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The Lazarus Succession: A Historical Mystery Thriller Paperback – February 3, 2017
★★★★★ "...the supernatural elements, and their effect on the characters, are pure genius. Even an old cynic like me was entranced."
About the Author
Bestselling and award winning author, Ken Fry, holds a university Master's Degree in Literature and has extensively traveled around the world. The places and events are reflected in his stories and most of his tales are based on his own experiences. He was a former publisher before deciding to retire and devote his full time to writing. He now lives in the UK and shares his home with 'Dickens' his Shetland Sheepdog.
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The genre of religious thriller was propelled into the public consciousness by Dan Brown, and anyone following in his footsteps has big boots to fill. In many ways, Fry's book is superior to those featuring Robert Langdon. It is faster, sexier and more grown-up, for a start. The plot is intricate, the pace masterful, and despite a busy schedule, I was compelled to make time for The Lazarus Succession.
Comparisons with mega-sellers aside, this is a superb piece of work. Our two protagonists, Brodie Ladro and Ulla Stewart are ne'er-do-wells, using their talents and knowledge to steal a living. I prefer an anti-hero to a clean-cut saint, so this was no problem for me. And for those with more exacting standards, the mission undertaken by the partners-in-crime eventually becomes a charitable one. The villain of the piece, the delightfully Machiavellian Throgmorten, is a classic bad guy, and by the end of the book, I was desperate for him to come unstuck.
The final twist is inspired, too; I won't spoil anyone's enjoyment, but the supernatural elements, and their effect on the characters, are pure genius. Even an old cynic like me was entranced. The addition of a little historical flavour, in the shape of frequent glances into a beautifully depicted medieval Spain, gives the novel context, and a timeless magic I found addictive.
This is polished fiction of the highest calibre, and I'm more than happy to award 5 stars.
The audiobook The Lazarus Succession: A Historical Mystery Thriller by Ken Fry, Narrated by Jack Wynters was one that I would not normally listen to, but since we all must step out of our comfort zone from time to time, I decided to give it a go. I must say, I was pleasantly surprised! It was such a great listen, that I also purchased the Kindle copy to read at a later date! I will let you read the plot description on your own because I tend to give away too many details, and I don't want to ruin anything for you. I found it to be well-written and quite entertaining. I became fully engaged almost immediately, and I was able to finish it in two days. It is about 11-12 hours long, making it well worth your credit, in my opinion. :-) Thank you, Ken Fry! I definitely am looking forward to your next audiobook release!
The narration was fantastic!!! I have never had the opportunity to hear Jack Wynters narrate anything before this book. He was wonderful! I felt his tone, accents, pronunciation, and pace was right on! He was consistent throughout the entire book. I must say I was thoroughly impressed, and began to realize the true dedication and hard work that goes in to being a narrator. I would love to listen to more performances of his in the future. Way to go, Jack!
Overall, I rate this audiobook a 5/5 stars. If you enjoy this type of book, I am confident you will find The Lazarus Succession: A Historical Mystery Thriller by Ken Fry, Narrated by Jack Wynters very appealing! I also recommend it to others who, like myself, are looking to find a different type of listen than what they are used to hearing. I'm looking forward to also reading the Kindle copy I purchased because, as we all know, we tend to have a different experience reading than we do listening, good and not-so-good. I'm sure the second time around will be just as good, if not better because I always come across new discoveries and parts I may have missed or not focused on as much when I went through it the first time. I'm happy I decided to take a step outside of the box...and defintiely pleased with my choice of book with which to do it!
Thank you so much for reading my review. I hope it was helpful. :-)
Synopsis (from the author): The Lazarus Succession takes readers to the ancient scene of Christ's greatest miracle, to medieval Spain, and back to modern-day Europe. In typical Ken Fry style, nothing is as it seems and a surprise awaits at every turn of the page.
According to legend, Annas Zevi, an artist who witnessed the raising of Lazarus, was told by Christ to paint what he saw. Over the centuries, his completed works has vanished, along with every other painting depicting Lazarus' resurrection. They were rumoured to be sacred icons with miraculous powers.
International Art Recovery Experts, Broderick Ladro and Ulla Stuart, are hired by a disgraced High Court judge, Sir Maxwell Throgmorton, to locate a long lost medieval painting by Spanish artist Francisco Cortez. Like Zevi, his work is said to be divinely inspired.
Throgmorton's client, a wealthy Spanish Condesa, is terminally ill and the icon is her last hope. She will pay and do whatever it takes to find the missing work of Cortez.
Unbeknown to the Condesa, Throgmorton seeks to make a vast personal fortune from the discovery of the paintings, and use it to reclaim his place in society.
Ladro and Stuart learns of Throgmorton's deceit and attempts to thwart his plans. As they delve deeper into the mystery of the missing Cortez painting, they discover a secret that changes their lives forever.
Just as it changed the lives of everyone it touched across the centuries.
What I liked: This story drew me in immediately! The story started with a bang and kept up a great pace throughout. Brody and Ulla were great, Throgmorton was an excellent though odious player, and the Condesa was the perfect sympathetic character. Full of religious symbolism, action, and a mystical end, The Lazarus Succession was a fantastic read!
What I didn’t like: My only complaint was Throgmorton’s end. A little more mysticism would have played better to me given the way the story ended. I would say more, but then I’d have a spoiler and I don’t do that!
Overall impression: The Lazarus Succession was everything I wanted in a religious-themed thriller. Great characters, plenty of action, mystical happenings, and great pace made it a most enjoyable read! Well done Ken Fry!!
My rating: 5 Stars
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Great story and couldn't put this book down until I finished it.
Would make a great movie.
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