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The Sisterhood of the Rose Hardcover – November 1, 2009
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From Publishers Weekly
Veteran journalist and conspiracy theorist Marrs (Rule by Secrecy) ropes up Nazis and ancient secret societies for his uneven fiction debut, set amidst the machinations of WWII. When the team of archeologist Giselle Tchaikovsky discovers a mysterious crystal skull near Belize, they're double-crossed by a murderous German colleague. Giselle vows revenge, journeying to Europe where the skull has been turned over to Hitler. Once in France, however, Giselle becomes involved with Resistance members, including university scholars and early Cathar devotees, and eventually widens her quest for the skull to a campaign for peace. True to form, Giselle's quest propels her along a convoluted path through Europe and Russia, ultimately leading her to resurrect an ancient sisterhood dedicated to peace and the preservation of ancient, sacred artifacts. With one-dimensional characters, stilted dialogue and lengthy "instructional" passages, this novel moves laboriously toward a predictable Nazi-foiling finale.
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About the Author
A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Jim Marrs has worked as an investigative reporter for several newspapers, including the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Marrs' in-depth investigation of UFOs, Alien Agenda, is the best-selling UFO book ever; Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy was a New York Times bestseller, as was Rule By Secrecy.
Top customer reviews
However, in hindsight this book would have been better left unwritten, at least by this author. According to his biog his previous books were all factual, and this was reflected in the style of writing he used for this book - it was not suited to a fictional work.
For example, he employed all the usual derogatory and slang terms for WW2 German troops, but in addition insisted on using every available adjective listed in an English dictionary. This appeared true for a lot of the other action narrative as well, and I imagine he had run short when he wrote the line "She devised a smile...". Since when do characters "devise" a smile?
The writing was full of well worn cliches, which were overused. A story that was obviously compiled from different fragments, which were not tied together well. But worst of all two dimensional characters that it was difficult to either remember or care about. I mean, the majority of these characters were real, historial people so how could a writer fail in making them "come alive" on the page?
If you are looking for a book that uses old conspiracy theories for a fictional story then I suggest you give this one a miss and choose a Dan Brown or a Michael Baigent novel.
The heroine is Giselle, a former ballerina turned archeologist. (Beautiful, blonde, and very well endowed in the chest department AND filthy rich.) After a dig gone bad in South America, she sets out to take back the crystal skull stolen from her and avenge her lover's death. The man she is after is an SS officer for Hitler. World war two is disrupting Europe. Barbie (Giselle) hooks up with a former lover, Michel (I'm calling him Ken) and proceeds to get sidetracked on her quest by forming the all girls club and getting a decoder to England among other things. After recruiting all the above mentioned women or at least using them in some way, the story just became too implausible for me. On top of that, I grew tired of Barbie and Ken being so perfect and "ma chere" this and "ma cheri" that. I think by page 200, readers will realize that Barbie and Ken are mad about each other.
Something else I didn't like is the lack of emotions. It was like being on the outside looking in. The characters sit around and have their conversations but what are they thinking?
A good idea. It probably would have worked for me had the characters been a bit different.
The Sisterhood of the Rose is an intriging work that delves into
many twists and turns in the womens'search to resist the evils of Hitler.
A mixture of fact and fantasy, I found the plot compelling and the characters vivid.
I would highly recommend the book.
S.J.Tagliareni Author of Hitler's Priest
A Great Read!! Robert Moore