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The Virgin of the Wind Rose 

Author: Glen Craney
Published: 27 October 2013
Reviewed: 11 July 2016
Copy kindly supplied by the author in return for an honest review

4 out of 5 stars

Description:

While investigating the murder of an American missionary in Ethiopia, rookie State Department lawyer Jaqueline Quartermane becomes obsessed with a magical word square found inside an underground church guarding the tomb of the biblical Adam.

Drawn into a web of esoteric intrigue, she and a roguish antiquities thief named Elymas must race an elusive and taunting mastermind to find the one relic needed to resurrect Solomon’s Temple. A trail of cabalistic clues leads them to the catacombs of Rome, the crypt below Chartres Cathedral, a Masonic shaft in Nova Scotia, a Portuguese shipwreck off Sumatra, and the caverns under the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

Intertwined with this modern mystery-thriller, a parallel duel is waged:

The year is 1452. One of the most secretive societies in history, Portugal’s Order of Christ, is led by a reclusive visionary, Prince Henry the Navigator. He and his medieval version of NASA merged with the CIA scheme to foil their archenemies, the Inquisitor Torquemada and Queen Isabella of Castile, who plan to bring back Christ for the Last Judgment by ridding the world of Jews, heretics, and unbelievers.

Separated by half a millennium, two conspiracies to usher in the Tribulations promised by the Book of Revelation dovetail in this fast-paced thriller to expose the world’s most explosive secret: The true identity of Christopher Columbus and the explorer’s connection to those now trying to spark the End of Days.

My Thoughts & Review:

I have to admit, this is not a book I would typically pick up, but after reading the book description and a brief preview I was very intrigued and wanted to find out more. 

Weaving back and forth between present day and the 1400s, the author takes us on a journey of discovery around the globe, teaches us mysteries and the history of the countries visited.  The historical aspect of the book is almost an entire story in itself, both fascinating and enjoyable.  Clearly a lot of research has been done for this book and I found myself keen to learn more about Columbus and related histories. 

The present day story is fraught with mystery and danger, the author takes great care to ensure the reader is caught up in the fear and adrenaline surrounding Jaqueline (Jaq).   

A fast paced read, cleverly weaving back and forth between the past and the present whilst maintaining a strong plot packed with secrets, lies and conspiracies all the way to the end.   

I enjoyed Craney’s style of writing, his crafting of a watertight plot was enjoyable to read and I would have no hesitation in recommending it.  
  
You can buy a copy of The Virgin of the Wind Rose here.

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