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When control of the Vatican is at stake--money talks, and nobody plays fair.The murder of a Jesuit priest and church financier thrusts investigator Michael Visconte into a web of Vatican conspiracy and intrigue — with deadly consequences.Tavakoli's pulse-pounding thriller predicted a pope would step aside, and for the first time in the history of the Catholic Church, a JesWhen control of the Vatican is at stake--money talks, and nobody plays fair.The murder of a Jesuit priest and church financier thrusts investigator Michael Visconte into a web of Vatican conspiracy and intrigue — with deadly consequences.Tavakoli's pulse-pounding thriller predicted a pope would step aside, and for the first time in the history of the Catholic Church, a Jesuit would rule the Vatican. This mesmerizing murder mystery combines authentic history with riveting suspense of first-class fiction.When Jesuits recruit Italian intelligence specialist Michael Visconte to investigate the brutal murder of a young priest, he discovers the crime is tied to his personal complicated past and to his ongoing investigation into the money laundering operations of the Archangeli, a secret society inside the Vatican.Michael enters the enclave of the extraordinary men known as the Society of Jesus who practice memory arts, hypnotism, and spiritual exercises, and he uncovers multi-layered conspiracies involving hackers, high-finance, tax evasion, political intrigue, and blackmail.His lucky break—one that should provide critical evidence—blurs the line between good and evil and not only endangers the lives of Michael and the Jesuits, but also imperils the lives of his wife and children.Tavakoli weaves a rousing tale of murder, embezzlement, psychological manipulation, and ultimate power."Conspiracies within conspiracies...a fast-paced thriller.his fast-paced thriller."Publisher's WeeklyFrom the Back Cover"A word of advice, Mr. Visconte. This is Vatican business. It's dangerous to forget that."Michael Visconte never forgot the Vatican Bank's $250 million payoff to the defrauded depositors of Banco Ambrosiano or the murder of Roberto Calvi. The fresh corpse at his feet told him it was far from over. He thought he already knew the consequences of double-crossing the Vatican.But that was before he agreed to help the Jesuits blackmail the Pope...This is an alternate edition for ISBN-10: 0985159022ISBN-13: 978-0985159023...

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  • Leo
    2019-03-24 21:31

    The crash of the Franklin Bank tilted the balance of the Vatican Bank making it loose 55million. The author, an expert in the finance world, has done excellent research. She has not only touched on the inner financial schemes, but also the political maneuvers in the inner circle of the Vatican. I grant that she has mixed a little fiction with the real facts. The characters are well defined and transparent.The plot has a good flow. The setting goes from city to country. You must read and find out the ending.

  • Joey Brockert
    2019-04-01 22:31

    I thought this would be some story like Mr. Brown's “The DaVince Code,” but it was not. At times I was ready to pack it in because I am not really into reading romance novels, or the story line was becoming trite. It is neither. It may seem to be, but all of the sudden there is a change and goes in another direction, or you get back to the thriller mode, and you say, 'Whoa, where did that come from?” The characters got to be some you would like to visit with and get to know better. The main person and his wife were real, as were some of the Jesuits, but some of the Jesuits were so perfect and wonderful, you just had to wonder at the reality of the situation. Through training, the Jesuits may0 become about as special as you can get, it does not make them perfect. This is really a silly criticism of this story since the 'perfect' Jesuits are not the important characters, and not all the Jesuits are the good guys. Another side of the story is the financial dealings that the Church does. I understand some of it, but I am left wondering at the need. Billions and billions in money and it is all sort there, but it is only paper (stocks and bonds). I suppose that some of it comes in as some cash via dividends or interest, but what is the sense of doing all this just to enhance the gain (paper gain) you have? I suppose it is a game financial wizards and bankers play to make themselves feel like they are winning. I am not sure it helps anyone below the executive level much at all except in the stability of the economy and jobs, and in light of the debacle of 2008, that is questionable. ( I am going to have to reread Kurt Vonnegut's “Slaughterhouse Five” to refresh my memory of why the British POW's did not share with the Russian POW's. There may be a parallel with the Church having so much and not doing more for the poor.

  • Anthony
    2019-03-24 03:54

    I just finished reading Archangels: Rise of The Jesuits by Janet Tavakoli. I think Janet is a great writer and story teller. This book held my interest to the very last page. I remember reading about Vatican embezzlement in the papers years ago. Her story brought it all back to me. I like the way James, the Jesuits and Michael handled the investigation of the thievery/ sex scandals that plagued the Vatican.

