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The Bunting Quest Kindle Edition
About the Author
- ASIN : B07N2KS3JD
- Publisher : Hybrid Publishers (5 July 2016)
- Language : English
- File size : 828 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 293 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 494,753 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This is not my type of book at all. I had expected a rollicking tale of historical drama on the high seas, with a touch of mapping and pre-European Australia. What I got was some conspiracy theory that never convinced me, cardboard characters and expository dialogue.
And it jumps around. There are multiple plot strands and point of view chops about all over the place. Locations in the novel include - and I doubt I have remembered them all - Northern Ireland, the Vatican, Germany, England, Belgium, East Africa, Java, Western Australia. The time settings switch between the present day and the 1600s - with various reminiscences about other times too. I am sure it is supposed to feel pacy, but it ends up feeling undercooked.
The characters are simply not credible. You've got the Pope calling in on a heretic German Lutheran Priest. Hello, I'm the Pope. Yes you are, how can I help you? Perhaps you can help me with this letter written by Jesus - in Aramaic which, serendipitously, we both speak. As did all my predecessor Popes. Why yes, although I don't respect you or your church, I will give up my current life to go on this quest for you...And in the present day, we meet a young woman - probably in her mid 20s - who is the Oxford Professor of Ancient Maps. Yeah right. And she is willing to give up her life to go traipsing round the world dodging murderous art thieves with a man her father slightly knows.
The story is full of holes and non-sequiturs, despite so many stilted expository conversations where people state the obvious and tell each other things they already know with all the conversational skills of Wikipedia.
As for the central conspiracy, it is weak. Too weak to have driven the inexplicable actions of our Lutheran Priest Bunting and way too weak to have driven more recent actions.
I had wanted and expected to enjoy this novel. Mea culpa for mistaking a genre novel for something more interesting. But even that cannot defend this being such poor quality. Even genre readers should have standards.
The Bunting Quest alternates between Europe (Modern and 16th Century) and Western Australia, as its array of multi-ethnic characters interact on the canvas of Marcusson’s highly-original plot. The Bunting Map referred to in the title - a genuine article that the author once possessed - appears to bear a crude outline of Western Australia - an impossibility by conventional understanding, as Europeans had not yet discovered the continent when the map was drawn.
Having decided to write a book to explain this unusual artifact, Marcusson needed a plot to bring it all together. And what a plot he dreams up; if the secret of the Bunting Map is ever revealed, it would bring catastrophe upon the whole of Christendom!
Marcusson’s descriptions are detailed, his language rich, and his historical knowledge impressive.
This is a great book, well worth the read, and it wouldn’t surprise me in the least to see it eventually projected on a cinema screen.