The Stonehenge Legacy: A Thriller

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This thriller is “one of those very rare books that is capable of both thrilling and chilling the reader” (James Becker, author of The Moses Stone). Eight days before the summer solstice, a man is butchered in a blood-freezing sacrifice on the ancient site of Stonehenge before a congregation of worshippers. Within hours, one of the world’s foremost treasure hunters has shot himself in his country mansion. Teaming up with an ambitious young policewoman, his estranged son soon exposes a secret society—an ancient ...

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Overview

This thriller is “one of those very rare books that is capable of both thrilling and chilling the reader” (James Becker, author of The Moses Stone). Eight days before the summer solstice, a man is butchered in a blood-freezing sacrifice on the ancient site of Stonehenge before a congregation of worshippers. Within hours, one of the world’s foremost treasure hunters has shot himself in his country mansion. Teaming up with an ambitious young policewoman, his estranged son soon exposes a secret society—an ancient legion devoted to Stonehenge. With a ruthless new leader, the cult is now performing ritual sacrifices in a terrifying bid to unlock the secret of the stones.

Packed with codes, symbology, relentless suspense, and fascinating detail about one of the world’s most mysterious places, The Stonehenge Legacy is a breakthrough novel of addictive and eerie suspense.

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Editorial Reviews

The Wall Street Journal
A self-assured first novel.
Daily Mail
The book’s success is all but guaranteed, and it’s certainly smart, slick, and effective.
Publishers Weekly
Stonehenge, a popular venue for historical conspiracy thrillers, looms large in Christer’s intriguing first novel. At the Sanctuary, a vast, secret underground cathedral that lies several miles from Stonehenge, robed men known as the Followers enact 5,000-year-old rituals, including human sacrifice. One day, Nathaniel Chase, a retired professor who lives in a 17th-century mansion near the ancient site, writes a letter using a vintage fountain pen and antique inkwell to his estranged son, Gideon, then puts a WWI revolver to his temple and fires. When Gideon, a Cambridge professor, visits his father’s home after this tragedy, a mysterious intruder almost kills him. Det. Insp. Megan Baker, who investigates the attack on Gideon, must sift through the facts of several present-day crimes in light of past myths. The stakes rise after the Followers kidnap the U.S. vice president’s party-girl daughter. Christer does a nice job integrating secret diaries, codes, hooded monks, and historical detail into the abduction plot. (Oct.)
Kirkus Reviews

Following his father's suicide, the son of a famous British archaeologist and relic collector discovers that the old man was closely involved with an ultra-secret cult of Stonehenge worshippers, one of whose key rituals demands fresh supplies of human blood.

Part cult thriller, part police procedural, Christer's first novel takes us deep into a hidden sanctuary where devout followers are painfully initiated and kidnap victims are slaughtered according to ancient rites. Gideon Chase, long estranged from his father Nathaniel, becomes obsessed with the old man's secret self after discovering journals about his doings at Stonehenge, some of them written in code. Gideon himself is the beneficiary of a cleansing ritual that eliminated a childhood disease and has immunized him from even the slightest cold ever since. On the portentous eve of the summer solstice, he is targeted by the cult. Meanwhile, Caitlyn Lock, the misbehaving daughter of the American vice president, who is attending school in London, is abducted at Stonehenge along with her new rich playboy. He had the unfortunate idea of thinking driving there would make for a cool romantic getaway. Ambitious DI Megan Baker, drawn into the plot when Gideon is attacked in his father's country mansion, has her efforts frustrated by her bureaucratic, sexist bosses and complicated by her untrustworthy ex-husband. And then there is the celebrity American bounty hunter who has come to save Caitlyn, and a flock of heavily weaponized Apache helicopters you can't wait to see blow stuff up. It's a credit to Christer, a documentary filmmaker, that he makes the story as readable and, for a while, as involving as it is. But Dan Brown he's not. As the story wobbles toward its predictable climax, you won't be looking forward to a sequel. This is a book best passed on to someone for whom the Stonehenge setting will matter more than anything.

Readers will learn a few things about Stonehenge, but not enough to justify the time required to finish the book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781468300635
  • Publisher: Overlook TP
  • Publication date: 9/25/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 359,364
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Sam Christer is the pseudonym of an award-winning documentary maker. His first job was as a messenger for a newspaper, and he has since worked for several major television studios as a director, producer, host, and reporter. His other books include The Venice Conspiracy, also available from Overlook.

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  • Posted February 13, 2012

    Absolutely incredible read!!!

    I regularly read Robert Ludlum, David Baldacci and Vince Flynn. I will now be reading everything by Sam Christer. I hope he has another book out soon.

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