This week I’m reading The Templar Legacy by Steve Berry. This is a subject that fascinates me and I’m really looking forward to getting stuck in to this book this week. I can’t believe how much I missed reading and its only now that I made the extra effort to get my reading back up to what it was that I’ve realised I missed it terribly. I’m roughly managing one book a week which I’m happy with but its nowhere near as much as what I used to read. Books out weigh easily the amount of knitting and stitching stash I have !!
From Goodreads :-
The ancient order of the Knights Templar possessed untold wealth and absolute power over kings and popes . . . until the Inquisition, when they were wiped from the face of the earth, their hidden riches lost. But now two forces vying for the treasure have learned that it is not at all what they thought it was-and its true nature could change the modern world.
Cotton Malone, one-time top operative for the U.S. Justice Department, is enjoying his quiet new life as an antiquarian book dealer in Copenhagen when an unexpected call to action reawakens his hair-trigger instincts-and plunges him back into the cloak-and-dagger world he thought he’d left behind.
It begins with a violent robbery attempt on Cotton’s former supervisor, Stephanie Nelle, who’s far from home on a mission that has nothing to do with national security. Armed with vital clues to a series of centuries-old puzzles scattered across Europe, she means to crack a mystery that has tantalized scholars and fortune-hunters through the ages by finding the legendary cache of wealth and forbidden knowledge thought to have been lost forever when the order of the Knights Templar was exterminated in the fourteenth century. But she’s not alone. Competing for the historic prize-and desperate for the crucial information Stephanie possesses-is Raymond de Roquefort, a shadowy zealot with an army of assassins at his command.
Welcome or not, Cotton seeks to even the odds in the perilous race. But the more he learns about the ancient conspiracy surrounding the Knights Templar, the more he realizes that even more than lives are at stake. At the end of a lethal game of conquest, rife with intrigue, treachery, and craven lust for power, lies a shattering discovery that could rock the civilized world-and, in the wrong hands, bring it to its knees.
I’m not sure if this will count towards any of my other book counts but will be another one to add to total books read this year count.
Last week I was reading In The Woods by Tana French. Here are my thoughts.
I finished this book over the weekend and felt I needed a day or two to gather up my thoughts on it.
In the Woods is a murder mystery set in the early 80’s and present day Dublin and the possible connection between two murders then and now. We are introduced to three Murder Squad detectives. Det Cassie Maddox, Det Adam “Rob” Ryan and Det Sam O’Neill.
This is Tana French’s debut novel and the first in the Dublin Murder Squad series. What I liked a lot about this book was the setting, its not often I get to read about murder mystery’s based in Dublin. I also really loved the character of Cassie Maddox and as the second books centres around her I’m tempted to read the next book in the series, that is if I can get over the flaws in this book. The character of Adam “Rob” Ryan however was extremely annoying and irritated me beyond belief ! He was so unprofessional and childish it was unbelievable that he would have in fact made it as far as detective level.
The first flaw I came across in the book was this habit of the authors of inserting a sentence within a sentence, so much so that at times I had to re-read the sentence. Once or twice you could excuse this but most of the time! It then becomes annoying.
The second flaw and in my mind is a major one! As I already said the book mentions two murders, one in the early 80’s and the second in the present. Well the second one we get to see it solved and the why and how of it. I began to suspect who was behind it towards the end but not soon enough to ruin the storyline for me. The first murder however we are introduced to through the character of Adam “Rob” Ryan and is mentioned first as a memory and the story keeps coming back to it. The story mentions more than once how the two murders might be linked and the second as I’ve said gets solved but what of the first !! Well that’s it, I’ve finished the book and was given nothing on this..no solving, no reasonable reason as to why the author didn’t solve it in the book. Why mention it at all in the first place !! So the ending of the book was an anticlimax.
This affected my opinion on this book so much that I’m wavering between 2 and 3 toadstools. Without the first murder being mentioned Ms French has an great murder mystery book and I might even have pushed it to 4 toadstools, had she in fact solved both murders within her book she would have had a corker of a story on her hands !
So in the end I’ve decided to award this book 3 toadstools, a tad generous at times I think.
This is how my book count totals are looking at present.
Book Count totals:
Whats in a Name 6 challenge : 3/6
To Be Read Challenge : 1/12
Library Book Reading Challenge : 2/12
Total Books Read Personal Challenge 2013 : 6/12