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Grail Mysterium: An Adventure on the Heights Paperback – February 27, 2012


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  • Paperback: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Kepler Press (February 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615309534
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615309538
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #807,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The characters are well written and you care about them.
TicToc
This is a great book for mystery lovers, high school and college kids.
Deborah DeNicola
This book had my totally captured within the first 10 pages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deborah DeNicola on January 3, 2013
Thomas Kaplan-Maxfield has done it again. His skill at mysterious yarns with twists and turns was evident in "Memoirs of A Shape-Shifter," followed by 'Hide and Seek." I enjoyed both of these books immensely, with a little partiality to "Memoirs" because of the love story and landscape. But here we are again in Massachusetts where witches were once hanged. A bit southwest of the city of Boston, on the beautiful grounds of Boston College, a group of students become involved with ghosts and suspicious professors, secret doctrines and other dimensions which stir in the basements of empty buildings. Beneath the imposing buildings Jack and his girlfriend Fran follow the clues that draw them into a quest for none other than the Holy Grail. Could it have been transported to the B.C. campus by ancient Templars? Who knew? Down the rabbit-holes and into other worlds where they are endowed with strange and surprising powers, the two students, with the help of their large group of friends and numerous textable cell phones, find the mystery irrisitible. With the fearlessness only the youthful know, Jack and Fran pursue a path that endangers themselves and their friends. Despite the obstacles, they seem born to the task of decoding the grail secrets.
This is a great book for mystery lovers, high school and college kids. I am a fan of Kaplan-Maxfield's writing. His great wit, clever plots and overall perspicacity deliver a fun but educating romp in this latest tale. As a professor at B.C., he knows the ropes . . . and then some . . .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TicToc on July 4, 2012
Article first published as Book Review: Grail Mysterium: An Adventure on the Heights by Thomas Kaplan-Maxfield on Blogcritics.

Magic and Science, can these two subjects actually be related and interchangeable, or is there any relationship at all between them.

In Grail Mysterium, An Adventure on the Heights by Thomas Kaplan-Mansfield, he brings us a book touted to be somewhere between Harry Potter and the Da Vinci Code. I enjoyed both of these works to a degree and was interested to see how this work would represent the connection.

In Boston College a group of friends are beginning to notice strange happenings, students with high marks are dropping out, illness is running rampant, and Jack Knecht a senior psych major thinks he has seen a ghost. Not that he is sure, but he saw a hooded figure pass into a locked area of fencing and enter a building which is locked up for remodeling. Checking the locks to make sure, he is just a bit uncomfortable. Known as somewhat of a dreamer, he is a huge Hogwarts buff and believes in the idea of magic. He knows his friends will not believe him, and his girlfriend Fran will question his sanity.

Unable to put his vision aside, he talks Fran into checking out Gasson, which had been undergoing a major remodeling for over the past year. In order to get into the building, they would have to climb over the fence and break in. Fran finds this part of Jack to be a part of what draws her, she is not the believer or dreamer he is, but she is game to check out the old empty and out of bounds building.

Little does either of them know that they have set a chain of events in action that cannot be stopped.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By OR on June 30, 2012
Grail Mysterium is a fun, fast read - mainly because once one starts reading, it's hard to put the book down! The element of mystery and the search for clues kept me hooked and intrigued. The book is a loving nod to life on the Heights, and readers who are familiar with Boston College and its lore will appreciate the insider's view - and may even learn a thing or two!
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This book had my totally captured within the first 10 pages. The story hooks you, and you'll find yourself growing to feel as if you are right along with Jack and the other Boston College students looking for the Grail. My subject says this book reminds me of Harry Potter, and I say that because it has an element of fantasy and mystery, yet at the same time, it's definitely a story about love and connection -- 2 things that are very realistic. One of the things I especially like about the story, and how this novel is not some type of HP imitation, is that it's located in an actual place -- Boston College! Anyone who knows Boston is aware that it is a place very rich in history, and there are certain places that almost feel truly ghostly. I think the story in this book definitely captures that sense. Anyone who has any connection to Boston, Boston College, or anyone who just loves mysteries has to read this book!
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Kaplan-Maxfield brings the world of college-age students fully to life and draws you into their action-packed week-long mystery that's full of twists, turns, magic, mystery, and intrigue -- skillfully and artfully intertwined with a serious and insightful religious and philosophical journey shepherded by Boston College's professors and priests, some sincere, some dastardly, and some you just aren't sure about. You won't be able to put the book down right from that start and you'll find yourself thoroughly immersed in this life journey compressed into a week's time. Young Jack and Fran lead a quest that deepens the lives of everyone they touch as they are mysteriously chosen to find the Holy Grail - or are they lost in a crazy fantasy world? - that may be hidden somewhere on their beautiful and majestic stone-Gothic campus. It is a story for our day as well as one for all time.
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