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Vaults of Power Paperback – November 17, 2011
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"Fans of summer thriller blockbusters should find plenty to like here."-Kirkus Reviews
"Diane Echer is a cool and deadly observer of complex human relations. Vaults of Power is hypnotic and in its own quiet way, deeply shocking." Jonathan Galassi, President and Editor, Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
"Putting down the book to do other other things was very difficult...This book is a combination of Dan Brown and Clive Cussler with the special flair of Diane Echer...If you enjoy any of these authors, this is a book that you do not want to miss reading..." Allen Cook, blogger at ReallyRandomSite/The Book Review.
"Echer's first novel is a winner." Barbara Rogan
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I found myself Googling aspects of the plot line I was reading, and pleased to see that much was factually accurate with interesting fictional twists that the author connected together in a great story. It actually was fun to read and I enjoyed following as Ms. Echer related historical facts together.
I also loved the characters. The heroine, Robyn Gabriel, was likable, sexy, and adventurous. Her band of associates were well portrayed and I wanted them to succeed in their endeavors. Because of the direction the story took, several of the characters weren't fully developed, but I hope there will be sequels in the future and I'll have an opportunity to follow those characters more closely in the next book.
The story line would make an ideal motion picture. "Vaults of Power" has action, adventure, sex, villainous characters, murder, mystery, exciting international set locations, and a lead character that the audience would be rooting for.
The plot highlighted historical events for me that I've now become more interested in because of the significance of these events in today's world. For example, recent political commentary about the role of the Federal Reserve Bank in US monetary policy is something I never thought about until now. Politicians are now talking about the Fed in debates and opinion pieces in the newspapers. "Vaults of Power" is timely, and has opened up some doors to my education on the Fed, and other topics so now I'm delving deeper into non-fiction sources, and learning more.
I recommend "Vaults of Power" wholeheartedly to anyone looking for something exciting, fun, mysterious, intriguing and for someone who doesn't mind a little sex thrown in for good measure.
It's a great book.
Robyn is on a dangerous mission to find her sister, which takes her to France, Austria, Florida and New York. She is on a near impossible journey to uncover the missing pages to the Voynich Manuscript that will give her clues to aid her in the decoding of the manuscript and to the origins of her own family and how to save her sister. The manuscript itself is located in the Yale University's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. This journey puts her in the hands of some very deadly people who will do anything they can to keep Robyn from her goal of decoding the Manuscript. Conspiracies abound from The Federal Reserve, to a triad in China, the sinking of the Titanic and a dangerous cult all keep Robyn on the run to save her life and the life of her sister. A very interesting and intriguing novel from beginning to end with a very strong plot and believable characters. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Thirteen years after their parents' death, Robyn Gabriel finds herself rushing to her sister's side in a hospital in the same city where their parents died. She picks up where her sister left off - investigating the mystery left to them by their parents. Unfortunately, she is not the only one who wants to find the answer to the mysterious book she found in her parents' bank vault. Pursued and endangered by organizations for both good and evil, Robyn finds herself seeking answers from the very people who may have hurt her sister. When she is close to getting the answers she seeks, her sister is kidnapped. Her only hope to save her sister is to translate the Voynich Manuscript, something even the most expert cryptologists have been unable to accomplish.
In the spirit of the Da Vinci Code, Diane Echer creates a mystery that takes you around the world and through a circle of deceit so intertwined with history that you find yourself wanting to learn more about the places and artifacts used throughout the story. This story weaves a web of intrigue while introducing you to characters that are so outrageous you can't help but want to know their back stories.
The book begins with action and continues the action through to the end. The only predictable part of the story really is the main character's underlying relationship phobia where her reckless actions and lifestyle are such that she does not appear to care for anyone, though it is obvious that she cares deeply for her sister and for her best friend Parker.
This author has great voice, and the book is absolutely a must-read for mystery lovers. There are some graphic sex scenes and occult references, but they are minor and do not detract from the plot and overall substance of the book.
The book is full of complicated twists and turns that may thrill lovers of action adventure stories.
I would like to stress, this is not the kind of book I would usually chose to read. The main idea behind the story, a major conspiracy involving everyone from the priesthood, to the Feds and the sinking of the Titanic (yes the Titanic) are what first engaged my interest. I am glad I read this book. I think Echer has the ability to be a first rate author. Her sense of detail is amazing.
I give this book 4 stars because the writing is fantastic, the reader can visualize the events occurring while you are reading. I think this book would make an amazing movie if the right individual was cast as Robyn
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Author's first hand knowledge of Europe is obvious and fun.