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Michelangelo's Notebook (Finn Ryan #1)

3.33  ·  Rating Details ·  1,262 Ratings  ·  96 Reviews
Life may imitate art...but death follows it. While studying art history at New York University, brilliant and beautiful Finn Ryan makes a startling discovery: a Michelangelo drawing of a dissected corpse-supposedly from the artist's near-mythical notebook. But that very night, someone breaks into her apartment-murdering her boyfriend and stealing the sketches she made of t ...more
ebook, 368 pages
Published June 7th 2005 by Onyx Books (first published January 1st 2005)
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Jun 08, 2009 Rachel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
Boobies boobies boobies dead body dead body boobies dead body boobies boobies.

There, I just summed up the fist 100 or so pages for you. Moving on...

Basically this book follows Dan Brown's formula of attractive hero/heroine + art mystery = $$$. Except this is an even lamer version of Dan Brown. As a matter of fact, a character in this book even comments on page 304 (of my copy at least) that this is "getting into Dan Brown territory" or some variation of that quote.

Which makes me wonder, first Br
Sep 20, 2011 Melissa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 10-cent-sale
Nazis, Stolen Art, SS, OSS, New York City Present, Vivid Sex oh and there was also a mystery child, and murders so many murders...

As a College Graduate, with a Germany History background I somehow keep winding up with books like this. I thought it was about Michelangelo, ha fooled was I. Here come the Nazis again.

I actually did enjoy this book, to an extent. It had an overload of characters. I found myself having to go back and re-read sections to figure out who was whom.

Funny I kept telling my
Jun 21, 2011 Sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Finn Ryan is studying art history and scraping by in New York City when she stumbles upon a long-lost mythical Michelangelo drawing. Immediately after finding it, her life changes forever. People around her are murdered violently and someone is after Finn herself – for no reason she can see. She heads to her last resort for safety – a mysterious man named Michael Valentine who she is only supposed to contact in extreme emergencies. Together, they attempt to find out who is behind the murders and ...more
Lisa Lap
I liked the quick pace style of this book, however I found the chapter changes between past and present to be a bit confusing. I think the point was to reveal to the reader the origin of the mystery that is being discovered in present day by introducing us to the characters that started it all but there wasn't any kind of date or time referenced at the beginning of those "jump back in time" chapters that it sometimes fell flat. There was also a big build up of this boy child that the Vatican was ...more
Christopher, Paul (aka Christopher Hyde) – 1st under pseudonym
Onyx, 2005-Paperback
Art history student, Finn Ryan, comes across a drawing she is certain came from the lost notebook of Michelangelo. When she confronts her boss, he fires her. She and her boyfriend are attacked in her apartment and he is murdered. Finn calls a number given to her by her mother for emergencies, and is brought to Michael Valentine, a mysterious book de
Red Heaven
Jul 05, 2014 Red Heaven rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Let me count the ways this book fails:

1. It's called Michaelangelo's Notebook, but Michaelangelo, and the page from said notebook, are dropped promptly from the book after the opening chapters. False advertising.

2. The main character sits on her ass for most of the book. Where's the car chases, the rushing from one scene to another, the DANGER? Apparently this author resents Dan Brown - well, the problem is you're a pale imitator.

3. The author's vaguely sexist approach to his female character -
The novel wasn't bad. Certainly not as bad as some of the reviews, but there were a few cheesy lines and gratuitous sexual comments designed for cheap book promotion. Most of the novel was based on the simple thriller strategy of Eric Ambler of an ordinary main character in an extraordinary situation. Finn, a beautiful 24 year-old art student is the "ordinary" character from Ohio in this novel. She finds herself being hunted after discovering a sketch at the art gallery she works at that is not ...more
Jul 21, 2012 Matt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

This one left me a lot unfulfilled. The ending sucked. It seemed that instead of a satisfying finish, the author appeared to be on a deadline and felt that tossing together an ending as quickly and haphazardly was the best answer. Not!

I think the characters were flat and all the jumping around made it confusing and hard to follow.

In the end the author rushed his way through the entire book, tossing too much stuff at you without making the effort to tell a good tale.

PS: It got 2 stars instead of
Aug 22, 2012 Tashfin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
To my fellow historical thriller lovers, please do not pick this book after reading the synopsis on the back cover. It is all a lie to seduce you into the trap of art history hell.

