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The Lost Library Paperback – 1 June 2013
- Publisher : Pan (1 June 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 528 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1447209516
- ISBN-13 : 978-1447209515
- Reading age : 18 years and up
- Dimensions : 13 x 3.3 x 19.8 cm
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About the Author
A.M. Dean is the literary pseudonym of a leading academic authority on ancient cultures and the history of religious belief, whose expertise in late antiquity has earned him posts at some of the world's most prestigious universities. An abiding interest in the human tendency toward conspiracies, together with a commanding grasp of the genuinely mysterious context of real history, inspire the breadth and focus of his creative works. The Lost Library is his first novel.
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After the keeper of the secret hiding place of the Library of Alexandria is murdered, the unlikely heroine of the story, Emily Wess sets out across the globe following clue after clue in the hope of discovering its whereabouts and saving and protecting the knowledge within it from falling into the corrupt hands of the Council. Meanwhile, in the USA, a political plot is set into motion with the Council once again the masterminds behind this subversive plan.
This for me was an excellent read and one I would certainly recommend. I am very much looking forward to the next.
I felt I was reading a Nancy Drew's mystery (I am a great fan of Nancy Drew, by the way) rather than a dangerous mission of finding the lost library of Alexandria. I found Emily Weiss extremely naive and annoying, despite being a university professor. She irritated me so much by always denying what was right in front of her eyes.
The problem is that everything was too easy. The clues were too easy, the plot was too easy. If Emily could decipher the clues so easily, especially about the name of her contact, I do not see why the baddies could not.
So, I preferred to concentrate on the academic side of the book, about the history of the Lost Library that I found quite fascinating.
This will not stop me recommending the Lost Library, though, to anyone who likes a ''cosy'' mystery or Indiana Jones' adventures. As I said earlier, it is well written and the history is good. I understand it is a début novel, so, as such it is quite good, and I felt the story was ''warming up'' towards the 75% and things were happening all at once.
I have bought the second in the series, The Keystone and I think it will be a good read as I have already read a sample.
The characters are well-drawn, without the excruciating detail which doesn't allow for your imagination to take over, and the chapters are short which, to my way of thinking, does allow for a faster, choppier pace.
I cannot say enough good things about this book - so, after highly recommending it, I am off to find more of A. M. Dean's work to read...
This book was one that had you at the first chapter and held you to the end, it would make a great film.
I even ordered the Kindle version of the book for my Brother. A very good read.