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The Shekinah Legacy is the debut novel in the Charlotte Ansari thriller series by Gary Lindberg. The author very skillfully, and over the space of many pages, only adding to the thrill, introduces Charlotte, her son, Greg, who has Aspergers syndrome, but is a genius, but has trouble with human emotions, and her family. As Charlotte and Greg struggle to survive against incredible odds, the reader is dragged deeper and deeper into not just the mystery of the relics, but Charlotte’s history as well.
The Shekinah Legacy is a page-turner of the first rank, the perfect book to curl up with at the end of summer.
I was impressed with the level of detail and the consistency of those setting details throughout the plot. Mr. Lindberg has considerable promise and talent, but really needs the guiding hand of a critical editor (at least in this book). I can't recall seeing any of the grammatical typos (i.e., those that spelling checks will not find) that seem to plague many of the unedited books I find for free on Amazon, but the final chapter of this book did change the spelling of the name of one of the peripheral characters from "Mihad" to "Mahid" and lends credence to the idea that this was added later just to bring the whole book to an end.
Generally, this was an interesting read, but Dan Brown doesn't (yet) have anything to worry about.
What impressed me most about the book was the author's ability to paint clear and vivid pictures in my mind though his use and selection of descriptive words. For examples, here are two brief passages providing short, but detailed descriptions of the views the main characters witnessed during their helicopter flights; from Chapter 50 - "Cradled in a gorge near the Indus River, the Hemis gompa spreads out horizontally like a theatrical backdrop, its stage a large stone courtyard used for festivals and mystery plays." . . . and the opening sentence of Chapter 55 - "The wrinkled mountains whisk by like bunched-up bed linens."
For his first novel, Mr. Lindberg has done a remarkable job in demonstrating his skills and gifts as a writer of ficton. I request and encourage him to write more, and recommend he try to focus on his talent of painting beautiful pictures; mimimizing or avoiding scenes with graphic violence, as well as staying away from topics some readers may take as controversial, or worse, mistakenly assume such things are factual rather than what they really are . . . fictional.
Summary . . . a good and entertaining "fictional triller" from this first time novelist.
The writer made it a special point to explain that Charlotte's mother just abandoned her when she was seven years old and that Charlotte blamed her father. Granted, that seems like child logic but then for the rest of her life she never spoke to her father? And she hated him for the rest of her life? Especially since her father was supposed to be a spiritual person? This doesn't make the character more compassionate and likeable, instead it shows her to be completely uncaring and selfish.
If the reader can get past the shallow characters, good luck trying to follow the Dan Brown style of political intrigue even though all government organizations seem ridiculous and incapable of doing anything. Despite all this, at some point the reader gets a complicated story about Jesus, again, because this story just never gets old, and now everyone, literally, EVERYONE in the world is looking for something about Jesus.
Anyway, my dear readers, just save your nerves and patience. It's just worth it.
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