Christopher Hyde tried his luck at being in the same league as Dan Brown, James Rollins and others. But this book failed him miserably.

If you are reading this review before reading the book, Please do not read it, if you value your time and energy.
There are reviews that sum this book up as boobs, boobs, dead body, boobs, etc...and they are correct. That's the formula in place. There are also some incredibly detailed descriptions which prove pretty unnecessary to the forward movement of the plot. I guess you could argue the scenery is a character of sorts, but it's just not that intriguing.

Overall, though, I read this with a brain-candy expectation and actually felt there was more depth to this book than many of those types of novels that
Oct 02, 2012 Michele rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One of the worst books I have ever read. It had so many characters and jumped from the present to WWII. The ending read like a Scooby Doo episode. All that was missing was someone saying "If It wasn’t for those medeling kids!"
Dec 17, 2009 Niloofar rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Tried really hard to be like one of Dan Brown's novels, BUT there were so many names and places and characters that it was impossible to keep up with the story line. It kept me reading but I would not suggest it to anyone.

Bethany  T
Sep 25, 2015 Bethany T rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not my normal genre to read, so perhaps lovers of the mystery arena will disagree with me; eventually the grammar and lack of cohesion between viewpoints really started to bother me. The end redeemed it all a little, and the historical notes were nice, but the name dropping got to be to much. We get that the author knows a ton of history; if feeling superior because you get each reference is your thing, you'll enjoy this book. Could have been a great story with a better edit. It felt like Paul C ...more
Greg Dill
Sep 19, 2015 Greg Dill rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a complete joke. With his obsession with breasts, the book surely was written by a pimple-faced, pubescent, 16-year old boy whose hormones are raging. In almost every chapter there was some mention of Finn's breasts or some other sexual innuendo. It distracted from the story and after about halfway through the book, I had completely lost interest. It was a complete waste of my time. It's not very often I rate a book with 1-star. But, to balance things out I guess every once in awhil ...more
Iko Wahyu P
Jun 08, 2011 Iko Wahyu P rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: surgically viewer, para penganut arsitektural romanenska
Shelves: finished-reading
kegodanya karena judulnya michaelangelo's secret..
wow another fiction dari salah satu sejarah 4 seniman kura2 ninja, walau pada awalnya ga ada niat buat ngomparasiinnya sama da vinci code.
to the point; aliran emosi overall lumayan dapet. thrillernya terasa walau terkesan dipancing untuk ngimajinasiinnya sendiri (efek2 kata gelap, asap, dll) walau penasaran bagaimana edisi aslinya sebelum dtranslasi. penggambaran nuansa klasiknya detail dan kita bisa dibuai manis membayangkan setiap lekuk bentuk
Nov 29, 2012 Ésa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book was surprisingly a good read and hard to put down. The plot was interesting and the way the chapters always jumped to another part of the story kept me turning the page.
However, I must say the ending was a disappointment. It got to 95% completed in my kindle, but the story, to me, was still about 60% completed only. So once it actually got to the end, it was a complete rush and a great big ''oh! Thats it?!''.

After completing his second and third book, I started to think about why the st
James Sorensen
Mar 23, 2013 James Sorensen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A young art student,Finn Ryan, is working at inventorying the stored collection of artwork at the Parker-Hale museum in New York City. While doing the job she stumbles across an apparent piece of art work torn from the mythical notebook of Michelangelo. She takes a photo of the piece on her phone before being discovered by the museum's curator, Alex Crawley. When confronted about finding the page Finn's internship is terminated after she disagrees with Crawley about who drew the picture.

