I wanted to like this more than I did. But there was too much politics and present day manouvering going on and not enough about the secret they wereI wanted to like this more than I did. But there was too much politics and present day manouvering going on and not enough about the secret they were supposedly searching for.
I gave up about 3/4 of the way through. I just couldn't stand slogging through it any more. At that point, we hadn't even discovered the secret yet and by that stage I didn't care any more. It was hard work....more
The paperback I had was over 700 pages, and a lot of it could have been cut. 400 pages or so would have been enough. Lots of rambling and long descripThe paperback I had was over 700 pages, and a lot of it could have been cut. 400 pages or so would have been enough. Lots of rambling and long descriptions which slowed the pace somewhat. I did finish it and the story was intriguing, but it did seem to drag on a bit....more
I do enjoy these Ben Hope thrillers, but I am noticing a trend in a lot of suspense and detective books for a while now: the main character always seeI do enjoy these Ben Hope thrillers, but I am noticing a trend in a lot of suspense and detective books for a while now: the main character always seems to have some dark or angsty past. Can't we just have a detective/investigator who are good at their job and don't have the dark past? It's getting to be a bit of a cliche now....more
Dr. Tony Gabriel is a science writer for a magazine called Insight and most of the time he works on exposes of fraudulent cases of3.5 rounded up to 4
Dr. Tony Gabriel is a science writer for a magazine called Insight and most of the time he works on exposes of fraudulent cases of psychics, mediums and fortune-tellers. As a scientist, Tony doesn't believe there is any evidence to support paranormal activity.
After his mother’s death, however, Tony soon comes to doubt that. For there are people out there who seem to know things about him, that even Tony doesn't know. How do they know all these things? Is any of it real, or is Tony just being led up the garden path?
His mother was involved in something called the Chadwick Foundation and after her death, Tony discovers all these papers and something even stranger: a human skull. What was his mother involved in? And why didn't he know any of it before?
The book is well written and keeps up the pace. The action takes place in three time lines, the present day, 1700s France and after World War II and they all blended together well. Tony is a likeable and engaging character and the reader feels they are on the quest with Tony as he tries to figure everything out.
We have everything from palm-reading, I Ching, physiognomy, numerology and people who will pay millions to find out if any of them are true, including governments and the rich elite. But Tony's investigations haven't gone unnoticed and someone doesn't want him to find the truth, someone prepared to kill to keep their secrets.
Eve was a mysterious Femme Fatale, but I just didn't feel any chemistry between her and Tony at all, but I can't put my finger on why. They had sex, but they may as well have been sitting down to tea and eating sandwiches. I just didn't feel their attraction to each other at all.
I enjoyed the book, it was an interesting tale with lots of twists and turns that would keep any mystery fan happy, but I'm afraid the ending let it down.
The rest of the book was so exciting, leading up to something and then with the ending - it just sort of ambles along and finished. But it didn't feel finished. I was surprised when I turned the next page and the book didn't continue. It ended with a whimper rather than a bang and it left me disappointed at the end....more
Arthur Malory doesn't just share Thomas Malory's surname, he is also his descendant, and like his ancestor, Arthur too has a fascination with the HolyArthur Malory doesn't just share Thomas Malory's surname, he is also his descendant, and like his ancestor, Arthur too has a fascination with the Holy Grail.
A chemist, who works at a physicist company in Basingstoke, Arthur is also a member of a loose society of friends who also have an interest in the Grail and they call themselves the Grail Loons.
After witnessing one of the Loons' murder and almost dying himself, Arthur is set on the path to find the Grail and finish his mentor's legacy. But Arthur isn't the only person searching for the Grail and some of them have no qualms about killing to get what they want.
This book endeared me from the start, when it was revealed that Arthur worked in Basingstoke, a chemist who works for a physics company, as we live in Basingstoke and my husband is a chemist who works for a physics department! As far as I know, he hasn't had the urge to go search out the Grail, at least not yet.
Like most of Mr. Cooper's other books, the tale takes the reader from the present day to various other points in history from the Big Bang, to the time of Christ, the time of Arthur and his knights, to 1800s Barcelona and Gaudi, to the time of Thomas Malory as he writes his opus, the Morte D'Arthur. Each section blended well with the whole as you try and connect the dots and you feel as if you are on the quest with Arthur.
It was an engaging, entertaining read and I adored Arthur. He was an ordinary man put on a path to find something extraordinary and he was noble and pure of heart, as someone who would go looking for the Grail is supposed to be.
It had romance, adventure, a great plot with an interesting melding of science and faith. The book ends on a cliffhanger and at first I was disappointed at that. But as I thought about it a bit more, that was really the only ending the book could have. That ending fit the book perfectly.
I have a wee niggle, which I often do with books set in Britain with mainly British characters, but then the spelling and idioms used are American. It's jarring to me and does take me out of the story somewhat.