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The Sixth Station: A Novel (Alessandra Russo Novels) Mass Market Paperback – December 31, 2013
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“A top five book of the year!” ―Providence Journal
“Linda Stasi crafts a tale combining Islam, Christianity, and National Security. If you like controversy with your suspense, The Sixth Station is for you.” ―Bill O'Reilly, anchor, Fox News Channel
“Mayhem, madness, passion, and pride battle in this wild escapade that stirs straight to the soul. This one has the Vatican, ancient secrets, mysterious relics, and the Knights Templar-- all the right elements to engage both the mind and the imagination. Careful, though, you'll be gripping the pages so tight your knuckles will turn white.” ―Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Templar Legacy
“The Sixth Station, Linda Stasi's debut novel, is a hell of a religious thriller. The Sixth Station has it all--great writing, exciting plot, and intriguing characters--and the ending is a shocker.” ―Nelson DeMille, New York Times bestselling author of Night Fall and The Gate House
“The Sixth Station is exactly the kind of blockbuster thriller you would expect from Linda Stasi--smart, intriguing, irreverent, impeccably researched, and brilliantly provocative. If you liked The Da Vinci Code, you'll devour this book.” ―Linda Fairstein, New York Times bestselling author of Night Watch and former Manhattan Sex Crimes Prosecutor
“Stasi does an amazing job of mixing science with religious paranoia in this compelling thriller...Dan Brown and Steve Berry fans have another controversial novel in which to lose themselves.” ―Booklist
“It's a riveting, fast-paced tale that had my heart pounding on more than one occasion. That said, I was more interested in Ms. Stasi's real-world discoveries and how they affected her outlook on life.” ―Washington Times
“If you like Dan Brown, I think this book will be right up your alley . . . this is a fast paced thriller that will have you turning the pages quickly.” ―The Kari AnnAlysis
“The thrill of the mystery will suck readers in despite the unusual topic. The Sixth Station undeniably shows Statsi's ability to completely captivate her readers!” ―Lovey Dovey Books
“The best debut thriller of the year hands-down takes us into the heart of a mammoth global conspiracy through the eyes of intrepid reporter Alexandra Russo. Stasi, a reporter herself, has crafted an expertly researched and wondrously conceived tale that delivers at every level, propelling her right out of the box to a Ludlum-esque level and making her heir to the throne once occupied by the great Helen MacInnes.” ―Providence Sunday Journal, Top 5 Books of the Year List
About the Author
LINDA STASI is a celebrated media personality, columnist and critic for The New York Post. She is also an onscreen cohost of NY1, Time Warner's 24/7 news channel, and has appeared on such programs as The O'Reilly Factor, The Today Show, The View, Chris Matthews, CBS Morning Show, and Good Day New York. An award-winning columnist, she is also the author of five nonfiction books. The Sixth Station is her first novel.
- Publisher : Forge Books; Reprint edition (December 31, 2013)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 464 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0765369826
- ISBN-13 : 978-0765369826
- Item Weight : 6.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.23 x 1.27 x 6.78 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,879,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I think the coolest thing is that Alessandra was so real, even while in the middle of this extraordinary, almost fantasy situation. Sometimes when things were getting super weird she would do or say something silly and keep the story believable. Author does a great job of keeping the supernatural story grounded in reality.
The trial of an accused terrorist who spoke only of peace was deeply familiar. Yet, don't think that this book is preachy! Not so! Sometimes, it is quite irreverant! But I would have put it down had it not been. But still, I came away in the end, feeling that I had taken a spiritual journey; Not, a religious one.
And the humor that Ms Stasi peppers her tale with is so hysterical at times that I found myself laughing out loud.
I recommend this book to anyone who loves an exciting, murder/conspiracy story. But I just as strongly recommend it to open minded seekers of whatever they consider the truth to be. I learned so much about the Middle East and religions that I didn't even know existed. I will read this again and again.
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The plot was a simple linear collect-the-tokens slog, punctuated only by the extremely irritating bits where the author tried to show off her purported knowledge of foreign locales with purple prose that one suspects were cribbed from the Lonely Planet.
The characters lacked any semblence of anything resembling human motivations, rather being _explicitly_ jerked around like marionettes by authorial fiat -- the protagonist constantly whines about not knowing why she's doing the things she passively finds herself stumbling into.
The dialog is coherent only in that each and every line is a non sequitur and corresponds to no manner of speech ever evidenced by any culture. Not to mention the tortured attempts at French, Italian and Aramaic.
The science lacks any indication that anyone, let alone the author, spent any fraction of their intellectual ability, such as it was, to reconsider the nonsensical mishmash of bafflegab. The author could have accomplished exactly the same special effects with the merest nod to plausibility, but no.
As for the history, the author mocks her own protagonist for not knowing history. Projection much?
The book is riddled with grammatical errors and typos, which you hardly even notice amid the utter incoherence of every other aspect.