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The Nostradamus Prophecies Hardcover – November 23, 2010

Book 1 of 3 in the Nostradamus Trilogy Series

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; 1st edition (November 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312643799
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312643799
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,776,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The murder in Paris of a Gypsy man who may know the whereabouts of Nostradamus's lost prophecies propels this so-so thriller, the first in a trilogy, from Nostradamus expert Reading (Nostradamus: The Top 100 Prophecies). American writer Adam Sabir, the prime murder suspect, soon finds himself on the run through France and Spain, accompanied by the dead man's sister, a Gypsy witch, in a search for prophecies left in the Gypsies' care by Nostradamus centuries earlier. In hot pursuit is Achor Bale, an assassin with "freakishly clotted eyes" who will let nothing stand in his way to secure possession of the hidden secrets and who plays stalking horse for French police captain Joris Calque, who thinks Sabir is innocent. Readers will find all the usual Da Vinci Code elements--a remorseless hunter, forgotten knowledge, ancient conspiracies, malevolent cults, a steeple chase from clue to clue. Only the atypically insightful and competent Calque offers respite from an entirely predictable variation on a familiar theme. (Dec.)
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Already a best-seller in the UK (where its sequel, The Mayan Codex, has already been published), this fast-paced novel should appeal to fans of thrillers involving ancient mysteries and modern-day conspiracies. The premise: Nostradamus, the sixteenth-century prophet, wrote 1,000 quatrains predicting various future events, but only 942 survived. Or so history said; now it appears that the lost quatrains have resurfaced. And two very different men are hot on their trail: Adam Sabir, writer of a popular book about Nostradamus (and desperately in need of a follow-up hit), and Achor Bale, who belongs to an ancient society (guardians of the “Three Antichrists” prophesied by Nostradamus: Napoleon, Hitler, and their as-yet-unknown successor). This is an exciting thriller, with two well-drawn central characters and plenty of action. Reading, author of a few nonfiction books about Nostradamus, is a talented storyteller. The book is refreshingly free of the cluttered dialogue and lengthy expository passages that can bring any novel—but especially one about ancient mysteries—to a screeching halt. A definite winner. --David Pitt

Customer Reviews

It has some exciting moments, but many parts of the book at slow/dull.
Black Knight
Add to this a cast of distinctive and funny characters and a shocking, thoroughly unexpected ending, the Nostradamus Prophecies was everything I was looking for.
C. Wellbelove
Kept me glued to the page and read it in a couple of days because I had a hard time putting it down.
Jacy

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Wellbelove on March 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
Mario Reading presents a fresh and original take on Nostradamus that takes the reader into unchartered territory. The missing prophecies provide an absorbing hook but do not over-burden and this provides space for the narrative to take us in new directions, which Reading does through his fascinating look at gypsy history. Add to this a cast of distinctive and funny characters and a shocking, thoroughly unexpected ending, the Nostradamus Prophecies was everything I was looking for.
If fast-paced historical thrillers in the Dan Brown vein are your thing then this is definitely a recommended read. Gripping from beginning to end I read the whole thing in one fraught sitting.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. Thompson on March 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
I read a lot of books. On the train, in the bath, in bed, in waiting rooms. Wherever I am, I've usually got at least one book with me.

With this in mind, consider that 'The Nostradamus Prophecies' was one of my favourite books. Fast paced with interesting characters, this blew the competition out of the water, all set to a gypsy-jazz soundtrack. Reading creates a fantastic sense of location, writes genuine relationships and inspires true fear. I've never met as sinister a bad guy as the one contained within these pages.

I've given this book to all of my friends, who come from a range of backgrounds, and not one has had anything bad to say - they all loved it as much as me.

If I could make one small adjustment I would have included a lot more about modern day gypsy culture, but maybe that will come with the next book. Needless to say, I'll have it on pre-order.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. N. Deigman on March 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
I have read all of Dan Brown's books as a matter of course, but have never really been into the whole 'metaphysical conspiracy theory' thing. I picked this book up on the advice of a colleague, and am pleased to say that, in my opinion, it outshines Brown's untamed style of writing. I was really impressed by this novel, which manages to maintain an intimate tone and analmost tongue-in-cheek tone throughout.

Reading clearly knows his stuff, but he does not drown the reader in academic references to conspiracies and powerful Gods a la The Da Vinci Code. Instead he employs a wonderful cast of quirky characters in an absorbing and nuanced journey. It is so much more satirical and knowing than Dan Brown, but no less epic and exciting.

