Saturday, 1 June 2013

Carter Vance

The Return

This book came to me comparing it to the Da Vinci Code, so I'm expecting NOT to like it. The cover is Christian and in keeping with the theme of the book, but the title and author name is lack lustre. It doesn't stand out among the rest in its genre. The blurb was full of 'If you like a great story you will like The Return', which irked a bit. Basically, the story is good verses evil.

The 'look inside' opens to an investment banker called Geoff having a holiday in France with his friend Jacques, but on his last day he finds a secret room (bookcase swings round to reveal another room! Gosh, now that hasn't been done before!) and he finds a room full of books, and coincidently discovers a lost book called the Templar out of the many that's there and he's only been in there a few minutes!

Finding the Templer leads Geoff to places such as Jerusalem searching through old libraries, but unbeknown to him he is being followed. 'Friend' Jacques isn't a friend after all and there is a good build up to that as Geoff thinks he's being paranoid. Personally, I think the author favoured the research to the emotion of the characters, and even though the research of this book seemed thorough, the characters (with the exception to Geoff) weren't fleshed out enough.

Anyway, Sarah and Peter were supposed to fall in love, marry and have a baby (which they did) but their characters were cardboard. So much so that I was surprised that they were the real main characters when Geoff sadly died (it was at this point where I stopped reading).

There were a few errors that could and should have been spotted before it was published, with a huge blooper in chapter four where the author failed to name the chapter and use question marks instead.

All in all I found that the chapters were just waffle and I barely reached half way through the book. There was just too much scene building and back story for my liking. If you don't mind a slow build, then this book is for you. I've not read the De Vinci Code so can't compare. Some nice character building of Geoff, though, and detailed scene setting if you like that sort of thing.

Just not for me. De VInci Code readers might not agree though.

"Great story about the Knights Templar in action."
"A compelling story" 
"Thrills, suspense, action, intrigue This book has it all."

The Return is a story of the modern day fulfillment of the Grail prophecy.
The time has come for the prophesied return of Christ. Long thought extinct, the secret Order of Knights Templar battle the Dark Forces that fear His return.

At the center of this battle of good and evil is Sarah Davidson, an expectant mother, who has a unique heritage, and Peter Christos, her shipping magnate husband. The couple, who were married in the presence of the Ark of the Covenant, is confronted with a series of surreptitious schemes and attacks causing them to flee and seek a secure birthplace for their son.

They are aided in this endeavor by the Knights Templar, a clandestine organization that has, over the centuries, amassed enormous wealth and power and the organization to deliver it in anticipation of this day.

Ultimately, they engage in a grand battle for the prophesied birth

"A flavorful blend of history and prophecy"

"Exciting. A real page turner"

If you loved The Da Vinci Code, this is the book for you.

If you think we are living in the "end times", you'll love this book.

If you just like an exciting adventure, read this book!