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The Spear (Major Quatermain) (Volume 1) Paperback – January 24, 2017
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When I first began to read it, I didn't think it would hold my interest. Then, after a bout of sickness, I decided to try again and found that it was a rather interesting book.
It would seem J.R. Rain is taking a page out of his mother's books about various Biblical artifacts and has written a book about the effort of one Dr. Julius Byrd historian/professor at Pembroke College, to try and find the Spear that was thrust into the side of Christ while he was on the cross. It is said to have the ability to provide the holder with supernatural power.
One, previously thought dead, dictator wants it badly so he can become ruler of the world. The teacher wants it because he wants to prove it exists and that he has not made it up. Then, he goes missing.
Major Allan (though at least once it is spelled Alan) Quatermain, of The Royal Military Academy, a military history professor, is enlisted to search for the missing professor. He starts by traveling to Pembroke College, which is locked when he finally arrives. He then returns to his alma mater, Magdalen College, in the same city as Pembroke and only a short walk away, knowing it is usually open until late and might have some guest rooms available. When he arrives he goes to the only room with a light to see if he can locate a janitor who can help him with a place to spend the night. There he meets Dr. Hannah Byrd, an art history professor, a beautiful woman and daughter of the missing Dr. Julius Byrd. When she learns that her father is believed to have been kidnapped by Nazis and Major Quatermain is going to try to find him, she insists that Major Quatermain allow her to assist him in locating her father.
They travel by plane and by the Orient Express to try and locate both Dr. Byrd and the Spear, if it even exists. There are several attempts on their lives. But, unknowingly, they are being followed by Jewish Nazi hunters who come to their rescue and with whom they form an alliance.
A most interesting topic with plenty of action and excitement and some romance.
Major Allan Quatermann is a British Veteran of the Special Service Brigade and one day, he gets a surprised visit from M12 and Her Majesty Life Guards. He is very taken back as to why they want to talk to him. They tell him that they need his help to find a spear. But this is no ordinary spear. It is the spear (Holy Lance) that pierced Christ's side at the Crucifixion. There is a legend that tells that whoever possesses the spear and unlocks the spear's supernatural powers, it will give victory to who wields it. And whoever has the spear, has kidnapped, Julius Byrd, an expert on the spear.
Allan meets Dr. Hannah Byrd, who is just not a art historian but the daughter of Julius Byrd. Allan tells Hannah about the spear and about her father being kidnapped. Together Hannah and Allan embark on a trip to Istanbul to find the spear and Hannah's father.
J.R. Rain puts in so much intrigue, suspense and adventure into The Spear. Another great novel written by J.R. Rain that grabbed my attention and didn't let me go until I read the entire book !! The novel was so very well written, great characters and a very strong storyline that made this book such a great mystery story !!
I really enjoyed the characters and their development, you get to know them more as the story goes on and both Major Quatermain and Hannah both have cheeky side that comes out every now and then. Both are quiet content in their how hum lives until they are thrown together to well save the world! (Well Hannah actually decides to come along for the ride whether Major Quatermain likes it or not lol) The pace was great and I enjoy how everything was revealed in a timely manner ie not rushed or too drawn out but how you would expect it to all unfold.
I look forward to he next book in the series and hope we also get to see Issac again and learn more about him too!
I received an ARC in exchange for an Honest review and was not compensated in any way.
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A fast read for me as well. Finished this in less than three hours.Read more