An excellent read!
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Format: Hardcover
This book is cliche. To the point where I could not read the whole thing.

It is super fast paced. There is a lot of action - and a hefty dose of mysticism that is oh-so-conveniently seen through by pro and antagonist alike.

But it is just too cliched for me.

The bad guy is almost super-powered in his badness.

The practical reverence with which the author treats Gypsy culture was interesting - to a point - but almost preachy in a way.

I will say, at least it wasn't a "hero gets the girl" kind of book, in which case, I would have thrown it at something.

I ended up getting very frustrated in the middle of the book, when the good guys again do something predictably stupid, and the bad guy again has precognition or the world's best luck and can take advantage of it. So, I skipped to the last 20 pages of the book and found I could read the end without missing anything. Except maybe some people getting tortured and some bad Nostradamus mythology.

Not sorry I read it, but I won't be recommending it to anyone any time soon.
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I liked the idea and the setup of the characters and environment. Mixing Nostradamus and gipsyes seems a very possible connection and the book was very well paced, even though I tended to get bored with the characters Madame her sons/daughters (it was very irritating the way the author always referred to these characters).
Overall, a good reading and a nice plot
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By Jaydax on August 3, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This was one of those books I couldn't put down. Too long to read in one day though.

It's a DaVinci Code style book with the protagonists seeking the missing verses by Nostradamus while being chased by an antagonist convinced he is doing the work of God. There's even a French police inspector involved.
Of course the heroes include an 'expert' and the adversary is skilled in dealing death. It's a fast paced book which will certainly keep you occupied. It has just enough historical information to make the plot plausible provided you can temporarily suspend disbelief in Nostradamus predictions, the Book of Revelations and the 2012 Mayan predictions.

Buy it if you have nothing vital to do for a couple of days
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More About the Author

Mario Reading was born in Dorset, and brought up in England, Germany, and the South of France. He was educated at Gorse Cliff Preparatory School, followed by Rugby School, and then went on to study Comparative Literature under Malcolm Bradbury and Angus Wilson at the University of East Anglia, where he specialized in French and German Literature and translation before absconding, after two years, on a cargo boat to Africa.

During a nomadic youth Reading sold rare books, taught riding in Cape Town, studied dressage in Vienna, played polo in India, France, Spain, and Dubai, ran a seventy horse polo stables in Gloucestershire, and helped manage his Mexican wife's coffee plantation.

Reading is the author of six novels - the internationally bestselling Antichrist Trilogy (more than a million copies sold in 38 countries), which comprises The Nostradamus Prophecies, The Mayan Codex, and The Third Antichrist, and also The Music-Makers, a stand alone love story set in contemporary Cornwall and France and also touching on the May 1968 riots in Paris. His most recent bestseller is The Templar Prophecy (2014). His newest book (and the second to feature photojournalist John Hart) The Templar Inheritance, is due out in April 2015.

Mario Reading was the recipient of an Arts Council Writing Award in 2004 for his as yet unpublished Second World War novel, After Barbarossa.

Reading is also the author of eight non-fiction titles including the Dictionary Of Cinema, the Movie Companion, the Watkins Dictionary Of Dreams, Nostradamus: The Complete Prophecies For The Future, Nostradamus: The Good News, Nostradamus: The Top 100 Prophecies and Nostradamus & The Third Antichrist: Napoleon, Hitler & The One Still To Come. His groundbreaking The Complete Prophecies Of Nostradamus was published in 2009. The third edition of Reading's bestselling Nostradamus: The Complete Prophecies For The Future is due out in 2015, to tie in with a new documentary on Nostradamus by the History Channel, which is due to air in May 2015, and which features an extensive interview with the author.

Reading writes occasional magazine features, including, in February 2000, a major Sunday Times Magazine exposé of the CIA, entitled An American Hero, and has also made a number of national and international appearances on radio and television, including documentaries for Discovery Channel, History Channel, and National Geographic. He recently made a programme about Nostradamus for BBC Radio 4, and has appeared at a number of Literary Festivals. For four years he was the Chairman and chief coordinator of the Fonthill Writing Awards. He is also a member of Mensa and the ultra high IQ society, the ISPE [The International Society for Philosophical Inquiry].

In 2015 Watkins Mind Body Spirit Magazine voted Mario Reading onto their Top 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People List.

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