The book is a fun paperback ride. Craig Pershall's extensive legal knowledge plays into creating realistic scenarios (or at least as realistic as you get in a case like this.) The protagonist, lackstone ultimately carries the story. Whatever weaknesses the book may have, the presence of a quick-witted insomniac super genius as your viewpoint character helps keep you guessing.When dealing with the subject of the Masons, it's easy to get a little bit kooky, but Pershall stays away from this. Though, I did wonder at if the book was about to become a Christian Version of Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code, Pershall didn't end up going there.I should warn the book starts off very slow, and the abundance of back story in the first nine chapters was very disheartening and kept me reading only a chapter or two a day for several days. Once we got beyond the back story, the story moved at a good pace, but there were other mechanical writing issues as well as a lack of development in side characters. However, it didn't bother me too much as a reader, more as a writer who knew that various rules were being broken and that if a writer without Pershall's background submitted a manuscript like this it would not be published.This isn't to say, it didn't meet my expectations. In a Mystery novel, I expect an interesting plot that holds my attention, an element of unpredictability, and an ending that has a good payoff. On all three counts, Pershall acquits himself quite well (pun fully intended.)
The Rose Conspiracy is a great read. Its mixture of historical references, religious imagery, conspiracy and suspense are wonderfully intertwined. The story builds upon itself drawing you in emotionally with the background stories of the participants and how it informs their beliefs and thought processes. This book will hold your attention from beginning to end and keep you guessing who done it until the climatic court room scene.
The Rose Conspiracy is a great book! History, religion, murder, mystery, courtroom drama, even a little romance, this book has it all. When I started reading it I wasn't sure because the story started with Abraham Lincoln's diary and a strange message that was suppose to be written on one of the pages. But soon I realized this was a book that would be hard to put down until finished. Complete with faith and morals this book has it all and I give it 5 stars. If you get a chance I highly recommend "The Rose Conspiracy".
This is the second review I have done of a Craig Parshall title. I am still amazed with the fact that he can hold my attention as well as he does. I have read legal thrillers by other authors and they usually come off as dry and uninspired. Thankfully, this is not a trap that Mr. Parshall falls into.Law professor J.D. Blackstone, haunted by a past tragedy that took his family, takes the case of Vinnie Archmont. Archmont is an eccentric artist accused of the murder of Horace Langley, the head of the Smithsonian Institution, and the theft of a previously missing portion of John Wilkes Booths diary, which Langley was examining .What happens next is a twisting tale of conspiracy and intrigue which takes a surprising turn at the end of the story. Blackstone enlists the help of his uncle, a professor of religion and Anglican Priest to help decode a riddle that may lead to the ultimate secret of the Freemasons. Also along for the ride is a wealthy English lord, a powerful senator, and a hostile prosecutor.I loved this book. Mr. Parshall creates memorable characters that you feel you know and grow to care about. The story is riveting and hard to put down. The story has a Christian under theme, but does not get too preachy, which is a rarity in Christian fiction. Another 5 star effort by Mr. Parshall, I cant wait to see what he does next!