From the ancient ruins beneath Mount Vesuvius, a two-thousand-year-old document has emerged. It is the only text ever attributed to the ambitious, inquisitive, and cryptic last pharaoh of Egypt...
When her Nobel laureate husband is murdered, biologist Katrina Stone can no longer ignore the secrecy that has increasingly crept into his recent behavior. Her search for answers leads to a two-thousand-year-old medical mystery and the life of one of history's most enigmatic women. Following the trail forged by her late husband, Katrina must separate truth from legend as she chases a scientific breakthrough from ancient Italy and Egypt into a clandestine modern-day war. Her quest will reveal a legacy of greed and murder and resurrect an ancient plague into the twenty-first century.
Likened to the works of Dan Brown including Angels and Demons and The Da Vinci Code, The Vesuvius Isotope is a treasure hunt through Italy and Egypt, from the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum to the underground labyrinth of Raimondo di Sangro and the underwater archeological park at Baiae. More historical and archaeological thriller than science thriller, the novel investigates several non-fictional mysteries that have endured for more than two thousand years. In her quest for the cure of the ages, Katrina Stone is forced to trace the tragically misunderstood life of another strong, flawed female character--the last pharaoh of Egypt, Cleopatra VII. The Vesuvius Isotope blurs the lines between fact and fiction, medicine and magic, science and superstition, history and legend.
"Gripping. Fascinating. Entrancing. The Vesuvius Isotope is 2013's top thriller!" -Carolyn Hart, mega-best-selling author of Escape from Paris
"Elise takes us into historic, cultural, medical, and scientific arcana likely to surprise you at every turn... in this brainier-than-Dan-Brown mystery journey." -Dan Burstein, mega-best-selling co-author of Secrets of the Code
"A fast-paced mystery based partially on scientific possibility and partially on ancient historical conundrum, this story kept me intrigued... First-person narrative and thrilling escapades make the story an exciting escape while the subject matter makes it interesting." -Joyce Brown, mystery author
"Katrina Stone is a smarter, sexier version of Robert Langdon. If you like a great murder mystery with a strong female lead, this is for you!" -KK, Seattle, Washington
"This is a gem!... Being an Egyptian... I was a bit apprehensive starting it. Because whenever I read something related to either Ancient Egypt or the modern one, I get this cringe and I'm always disappointed... This book restored my faith--there's someone out there who gets it. Great work, clearly, my new favorite author." -Kariema, Giza, Egypt
"Simply superb. I started reading this one, and abandoned the rest I had been reading along with just to finish this." -Sakshi, Bangalore, India
“I really enjoyed this mystery. There was obviously a lot of research that went into the writing of this story and I feel as if I learned a lot, but it didn't feel as if I were being ‘taught.’ By the end, I really cared about the characters, and the pages almost couldn't turn fast enough to find out what happened. Very exciting!” -Catherine M. Walter, author of The Harmony of Isis
“A perfect beach read with a little bit of mystery, adventure and a lot of suspense… If you enjoy stories about travel, history, libraries, archives, and especially ancient Egypt, then you will surely enjoy this.” -Khaola, Constantine, Algeria
Kristen Elise Ph.D.
Murder Lab Press
Murder Lab Press
Murder Lab Press
Murder Lab Press
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Utilizing the thriller format, Kristen Elise has given us an intriguing tale in "The Vesuvius Isotope" that is at once a meditation on what the ancient Romans and Egyptians knew about science and medicine and a gently scientific discussion of modern biotechnology and life sciences and the ongoing search for treatments and cures for pernicious cancers and other syndromes. Elise takes us into historic, cultural, medical, and scientific arcana likely to surprise you at every turn with how much the ancients knew about issues that often continue to vex us today. The wise and learned Cleopatra--not just the seductive queen--and the great libraries at Pompeii--not just the well-known historic story of the volcano that destroyed the city--figure prominently in this brainier-than-Dan-Brown mystery journey.
This novel has all the elements of a great thriller. A thoroughly engrossing blend of science, mystery, tragedy, history, despair, & hope. It is a story that will stay with me for awhile, and while I'm tempted to download & begin reading the sequel, I think I'll order the printed version and savor this one for a few days before continuing.
Interesting history-based mystery, although the science is rather weak. The author apparently doesn't understand the difference between a chemical compound (two or more elements combined into a molecule) and an isotope (a different form of a single element, with fewer or more neutrons in the atomic nucleus).
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