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The Geometry of Vengeance by [Dovel, George Patrick]
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Length: 390 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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"Dark and atmospheric; Dovel brings the violence and superstitions of the medieval world vividly to life"

--E.M. Powell, author of the bestselling historical thriller The Fifth Knight

"Pulls you inside the minds of medieval scholars but roars along like a contemporary thriller."

--G.M. Ford, author of Chump Change and other Leo Waterman mysteries

Vital Moysett has spent half his life burying the tragic mistakes and deadly secrets of his youth, but in an instant he learns that even being the most celebrated cathedral architect in 13th-century France and a favorite of Louis IX is not enough to protect him from his enemies' rage.

When his latest design suffers an inexplicable collapse, the terrified locals believe the devil himself pulled the daring vaults down. But Vital sees evil of a very human kind--and the threat of even greater destruction to come.

His frantic search to identify the next target turns into a maddening series of philosophical riddles and strangely personal attacks motivated by knowledge of his childhood that no one still alive could possibly have. With the help of his unusual wife and the famed encylopedist Vincent of Beauvais, he follows his tormentors to the glorious cathedral at Chartres, knowing he is stepping right into their trap.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2642 KB
  • Print Length: 390 pages
  • Publisher: Penbras Press (17 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting look at the Middle Ages with a heartbreaking family story. 7 June 2014
By Joan Freer - Published on
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Anybody who has felt the love, hatred and anger that can boil up in a family can connect with his heartbreaking story.
I enjoyed the life and times of the characters and the gritty look at the thirteenth century. But what kept me turning the pages was how evil forces turned family love into hate and forced the main character to make a such a gut wrenching decision in the end. Beautifully written.
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing profound. I'm very disappointed. 1 January 2015
By John A. Graham - Published on
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This is a well written and well edited novel whose historicity may be accurate and well documented, but in my opinion there are too many implausible coincidences and unlikely occurrences. It would have been a much more engaging book to have written from the sister's "crazy stalker" perspective so we could have seen that she set a dozen traps and clues for everyone that the protagonist found and interpreted correctly. The bouncing back and forth from "present" to "past" for the protagonist's point of view was often annoying and interrupted the flow of what is essentially two interesting stories... both being repeatedly interrupted to change point of view to establish links between the past and present of the protagonist in an attempt to explain why the illogical and implausible is logical and plausible for this protagonist... It is an interesting device to give the background "excuse" for the protagonist correctly guessing an otherwise improbable clue. Once or twice may have been fun, but over and over and over and over... until I almost quit reading before it finally ended poorly. I am a retired computer programmer-analyst so I know a little about logic. I am also a geometry teacher and a Seminary teacher. I kept hoping for something profound, but only received vague references to the geometry of the structures and the theology of the period, often with mangled logic, but nothing profound. I am very disappointed.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gorgeous and compelling narrative of a family torn apart in times of turmoil! 24 June 2014
By PJ Royal - Published on
This book is a detailed historical whirlwind through thirteenth century architecture, revolving around the turbulent life of a builder of cathedrals. Not only a compelling read, but richly endowed with details of the time that make this escape into medieval France a most thrilling read. The back and forth between Vital's life from the perspective of childhood to that of an adult is a wonderful dramatic juxtaposition that is utilized to maximum effect by this wonderful author. I have one question, however, for Mr. Dovel - what are you working on next and how soon can I purchase it?
4.0 out of 5 stars I like to learn something about history or philosophy or literature--and ... 30 June 2014
By Amber Ariate - Published on
I like to learn something about history or philosophy or literature--and be entertained--when I read a book, and this delivers. The literary and philosophical elements were intriguing. Dovel manages to integrate philosophical arguments into action scenes, so in most places the story keeps zipping right along. I had to think twice about the ending, because it seemed to come out of nowhere. But when you think about it, it's the only way the story could end.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars On the other hand 28 June 2014
By Greg T - Published on
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I know this book has garnered great ratings to date. I found it a slog (per MW: "to keep doing something even though it is difficult or boring : to work at something in a steady, determined way. : to walk slowly usually with heavy steps.)

Ken Follett wrote an exciting, richly detailed study of the period in Pillars of the Earth. Geometry isn't even a close second, though it might have a better grasp of the religious persecution during the period. The book is listed as a "psychological thriller". There was a paucity of thrill and a psyche that yielded little in the way of nuance.