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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The Bookworm by Mitch Silver

Two separate time lines 1940 and 2017. The first was turbulent. No one knew where Hitler's tentacles would reach next. In Belgium the German armies are about to invade a small monastery and steal as much art as they could. A British spy has another plan. His idea is to plant a bible amongst the treasures, one that will foretell and could change the course of history.

Fast forward to 2017. Here the story gets complicated. We have a discovery of a long forgotten murder in London, a Russian historian whose knowledge is legendary in history but who leads a very simple life back in Russia and then the appearance of six dictaphone tapes purported to be made by Noel Coward for Winston Churchill and then to crown it all the well documented activities of an American President with his counterpart in Russia.

The story was good, it was formidably plausible but there was too much going on that the scenes got a little crowded. I think we could have got rid of both the Presidents and the story would still be a very credible one!!!

Sent to me by Netgalley for an unbiased review, courtesy of Pegasus Books.


Mary (Bookfan) said...

When there's too much going on I'm tempted to scan and then chance missing important info. Thanks for sharing about this novel. Eye-catching cover.

Kathryn T said...

Still sounds like it was a good read, pity about the over abundance of characters!

Laura's Reviews said...

It sounds like an interesting read - I know what you mean about an overabundance of characters. That can be really annoying when you are trying to get into a story.