Jaqueline Quartermane is a lawyer for the State Department. While investigating the murder of an American missionary in Ethiopia she discovers there is much more going on than she originally thought. She becomes obsessed with a word square puzzle found inside an underground church. Soon she is on the trail of an elusive mastermind who is searching for lost relics. Can she figure out the clues before this mysterious person tries to bring about the end of times?
This is a historical mystery that has two stories running parallel. There is the story of Jaq the young lawyer who is trying to figure out historical clues to a very old mystery. We also have the story of a secret society in the year 1452. Portugal's Order of Christ led by Henry the Navigator. He must try to foil the plots of Queen Isabella. I thought it was an interesting combination. Watching two very different groups trying to foil groups in their own time trying to bring about the events in the Book of Revelation. It was a clever way of showing how different, yet how similar historical events can be to the lives we live today.
This is a book that fans of The Da Vinci Code will enjoy. It builds on conspiracies and historical mysteries that have intrigued people for generations. There were a lot of interesting historical details that make you want to go out and read more about the subject simply because the story is so interesting. It also has a lot of suspense as the characters have to figure out the mystery if they are to prevent a catastrophic event. It keeps you reading as you want to know if the characters will figure out the puzzles in time.
I would say it took me a little time to get into the story. At first, it switches back and forth between stories so often, which is why I had a little bit of difficulty really getting into the story. Stick with it, because that calms down as the book goes on. I was able to really get to know the characters and get into the plots as I kept reading. The story really picks up the pace, and you get absorbed in all the details.
I read this as an ebook on my Nook, and had no difficulties with it. The images loaded well and I was able to enjoy reading it.
This is one I recommend to any who enjoy Dan Brown and historical mysteries.
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
*Receiving a free copy of this book does not change my review. It simply provides me with a copy of a book that I would not have gotten to as soon or heard about otherwise.