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This book is a top-notch, exhilarating and (dare I say?) "brilliant" page-turner that kept me up until the wee hours several nights in a row. The plot is complex and deftly crafted. The twists and turns come at a furious pace. The two main characters (charming, ex-helicopter pilot, David Arturo and the sexy, adventurous archaeologist Renée d'Arcadia) have genuine emotional depth. The mystery they're confronted with is a real puzzler steeped in ancient mythology and esoteric lore. The narrative moves along at a quick pace. The action scenes explode across the page with tremendous descriptive power. The writing is impeccable. The final quarter of the book is hold-on-to-your-seat stuff and the ending is worth every minute it took to get there. Have I left anything out? Did I mention this thing rocks? Strap yourself in and hang on. You're in for a terrific ride.
Gary Val Tenuta
Author of The Ezekiel Code
2012 is coming...Or is it? The clock is ticking...The code must be deciphered!
It helps that our heroes are super-hot Renee D'Arcadia, an archeologist running from her leukemia diagnosis and David Arturo, ex-special forces history professor running from his past. They're good at these puzzles where I would still be trying to figure out the first one. When they are summoned to France for the reading of a will, they are given the first few pieces and thrust into a circle of ne'er-do-wells who, as fate and plot development would have it, are trying to give them just enough rope to hang themselves.
As we learn more about our protagonists, we discover that they have met before and the meetings were not necessarily good ones. This time, however, romance blossoms as they must lean on each other to solve the puzzles and find the next clue. A small but strong supporting cast gives them assistance in sorting through the centuries-old mystery. We are dragged along into under-ground caverns, crypts, and cathedrals as the pieces slowly start to fall in place.
Stipa's dialogue is crisp and the pacing of the novel is unrelenting. It bogs slightly as the heroes gather to work through most of the `thinky' parts of the puzzle, then speeds off again once we're given enough pseudo-history to explain why they're getting shot at, stabbed, and chased.Read more ›
Part adventure, part rollicking romance, and part ancient history lesson, Stipa's novel is a sort of Da Vinci Code meets Indiana Jones with a dash of mysticism.
I don't read much in the adventure/thriller genre, but when I do, I like to be absorbed by the story. This was a quick-paced and engaging read. I especially appreciated that Renee was not the sort of damsel-in-distress female sidekick that is so often introduced in such novels, but a strong, determined woman capable to getting herself in and out of scrapes.
The lure of the jigsaw puzzle, at least for me, was finding that one piece I was looking for to eventually bring me to the final design. I always knew what the final design was, of course, because it was right on the box that I had bought. But what if I didn't know what the final construction was? Wouldn't they be that much more exciting?
John C. Stipa has provided me with my greatest puzzle adventure to date. No Greater Sacrifice is packed with intricately woven clues that are so fantastically put together, I'm left in awe from how John was able to piece it all together so smoothly.
The use of ancient artifacts, famous heroes and heroines, moving tombstones that uncover secret caverns, and codes used to unlock mysteries, made me feel that I was in an Indiana Jones or National Treasure movie. No Greater Sacrifice was filled with non-stop action as each clue that was uncovered led to another, until reaching the exhilarating climax, finally allowing you to release your pent-up breath.
The characters in the book were absolutely perfect. The main characters, Renee and David, were hilarious with their witty dialogue. The heated attraction for each other was timed and detailed flawlessly throughout the book. Renee was my favorite type of strong-willed female character. Finally, the evil antagonists carried the perfect opposing muscle to make Renee and David's adventures treacherous.
No Greater Sacrifice was by far, one of my favorite reads of 2010. I highly recommend this book to all of you adventure lovers.
LJ of Reader Recommended
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I just finished No Greater Sacrifice, and I really enjoyed it! What a roller coaster ride! Well done!Published 19 months ago by Roy Kallman
This was a good story, albeit more romantic- than mystery-detective thriller. Mr. Stipa toured the area and I will check the supplied bibliography to learn more of the area and its... Read morePublished on May 11, 2013 by BobJ
I enjoy books that challenge me to think outside the box & this one is no exception. The characters are well developed and I felt like I was right beside them, solving the... Read morePublished on April 22, 2013 by Bonnie Zamora
Fast, exciting read. A little Indiana Jones, James Bond. Simply fun. Don't overarching it's message. Just enjoy and have faith in the story.Published on February 7, 2013 by Richard Bradley
This is a story.........you won't be disappointed. The characters are easy
to love and the story great to follow, but don't want to spoil it for you. Read more
Good book, I liked it very much. One, and Two,and Three,and Four,and Five,and Six,and Seven,and Eight,and Nine,Ten,Eleven,Twelve,Thirteen. This is ludicrousPublished on December 19, 2012 by shiloh66
I enjoyed this read, it reminded me of the Da Vinci Code, with all the religious relics, legends and rituals. Read morePublished on December 13, 2012 by Amazon Customer
This book was great. Easy to read and hard to put down. I love all the twists and turns they took in their journey and I really enjoyed the relationship with the characters.Published on December 4, 2012 by delisa17
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