Friday, October 30, 2009

eye of the god

by Ariel Allison

Contemporary/Historical Fiction

The mysterious Hope Diamond has attracted interest and tempted thieves ever since it was excavated. Today is no exception.

While the prologue of eye of the god opens in 1653 India, retracing the folklore of the Hope Diamond, the first chapter transports the reader to contemporary Rio de Janeiro. Alex, a museum curator from the Smithsonian, witnesses the theft of priceless paintings by artists such as Picasso and Monet. During the terrifying robbery, one of the thieves sets his eyes on Alex for the first time, a meeting that comes to haunt them both.

Back at the Smithsonian, Alex is responsible to oversee the showing of the Hope Diamond. Fascination with its bloody history has made it “…the most viewed museum object in the world, boasting more visitors each year than the Mona Lisa.” (p. 29)

The villainous plans of the thieves carry suspense while the story ventures into past legends. Alternating chapters parallel the past with the present. I found the involvement of King Louis XIV particularly intersting in light of having just read A Prisoner of Versailles. (see review below)

This story creates suspense and an unlikely romance. A good read even if I found the font a detriment to easy reading.

If you would like to read the prologue and first chapter of eye of the god, go HERE

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