Bestiary

Bestiary

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by Robert Masello
     
 

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A manuscript illuminated with fantastical creatures said to have roamed the Garden of Eden, the bestiary has been handed down throughout the centuries by one of the Arab world's most prominent families. Commissioned to restore it is the beautiful young art curator, Beth Cox. But it is Beth's husband, Carter-a paleontologist making his own dire discoveries in Los

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A manuscript illuminated with fantastical creatures said to have roamed the Garden of Eden, the bestiary has been handed down throughout the centuries by one of the Arab world's most prominent families. Commissioned to restore it is the beautiful young art curator, Beth Cox. But it is Beth's husband, Carter-a paleontologist making his own dire discoveries in Los Angeles's famed La Brea Tar Pits-who will be led by the bestiary into a living, breathing menagerie of wonders-and horrors.

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In his latest, Masello lets loose a stable of thriller stereotypes and drives them hastily, but not unskillfully, through a sprawling adventure story complete with shady foreigners, ancient codes and terrible monsters. Sinister Iraqi zillionaire Mohammad Al-Kalli hires Beth Cox, a medieval manuscript expert, to translate and restore his family's thousand-year-old bestiary, a medieval compendium of mythical animals painstakingly copied out by monks, replete with Da Vinci Code-style hidden messages couched in dead languages. As it turns out, the creatures catalogued there-a mix of Jurassic Park-like prehistoric monsters-are all too real and held in Al-Kalli's secret menagerie, which Beth's paleontologist husband has been hired, also by Al-Kalli, to study.. Masello throws into the mix an Elmore Leonardesque lowlife who's trying to blackmail Al-Kalli, a 24-style terrorist plot to immolate Los Angeles, Tom Clancyesque weapons specs ("the Beretta... featured a delayed locking block system, which provided a faster cycle time and exceptional accuracy"), an eerily sleepless infant a la The Ring and a spooky original touch in the 9,000-year-old corpse dredged out of L.A.'s La Brea tar pits. Masello has a difficult time keeping together all these busy, dissonant subplots, but even if they don't mesh, each one is a well-wrought genre turn with colorful characters and punchy writing. The result is a diverting trip that may make you think twice before going back to the zoo. (Dec.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425212806
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
11/07/2006
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
4.22(w) x 6.78(h) x 1.25(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

Robert Masello is an award-winning journalist, a television writer, and the author of many books, including the supernatural thrillers The Medusa Amulet, Blood and Ice, Vigil (a USA Today bestseller), and Bestiary. His articles and essays have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, New York magazine, People, and Parade.

Corey M. Snow is a full-time audiobook narrator and voice talent from the great Pacific Northwest, working from his home studio in Olympia, Washington. In his life before becoming a narrator he has been a typesetter, a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division, a software developer, and much more.

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Bestiary 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
TuesdaysChild More than 1 year ago
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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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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Ugana_Silverhand More than 1 year ago
I was given this book for Christmas and enjoyed it. I do not think the 3 gratuitous sex scenes helped at all. It felt forced in places as he tied everything together. The mythos was too complex adding the paranormal segments and pehaps should have been a seperate book.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the Vigil, which prompted me to read this book. The book started off well, but deteriorated with meaningless side stories and characters that added little value to the main story. It was nice to revisit the two main characters from the Vigil however they both make several questionable scientific and personal decisions, which seemed at odds with their characters. This was a disappointing read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. The author is masterful at getting my interest in the book and then slowly feeding me the answers to the questions in my mind. It was a little eerie how well he set me up to think specific thoughts just as he was revealing their answers. Very nicely done. As with the first book, there are a lot of unanswered questions. However, considering how good the author is at setting the stage for the answers I'm guessing those questions are left there for a reason. My only disappointment is that the conclusion came too quick. It was as if the author realized his story was getting too long so he hurried it to a close. I thought the book could have been rated a 5 if he continued the tale another couple hundred pages. One last comment to direct to the author: The political opinions injected into the book are out-of-place. They are not relevent to the plot, leave them out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bestiary, Robert Masello's follow-up to Vigil, is an entertaining story about the gorgon, the phoenix, and other legendary 'beasts of Eden,' and their transferral to Los Angeles, CA by an Iraqui billionaire, Mohammed al-Kalli. Paleontologist Carter Cox, and his wife, Beth, an art curator, are tapped to deal with, respectively, the failing health of these fantastic animals, and the translation of the ancient document detailing their history, the bestiary. Things go wrong almost immediately before, literally, all hell breaks loose when the animals break free during a huge forest fire fuelled by the Santa Ana winds. The plot is quite interesting, but several unnecessary passages merely padded the novel, while Masello's obsession for littering almost every paragraph with annoying dash marks as punctuation continually interrupted the pace. Lastly, the offhand mention of Arius (a character from Vigil) a few times in the middle and end of the novel, without providing any backstory, cheated the reader in the long run. It could have been so much better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bestiary, Robert Masello's follow-up to Vigil, is an entertaining story about the gorgon, the phoenix, and other legendary 'beasts of Eden,' and their transferral to Los Angeles, CA by an Iraqui billionaire, Mohammed al-Kalli. Paleontologist Carter Cox, and his wife, Beth, an art curator, are tapped to deal with, respectively, the failing health of these fantastic animals, and the translation of the ancient document detailing their history, the bestiary. Things go wrong almost immediately before, literally, all hell breaks loose when the animals break free during a huge forest fire fuelled by the Santa Ana winds. The plot is quite interesting, but several unnecessary passages merely padded the novel, while Masello's obsession for littering almost every paragraph with annoying dash marks as punctuation continually interrupted the pace. Lastly, the offhand mention of Arius(a character from Vigil) a few times in the middle and end of the novel, without providing any backstory, cheated the reader in the long run. It could have been so much better.