An electrifying thriller about the rise of extremism. Two ritual murders—one in Rome and one in Jerusalem—rekindles an ancient rivalry between modern-day secret societies for knowledge lost at the fall of the Third Reich. Detective Antoine Marcas unwillingly teams up with the strong-willed Jade Zewinski to chase Neo-Nazi assassins across Europe. They must unravel an arcane mystery, sparked by information from newly revealed KGB files. Inspired from the true story of mysterious Freemason files thought to hold a terrible secret, stolen by the SS in 1940, recovered by the Red Army in 1945 and returned half a century later. First in a hugely successful series that has sold over 1.5 million copies in France and is translated into seventeen languages.
European bestsellers Giacometti and Ravenne make their U.S. debut with this intrigue-filled thriller, the first in a nine-book series. French Freemason archives were plundered by the Nazis during WWII, then captured by the Russians, and finally returned to France. Now separate ritual murders strike down archivist Sophie Dawes at the French embassy in Rome and concentration-camp survivor and biblical expert Marek in Jerusalem. Embassy security chief Jade Zewinsky takes charge of the investigation, aided by homicide detective and Freemason Antoine Marcas. Zewinsky and Marcas must pool their talents to thwart the members of a clandestine Aryan society founded long before the Nazi period determined to assemble the mysterious ingredients of the Shadow Ritual that will reveal the immense power of a "sublime secret." The plot may be formulaic, but those into Freemason lore and Nazi myths will be satisfied.
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conspiracies, ancient societies and the search for a key that answers everything
Shadow Ritual is reminiscent of the early Robert Ludlum books. Those early conspiracy thrillers were my favorites, before his work became Bourne-centric or other authors extended his 'brand'. The authors have constructed an elaborate tale that spans two secret societies, multiple religions, failed and flourishing states and ultimately, vast swaths of time. As always with tales of this magnitude, there are conspiracy theories and all involved search for a key that yields something fantastic, awful and amazing. Much like Ludlum, the authors create protagonists adept at solving puzzles across borders and eras. And the villains are truly awful, lest you think they might be difficult to recognize. The book is fast and the action taut. Recently translated from the French, there is no awkwardness in the translation. I received my copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Excellent read, great characters, exciting plot, good info @ masonry.
Amazing blend of history, fact, and thrilling suspense.... loved it.