Book Review: The Paris Vendetta

The Booklover’s Rating:  ♥ ♥  ♥ ♥

The Paris Vendetta is Steve Berry’s fifth book to feature Cotton Malone.  As the book begins Henrik Thorvaldsen is consumed with finding his son’s killers and getting revenge for his death.  Thorvaldsen learns that a wealthy British aristocrat, Lord Ashby, was behind the killing and that Lord Ashby is also part of a conspiracy that involves an elite group of ruthless financial experts planning to destabilize the global economy.  That is not enough!  Add to the story a terrorist plot to destroy a European landmark and a legendary cache hidden by Napoleon.

Cotton Malone soon finds himself in a desperate struggle to save not only Thorvaldsen’s life but the lives of unspecting French citizens as well.   The best part of the book is the locale.  I have never been to Paris, but enjoyed reading the book simply for the descriptions of the Paris locations.  This book has all the characters Steve Berry’s readers have gotten used to and reading The Paris Vendetta was like seeing what old friends are up to, only their adventures are much more exciting than the things my “real” friends are up too.

The plot is predictable, with one really unexpected twist (no spoilers here!).  It is a quick read and very enjoyable.  I look forward to reading Mr. Berry’s next book.

Book Details: Published by Ballantine Books (December 1, 2009), 432 pages, ISBN-10: 0345505476, ISBN-13: 978-0345505477.

Book Review: The Angel’s Game

imagesThe Booklover’s Rating:  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

I just finished reading “The Angel’s Game” by Carlos Ruiz Zafón.

The story takes place in 1920s Barcelona.  The protagonist,  David Martin, is born into poverty.  He is recognized for his literary talent and with the aid of a patron, Pedro Vidal, quickly becomes become a crime reporter and then a hugely successful pulp novelist.  David longs to leave the world of pulp novels for more meaningful literary pursuits and accepts a commission to write a story that leads him into danger.

The pace of the story is quick and I had a difficult time putting the story down.  My one complaint is that is does not come with a “nice, neat ending.”  I tend to prefer that all the loose ends be tied up.  Read “The Angel’s Game” and let me know what you think.  Have you read it already?  Then please leave a comment and give me your rating!

Book Details:   Published by Doubleday, 544 pages, ISBN-10: 0385528701, ISBN-13: 978-0385528702