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3.49  ·  Rating Details ·  292 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
Wer die Geschöpfe des Gartens Eden befreit, öffnet das Tor zur Hölle
Die Kunsthistorikerin Beth Cox erhält den Auftrag, eine kunstvoll illustrierte und äußerst wertvolle Handschrift zu restaurieren. Es handelt sich um ein Bestiarium, eine im Mittelalter verfasste Sammlung an Fabeltierdichtungen mit kunstvollen Illustrationen, die sich im Besitz des Multimillionärs Mohammed
Paperback, 544 pages
Published July 19th 2012 by Fischer (first published November 7th 2006)
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Feb 20, 2017 Dari rated it did not like it
(sorry für die Fehler)
Dieser Roman ist eine einzige Enttäuschung! Über 500 Seiten Langeweile.
Für seine schiere Größe, sind die Aktion in dem Roman recht schnell entwickelnden. Es gab ein paar Szenen, einige von denen waren nicht vorhanden.
Ich bemerkte auch, dass das Genre nicht richtig definiert ist.
Verschwenden sie nicht ihre Zeit, es zu lesen. Mein persönlicher Rat.
BESTIARY is essentially a series of plot threads that more or less converge, with only marginal success. A mysterious Iraqi millionaire named Mohammed Al-Kalli possesses an equally mysterious, ancient book called The Beasts of Eden, which is a catalog of fabulous, monstrous creatures, including gryphons, gorgons, manticores, and the like (which we know early on will turn out to be quite real). Al-Kalli gives the book to Beth Cox, an expert in medieval texts, to translate. Just so happens that Be ...more
May 06, 2015 Ashley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read this a few years ago, forgot I read it, and before I get rid of it wanted to read it again. Shouldn't have bothered. I like the premise. The idea of an ancient family owning and protecting what they feel are mythical beasts but are actually prehistoric is kinda cool. But it gets muddled. Some plot points are introduced and go nowhere. And I just can't like the main characters. For a couple so in love they don't communicate or spend any time together. Their son is creepy and the brief unne ...more
Talk about off the supermarket rack... Where do they get these books? I should have a seperate catagory for that. Not awful, but hardly remarkable.
Jun 02, 2017 Terri rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible, fiction, fantasy
This was a sadly pedestrian book about what could have been an exciting topic, pre-historic beasts that have been kept alive by a wealthy family. The one part that kept me interested but ultimately let me down in the end dealt with an illuminated manuscript. The author's description of that item and it's cover was richly written; I could almost see it. I can't write about why I was disappointed as it would be a spoiler.
The climax of the book was was like a comic book chase scene.
I listened to
Feb 24, 2017 Melody rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not great, but good enough to hold my interest.
Mar 11, 2017 Lauren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting read and a very unique storyline. However, I was left extremely disappointed at the end by so many unanswered questions. Come to find out, this is actually a sequel of sorts and you have to read the first book to get any explanation of who certain characters are or what certain events mean. I just wish it had been more clear, maybe on the cover, that there was another book I should read first.
Katka Chudá
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Aug 04, 2012 Anna-Lisa rated it really liked it
Nachdem die Handlung endlich mal in Gang kam, wurde das Buch richtig spannend. Es ist - leider - auch recht vorhersehbar, dennoch schafft Robert Masello es, seine Geschichte sehr spannend zu verpacken. Mir gefiel die Mischung aus Mythologie und Paläontologie sehr. Ich habe einige Dinge sogar gegoogelt, um eine bessere Vorstellung zu bekommen.

Es ist auch nicht ganz so schlimm, wenn man das vorangegangene Buch - "Das letzte Relitk" - nicht zuerst gelesen hat. Ich dachte erst, es wären Dinge, die i
Aug 16, 2014 Sascha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, fantasy
Die Handlung ist etwas verworren und die einzelnen Handlungsstränge wirken teilweise künstlich zusammengeführt, auch wenn alles am Ende mehr oder weniger zusammenhängend wirkt. Leider kommt Spannung in dem Buch erst auf den letzten gut 100 Seiten auf und es wird eine Person immer wieder am Rande erwähnt, die für die Protagonisten scheinbar eine große Bedeutung hat, doch warum wird bis zum Ende nicht klar.
Aug 31, 2012 Scott rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little less than epic of an ending...I expected a bit more with this cast of beasts. There were also a couple of underdeveloped scenarios that needed some expansion. For a quick paperback novel, it did hold my attention but the adventure within the storyline surpassed the concept and mythology of the found bestiary.
Sandra Guerfi
Dec 11, 2013 Sandra Guerfi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Couldn't wait to finish reading this .... so I could get it as far away from me as possible. Over 400 pages that never knit together enough to make you give a flip; there are dinosaurs and mystic dead bones and an ancient manuscript. Yeah, that good.
Jul 12, 2015 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is probably the 3rd time I have read this book. Why? 'cause I enjoy getting all involved in every part of this book. I read for enjoyment and rarely dissect any part of the story or the characters. I just enjoy reading and visualizing myself in the different parts or characters.

Jun 24, 2016 Jean. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun read because of inclusion of beasts from earth's early Paleolithic period. Lots of mysterious references to earlier story lines for some book's chief characters and hints at abilities beyond those of average man! This part detracted from reader's complete enjoyment.
Jan 31, 2013 Deb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was by far the best book by Masello that I have read to date. The ending didn't feel rushed, as with the firsttwo that I read. The characters are likeable; I am happy to see that Carter Cox will be continuing, as there isstill the question of what will occur with Joey as he grows up.
Jun 01, 2008 Cathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
Arab billionaire hires couple to help figure out why his extinct menagerie is having health problems (!) The ending is less than satisfying.
Heather Holt
Entertaining, but thin at the end.
Oct 25, 2010 Kevin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It's very visual and descriptive.
Jan 01, 2017 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Especially liked this one for some reason
Marcia Tomka
Apr 07, 2013 Marcia Tomka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not AS good as Vigil, but I still enjoyed it very much. Masello has quite the imagination!
Sergey Leschenko
Too early ending, looks like book was simply cut off, leaving many story lines unfinished.
Apr 04, 2008 Tina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This story had potential, but did not come close to realizing it. The last 1/8 of this novel was the only part that didn't drag on.
Mar 18, 2014 Elektrohase rated it liked it
Eigentlich interessant, aber leider mit vielen Schwächen.
Feb 12, 2013 Ken rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not to bad, especially since I paid like quarter for it. Left a crap load of unresolved issues at the end and some things were poorly handled.
Jan 25, 2013 Pat rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
nothing special, skimmed fast to the end
Nov 22, 2011 Sls rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As in Blood and Ice, this had a cool premise, but fell short because it did not focus enough on the fascinating part of the story: the mythological creatures!
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Robert Masello is an award-winning journalist, TV writer, and the bestselling author of many novels and nonfiction books. His most recent thriller, entitled THE EINSTEIN PROPHECY (47 North), hit the # 1 spot in the Amazon Kindle store. Previous books include BLOOD AND ICE, THE MEDUSA AMULET, and THE ROMANOV CROSS, all published by Bantam/Random House.
He is also the author of two popular studies
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