  • David Pelleg
    2019-04-04 00:47

    I have to say that I really enjoyed this book. Even though it is marked as "fiction" I would guess that it contains more fact than written on the label. This book is written at a fast pace and contains some really interesting historical information and backdrop about Italy, the Catholic Church and its history and the current financial markets. So learning and enjoying the story at the same time. Great read.

  • Patricia
    2019-04-02 01:52

    Ms. Tavakoli made this Rome and the Vatican come alive in ways even Dan Brown did not. When I went to Italy recently I had one request: to see as many of the places mentioned in this book as possible to get a first hand feel for the setting, especially Castel Sant'Angelo. If this is the author's first venture into non-fiction, I say "encore".

  • Ana
    2019-04-07 01:34

    YAY!!! Just found out I won this book, so..thank you GR and thank you Janet, looking forward to reading it.

  • boekverslaafde
    2019-03-24 02:52

    To get the formalities out of the way, I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. :)When I read about Archangels, I thought it would be along the lines of Dan Brown's DaVinci Code. But once I started reading it, I found that it wasn't, really, like it at all. Both stories talk about the Vatican, and there is murder involved. That's where the similarities end.Which, to me, is really a good thing. Janet Tavakoli stated at the beginning of the book that while some places, people, and business/corporations are real, they are used fictitiously in the book, except where documented historical events are referenced. I believe she has put more fact in there than what I originally thought when reading.Janet is very thorough when describing history, and the Society of Jesus. While some of the descriptions may not be REAL, she made sure we have all the facts and can understand what is going on. Archangels was well written and thought out, and I enjoyed reading it. Why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5:1) There were a couple times where I found it hard to get through, it seemed too slow moving for me. 2) I thought it could have used another murder or two, in my opinion the bloodier it is, the better it is to read.3) While she was great at describing everything else, Janet really didn't go into much detail of the main character, and his family. I feel she should have gone more in depth with them, as I didn't really feel connected to any of them. I didn't feel like I knew them, or care about them, really. One of the things that I truly loved about the book:I am usually able to pick up on the foreshadowing and once I meet all the characters, I'm pretty good about figuring out how the book is going to end, who was the murderer/culprit/etc. While reading Archangels, I thought I had it figured out...then with 33 pages left in the book, I thought I'd discovered I was right. ... then a few pages after that, I found I was incredibly WRONG. I love it when books have a twist from the direction I was thinking!Besides those 3 things, I found this book enjoyable to read and look forward to reading any other fictional books Janet may release. As for the physical book itself, I received a trade paperback (they're taller and usually thinner than the standard mass market paperback). The book was well bound, and the paper was a lot thicker than you usually see in paperbacks. Nice and heavy duty paper, harder to rip, and will hold up better over the years.Thank you, Janet, for putting Archangels on the giveaway page so I had a chance to win, as I truly enjoyed the book!...I have no idea why my review says it was written on January 27th, when I didn't win the book until the 28th, and didn't finish the book until February 3rd...I wrote the review on February 3rd! so strange

  • Bert
    2019-03-21 22:32

    This is one of my favorite novels, and I read a lot of books of various genres. The title captured my attention immediately, since I've had of 8 years of Jesuit education. The author, a scholar in mathematics and financial markets, did her homework. She creates as protagonist an individual who is in charge of Italy's equivalent of the FBI financial crimes unit. He has a friend who he met while attending university in America, who's now a Jesuit priest and a psychologist. Both get swept up in the complexities of Vatican politics, including financial irregularities and corruption. Enormous detail of historical real-life events are put into the mix, adding credibility to the plot. I was also delighted to see so many details of Roman life and culture, it truly is a romantic city with a dark side. The Jesuits clandestinely get a plan together to take back control of Vatican finances, and to try to positively reset the Catholic Church's moral compass. In the process, we have a nice personal story of a civilian crusader for existential meaning in his life. I'd be willing to travel a long way to hear the author give her impressions of the new Holy Father, the Catholic Church's first Jesuit. The book was published just before his ascension to the position first held by St. Peter. Now I'm going back to surfing the net, looking for bargain travel & lodging travel packages to take me once again to Rome.

