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You love Ludlum and Dan Brown? You'll love Fry.
It is the first time I’m reading that author’s work and it certainly left me with a desire to read more of his writing. He writes a masterful prose, strong and emotional, without ever becoming cheesy or melodramatic. His characters are well developed and intriguing, a lot more than they appear at first sight. The Lazarus Succession has a great historical and religious foundation combined with a dynamic plot, twists, and turns. Ken Fry knows how to keep the reader’s attention and trigger their emotional response. He is also great at switching the different points of views, whether they are of the sixteenth-century aspiring artist/monk or the twenty-first century art thief who goes through an unbelievable transformation.
While I identify myself as an atheist, I was seriously impressed with the mixture of art and faith, love and personal loss, sacrifice and redemption. It raises some interesting questions of the fate of the artist and the impact their work may have. Some parts of the story left me feeling conflicted yet I can’t deny that the pace and the final resolution made perfect sense.
Perhaps the only thing I wanted to see more of was the emotional and romantic connection between Brodie and Ulla. No, I don’t insist that there must be a romantic subplot in every novel but they truly felt more like business partners/partners in crime. That doesn’t bother me, their characters and interaction were great. I just feel that if the reader was shown a deeper emotional connection the impact of the ending would be even stronger and more poignant.
Still, the story was powerful enough and the ending was more than appropriate. Perhaps you wonder what is it about this ending that pulls the reader’s heart strings? You have to read The Lazarus Succession and experience it yourself.
I highly recommend it to all fans of historical thrillers and well-crafted, intense prose. Five Uprising Stars.
Throgmorton quickly proves himself to be a villain among villains. His motto seems to be, never double-cross someone when you can triple- or quadruple-cross them instead. As Brodie and Ulla wind their way through a maze of historical clues, Throgmorton works just as hard behind the scenes to make sure they'll never profit from the work they're doing for him. To be honest, I sometimes had trouble grasping exactly how this dastardly fellow expects his plans to work out, given his penchant for almost instantly and obviously betraying those he's entered into agreements with. But the reflexive antagonism with which he treats people constantly ups the stakes and the tension, and it's hard to take too much issue with a character whose monomania drives the action so entertainingly.
Intercut with the modern action of the novel, we also follow the 15th-century life of the painting's creator, a humble and devout young man whose great talent and spiritual visions catch the eye of a clandestine religious order whose history spans the ages. Fry makes these passages glow with a patina of antiquity, yet keeps them compelling as well.
The Lazarus Succession succeeds on a mixture of bravado, flavor, and revelatory mysticism more than it does on flawless plotting. If you're looking for an airtight, impeccably woven storyline, it may be less satisfying than if pacing and zest are your main concerns. But if high-speed road chases through the Spanish countryside, running gunfights through cathedrals, and heroes sleuthing through musty tomes are your cup of tea, you'll probably get a kick out of this one.
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