Book Review – “The Lafayette Sword” eBook was published in 2016 and was written by Eric Giacometti and Jacques Ravenne (http://www.giacometti-ravenne-polar.com). They have published several books. This is the second book in their “Antoine Marcas Freemason Thrillers”.
I received a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence and Mature Language. The story is set in contemporary Paris and New York. The primary character is French police detective Antoine Marcas, and 14th century French scribe Nicolas Flamel.
Marcas is at a Masonic Lodge meeting in Paris, when a mysterious killer strikes two dead. He pursues, and barely escapes death himself. As he digs into the investigation, he finds that it is tied to Masonic history and lore. It is also tied to events that occurred in 1855 Paris.
In 1855 Nicolas Flamel was a Mason living in Paris. Through a series of odd circumstances he finds himself involved in an effort to seek out a hidden process to transmute metals into gold. His efforts are kept secret by brother Masons over the centuries.
Marcas chases clues through Masonic lodges in Paris, then to New York. His efforts reveal a tie to the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower, and Masons working behind the scenes. Complicating the investigation is a clandestine organization that is secretly controlling the gold market.
I enjoyed the 6.5 hours I spent with this 350 page Mystery Thriller. It is a little reminiscent of Dan Brown’s “Da Vinci Code” in that Marcas chases clues from one Masonic location to another much in the same way Brown’s Langdon character went from one Catholic church or monument to another. This isn’t quite as good as Brown’s tales. There were plenty of plot twists and turns. This book can be read without first reading the prior book of the series “Shadow Ritual”. The cover art is well chosen for the story. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.
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