The Medusa Amulet

The Medusa Amulet

A Novel

Book - 2012
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Benvenuto Cellini, master artisan of Renaissance Italy, once crafted a beautiful amulet prized for its unimaginable power--and untold menace. Now the quest to recover this legendary artifact depends upon one man: David Franco, a brilliant but skeptical young scholar at Chicago's world-renowned Newberry Library. What begins as a simple investigation spirals into a tale of dangerous intrigue, as Franco races from the châteaux of France to the palazzos of Rome in a desperate search for the ultimate treasure--and an answer to a riddle that has puzzled mankind since the beginning of time. Aided by a beautiful young Florentine harboring dark secrets, pursued by deadly assassins, and battling demons of his own, Franco must ultimately confront an evil greater than anything conjured in his worst nightmares.

Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2012, c2011
Edition: Bantam Books mass market ed
ISBN: 9780553593204
Branch Call Number: F MAS NVD
Characteristics: 513 p. ; 18 cm


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May 28, 2017

I appreciate the authors style of switching between past and present. It allows the story to be told as a whole without engaging in a single timeline.

While a good read, I did find this book to be of less quality than others he has written.

Mar 09, 2014

Such a sad read so far....

Dec 18, 2013

This was a fairly good book. It felt a bit long winded at times, though.

The characters are pretty solid and interesting. I didn't care much, however, for the chapters regarding David Franco's sister. They felt like commercial breaks in the middle of a movie and took me out of the story that I was otherwise enjoying.

I did find the choice of nemesis a bit odd and lacking some creativity. It seemed a little too easy to choose that character rather than an invention of the author's that relied less on the reader filling in the character's back-story.

Incinerated_Newt Apr 05, 2012

This novel tries too hard. It could have been a decent story, but spends so much time hopping from past to present and throwing in truly unbelieveable details that my suspension of disbelief had completely checked out by the end. I can't recommend it unless you've got absolutely nothing better to do.

teacupfaerie Aug 16, 2011

Benvenuto Cellini was a master artisan of Renaissance Italy. He was also a necromancer.
Combining these two talents he created a powerful and dangerous amulet crafted from the legendary Medusa’s pond after slaying her. This amulet granted the user eternal life, but was lost in the mists of time.

Jump ahead to the present day, David Franco, a young scholar at Chicago’s Newberry Library is approached by a mysterious women looking to find the amulet. He is offered significant financial compensation and the assurance that this treasure will heal his dying sister. Before long he starts his globe trotting adventure and is caught in a life and death struggle that originally began in Renaissance Italy.

It is an engrossing and fun read, and similar to books by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Childs in content, and the historical details of Kostova’s “The Historian.” But this book adds that extra something of a supernatural twist. Recommended for those who like to delve into the past.

VERDICT: Definite purchase for any public library collection.

booksalequeen Jun 29, 2011

an intriguing tale of the past and present times with a mystical tale interwoven throughout, reads like a Dan Brown novel, only better, want to read more by this author!

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