Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Cana Mystery by David Beckett

Title:  The Cana Mystery
Author:  David Beckett
Published:  July 10/13 by Tuscany Press
Length:  338pgs
Format:   ecopy
Genre:  suspense
Shelf:  Review
Rating: ★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

Digging in the heart of the vast desert, archeologists unearth something that will change history. Legends tell of an ancient code no mortal man can read. Summoned from grad school in Boston, brilliant Ava Fischer might be the only person alive with the skills and attributes necessary to unlock a secret that's slept for centuries. Chased by ruthless criminals, terrorists, and fanatics, Ava must rely on her keen wits and her few loyal companions to survive. Can she evade danger long enough to solve The Cana Mystery?

My Review:

This novel is well written and edited. Beckett’s easy to follow and intellectually stimulating writing style kept me captivated throughout. The history and mythology that finds its way into this fantastic story kept me completely captivated. This is combined in an intensely action packed adventure that takes you across the world. I appreciate how the author uses traditional and local names for places and people but also gives readers the names that we’d know it by. He easily avoids confusion without detracting from the forward pace of the novel. There a variety of different cultures and belief systems that wind their way independently through the story. The author subtly highlights both the similarities and the differences while building the story. I also enjoyed how he changes from past to present, showing the long correlations between the stories and the artefacts.

Beckett has created some absolutely priceless characters. Each one intrigued me in a different way. I absolutely loved how anti-conspiracy and pro-research the main character is. Ava is such a great character. Her personality suits her and she’s so vocal about what she believes and sticks to it. I definitely learned a lot reading this novel. The eclectic array of knowledge the characters share was something that I found quite insightful. Not only does it give you a peak at where the story may be going, but what the characters decide to share at any given point in time tells a great deal about who they are and how they think. The fact that all the characters have histories, either in depth or simply with respect to the events in the novel, and that they have firmly chosen their side makes them all very easy to understand. It also adds to the mysterious aura surrounding some of them.

This novel is bound to cause many a reader a sleepless night because they simply can’t put it down. This author thoroughly engages his audience in this extraordinary tale. I loved the mix of action, adventure, suspense, intellectual stimulation and breathtaking scenery. This is one of those rare novels that has it all. I’ll definitely be reading more of his work in the future. I will warn you, however, that this is one of those books that you’ll want to sit down and completely immerse yourself in. it’s not really a book that is conducive to reading a chapter here and there. You’re in it for the long haul, but it’s well worth it.  

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