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The Medusa Amulet by Robert Masello
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May 02, 11

bookshelves: reviewed, mystery
Read in April, 2011

I won this book through first reads, which was exciting!

I enjoyed this book, even though thrillers aren't my preferred genre, which is romance. My preferences in reading could have prejudiced this reading somewhat, so keep that in mind. I found the historical and international settings of Florence, Rome, and Paris truly fascinating. I also really appreciated the author's descriptions of archival research since I, too, am an academic.

However, I enjoyed the historical couple of Benvenuto Cellini and Caterina much more than the current day protagonists of David Franco and Olivia Levi. I liked David's race against time to find the Medusa Amulet in the hope that it will save his sister from terminal cancer, but I found his character to be otherwise uninteresting and, quite frankly, unrealistic. He has his PhD AND a plummy position at the Newberry Library at 31? BWAHAHAHA!!! Yeah, right! And Olivia is quirky. And SMART! She can do archival research! Other than that, I know nothing about her.

I found myself looking forward to the historical/flashback sections more than the contemporary ones. The ending, however, was fast paced and action-packed. I think if you enjoyed Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, you'll probably enjoy this as well. I'm not sure if I'll read any of Masello's other novels, but as I stated previously, I suspect that's more because of my personal preferences in reading, rather than the content of the novel.
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