- File Size: 847 KB
- Print Length: 410 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: ClioStory; First edition (March 19, 2014)
- Publication Date: March 19, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00J4NE8DE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #998,458 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Clonmac's Bridge: an archeological mystery Kindle Edition
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There are plenty of edge-of-your-seat moments in this story and the love interest, Mari, is no wilting damsel in distress. She's as fierce and dedicated as Griffin and their romantic involvement feels very real and engaging. The modern mystery of Griffin's attempts to find and raise the mysteriously preserved Clonmacnoise Bridge is juxtaposed with the story of Riordan, the Monk who built it in 804 AD. The descriptions of ancient Ireland and the lives and politics of Riordan's monastary are beautifully described. The author paints a picture of this long-ago Ireland that is so immediate that the reader feels transported there.
This is a complicated novel that really needs some dedicated time, but the result is a wonderful book of intrigue and history that I enjoyed very much. I highly recommend this novel.
The protagonist is an American archaeologist driven to make a discovery. He is matched with a beautiful Peruvian and they share the adventure of locating a 1200-year-old bridge.
The antagonists are several cover-up scammers intent on stopping the discovery.
The setting is Ireland, which we view from a modern-day perspective and a historical perspective.
The novel should be particularly enjoyable to fans of Ayn Rand since the themes are similar.
I highly recommend this novel and I look forward to more from the author.
John Christmas, author of "Democracy Society"
I'm looking forward eagerly now to Mr Perren's next one...
Not only that but the characters of Griffin and Mari are quickly ones that you can't help but root for. You find yourself hoping that they will be able to succeed no matter the roadblocks that are brought before them and without too much personal loss. The point of view that we are given as third person, it isn't hard to get some kind of insight into their characters, ones that go a long way to reassuring the reader that they are truly good and just curious as all who are involved in history must be.
Then we also get into the deep politics that can take place anywhere and everywhere. Frankly I found this most interesting. Mainly because delving into the human psyche is always interesting and finding out people's motives is one that is intriguing. It's hard to know how people tick and yet we also get to see that in Clonmac's Bridge. The politics also helped to keep things jumping and moving. It was interesting to see how things played out and yet remain not involved. I felt as if I was casually watching a masterful chess game, one that had no clear ending in sight.
There is a bit of a voyage into the past as well. One that is seamlessly made and yet you know that you've gone back into the past, mostly with the names of characters or actions they're participating in. But it's kept interesting by the dialogue and finding out what has taken place in the past that could possibly affect the future. It was well done and a good move on the part of Jeffrey Perren.
Clonmac's Bridge was intriguing, and a book that I would recommend to any of my friends.
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The novel explores a variety of relationships between several of the main characters and in addition there are corporate jealousies, academic rivalries and political ambitions.
On the whole the main characters are a set of selfish, self-centred people who are motivated by pride, greed, lust and self-interest. Even the two main protagonists, Griffin Clonmac and Mari Quispe, the romantic leads, struggle at times to put their feelings for each other before their desires to be in control.
The historical part of the novel could almost stand-alone but it provides a satisfying explanation for the mysteries of The Bridge which is held back until the end of the novel thus creating a strong finale for the book.
I enjoyed reading Clonmac's Bridge and once again admired author Jeffrey Perren's ability to get the reader to suspend disbelief and travel with him across continents and back through centuries in pursuit of a good yarn.
Jeffrey Perren’s narrative is light, fast, and amusing, and his revealing of the complex, and ingenious, thoughts and deeds of each of his main characters is a positive delight, with a sparky dialogue featuring throughout. The solution, when it comes, reveals all in a most satisfactory manner.