The Seventh Sacrament (Nic Costa #5)
Several years later, the boys who were with his son start getting killed. Nic Costa is trying to c ...more
Briefly, if that's possible, a killer, Giorgio Bramante, is released from prison after 14 years. He was convicted of beating to death, a suspect, Ludo Torchia, in the disappearance of his son, Alessio. The ...more
The intricate fifth thriller from British author Hewson to feature Roman detective Nic Costa (after 2006's The Lizard's Bite) artfully weaves several points-of-view as it shifts between past and present. Fourteen years after seven-year-old Alessio Bramante, the son of an eminent archeology professor, disappeared underneath Rome's ancient Circus Maximus, someone seeking revenge attacks Costa's colleague, Insp. Leo Falcone, who worked on the unsolved case of the missing boy...more
The core cast of characters is now up to six which makes it a challenge when you add in others to make a good story. And you know it is going to grow exponentially when there is a list of "Principal" characters ahead of the introduction that is in excess of 30.
Despite that, I found it wasn't too bad keeping up with all these folks. What I did find challenging at times ...more
This book jumps backwards and forwards between now and 14 years ago. With no indication at the beginning of the chapter which year it is did using it can be a bit confusing to start with, but you soon get in to the flow of it.
This is the review of a cold case that comes back to hit the main characters with an unseen twist at the end.
It also continues t ...more
The climax was a little unsatisfying too and included a particularly ineffective SWAT team.
There was an underlying theme about generations, particu ...more
This was the first Nic Costa book I had read but I never felt as though I needed to read the others to know what was going on.
A solid mystery, a great cast of characters, s ...more
The Seventh Sacrament didn't have as much historical information as I would have liked, but maybe that's because Mithraism isn't that well known.
This mystery is solved more by technology and human error than by knowledge of the past.
I really enjoy the developement of Lupo in this book and might have to read 2-4 to find if there's more ...more
Also, I did not like the way the past sections were in italics.
Other than those complaints, I liked the book. Interesting storyline, mostly believabl ...more
Again an intelligent, well-paced crime thriller featuring Roman detective, Nic Costa, and his colleagues and partners.
Was very interested in this particular mystery focusing on the Roman cult of Mithras.
Really enjoying this series though again will reiterate that while in theory they are stand-alone, character development suffers if they are not read in order. Personally I am enjoying seeing Nic, who was very green behind the ears in Book 1, gain more experience.
I would advise anyone who is interested in reading David Hewson's novels to start with the first novel , then carry on from there.
I personally wont be reading any more of these books as i honestly did not enjoy it.
* Nic Costa