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The Tavernier Stones by Stephen Parrish
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Jul 21, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction, thrillers

The Tavernier Stones is a fun book. It is a treasure hunt with a varied group of characters. John Graff is an Amish born cartographer who is fascinated with the 17th century map maker Johannes Cellaris. After Cellaris' body is found in a German bog with a 57-caret Ruby in his hand, a world wide search for the legendary Taviernier stones starts. John allies himself with David Freeman a gemologist and gem thief to study Cellaris' maps to find the clues to the hidden stash. What follows is a search and run for the treasure. Also racing for the gems are other teams.

Graff and Freeman are wonderfully developed characters that are engaging despite their flaws. The teams racing against our heroes are less well developed. They are a former ally of Freeman's. A German noblewoman who will stop at nothing to obtain the stones including having a criminal assist her. There is also a German detective who was one of the team that found the body in the bog.

I recommend this book as a fast and fun read of a thriller. It is not a deep book, but the historical, cartographic, and gemology is well researched and accurate.

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