- File Size: 1096 KB
- Print Length: 374 pages
- Publisher: Bowater Books (June 7, 2011)
- Publication Date: June 7, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00551YXZ2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,032,541 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Dead Secret: A Tony Gabriel paranormal mystery thriller Kindle Edition
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‘Dead Secret’ is a riveting, thrilling story that the author unravels thread by thread over each page, to reveal a frightening conspiracy. Each clue is expertly paced, and the writing style is very ‘James Bond’ like (which I love), with a raw twist. Many of the scenes are graphic, there’s a lot of history woven in and a bit of politics too. The relationships are not romantic or sentimental, they are primal. I found some of the ‘flashbacks’ or time changes a bit confusing, but this added to the overall mystery of the story. The subject matter is quite unique and interesting, as well as thought provoking. Any story that leaves me wondering and doing additional research is a winner in my books. This is a gripping novel that will keep the pages turning.
DEAD SECRET is an exciting and intriguing thriller coalescing science, history, psychology, and the very nature of the human spirit. At its core is a fated encounter in the latter 18th century, an encounter which will bring into covert prominence a mysterious and enigmatic theory termed "physiognomy"-- not as the term is used to express the human body. In this context it is both a way of identifying ethnicities and physical "humors," and a method to scry the future. More than 200 years after, London investigative journalist Tony Gabriel, discovers secrets his late mother kept throughout her adult life, and finds a key player to his own outcome in Eve Channing, curator of the Chadwick Museum and closet sadist.
Following the convolutions of this novel requires as close a focus as chasing a coiling anaconda along the jungle floor, but is far more exciting and entertaining.
I suggest DEAD SECRET be considered 18+ due to some erotic (and unusual) content.
I reviewed a digital ARC generously provided by the author for review purposes, no remuneration was exchanged.
Tony Gabrieli, a hard-nosed journalist, receives a mysterious summons from a solicitor - this is a British book - upon the death of his mother. Unbeknownst to Tony, his mother was involved with a mysterious group called The Chadwick Foundation. Astonished to discover that she was far more than the suburban housewife she purported to be, he receives a file of papers and a box in which is something equally surprising. So, Tony is introduced to the science of physiognomy and the dangerous, deadly sexual ritual which could get him killed.
Using clever back story from the French Revolution and following on to the Second World War, Milton draws the reader into the paranormal underworld, where governments play with lives and highly connected men and women buy and sell unthinkable objects for priceless sums.
After Tony meets the fascinating Eve and is introduced into her circle, he – and the reader – finally begins to understand just what he is facing. The disgraced scientist, Cesar Casimir, leads Tony into a deadly maze where he is forced to use his hitherto unacknowledged precognitive skills to stay alive...and is Eve his lover or his killer?
The book starts energetically, but it took awhile for me to work out what was going on, perhaps because of the unfamiliar genre. At first reading it appeared that Tony Gabrieli was an ordinary journalist chasing a story, but as the story progressed, I became aware of a strong sense of foreboding. As I got to know the main character, I began to have grave concern for his safety – a mark of the talent of Richard Milton – and was soon swept into the by-plays and dangerous secrets with which the characters are engaged. All this was entwined with historical events which made it all the more interesting.
I would have liked to have known more about Gabrieli’s mother – how she became a trustee of the Chadwick Foundation – but this was only part I felt could have been explained further. I didn’t particularly like the character of Eve, though I suspect that she was supposed to have this effect on the reader - and the shenanigans which Tony and Eve got up to together - don't try this at home!
Thoroughly enjoyed this well written and intricate story and thought the ending was the only way it could have happened. No spoilers here!
Top international reviews
Dead Secret is very professional effort, well researched, well characterised and well-paced (and in places scary and bizarre) and with an original subject matter, physiognomy, (I had to google it - it's real) . Often when I read a book I wonder how much of the author's own characteristics are imbued in the protagonist, but that is what makes a well-written book well-written - convincing characters. The novel is set in various time zones, 18th century, 1940s and the modern era as we trace the protagonist's ancestors.
"I know where this is going," I though as I reached the climax (ahem) but I was glad I was wrong-footed. Is this to be continued, I wonder. I hope so.
The novel has been compared to Dan Brown. For me, the twists and turns in a Brown novel are flagged up so far in advance that there are few surprises. Dead Secret kept its secrets well right up to the final scenes when all became clear. An excellent read.
Disliked this book.