5.0 out of 5 stars
The book holds you in its thrall: hook, line, and sinker., Feb 24 2006
For a while I resisted reading this book, thinking that it could not possibly be as good as its hype. Well, I was wrong. This is simply one terrific book that will keep the reader riveted to its pages until the very last one is turned. It is a very well-written, intricately plotted thriller in which a great number of esoteric historical facts and interesting theories of a religious nature are woven. Those who read it should, first and foremost, keep in mind that this book is simply a work of fiction.
All hell breaks loose when Michael Gill, an old freind and revered member of a mysterious cult, discovers someone has been murdeing members of this cult to acquire the secrets of the Garden of Eden. The crime scenes and the bodys themselves are laden with symbols and cryptic messages pointing to the renowned Michael Gill himself. He is invited to the crime scene by a wily old freind, Joe, of the Central Judicial Police, an equivalent of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, ostensibly to assist the police. Little does Gill know that he is, in fact, the prime suspect.
After meeting up with Joe, they join forces. They are then led on a merry chase by a series of riddles and ciphers that are ground in a historical context. They are always just one step of the police, who seem determined to charge Gill with the murders. During their voyage of discovery, Gill and Joe come across a secret society, that has a startling list of former members. There is also some interesting historical detail about the Garden of Eden, lead by a conservative religious organization currently in existence.
Gill and Joe peel back layers of historical clues that point to a secret of such magnitude that some would kill for it. As Gill and Joe surreptitiously travel across the globe and seem to be headed closer to the heart of the mystery that they are trying to unravel, an unknown nemesis is closer to them than they would dare imagine. This unknown adversary is marshaling resources in order to obtain the long hidden secrets that Gill and Joe appear to be on the brink of discovering. It is one that has the potential to have earth shattering implications.
This is a fast-paced, plot driven, rather than character driven, thriller. It hurls itself into the reader's consciousness at break-neck speed, and before the reader realizes it, the book holds the reader in its thrall: hook, line, and sinker. For those readers who love historical detail and unusual facts and coincidences, this is definitely a fascinating book that will hold their interest. It is a page-turning thriller in which nearly every chapter leaves the reader on the brink of a precipice. The book is written in clear, effortless prose, which makes the most esoteric historical details surprisingly easy to understand. Simple in its presentation but intricate in its plotting, it is no surprise that this book has become a runaway, international hit. Bravo!