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Let me start off by saying that I really enjoyed this novel, but it does require an open mind. There are many religious and political views covered throughout this story that not everyone will agree with. However with that said, this is a work of fiction and the author did an excellent job incorporating all these different views respectfully and for me it was very educational and entertaining.
The main focus of the story centers around an ancient prayer book called a Psalter. It is discovered in modern day, in the library of the Vatican. The discovery of this book sets off a chain of events which leads the reader down a path of murder, betrayal, and revelation. Not only do we see how this Psalter affects the characters in the present, the reader is also taken back through time to where the Psalter first appeared and the many sacrifices these people went through to preserve the secrets the Psalter holds.
For me I enjoyed the historical part of this story more than the present, but that is because I'm a history buff and I really don't know much about religious history so this was something new for me. The author did a fantastic job making these characters come to life and I could tell that he did his research. I was pulled into their world filled with turmoil and their quest to discover the truth. Not just the truth behind ancient scrolls and writings but the truth in their own hearts and their beliefs.
My only complaint would be that I wanted to learn more about Father Mike. I feel there were some unresolved issues with him that I would have liked to have answers too. Maybe there is a sequel??
The Psalter was a solid read and I would recommend this book to anyone with an open mind and a thirst for a good mystery. The characters are wonderful and the story is daring and intriguing. I hope to see more from this author in the future.
Galen Watson spent very little time dithering about backstory of side stories as he rocketed through the mystery of the Psalter. The reader was pulled back and forth between the current time and the great Vatican Library with Father Romano who was investigating the loss of a Psalter and its mysteries and the 840’s during the time when the Vatican was controlled by Popes, Caesars, and the political families of Rome.
The great mystery centered about Father Johannes and his Psalters. It was during this time that a great many Psalters were penned by Father Johannes. There were thousands of Psalters penned by scribes during that times. What made these so special? So sought after, even in the twenty-first century?
Those who read Dan Brown, David Morrell, and other religious thriller authors over the last twenty years will enjoy this novel. In fact, after reading The Psalter, I was curious enough to go do some research and find out more information on the subject of the Psalters of the era and of the subject of the surprise topic the jumped up about half way through the book and slapped me in the face. No, I’m not telling…it needs to shock you as much as it did me. I had to back up and catch my breath and re-think things for a few minutes before continuing…and google a few things.
Yes, this one is going on the “reading it again” shelf. I give it a good 4.5 STARS. I look forward to finding more of Galen Watson’s novels to enjoy. I want to see what new surprises he has in the Vatican closet to keep me awake all night trying to finish a real page turner.
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