"The Rose Conspiracy" has been my first experience in the fiction of Craig Parshall, but it will not be my last after this invigorating read. I read the back cover blurb and then I could not help but have a desire to go and watch National Treasure and National Treasure 2 both on Blue-Ray. It was fabulous as several of the historical characters mentioned in the second movie were all through out the historical conspiracies of this book. It put me in a definite mood with a thirst for more.It could be that I already have a passion for stories such as this, dealing with history and Freemasons as well as religious facts and conspiracy. Either way, this book was full of fascinating detail and keep me extremely intrigued and entertained.Toward the end as details were being fully revealed I was a little bit aggravated with the author, because the main character would find some out, but not let the thought pass through to the reader. It bothered me and made me feel on the outside, I like feeling like I am on the ride with the characters. But things were explained and in good detail. I just had to be patient enough to get to that page. *grin*I recommend this read. It is high tensity and makes me want to go and read some more about our Civil War history. Love it!
The protagonist, a brilliant attorney, suffers from insomnia--ironic since this book kept me awake to finish it! What a compelling legal thriller; I could not figure out who the bad guy was with all of the twists and turns.It's about some missing pages of the diary of John Wilkes Booth, the man who shot Abraham Lincoln, and the Masons. It's also about greed and the quest for eternal life.Characters are round--believable; the reader is privy to their faults. Blackstone lost his wife and daughter in an accident and wrestles with the inability to even look at anything belonging to them. Even with the help of a psychiatrist, he does not seem to be able to move on, although it has been 2 1/2 years. Julia, his former student/lover and now partner, fights a barely hidden love for him. Vinnie, a beautiful artist, who becomes a client, charged with murder, seems so helter-skelter that it's hard to figure her out. Even minor characters (the judge, prosecutors, police officers, and F.B.I. agents) are well-written.It's a good read, but BEWARE that once you begin this book, you will want to stay awake to read to the exciting end! I really liked this book.
The Rose Conspiracy by Craig Parshall was a very pleasant surprise. At first, I was reminded of the movie National Treasure 2, and thought this book was going to take too much of the films storyline. But then, the author captured my attention with his fast-paced writing style, short chapters, and intriguing situations. This book was a wonderful combination of the best legal suspense, the most intense adventure stories and mental puzzles. This is a terrific story and a wonderful read.
I loved this book. The Rose Conspiracy was certainly a page turner! It was well-written with a carefully developed plot. The characters were bold and life-like. It was not light reading by any measure, it was very intense. Parshall kept me engaged and I highly recommend this book to those who like a good mystery. As the icing on top, there was a good Christian message that underlies the entire novel.