Lewis Perdue's new novel, "Daughter of God", is a deftly written fast moving thriller. The tightly constructed plot and subplots carefully interwoven with dark historical secrets and them of power, greed and deception offer a vividly descriptive and stunningly good read. The novel concerns an ancient document, which holds a secret capable of changing history and rocking the course of Western religion. The secret involves a proof of a female messiah, who lived during the reign of Constantine and who was murdered to preserve the religious image of God as male and protect the power of the Holy Roman Empire. It's the story of fine arts broker, Zoe Ridgeway, and her husband, Seth, a professor of philosophy and comparative religion, who find themselves caught in a web of terror and deception Their hair raising expeiences are filled with unexpected twists and turns right up to the shocking ending. Perdue has well researched his theses and raise some...
I learned about Daughter of God from news stories about its controversial similarity to a book I absolutely loved: THE DA VINCI CODE. I love Leonardo and decided to read Daughter of God. While I was disappointed it didn't have much to do with Leonardo I was STRUCK by the great writing and the indepth information. (I see from the Amazon pre-order page that Perdue's earlier book, The Da Vinci Legacy is being re-issued in January 2004 so I will look for that) Perdue's writing is informative and smooth. I found it hard to put this book down before reading the very last page of it. If you like religious thrillers, I highly recommend this book.
As a caveat before reading Daughter of God, I must admonish you that while it bears some uncanny similarities to The Da Vinci Code, it is not, however, a mere facsimile. It was, in fact, written before its much more popular counterpart. So, the reviewers that mercilessly lampoon this tome as a lame attempt to cash in on the success of Dan Brown are patently erroneous.
While the suspense is not as commanding as The Da Vinci Code, there is, perhaps, more character development in this novel. The success of the historical fiction novel seems to always rest on a slippery slope. Excessive embellishing of history or, conversely, excessive didactic reading of said history can irreparably destroy the foundation of the novel and make it either highly implausible or, even worse, amazingly boring.
Lewis Perdue, much to my surprise, has succeeded in avoided these too-often-visited pitfalls. Faith in God seems to pervade this novel and present itself as the central theme...
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