Tuesday, 24 June 2014

The Return - Carter Vance

An unexpected find sparks an American banker's interest in The Templars. The happened upon book appears to be an original and even though he only manages to capture a few pages, Geoff's curiosity is ignited.

Could the Knights Templar still exist today?

Being a mutual friend of the banker, Sarah Davidson-Morales and Peter Christos meet at a celebrity fuelled event. There's a connection and soon they are dating. Geoff has started an investigation based on his findings, one he hints at to Peter. But this has not gone unnoticed. It is soon confirmed that his interests has created awareness and awkward questions. What will he do with the information that he has discovered?

Meanwhile, Peter and Sarah confirm their affections for each other and make plans to marry. As they make this happy announcement, Geoff is found dead. With his death, the happy couple are curious and they soon pick up where Geoff leaves in his investigations. During this, Sarah's family history is revealed and the shocking discovery soon finds them being hunted by a sinister adversary simply known as 'Sire'.

To use a television term, Vance's 'docu-drama' is filled with tense drama and historical references. As more is revealed about Sarah and her chosen path, her mother passes on advice that only she can know about. With situations arising quickly, being followed by a nun with a secret and faith being tested, can Sarah and Peter really bring a 2,000 years wait to fruition?

Perhaps a little stilted in flow, the novel is fast paced - little time is given to details - and so it would be easy to lose 'comradery' with any of the characters. However, with this style it perhaps lends itself to be more intuitive to how a character looks or imagine their surroundings. It would be easy to make comparisons to other 'conspiracy' authors (the subject matter is quite similar to a few previously published books), but Vance's story is in itself a compelling and fascinating read and a great start to a series. A recommended read.

I received a complimentary copy of this book to review. The opinions expressed are my own and I am not required to give a positive critique. 

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