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  • Posted May 5, 2012

    I loved this book; and, unlike one of the reviewers, felt the po

    I loved this book; and, unlike one of the reviewers, felt the political opinions of the characters only added to the genuineness of them. Especially Greer, a returning Iraqi vet with a bad leg, and Sadowski (a shallow witted grunt with a grudge against illegal immigrants and his fellow macho group of militant comrades trying to make a point). The characters Carter and Beth Cox were believable and charming. This book was one of those I hated to put down. What a DARN GOOD READ. I will highly recommend this book to my friends and family. After reading some of the negative reviews, I kept expecting to come to a place in the book to acknowledge the reviews had some merit. Instead, the book kept me enthralled to the very end. I was totally taken in by the author's expert writing and plot that I dismiss any bad reviews as I would by critics of a movie that I happen to love. Read it. You won't be sorry.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A rousing thriller

    In Iraq, Saddam Hussein and the affluent mysterious al Kalli family share an uneasy truce. However, at a state dinner, Hussein poisons all the members except for Mohammed and his son. They escape while all the others are dead. The duo takes their most prized possessions, the animals pictured in the illuminated manuscript the Bestiary known by some as the Beasts of Eden. They move to Los Angeles, but the creatures of myth and legend are not thriving in California and al Kalli fears they may be dying.------------------- A desperate al-Kalli contacts art curator Beth Cox at the Getty Museum to restore the Beasts of Eden Bestary. He hopes the book will enable them to heal the ailing beasts by giving them some ideas how to achieve this lofty goal. He also talks with Beth¿s husband Carter, a paleontologist who recently found an identical male skeleton at the La Brea Tar Pits. He persuades Carter to work with him to restore the animals to health faced with such an amazing discovery, he agrees. However, there remains a human serpent who places the Bestiary, Carter, and his family in danger.------------------------- Using historical facts from the times of the First Crusades, Robert Masello weaves a tapestry of events into a magnificent story line complete with creatures that were said to have resided in the Garden of Eden. Part psychological suspense and part horror the novel is filled with many unexpected spins that will appeal to readers from different genres. Whereas Beth and Carter are dedicated to their respective jobs, they also love one another while the other characters are fascinating as even the antagonists have redeeming qualities adding to the complexity of the thriller.------------ Harriet Klausner

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