Michelangelo's Notebook

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Overview

Life may imitate art...but death follows it.

While studying art history at New York University, brilliant and beautiful Finn Ryan makes a startling discovery: a Michelangelo drawing of a dissected corpse-supposedly from the artist's near-mythical notebook. But that very night, someone breaks into her apartment-murdering her boyfriend and stealing the sketches she made of the drawing. Fleeing for her life, Finn heads to the address her mother had given her for emergencies, where ...

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Overview

Life may imitate art...but death follows it.

While studying art history at New York University, brilliant and beautiful Finn Ryan makes a startling discovery: a Michelangelo drawing of a dissected corpse-supposedly from the artist's near-mythical notebook. But that very night, someone breaks into her apartment-murdering her boyfriend and stealing the sketches she made of the drawing. Fleeing for her life, Finn heads to the address her mother had given her for emergencies, where she finds the enigmatic antiquarian book dealer, Michael Valentine. Together, they embark on a desperate race through the city-and through the pages of history itself-to expose an electrifying secret from the final days of World War II-a secret that lies in the dark labyrinthine heart of the Vatican.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451411860
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 422,673
  • Product dimensions: 6.74 (w) x 7.16 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Christopher is the pseudonym of a bestselling novelist who lives in the Great Lakes region.

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  • Posted April 27, 2010

    Meh

    This book had a lot of promise, but in the end just wasn't written well enough to be very good. Finn is clearly the star of the book, but she was poorly developed and for someone supposedly careful about sex, she used her sexuality far too much in the book. There was also far too much jumping around, the author never stuck with one set of characters for more than a chapter. I will give the author another read to see if he improves his writing. There is promise here, hopefully the author can grow.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2006

    Looking for 350 pages of boredom? Step right up.

    I was expecting a lot from this book. When I read the synopsis on the back, I was actually excited about reading it. 'Hmm,' I thought 'Suspense and art history. Sounds good.' Well, what I actually got was a thinly disguised Dan Brown knock-off. Renaissance art? Check. Papal intrigue? Check. Young-and-hot-but-smart-and-fiery-woman-working-with-and-trying-to-sup ress-desire-for-older-smart-well-rounded-save-the-day-type-of-man? Check. Now, this alone wouldn't be enough to get me to put this book down. I mean, if Mr. Christopher wants to closely follow someone else's plots, that's his prerogative. However, towards the end, so many characters got introduced, and the plot became so hard to follow that I'd sit there and read the same passage 5 or 6 times and still not come away with a slight sense of what had just happened. Don't waste your $7.99 on this book. Check out 'Da Vinci Code' or 'Angels and Demons' instead.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2006

    Someone New on the Horizon

    Well written, kept me reading right through to the end. Lots of art and WW11 info, let's hear more from Mr. Christopher.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2005

    Interesting premise, but light.

    A good enough read while waiting for the next five star to come along. Stolen art and Papal intrique make for an interesting plot. Great scene development but the end just gets interesting when poof, it's over. The characters were believable, especially Finn, but while many questions were raised about Valentines background, none were answered. This could have been a contender.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2005

    Boring

    Michelangelo's Notebook sounded great to me as something that might lead me into the subject in the books by Dan Brown. However, I found myself bored because of a confusing plot and the introducing of too many characters. This book also came to an abrupt end that didn't make sense. While reading, I never wanted to get to the next page. I was occaisionally wondering how one event led to the next. If you are looking for an art/suspense thriller, skip this and go straight to Angels and Demons and The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2014

    Melodypond

    Name: Melodypond <p> Gender: Female <p> Age: She isn't exactly sure. <p> Appearance: She has silver fur, with a white muzzle, paws and tail tip. <p> Personality: Peaceful, cheerful (usually) and selfless, she will only fight for a good cause and will sacrifice herself for her loved ones.... if she had any left. <p> Kin: Deceased <p> Mate: None, not currently looking. <p> Abilities: Being part Gallifreyan, she has two hearts, knowledge of many things and the ability to regenerate when near death. The problem is, she can only regenerate 12 times, it's very painful, she changes her appearance when regenerating, and she will die permanently when killed during the regeneration process. She is on her sixth regeneration. <p> History: She doesn't like to talk about it much. <p> <p> I think that's about it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2014

    Nightfall

    Name: Nightfall
    <p>
    Gender: male
    <p>
    Looks: tall muscular black tom with white tail tip and white tear drop on his chest
    <p>
    Personality: shy and kind of gruff but really sweet and protective once you get to know him
    <p>
    Crush: Calypso
    <p>
    Mate: deceased
    <p>
    &star

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2014

    Calypso

    Doctor Who!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    Loved this book and made me buy Rembrandt's Ghost, too. I had al

    Loved this book and made me buy Rembrandt's Ghost, too. I had already read Lucifer's Gospel and love all three books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2013

    The book started out rather well, but it just didn't work for me

    The book started out rather well, but it just didn't work for me. I didn't like the two main people in the storyline, but I think that may be because they were never developed. What I thought was the intended plot, never seemed to develop and a lot of unanswered questions in the storyline.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2013

    Better on the second read.....

    Didn't think much of this book on the first reading, but re-reading it a second time, two years later, leaves me with a greater appreciation of it. I may move on to read the next in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

    Northstar times notepad

    Join the comedians club at comedy result one *COMEDIANS ONLY*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2012

    Disapointed

    The title of the book and the real plot of the book was confuseing. When I picked up the book, I thought it was going to be about Michael Angelo and his works. I felt let down. While it was an ok read, it didn't really hold my attention.

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  • Posted March 24, 2012

    Excellent

    Full of twists and turns, really enjoy mystery/suspense stories that have a basis in history. If you liked Angels and Demons, you will like this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2005

    NOT a must-read

    I picked up this book on a whim because it looked like it might follow the same kind of subject as Dan Brown's work. While the novel starts well enough, it becomes hard to follow towards the end. Too many characters and not enough plot. About the best I can say is: Leave the art/suspense thrillers to Dan Brown, Mr. Christopher.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2005

    Interesting read

    I read this book as a follow up to The DaVinci Code, trying to find another novel packed with excitement and amazing art history to keep me going. While not concerning Michelangelo's notebook or Renaissance history as much as I had hoped, the plot deals more with the Nazi capturing of a secret unknown child, stolen priceless works of art, and murder. Christopher does a wonderful job at his description of the settings, especially the flashbacks. The characters are very well written and easy to attach yourself to, especially Finn, a twenty-something NYU art history student who wants nothing more than to lead an interesting life. The book has several twists and turns that keep you interested, while trying to figure out connections until the last page.

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    Posted September 10, 2011

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    Posted April 19, 2011

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    Posted August 11, 2011

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    Posted May 14, 2012

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