The Lazarus Vault

The Lazarus Vault

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by Tom Harper
     
 

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Deep in the heart of London, the Monsalvat Bank is small, secretive and fabulously wealthy. When Ellie Stanton, an impoverished graduate student, is unexpectedly invited to join the firm, the privileged world they offer looks too good to turn down.

But the bank is more than it seems. Soon Ellie realises that her life belongs to her employers - and they're

Overview

Deep in the heart of London, the Monsalvat Bank is small, secretive and fabulously wealthy. When Ellie Stanton, an impoverished graduate student, is unexpectedly invited to join the firm, the privileged world they offer looks too good to turn down.

But the bank is more than it seems. Soon Ellie realises that her life belongs to her employers - and they're watching her every move. For buried in their medieval vaults lies a closely-guarded treasure of immeasurable power - one inextricably bound up with Ellie's own history.

Now Ellie is in a race against time, hunted by the bank and pursued by her past. Her only hope of escape is to unearth the secret hidden in the vault. But getting in is only the beginning...


Editorial Reviews

EBOOK COMMENTARY
Fans of Harper’s First Crusade trilogy (The Mosaic of Shadows, etc.) will find the subtlety and creativity of those books missing from this Da Vinci Code wannabe, which also borrows heavily from Grisham’s The Firm. When Ellie Stanton, a British medieval history grad student, shows up for a job interview with Vivian Blanchard, the director of London’s Monsalvat Bank, Blanchard offers her a lucrative position on the spot, despite her lack of any relevant background. The salary, living quarters, and fringe benefits are too good to refuse. Of course, it’s soon apparent that the bank is up to something sinister. Warned that the sixth floor is off-limits, Stanton discovers that the building stops at the fifth floor. Meanwhile, a Luxembourg bank examiner encounters dirty dealings at a Monsalvat branch. The author’s efforts to transform a meek academic into an action figure are less than convincing. (Nov.)
Publishers Weekly
Fans of Harper’s First Crusade trilogy (The Mosaic of Shadows, etc.) will find the subtlety and creativity of those books missing from this Da Vinci Code wannabe, which also borrows heavily from Grisham’s The Firm. When Ellie Stanton, a British medieval history grad student, shows up for a job interview with Vivian Blanchard, the director of London’s Monsalvat Bank, Blanchard offers her a lucrative position on the spot, despite her lack of any relevant background. The salary, living quarters, and fringe benefits are too good to refuse. Of course, it’s soon apparent that the bank is up to something sinister. Warned that the sixth floor is off-limits, Stanton discovers that the building stops at the fifth floor. Meanwhile, a Luxembourg bank examiner encounters dirty dealings at a Monsalvat branch. The author’s efforts to transform a meek academic into an action figure are less than convincing. (Nov.)
From the Publisher

"Tom Harper's latest offering is simply magic."  —Eurocrime

"Like Steven Saylor, the master of the ancient Roman historical, Harper effortlessly draws the reader into an unfamiliar time, bringing alive the characters and their motivations."  —Publishers Weekly starred review on Knights of the Cross

"Fans of thrillers with an Indiana Jones angle who just can't wait for the next James Rollins or Steve Berry novel should check out this very entertaining tale . . . readers will no doubt finish this one and immediately begin clamoring for a series."  —Booklist on The Lost Temple

"I found the novel . . . so much more enjoyable than The Da Vinci Code to which it is obviously indebted for everything from hidden bank vaults to secluded country estates and handicapped villains. Lazarus's puzzles are actually believable. The female characters are better drawn. Most importantly for this audience, the history is competent."  —The Historical Novels Review, Editor's Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781407087863
Publisher:
RANDOM HOUSE
Publication date:
09/30/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
192,589
File size:
505 KB

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Meet the Author

Tom Harper (real name Edwin Thomas) won the CWA debut award in 2001 for The Blighted Cliffs. He also wrote The Mosaic of Shadows, Knights of the Cross, Siege of Heaven, Lost Temple and Book of Secrets, all published by Random House. He lives in York.

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Lazarus Vault 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
HEY THATS MOW FAR WHO EVER YOUR NAME WAS WITH THE HEAD BLOWN OFF!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She tied her dusty black hair back with a sigh.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walked in. Saw tye people amd quickly hid in some bushes,not making a sound.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dont ever do that again je squints his eyes lol but seriously dont i dont like that he turns to steel legion lets c that shield withhold this dragon fist an huge glowing gold dragon comes from his fist it goes throug his shield and kore coming out his back the fist penatrates it with ease