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Posted February 4, 2009
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"The Rose Conspiracy" has been my first experience in the fiction of Craig Parshall, but it will not be my last after this invigorated read. I read the back cover blurb and then I could not help but have a desire to go and watch National Treasure and National Treasure 2 both on Blue-Ray. It was fabulous as several of the historical characters mentioned in the second movie were all through out the historical conspiracies of this book. It put me in a definite mood with a thirst for more.<BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/>It could be that I already have a passion for stories such as this, dealing with history and Freemasons as well as religious facts and conspiracy. Either way, this book was full of fascinating detail and keep me extremely intrigued and entertained.<BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/>Toward the end as details were being fully revealed I was a little bit aggravated with the author, because the main character would find some out, but not let the thought pass through to the reader. It bothered me and made me feel on the outside, I like feeling like I am on the ride with the characters. But things were explained and in good detail. I just had to be patient enough to get to that page. *grin*<BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/>I recommend this read. It is high tensity and makes me want to go and read some more about our Civil War history. Love it!
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Posted April 30, 2009
The Rose ConspiracyWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
By Craig Parshall
The Rose Conspiracy is the story of a lovely but eccentric artist (anymore, what artist isn't eccentric?) named Vinnie Archmont who is accused of murdering the president of the Smithsonian Institute and stealing pages of John Wilkes Booth's diary. She is defended by a brilliant but flawed attorney (and what brilliant character isn't flawed?) named JD Blackstone with the aid of his Christian uncle, an expert on occult religions. Yet in spite of the predictability and the stereotype of the beginning chapters, the story becomes riveting and the characters realistic.
For Blackstone, part of the difficulties in finding out the truth about the secret of the Freemasons lie on his own guilt-filled past over the death of his wife and daughter and his negative outlook on faith. Adding to the difficulties are his formidable and powerful foes across the aisle and a mysterious English lord. There are Christian undertones woven into the story, making it a matter of course rather than standing out like the preachy sore thumb. The story is an interesting historical suspense and one can't wait what the next page holds. The book as a whole is also well-edited, which is a real plus for me; I've read books by better-known authors with dismal editing, making for a jarring reading experience.
This book is a pleasant read. I recommend it.
Posted April 3, 2009
BOOK REVIEW: The Rose Conspiracy; Craig Parshall, Harvest House, 2009
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Overall the read was enjoyed; though not as engrossing as preferred, it was a pleasant read and not a waste of time as so many are after reading thousands; by that is meant the author overcame my over-read prejudices.
Those prejudices tended to make the characters and plot appear somewhat predictable and, in many ways, poorly developed. However, after finishing the book and looking back, this criticism was relatively undeserved.
The intent of the author and the publisher was to present a Judeo-Christian worldview in the context of an historical setting (John Wilkes Boothe diary). Did they accomplish that? The answer is a qualified yes.
By chapter 46 a subtle Judeo-Christian witness picks up and becomes quite well conceived and presented.
At at least one point (about Ch. 28) the reading slowed to a crawl and at another point (about Ch. 37) there was a feeling there were too many cliches being thrown in ... however, in both cases the distraction was brief.
As a big fan of historical fiction, a greater development of the Lincoln assassination and the plethora of Civil War connections would have been enjoyed. But on the whole the work did not suffer from their absence.
I would recommend this book to any reader; especially those who enjoy criminal or historical fiction, specifically those with a Judeo-Christian worldview.