A brilliant thriller with an historical and paranormal edge from the author of Blood and Ice - perfect for lovers of The Da Vinci Code
Robert Masello is an award-winning journalist, television writer, and the author of many previous books, most recently Blood and Ice. His articles and essays have appeared often in such publications as the Los Angeles Times, New York Magazine, People and Parade, and his nonfiction book, Robert's Rules of Writing, has become a staple in many college classrooms. His television credits include such popular shows as Charmed, Sliders and Early Edition. He lives in Santa Monica, CA.
Benvenuto Cellini was a master artisan of Renaissance Italy. He was also a necromancer. Combining these two talents, he created a powerful and dangerous amulet crafted from the legendary Medusa's pond after slaying her. This amulet granted the user eternal life but was lost in the mists of time. Jump ahead to the present day. David Franco, a young scholar at Chicago's Newberry Library, is approached by a mysterious woman searching for the amulet. He is offered significant financial compensation and the assurance that this treasure will heal his dying sister. Before long, David starts his globe-trotting adventure and is caught in a centuries-old life-and-death struggle. -VERDICT Masello's (Blood and Ice; Bestiary) latest thriller is an engrossing and fun read. While similar in content to the novels of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child and historical detail to Elizabeth Kostova's The Historian, this work adds a supernatural twist. Recommended for those who like to delve into the past. [Library marketing.]-Jennifer Zoethout, Pickering P.L., Ont. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
In this less than successful thriller with supernatural trimmings from Masello (Blood and Ice), Dante expert David Franco, whose beloved sister, Sarah, has advanced breast cancer, unexpectedly gets an offer that could enable him to save her life. Kathryn Van Owen, a major donor to the Chicago academic library where he works, asks him to track down a mirror bearing an image of the legendary Medusa, which she claims was crafted by Renaissance artist Benvenuto Cellini. Success would lead not only to a promotion but to a $1 million reward that could be applied to Sarah's treatment. The trail takes Franco to Florence and Paris, where he's pursued by the usual assortment of shadowy assassins and aided by Olivia Levi, an attractive Italian tour guide and scholar with her own offbeat theories. The burgeoning romance and frequent brushes with death all follow formula, while the conceit that the mirror holds the secret of eternal life fails to convince. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"A wonderful treat... He takes care to craft well-rounded characters; even subsidiary figures have interesting backgrounds and believable motivations...One last bravura flourish...proclaims Masello a master entertainer unafraid to pull out all the stops, as gifted in his own way as the Florentine artist whose biography is so beguilingly embellished in The Medusa Amulet" * Chicago Tribune * "Masello chucks everything he can at the story, taking readers on a breathless history tour from the Medici dynasty to the French Revolution to the Third Reich. The result is a fast-moving caper... " * Imagine, FX * "A fascinating and unconventional new thriller" * Associated Press *