Eight days before the summer solstice, a man is butchered in a blood-freezing sacrifice on the ancient site of Stonehenge before a congregation of robed worshippers. Within hours, one of the world's foremost treasure hunters has shot himself in his country mansion. And to his estranged son, young archaeologist Gideon Chase, he leaves a cryptic letter . . . Teaming up with an intrepid Wiltshire policewoman; Gideon soon exposes a secret society - an ancient international legion devoted for thousands of years to Stonehenge. With a charismatic and ruthless new leader at the helm, the cult is now performing ritual human sacrifices in a terrifying bid to unlock the secret of the stones. Packed with codes, symbology, relentless suspense, and fascinating detail about the history of one of the world's most mysterious places, The Stonehenge Legacy is a blockbuster thriller to rival the very best of Dan Brown.
©2011 Sam Christer (P)2011 Hachette Digital
The publisher's description of this book led me to buy it, but I'm sorry to say I have been disappointed with this story. For about half the book I wondered if it had been written specifically for teenagers, because the language is very simple and the narrator's voice is very young. However, in the end I think perhaps I was wrong, it's simply that the writer is not very good. The writing lacks any creative expressions, there is no witty dialogue, there are no morsels of information which would point to detailed research, and the publisher's claim that this book “is a blockbuster thriller to rival the very best of Dan Brown” is just wrong.
I was also disappointed with the narration, because all the police characters seemed to have Wiltshire accents.
I have to agree with Ian, this is a disappointment. The story is rather simplistic and, for me, David Thorpe tries too hard to make it interesting by using so many different 'voices' for his narration. The slow, talking rather than anything else, DS particularly became a real annoyance. Posh brits, gruff yanks and country yokels all make an appearance. I would probably have enjoyed it more if it had just been read 'straight'.
I downloaded this book having muddled my authors, I'm so glad I did! Well written gripping, with plausible characters and plot. The main characters of this book can run and run. I am now searching for more titles by this author. A mention has to be made of the narrator as so often you get a good book only for the readers inflection to put you off so David Thorpe has also been added to my search list.
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