Book Review: The Venice Conspiracy by: Sam Christer

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Overlook Hardcover

Publish Date: November 8, 2011

Origins: From Publisher for Review

Format: Hardcover

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: Praised by critics and readers alike for his international bestseller The Stonehenge Legacy, Sam Christer continues to weave an irresistible plot of conspiracies and sudden death in one of the world's most mysterious ancient sites.

When ex-priest Tom Shaman, jaded from years in the Los Angeles ghetto, decides on a last-minute trip to Venice, he gets much more than he expected. A brutal killer is on the loose and Tom finds himself in the midst of a series of ritualistic killings unlike anything Venice has ever seen. Enlisted by the Italian police, Tom teams up with young investigator Valentina Morassi to dig deep into the city's darkest history, stretching from an ancient civilization to the sexual decadence of eighteenth-century Italy to the gritty underworld of modern-day Venice. As Valentina and Tom trace the killings through the centuries, they uncover a deadly secret that generations have killed to protect: a priceless mosaic known as the Gates of Hell.

As the clock counts down, Tom and Valentina's adventure builds to an astonishing and satisfying end. Exotic and well-researched, The Venice Conspiracy will continue to build Christer's name in the hit-thriller genre.

Review: In ‘The Venice Conspiracy’, the author has woven an ancient civilization, renaissance Italy, and modern day Venice seamlessly into a story of epic proportions. In modern day Venice, ex-priest Tom Shaman has stumbled upon the body of a young girl and gets drawn into an investigation which spans millennia. Three priceless artifacts made in ancient times has been the ‘unholy grail’ to many throughout the years who seek to harness the power within the united artifacts. Tom must uncover the connections, along with the Venetian police, to find out who is currently on the path to raising the greatest evil. I genuinely liked ‘The Venice Conspiracy’ and the rich history Mr. Christer created. The characters and settings felt as if they came alive in my mind. This book gave me a lot to think about in regard to the nature and birth of evil and the potential we all carry. 


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