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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...
This book is one of back and forth - push and pull - and constant battling between the main characters. There's someone in the book, a Modern - Day Priest who will stop at nothing to keep the bridge from being raised - his whys behind the desire to stop it do not come to be known until late in the book - and while they seem petty and drawn out, they do make sense.
I am going to give this book a 3 out of 5 Stars - the constant back and forth and stop and go that Griffin deals with almost seems forced at an attempt to make the book seem like there's more to it than there actually is.
Dr. Griffiin Clonmac was reading an ancient text in the Special Archives at the University library to uncover references about his latest research, Clonmac's Bridge in Ireland located somewhere along the Shannon River, when he noticed a colleague and rival, Dr. Daley remove an irreplaceable book from the library. Griffin was hooked on uncovering this mysterious anamoly, a bridge built in Ireland in the 9th century, over 1200 years ago. He knew the stolen book was relevant to his research. He did what anyone with protective instincts would do, he snuck into Dr. Daley's office to read the book for himself. This suppressed conflict between colleagues grows exponentially with convoluted, complex layers that promise the reader a fantastic ride into the past as well as into dark secrets related to the the building of the bridge and later its abandonment.
The author enhances the plot by deftly weaving several cultures into his book, ancient and modern Irish, modern American both within a University setting and related to corporate business dealings, and also South American, specifically Peruvian. Dr. Mari Quirpe a knowledgeable and expert archaelogist, loses her job in Peru when her assistant dies in an unforeseeable accident on a dig. Her father is a highly placed government official within the Ministry of the Interior who *could* help her obtain a university teaching post in her chosen field but she refuses his help. She is stubbornly independent and knows she would have to make a deal, compromise her principles and marry someone of his choice as the custom. Through a twist of fate, Mari learns of Dr. Griffin Clonmac's research and is selected to work on his project in Ireland. Not unexpectedly, they develop a close bond both professionally and in their personal lives. However, each faces romantic temptations as new situations arise related to the project. This surprise development keeps the reader enthralled, wanting to know *both* the outcome of the archaelogical expedition related to Clonmac's Bridge as well as their personal lives. It is ultimately clear, someone or some group is out to sabatoge the research expediton and its discoveries. In this book, Jeffrey Perren connects the dots from the past to the present in an astonishing and satisfying manner, providing the reader a roller coaster of a ride right to the very end. Reviewer received a free ebook in exchange for this honest review. Erika Borsos [pepper flower]
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