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The Gaudi Key: A Novel
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The Gaudi Key: A Novel

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by Esteban Martin, Andreu Carranza
 

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Since ancient times their name has been spoken only in hushed tones. Cloaked in anonymity, they guard history's greatest and most devastating secret.

In the early twentieth century, when Barcelona was celebrated as the center of modernist art and design, the grand master of an ancient religious brotherhood prepares to

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Since ancient times their name has been spoken only in hushed tones. Cloaked in anonymity, they guard history's greatest and most devastating secret.

In the early twentieth century, when Barcelona was celebrated as the center of modernist art and design, the grand master of an ancient religious brotherhood prepares to die—passing the care of a sacred relic to a prominent member of his order, the revered artist and architect Antonio Gaudí. The relic, an artifact dating back to the early Christian era, could prove disastrous if it were to fall into inappropriate hands—and many secret societies, some driven by purest evil, inhabit the dark underworld that exists beneath the city's brilliant creative glow.

Nearly a century later, María, the granddaughter of the great architect's apprentice, unwittingly finds herself entrusted with a desperate mission. Following clues, with the help of her mathematician boyfriend, that are embedded in a cryptic message left by her grandfather and in the intricate symbolism of Gaudí's designs, María must race against time to unearth the fabled lost object and discover its true meaning . . . with violence, catastrophe, and death in terrifyingly close pursuit.

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Publishers Weekly

At the start of Martin and Carranza's Da Vinci Code knockoff, members of a secret group known as the Corbel, who worship "the Dark One," orchestrate Spanish architect Antonio Gaudí's apparently accidental death in 1926. Their purpose, carried out over centuries, is to destroy the Knights of the Moriah, who guard the greatest secret in Christianity. In 2006, 92-year-old Juan Givell, the last grand master of the Moriah, must pass his knowledge on to his attractive 26-year-old granddaughter, who will then, along with her mathematician boyfriend, take up Givell's mission to finish "the Great Work." Far too often in a plot involving an ancient relic, the Templars, the Vatican, riddles, secret diaries, torture and many brutal murders, the action grinds to a halt as someone stops to deliver a lecture on a historical fact or theory. Ardent fans of Gaudí's work will best appreciate this erratic enterprise. (Aug.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061434921
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/04/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Esteban Martin is an anthropologist and author, and a founder of Littera, a small publishing house.

A former blues singer, farmer, snake charmer, and treasure hunter, Andreu Carranza is the award-winning author of six novels and three books of poetry.

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StrangeCloud More than 1 year ago
IF you are a fan of Dan Brown's books, and others in his genre, then you might enjoy this "follow the clues" tale set in Barcelona. I picked up a copy while visiting Barcelona in April. The Gaudi tie-in seemed like it would make for an interesting conspiracy read, and in that I wasn't disappointed. Nothing original in the plot or underlying idea, just a unique setting. The story moves along quickly, the characters are well developed, and if you have visited Barcelona you'll enjoy all the references to local buildings, streets, cafes, etc. The writing is average at best. It may be the translation from the original Spanish, but in English it's rather simple. All in all a worthwhile read on a long plane trip or a rainy day.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Gaudi Key was a book that grabbed me and pulled me in within the first couple of paragraphs. It gives an amazing setting and plot that with capture even the pickiest of readers. The characters are very well organized and represent the fine line between good and evil. I was lucky to get ahold of an uncorrected proof from one of my favorite local booksellers and find the book to be one of the best i have read this year.