Eight hundred years ago, one man wrote the legend that became the greatest quest in history....
Deep in the heart of London, the Monsalvat Bank is small, secretive, and fabulously wealthy, with roots going far back into the middle ages. When Ellie Stanton, an impoverished graduate student, is unexpectedly invited to join the firm, the privileged world they offer looks too good to turn down.
But the bank is more than it seems. Soon Ellie realises that her life belongs to her employers - and they're watching her every move. For buried in their medieval vaults lies a closely guarded treasure of immeasurable power - one inextricably bound up with Ellie's extraordinary history.
Now Ellie is in a race against time, hunted by the bank and pursued by her past. Her only hope of escape is to unearth the secret hidden in the vault. But getting in is only the beginning....
©2010 Tom Harper (P)2010 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
"Like Dan Brown, Tom Harper knows how to ratchet up the tension." (Choice magazine)
"Simply magical...an excellent story with a fantastic ending." (EuroCrime)
"The medieval parts of the tale fly off the page, with drama, insight and danger." (Peterborough Evening Telegraph)
Historical view of Europe in the 11th century was fascinating. Geographical references were spot on.
The modern plot meandered, and didn't tie up lose ends as most would prefer.
11th century Chretien.
it stumbles along. Not bad, not great. Alot of filler. Not sure about future works from this author. You might like it, but buyer beware.
"An excellent story that crosses the centuries"
I don't normally get on with stories where two plot threads are run parallel, across different centuries, but The Lazarus Vault has managed to hold my attention to such an extent that I have listened to it for hours at a time. I would advise anyone buying this book to try and listen for long periods, if they can, rather than dipping in and out. That way, the story and the atmosphere really catch the listener and draw him/her in and the characters come to life.
Francis Greenslade did a competent job of reading the book, but I have to admit that his accent and the nasal quality of his voice did grate on me at times, though never enough to make me stop listening.
In this story you have two relics, attributed with special powers - are they the holy grail and the spear that pierced Christ's side at the crucifixion or just items that have garnered that reputation over the centuries? Does it really matter, as surely they are as magical or holy as people believe them to be? Certainly, countless lives are lost, over the centuries, as rival factions try to acquire them, more often by foul means than fair. As with all such stories, it is necessary,at times, to suspend one's critical faculties and to just go with the flow, but the tales of Ellie in the 21st century and Cretienne, in the 12th century, both of whose lives are irrevocably changed by their connection to these antiquities, run harmoniously parallel. I heartily recommend this audio book to you.
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