  • Meghan
    2019-04-01 00:40

    I am a big fan of Dan Brown-esque books and have noticed a small trend in these over the last couple of years. This is another one to add to the list. A well written page turner that I really enjoyed. I have only one problem with this book. It's more of a personal thing so it didn't effect my star rating, but I just want to warn others that may be like me. There are a few ... unnecessary ... sex scenes in this book. I always feel that when sex is added, the author (director, etc) doesn't think their book (movie, TV show) can stand out on its own and this definitely does. I understand WHY the author put them in (storyline-wise), I just wish they could have found a different way to do it. I feel it's too easy to rely on a sex scene and I don't find it appropriate, but as I said, that's a personal thing and nothing against the writer.

  • Maggie Reed
    2019-04-07 05:58

    This is a work of fiction, but one is hardpressed to see it that way. The scandals amongst the Vatican, the Cosa Nostra, the US Mafia, the Latin American connection all rang true, and with good reason. Growing up with much of what went on in this book, I saw the truth behind the author's story. This may seem incredible to a lot of people, but Janet took away the seeming impossibility of the story for me. She has creds. Lots of them.

  • Jud Hanson
    2019-04-16 02:58

    This novel has a deliciously suspenseful plot involving a historically benign group, the Jesuits. They desire to take over the administration of the Church and bring an end to the corruption and scandals of recent years. I highly recommend this novel if you enjoy the novels of Steve Berry and Dan Brown.

  • Phyllis
    2019-04-03 02:50

    I really found this book to be fast paced and full of interesting information. The last part of the book gave a time line of the Catholic Church's Popes and questionable events. The plot was very believable and an easy read.

  • Beth
    2019-04-15 05:42

    Good suspense mystery mixed in with the Catholic Church and the Roman police. Some seems to be the setup for a series.The Jesuits are getting ready to take over the church hierarchy and need the help of the Roman police to get the "bad" folk out of the way.

  • Maria Kiguthi
    2019-04-20 05:44

    I enjoyed the tension and relationships in this book. The main characters were believeable and easy to relate with. While the book contain a lot of historical information, I find it helps in understanding the tale. I received a copy from Goodreads Firt Reads.

  • Charles Rothert
    2019-04-19 04:44

    Interesting and good read.Considering that the Pope is now a former Arginine Cardinal who belongs to the Society of Jesus. How did that happen?

  • NVTony
    2019-03-23 05:51

    Most interesting mystery. Just could not put down so lost some sleep. Agree with other reviewers this is a must read.

  • Karen
    2019-03-31 22:56

    I enjoyed the book, it had some financial manipulations in it, but the book moved and was a different look behind the scenes. I hope the author writes more books like this.

  • Yvette
    2019-04-13 01:47

    Excellent 1st novel. Can't wait for the next one.

  • Cynthia Maddox
    2019-04-20 23:53

    I really like the book. The author obviously knows her financial information and manages it very well, although there were times I was a bit overwhelmed by the list of people involved.I really liked the characters particularly the main character Michael and his wife. They were very well drawn and well developed. The entire story is a good premise. I've seen reviews that said it was like Dan Brown's book. Da Vincey Code but I read that book and I don't think there's a whole lot of comparison other than they both involved a conspiracy within the Catholic Church. This story is fiction based on facts and that makes it much more interesting. I had no idea that the Catholic Church was so involved in finances but I probably should've. After reading this it makes one wonder what else they're up to.

  • Carole D Hutchison
    2019-04-21 05:46

    Must readThe story made the xxx Da Vinci code weak. The twists and turns of the story kept me Monica keep reading until I finished it . Many may not want to except that this could be possible in the church but it's time to start being realistic and realize nothing is perfect great story and job by the author

