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The Angel's Promise by [Lenoir, Frederic, Cabesos, Violette]
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From Publishers Weekly

Art history, architecture, ghosts, two romances separated by a thousand years, murder and more fill Lenoir and Cabesos's grab bag of a book, a bestseller in France and Spain. In the present, Johanna, an archeologist, is tormented by dreams of a headless monk associated with the abbey Mont-Saint-Michel. In 1022, Benedictine Brother Roman is undertaking the construction of an immense new church. After brigands beat Roman, the beautiful Moira, a Celtic healer, cares for him and the two fall in love. When Moira refuses to renounce her pagan religion, the church authorities torture her to death. In the meantime, Johanna slowly unravels the mystery of the headless monk while a killer picks off members of her archeological team. Despite some clunky romance fiction touches and tedious digressions, the novel has a certain grandiosity and heft that's undeniably appealing. While American readers may not have the same appetite for medieval minutiae as their Continental counterparts, religious-thriller fans will find much to savor. (Sept.)
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The celebrated church and abbey at Mont St. Michel provide the backdrop for this clever, if long-winded, winner of France's prestigious Prix des Maisons de la Presse (Bookseller's Prize). After visiting the Mont as a child, Johanna, a native Parisian, has a nightmare featuring a headless monk who utters the Latin phrase, "Ad accedendum ad caelum, terram fodere opportet" ("You must dig in the earth to reach heaven"). The nocturnal message becomes ingrained in her brain, leading her to an impressive career as an archaeologist studying Romanesque art. A series of fortuitous circumstances lands Johanna on a Mont St. Michel dig, where, bit by bit, she uncovers a murderous, 1,000-year-old tale involving two Benedictine monks and a beautiful Celtic healer who refuses to repent for her pagan ways. (Could there, in fact, be some truth to Johanna's eerie childhood dream?) Despite getting bit too bogged down in historical detail, authors Lenoir and Cabesos have produced an otherwise riveting novel about the precarious consequences of unearthing the past. Allison Block
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Product Details

  • File Size: 4278 KB
  • Print Length: 499 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1933648929
  • Publisher: Pegasus; Reprint edition (August 25, 2008)
  • Publication Date: August 25, 2008
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004OBZARY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,037,627 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a hard read. I finally went to a web-site and copied a glossary of Cathedral terminology. The book moves between an 11th Century monastery which is the scene for love,torture,murder; and a modern day archeologist who is on a quest to discover what happened. There is a love story, intrigue,ghosts,keepers of secrets... what more could you want! A very tough read, but worth the effort.
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OMG - every character in this book is hysterical and unbelievably wordy in their hysteria. The main characher had a bad dream when she was a child, and is still in therapy over it 30 years later.

I haven't finished it (500 pages???? great scott!) I'm skimming through the endless histrionics, hoping to find the meat of the story. The only character I like is the main character's girlfriend, who celebrates madly when the main character apparently dumps the married man she's kanoodling with. Oops! Celebrated too soon!

I"m pretty sure there's a story here. If I find it, I'll let you know.
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Format: Paperback
I liked the Angel's promise. I specifically looked for the book that was recommended to me. I will be going to the Mont Saint Michel, and the historical background seems to be well researched and will make my visit of that site more interesting. Easy read, nice mix of history, romance, mystery. My wife took it as soon as I finished, and she is totally immersed in it.
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Format: Paperback
I purchased this book in French on a visit to Mont St. Michel. I didn't read it until after I got home. I found it somewhat difficult to read, especially when the author switched time periods, but thought that was due to my level of French comprehension, so I found that I had to go back and reread certain parts to be able to follow the story. I don't really think that would be a problem in English. What I liked so much about this book was that I had seen and could visualize many of the places where the action took place since I had visited there and walked around the ramparts after dark, plus, it was just a good story. I would recommend it.
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The story in this novel is very interesting, but the writer's use of language and style is uneven and at times distracting. The Kindle version of this book is extremely poor. The font cannot be controlled. It reads like a bad photocopy. A good number of pages are almost illegible. Not what one would expect for the price of book (i.e., the Kindle copy is not a good buy!).
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THE ANGEL'S PROMISE is a well researched book with a compelling story. I noticed two Biblical mistakes, one on page 111 in the Kindle edition, where it says that "Yahweh promised never to curse or destroy the world again." That is not accurate. God only promised never to destroy the earth by water again. The sign of the covenant was that God sent the RAINBOW as a sign to men and animals. This is not mentioned. The second most glaring Biblical error is on page 115 in the Kindle version, where the monk Roman says, that God said to Abraham, "Lift your eyes to the heavens and count the stars if you can, and he made he made him a promise 'your children will be like that'. Sarah had a child, Jacob....." Sarah did NOT have a child named Jacob. Sarah had a child named ISAAC. Isaac had two sons named Jacob and Esau. So, Sarah had a GRANDCHILD named Jacob.

Other than those two errors (which are so easily researched and corrected and SHOULD have been corrected before publication) the story is clearly written by medieval scholars of some note. Their knowledge of the history of Mont St. Michel is extensive and their knowledge of the Catholic church and monastery life is extensive. They know the proper terminology and they know Latin well.

What a shame that two errors (which surely, their editor would have caught or which could have been corrected easily and quickly) should put any cloud on their accomplishment. I found that the change from third person to first person was a little jarring but I understand that this was done to distinguish between when the action is taking place. I can't help but think this transaction could have been handled more seamlessly.
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