Oct 24, 2011 Ed rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 20, 2013 Heather rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Disappointed. Let me start out by saying Paul Christopher desperately needs to get over his bitter resentment of Dan Brown. Sorry dude, but the guy is more famous than you. Maybe because, while he puts more “fantasy” and less “truth” in his novels, they usually flow better and he doesn’t constantly name a specific person as crock. This is the 6th book I’ve read by Paul Christopher, and it gets really old, really fast. Especially in one of his books, he blasts Brown’s Da Vinci Code by at least 4 ...more
Wicaksono Wicaksono
Awal cerita buku ini sangatlah sederhana, yaitu munculnya sepotong keberuntungan yang seharusnya membawa kebahagiaan namun ternyata justru menjerumuskan sang tokoh ke dalam sebuah petaka yang tak ada ujungnya.
Petualangan bola petaka mulai bergulir saat sang tokoh cerita tiba-tiba disapa oleh Dewi Fortuna. Mulanya sang tokoh, Finn Ryan, mahasiswi sejarah New York University, merasa seperti benar-benar menemukan sang Dewi Fortuna saat tanpa sengaja ia menemukan gambar jasad wanita terpotong-poton
Oct 28, 2007 Azia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
Pasca penerbitan Davinci Code, novel-novel yang melibatkan keimanan terutama yang menyangkut gereja katolik mulai banyak masuk pasar buku. Salah satunya novel ini.
Lukisan.Pembunuhan.Pengejaran.Diawali oleh penemuan lukisan michelangelo yang asli secara tak sengaja oleh Finn Ryan. korban pun berjatuhan satu persatu. Ryan pun tak luput sebagai target berikutnya, namun dalam keadaan genting ia berlindung kepada michael valentine,ahli seni juga. dan melakukan investigasi, yang membawa mereka ke masa
Dec 27, 2007 Sherry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Mar 07, 2016 RumBelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Christopher writes about a variety of things including art, history, religion and politics. He weaves them all together in a great web, which you think will lead to a satisfying ending. However, in my view, more often than not, his ending are downright outlandish and silly. This book concluded better than most, and I did like Finn as a character. She was tough and spunky which made me enjoy the journey with her.
Paula Howard
Apr 02, 2016 Paula Howard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finn Ryan is an intern in a museum. As she is working, she stumbles across a drawing that she is sure is a Michaelangelo. Not only his but from his lost notebook. Thinking that she won't be noticed, she makes photographs of the drawing and also some sketches. Her boss is furious and fires her. It only gets worse from that point. Murders begin to happen and Finn calls the number that her mom gave her only for an emergency.
Rick Bavera
I liked the book, but would have liked it better if...well, I am not sure. It didn't leave me "satisfied" as a 4 or 5 star book would, but I did enjoy the read......

Maybe it just didn't end with as big an ending as I wanted or expected.

And the romantic angle between the two "heroes" didn't really do anything to progress the plot......felt as if it was there just because the author thought it should be there to please readers who like that.....
Mark Palmer
This was just ok. As expected, everything gets resolved in the last 4 pages or so. The buildup was simply too slow for the payoff. I now understand the whole thing with "the child", but I'm not sure I understand how Michelangelo's drawing really came into play. This was nowhere near as good as The Sword of the Templars. I won't be checking out any of the other books in this series.
Jun 01, 2014 Nora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The twists, turns entangle the reader from the beginning as a small boat docks below a convent in Italy and leaves with a woman and small boy in 1942. Then to the war years in Germany and the transport of looted works of art. "...chance of a lifetime." Cover ups, intrigue, greed, quirky characters... altogether, I liked it.
Titis Wardhana
selain pembunuhan yang sadis, sampai akhir juga ga dijelasin kenapa lukisan itu sampai bisa nyempil di situ, dan karena kebanyakan cerita atau apa, gw sampai gak ngerti apa hubungan anak kecil itu sama tentara2 yang ngerampok lukisan. singkatnya gak nikmat bacanya...
Jan 25, 2016 Karschtl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama, bc, read-in-2015
Ein interessanter und sehr spannender Thriller (die Love-Story hätte es für mich absolut nicht gebraucht), die dann am Ende aber eigentlich nur recht wenig mit dem berüchtigten Notebook von Michelangelo zu tun hat (anders als im Da Vinci Code etwa, wo die Notizen von Leonardo Da Vinci durchaus eine große Rolle spielten), geschweige denn das irgendein großes Geheimnis dieses Künstlers enthüllt wird, wie es der Klappentext verspricht. Vielmehr ist diese kleine Skizze, die Collegestudentin Finn zuf ...more
Apr 25, 2014 Sharon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A woman finds a page from Michelangelo's notebook and museum curator falsely accuses her and fires her. Then her boyfriend is killed. Involves the Catholic Church and Pope Pius 12 and covering up of murder and stealing art work.
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