When the blog tour book list for October came out way back a few months ago, I said to my husband, “Here, this sounds like your kind of book.” So I read him the little blurb thingy and he agreed. I told him I’d get it for him if he promised to read it and review it for the tour this week.
What’s the book about? Well, Illuminated sounds like some sort of cross between National Treasure, the Da Vinci Code, Indiana Jones, the Knights Templar…and a bunch of stuff out of Matt Bronleewe‘s head.
From the back cover:
August Adams has failed his family before. He’s sacrificed relationships in pursuit of adventure, fame, and money. Now the very lives of those he loves depends on his ability to decipher a centuries-old puzzle encrypted in the colorful hand-pained illuminations that adorn three rare Gutenberg Bibles.
It’s a secret that could yield unimaginable wealth, undermine two major religions, and change the course of Western civilization. Two ruthless, ancient organizations are willing to do anything to get their hands on it. And August has the span of one transatlantic flight to figure it out.
If he fails, those he holds most dear will die. If he succeeds, he’ll destroy a national treasure.
The clock ticks, the suspense mounts, and the body count rises as August pits his knowledge and his love for his family against the clock, secret societies, and even Johannes Gutenberg himself
So we’ve had the novel for about a week now, but hubby (DH) has been working out of town quite a bit of that time. I’ve noticed him reading it though, so it’s time to interview him for this report.
VRC: How far into the novel are you?
DH: Three quarters or so…and I read the last chapter!
VRC: Are you going to read the pages in between?
VRC: What do you think of it so far?
DH: I enjoyed it; it’s a tight book with lots of twists and turns.
VRC: What have you liked best?
DH: The characters and the initial premise, how he gets trapped and figures out what is going on, with two opposing sides working against each other. And he’s caught in the middle.
VRC: What would you say is the book’s weakness?
DH: Nothing, I’ve enjoyed the book so far.
VRC: Who would you recommend this novel to?
DH: Anyone who likes thinking books with a twist, action adventure books, suspense.
Val, where do you find the time? Wonderful interview. You’re very good!
Love this review! What a great idea…an interview-style review! Thanks for all the support and enthusiasm! And this is just the beginning… The follow-up to ILLUMINATED comes out August 12th, 2008. Prepare yourself for the next thrillride…HOUSE OF WOLVES!