitellakaan. Tämä on oikeastaan sääli. Sillä Nostradamuksen kadonneet ennustukset ovat tässä tarinassa lähinnä vain metsästyksen kohden (ja luonnollisesti niistä kamppailee useampikin taho eli kilp...more
Rachel
I was expecting something along the lines of da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, but found this novel to be more along the lines of The Last Templar by Raymond Khoury. A hidden "treasure" that can only be found by correctly deciphering the clues, while being chased by an assassin and the police gives our heroes a tall order to fill. Intermixed with the story is a telling of the lives of gypsies and their customs and belief system. I loved it.
Joanne
Nostradamus willed 58 quatrains to his oldest daughter, Madeline. What happened to them and what secrets to they hold? Adam Babir, a journalist, is on the hunt. But so is Achor Bale, whose family are members of the Corpus Maleficus, who have stirred up trouble for centuries to keep the devil at Bay.

Adam is drawn into the world of gypsies who hold the key to finding the quatrains. As Adam and Achor race to uncover the documents, the body count ads up. And the police are hot on thier trail. This...more
Jacob Chinchen
Good. Boring. Good. Boring. Good. Boring. Crap ending.

George
Dan Brown is much maligned for getting most of his facts wrong. But no matter what his critics say about his research ( or the lack of it ) , you have to give him credit for churning out one page-turner after another. Mario Reading's The Nostradamus Prophecies has all the elements of a Dan Brown bestseller: an ancient secret society, search for long lost secrets, hired assassins and deadly chases. Here , all similarities end; for both the plot and the writing lacks punch. My verdict: another Dan...more
adri patamoma
este livro começa legal, bom de ler, e aí se enrola todo -- é uma espécie de 'código da vinci' bem piorzinho. o final é a pior parte: nas últimas 10 páginas, plufts, tudo se resolve e pronto, como se o mario tivesse cansado de escrever e quisesse terminar o livro bem rapidinho, sabe? não gostei muito, não. (quem espera ler sobre as profecias de nostradamus, saiba desde já que praticamente nenhuma profecia é mencionada no livro -- o texto trata, na verdade, da busca pelas profecias perdidas.)
Anne-sophie Olsen
The only thing that made this a little interesting was the bad guy... the rest... not worth my time to be honest. I was very disapointed.
Just another the world is gonna end in 2012 and if we dont all bow down and believe in God we will all die... This is truly utter fucking crap.. don't wast your time with it

I detest books that talks down to you, that think youre stupid enough to buy whatever crap they try to manipulate you into believing.
Carmen
A killer is on the loose, a killer who thinks he is doing God's biding. He wants to find the missing Nostradamus prophecies and will stop at nothing to achieve his goal. Pitted against him is a French-American named Sabir who is an intellectual and was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Add to this a Gypsy family and you have no idea where things will go.
Hemantkumar Jain
Turned out to be a not so great chase story with the lost Nostradamus prophecies in the center ... but no real clue hunting per se.

It could have been a very interesting one. There could have been more of Nostradamus ... more of character development ... more of historical references which would capture the attention of the reader (without boring them)
Jeanne
This is my first Mario Reading, and, I must say, it was not bad..... but not great. I was drawn to this book by its title expecting a new insight or mystery surrounding the prophecies, but instead was delivered a chase story. I felt that on the whole it kept me interested, but not spellbound. The ending was a bit of a let down.
Andronicus Kok
Finished reading Mario Reading - The Nostradamus Prophecies. 1 man seeks to protect and discover the secrets to the Prophecies. Another is sworn to protect the guardians through a blood brother debt. Both men have their own views and beliefs yet 1 of them will kill at all costs to protect. Who will it be? An interesting read :)
Carolyn
I don't know why I picked this book up. It is just another Da Vinci redux...with a less likeable main character, and that is saying something. If you want a quick, thrilling, violence filled book, I guess it is as good as any like it.
Not highly recommended, other than an airport/beach read.
Wayne
I enjoyed it but felt that I was glad to get to the end! It seemed to me as though the author had started with an idea and then inserted bits into the narrative as he found something out rather than researching the subject then writing about it as one piece.
Shatheesh
An OK read. Dont expect much. You ll be able to know more about Gypsy culture and some nostradamus history.
Jerome
I read it in Portuguese. AWFUL translation! I will never read anything translated by Miguel Romeira again!

The story itself is very poor with plenty of inconsistencies and errors (especially in the use of french words and expressions)
Janne Uusitalo
Ihan hyvä. Mustalaisaspekti oli kiinnostava lisä, tulin huomanneeksi, että on ihmisryhmä, mistä en tiennyt mitään. Dan Brown-reseptillä kirjoitettu tämäkin, mutta pesi Kahdeksan mennen tullen. Tämän parissa viihtyi ja ilman v-tutusta!
Sa Voda
Viele Ausdrücke in Zigeunersprache und Französisch. Es wird zwar übersetzt, stört aber den Lesefluss. Es kommt hinzu, dass stets an die drei Erzählstränge die Geschichte für mich zu unübersichtlich und wirr erscheinen lassen.
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Mario Reading was born in Dorset, and brought up in England, Germany, and the South of France. He was educated at Gorse Cliff Preparatory School, followed by Rugby School, and then went on to study Comparative Literature under Malcolm Bradbury and Angus Wilson at the University of East Anglia, where he specialized in French and German Literature and translation before absconding, after two years,...more
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