Jon Fasman’s dizzyingly plotted intellectual thriller suggests a marriage between Dan Brown and Donna Tartt. When reporter Paul Tomm is assigned to investigate the mysterious death of a reclusive academic, he finds himself pursuing leads that date back to the twelfth century and the theft of alchemical instruments from the geographer of the Sicilian court. Now someone is trying to retrieve them. Interspersed with the present action are the stories of the men and women who came to possess those charmed—and sometimes cursed—artifacts, which have powers that go well beyond the transmutation of lead into gold. Deftly combining history, magic, suspense, and romance—and as handsomely illustrated as an ancient incunabulum—The Geographer’s Library is irresistible.
This is an interesting take on an oldish story but one I happen to like. The narration was decent and you don't have to think too hard or listen too closly to enjoy. A tiny bit sophmoric in the obligatory girl/guy flesh-out and seemingly an offshoot of the Knights Templer idea with a middle eastern swing but pretty good. I routinely buy these audios and delete them within the first 30 min of listening so I don't recommend something lightly. This is not on the A+ list but its close and I went the distance with it. It is more of a light read/listen and those are often whats called for so give it a shot.