Awhile ago, a blogger friend of mine emailed me to ask if I would be interested in doing a book review for one of three books she could send my way. Of course I said yes, I do love reading, and she sent it right over in PDF form for me to check out. It's now a month later, and here I am finally writing the review!
I was instantly intrigued by the book just by the description on Musa's website.
We are alone in the universe, but the universe is not alone.Rome, September, 1978Pope John Paul I is found dead in his bedroom. No autopsy is performed.The body of a young nun is discovered near the Vatican. The verdict, death by poisoning.Present DayDominic Quinn returns to Ireland to attend his father’s funeral. His sole inheritance, a mystery dating back two thousand years. His only clues, a few enigmatic words that others would prefer stay buried – at any cost.Surrounded by lethal enemies, Dominic is drawn into the shadowy world of Vatican covert operations. He travels to Rome to unravel the secrets of a first-century manuscript, reputedly written by the Virgin Mary. What he finds will challenge everything he thought he knew about his past, his faith, and the nature of the universe itself.And, in an unexcavated area of the necropolis beneath the Vatican, the evil that pursues him will clash head on with the divine.
With a description like that, how could I not like it?
I love anything to do with the Supernatural, and it actually first made me think of The Monk by Matthew Lewis (which it definitely is not similar to at all, so I was wrong, haha). In any case, I read it over a few weeks since the last month or so has been filled with work, sickness, and midterms.
And I liked it!
I didn't absolutely love it, but I liked it. And I would recommend it.
The characters, Dominic specifically, are really believable and Stephen Marley is a good writer. I've never been to Rome but he made me feel like I could see what I was reading, which is great. I think for me, his style just isn't my favorite. I liked the plot, the writing, and the characters though, and I would absolutely tell other people to pick it up, but for me, I'd give it a 3 1/2 out of 5 stars.
Have you read anything lately?
Happy Monday! :)