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Secret of the Thorns (Donavan Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition
|Length: 376 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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- Book 3 of 6 in Donavan Chronicles
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From the Author
Book 1: Secret of the Oil
Book 2: Secret Device
Book 3: Secret of the Thorns
Book 4: Secret of the Bibles
Book 5: Secret of the Icon
Book 6: Secret Vengeance
Each novel can be read as a standalone adventure.
From the Back Cover
The experts are wrong.
Ancient manuscripts unearthed in a Warsaw museum might skew the beliefs on which many of the world's leading religions are founded. The discovery in Poland sparks a quest to find a supposedly mythical, secret Gospel and ancient Koran text believed hidden in Spain centuries ago. Two young scholars follow a path forged by King John of Poland and later by Ponce de Leon to America. The records indicate that Ponce de Leon purportedly secreted the Crown of Thorns and other valuable treasure in the New World.
There are those that wish them dead before they succeed in their quest that could ultimately change two of the world major religions and eliminate the head of the Catholic Church.
- File size : 3115 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 376 pages
- Publication date : December 15, 2013
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00D0OP95E
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #916,391 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The book has a stereotypical secret society avowed to protect the Christian (read: Catholic) church from anything that might appear to be "watering down" the faith, so to speak. At one point, it is even said that they poisoned John Paul I for some reason. Of course, there are agents of this society all over Europe and the US. Then we also have the predictable Iranian Islamic terrorists, which have a bad habit of getting killed while trying to get hold of something that may or may not even exist. Finally, we have brother & sister archaeologists, with the sister trained as an Army Ranger, though she does not appear to have been a very good one. She is also not very good at covering her tracks, and is far more interested in sex than her work.
It seems like the further I went in the book, the more the story line was just being mailed in. There did not seem to be a lot of tension, even when the brother & sister were being chased. It also seems like no matter what they do to cover their tracks (they finally figured out they better do it) both of the groups giving chase have no problem finding them. Even the final confrontation, where all is revealed, comes off as "we'll tell what we did from the beginning, then you can boast about your evil plan in detail". Compared to what should be happening with stakes so high for the Vatican, Islam, and a couple of shaky archaeologists, the book really ends on an extended whimper.
Many spelling and grammar mistakes abound. Many homonym problems pop up as well (pours<>pores, peace<>piece, peaked<>piqued, as a few examples). You would think, though, that the author could get the name of a city correct. It's Addis ABABA, not Addis ABBA. The Kindle info says the book has been re-edited. Either I have the old edition (which is quite possible since I downloaded it in early 2014), or someone needs to read the definition of "re-edit".
With the fact that the tension eases with the further one reads into the story, the extensive problems spelling, grammar, and homonyms, and the sad fact that most of the characters end up being boring and predictable stereotypes, Secret of the Thorns is in the 2-star range for me. The plot is sound, and if the author could quit making dialog sound like they are cue cards, and develop characters with depth rather than as empty shells, this could be a far better story.
I totally liked the brother and sister duo, but her need for a sexual encounter ever so often irritated me! Who in danger would think that to be a necessity? When on the run, food and sleep, but sex?
The ending was glorious! Everything resolved to my satisfaction. But, there is another book coming to further the adventure, it seems. Let that not detract you from reading this one, as all was finished and complete for me. Great read that I would highly recommend, as nothing controversial in the line of trying to reprogram religious beliefs. Get it, read it and enjoy it! Great job, Mr. Tom Haase!
The story itself was plausible and the historical tie-in was well thought out. I liked the Father Jonathon character. But overall the writing was amateurish. And the heroine was unbelievable: her need for a sexual encounter ever so often was actually irritatating! With the type of danger she and her brother faced, who would think that to be a necessity? And if she was trained as an Army Ranger, she would never have made stupid mistakes and act like an idiot multiple times.
Three chapters of a David Baldacci novel would give this author a crash course in story development and character nuance that his writing really needs. Mr. Haase has great imagination, which is critical for story development; but he needs serious help in fleshing out believable and engaging characters. I will give another of his books a chance because the basics of the story and plot were good.
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I'm now reading the next book and this is the same.