I thought about listening to this book after enjoying the DaVinci Code about a year ago. Then I recently noticed it was narrated by Richard Ferrone, w..Show More »ho does such a great job with John Sandford's Lucas Davenport series. Ferrone is good here, too, but not to the level of his Sandford reads. The author's jumping back and forth between the 14th and 21st centuries was sometimes hard to follow. Some of the premises of the plot, such as the link between the Vatican and the CIA were also a little hard to swallow. And the hurdles that some of the main characters are able to leap in the latter stages of the book are somewhat unbelievable. And Christians who read this book should never lose track of the fact that the book, like the Davinci Code, is a work of fiction. You'll feel better about it.
I am well-read in this "Da Vinci Code"; "Angels and Demons"; Templar mystery type books.
I enjoyed this book, generally, except for two i..Show More »mportant things:
1. The narrator's voice did not fit the role of "Tess". He cannot do female.
2. Once the "things" (don't want to put spoilers here) are discovered and Tess gives her diatribe about why they are so important...well..that was the "jump the shark" moment for me.
Yes, it's fiction. I get it. However, it would be nice if Khoury knew more about worldviews, the tenets of the religions his writing likes to bash, the way science does not coordinate with "Tessa's" diatribe.
Until this, which is at the end, I did not feel the author had a hidden agenda. Just a good (not gripping but good) book ... until the diatribe and then Khoury showed his hand.
To bad about that, I think. His book would have been more enjoyable and closed with less "soapboxing" if he had been able to separate some of his, apparently, ill will towards organized religion and just, simple, basic good and enthralling writing.
Stick with 3rd person narration. I don't understand why, on the third book of a series, the author suddenly decides to have 1st-person narration by o..Show More »ne of the protagonists. Oh, and a better story would've helped.