“Ariel Behn is the sole inheritor of a set of manuscripts when her beloved cousin Sam is assasinated. These manuscripts put her in the midst of international intrique as other sinister types want the manuscripts. Background stories of Christ, Druids, Nazi's and other philosophies tie the story...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“hm,sta reci o ovoj knjizi, stvarno podsjeca na knjige Den Brauna ali nekako mi je sve to nabacano i preisforsirano, previse detalja koje je tesko upratiti i povezati,sudar dva svjeta,,onog proslosti i sadasnjice,a sve vodi ka pocetku novog eona...preobimna i prevelika knjiga”see full review » see other reviews »
“hm,sta reci o ovoj knjizi, stvarno podsjeca na knjige Den Brauna ali nekako mi je sve to nabacano i preisforsirano, previse detalja koje je tesko upratiti i povezati,sudar dva svjeta,,onog proslosti i sadasnjice,a sve vodi ka pocetku novog eona...preobimna i prevelika knjiga”ceca wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The Magic Circle by Katherine Neville
The author of the book "Eight" uses a similar formula: two tales separated by time, but intertwined in mystery, as the means to tell a story.
The first tale deals with the last days of Jesus Christ from A. D. 32 to A. D. 61. As the world stands on the brink of a new two thousand year cycle, emperor Tiberius tries to decipher the clues of an age old enigma: the source of power that comes from objects like the spear that killed Jesus and the sword used by John to slice the centurion's ear as they came to take Jesus away. Tiberius passes this knowledge to Caligula, Claudius, and finally Nero - all of who try to decipher the mystery to no avail.
In the year 1989, Ariel Behn, a toxic materials expert at a remote nuclear site in Snake River, Idaho, finds her life shattered when her cousin, Sam, is slain by an unknown assassin. As the heir to a family legacy - a cache of manuscripts that contain not only the source of political power, but also to the source of all energy - Ariel races across continents to reveal the dark secrets in her family's past, thus she begins to uncover the chilling truth of the coming millennium.
Again, the story is told from Ariel's first person point of view and from the third person point of view of the characters near Jesus.
Unfortunately, this time, it doesn't work. Ms. Neville creates a mess with Ariel's family. Every chapter we learn that the Behns are screwed up. Their family tree is so convoluted that it's very difficult to follow how they are related to each other. It might have helped if the author would have printed a chart of the family tree.
Ms. Neville tries to attach too many things to Pandora's manuscript - Ariel's inheritance and the cause of all the mayhem. On one side are the Nez Percé Indian tribe and their religion that is based on nature. Then there is Christianity and the source of everlasting life. Then there is Greek and Roman mythology, the succession of eons - two thousand year cycles - and astrology. She also includes Attila the Hun and Genghis Khan. She also tries to incorporate the druids and the Celtic culture. In an attempt to unite all of these philosophies, Ms. Neville uses the thirteen sacred Hallows:
"To make this connection, thirteen sacred objects must be brought together in one place. Each object fulfills a specific purpose in the ritual of rebirth of the new age, and each of these objects must be anointed in the divine fluid before it is put into use. The objects for the next age are these: The Spear, The Sword, The Nail, The Goblet, The Stone, The Box, The Cauldron, The Platter, The Garment, The Loom, The Harness, The Wheel, and The Gaming Board. He who unites these objects without possessing the eternal wisdom may bring forth, not an age of cosmic unity, but one instead of savagery and terror." P. 211
Thus we get a lesson in history about Hitler and all the villains and heroes who were after these objects. Ms. Neville creates a confusing web of factoids that are both annoying and almost impossible to follow. A good idea gone wrong...”
“I really liked her past to books, The Eight and The Fire, but this was a bit disappointing. It's sort of like watching Castaway with Tom Hanks and never really finding out what was in the FedEx box at the end of the movie and walking away disappointed. Intriguing story across much history, but the ending is a bit anti-climatic.”Michael Mahoney wrote this review Sunday, April 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“in NL”Marc wrote this review Saturday, April 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is just a mess. There is chunks of infodumping, the main character seems to be related to almost everyone. Hitler is a pivotal character and the history seems not only to be adapted to suit but also warped to suit.
There are ways and means of doing this sort of book and this wasn't one of them. You really need to base it in real history and just warp a few minor points rather than have the historian in me. It wasn't a bad book but it was a book that could have been tidied up by a good editor.
It's a story of a woman whose life is turned around when she inherits a set of manuscripts when her brother dies. There are several interested parties in these documents and they're all determined to get them. During the investigations she finds out more about her family's past and she has to decided what to do with the papers.
It's a bit better thought out than the [book:da vinci code] but that's not saying an awful lot.”
“I haven't finished reading it. I wasn't quite sure about this one at first, but as the story progressed it got my full attention. I can't stop reading it now !
EDIT: After I finished reading, I realized I didn't like it so much as I had thought at first. The ending was very disappointing for me.”
“Ariel Behn is the sole inheritor of a set of manuscripts when her beloved cousin Sam is assasinated. These manuscripts put her in the midst of international intrique as other sinister types want the manuscripts. Background stories of Christ, Druids, Nazi's and other philosophies tie the story together.”Candy wrote this review Saturday, February 25, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Good, good, good!”Caroline Hayes wrote this review Saturday, February 18, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“(Likely) well researched and overflowing with content; however, not an enjoyable read as the novel simply does not flow well.”ptc wrote this review Friday, October 14, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No