  • Jimmy
    2019-03-28 21:59

    If you want a pulpy watered-down Dan Brown kind of mystery book involving corruption, scandal, sex, and the Catholic Church hierarchy in the Vatican and involving the supermen Jesuits, then you'll probably really enjoy this book. It's an easy read, not altogether horrible; but definitely of inferior quality compared to other efforts in the genre of suspense/mystery/thriller. Just to give you a sense of what you're getting into, take this scene as an example: The protagonist, Michael, is introducing a lady friend to his Jesuit buddy, Fr. James Talman. This is how Michael introduces the good Jesuit: "Susan, I'd like you to meet my very good friend, Father James Talman, S.J. M.B.A., Ph.D., Ph.D., Ph.D, and M.D." Now when I first read this I took it as a kind of good-natured joke from Michael playing into the stereotype of Jesuit priests as very smart, multi-talented people. The author follows this with the following: "Susan looked overwhelmed. 'I'm not sure what all those initials mean, Father.'" To which, Father James replies: "'Please call me Father James, or just James if you prefer." OK so far, and one would expect everyone to chuckle and for the joke to end there. But, no! The author actually feels the need to have Father James explain all his greatness: "He (Fr. James) gave Michael a wry look. 'S.J. is for Society of Jesus. I'm a Jesuit priest. The M.B.A. is in finance. The Ph.Ds. are in theology, German, and psychology. I'm also a practicing psychiatrist." And this is all done with a rather serious intent. My God! I'm a Jesuit-trained aficionado of the Society of Jesus, but for real! And the whole book is kinda like that. Everyone is a superman or superwoman, even the villains! And even the kids! (There's one scene where Michael's son saves the family from a gang of thugs by using his carving knife to knee-cap stab a seasoned thug who has a gun to his mother's head, allowing them to escape.) If you like that kind of stuff, go for it. As for me, I'd rather read something else (and I only read it because it was a selection made for a book club I'm in). I recommend serious readers looking for masterful writing to spend time on other stuff (Dan Brown's writing is much better fare for this kind of pulp fiction.)

  • Connie
    2019-04-04 02:42

    Among the questions posed about Janet Tavakoli: How will her fictional Archangels: Rise of the Jesuits impact her day job, writing serious financial analyses? Is her braiding of fact and fiction legitimate, that is to say, fair? Clearly she’s excited about exercising her fictional muscles. But I don’t think her fiction foray will help her main career. The book is a cheap knockoff of Dan Brown’s daVinci Code. Despite Archangel’s formulaic scenes of grotesquerie, it has nowhere near the narrative drive of daVinci. Both books exploited spiritual movements in the Catholic Church. Brown riffed on Opus Dei, the 20th century largely lay movement, and Tavakoli picked at the Society of Jesus, the order of priests, brothers and lay volunteers founded in 1540. Catholics may find Opus Dei to be their type of spirituality or not, and may admire the Jesuits or not. It can’t be denied, however, that both have achieved an enormous amount of good in the world. Brown exonerates Opus Dei in his work; Tavakoli doesn’t give the Jesuits the same courtesy.Tavakoli is upset about Catholic involvement in financial scandals and clergy sexual abuse, as am I. But the problem in writing with an agenda against a force is that the agenda’s ill will shows. She should have stuck with her non-fiction writing if she has the goods she claims, although Jason Berry’s well researched and documented books on both matters have staked out that territory. Her hybrid fiction/non-fiction amalgam seems little more than self-indulgence. Of course if she makes a lot of money from Archangels, it will have been worth it, right? Or not. Minor points: She missed a plot line about the confessional and its confidentiality. And she seems to be conflating Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI by calling the former’s native language German; that conflating wasn’t clever. I got the book free on a day it was so listed on the Free Kindle Books and Tips blog, It wasn’t worth the read.

  • Ikebukuro
    2019-03-23 02:36

    I've really enjoyed this book!Quand j'ai postulé pour ce Giveaway, j'avoue que j'étais très curieuse. Je me demandais si j'allais tomber dans une sorte de polar ésotérique à la Da Vinci Code et pas du tout… J'ai été complètement embarquée dans ma lecture, grâce à l'histoire développée par l'auteur et surtout grâce à sa connaissance des rouages politico financiers. On suit en réalité une enquête dans les hautes sphères vaticanes, où meurtres et trahisons servent les desseins des coupables. Et c'est complètement prenant ! Dès les premières pages, j'ai été complètement accrochée par l'intrigue, l'histoire est menée tambours battants et les rebondissements s'enchaînent. Mais ce rythme soutenu n'empêche pas la présence d'un aspect historique hyper intéressant, on apprend beaucoup de choses sur l'Eglise et sur l'ordre des Jésuites, sur les relations obscures entre la religion et la politique sur certaines affaires financières et l'ensemble est prenant et documenté. Franchement je ne me suis pas ennuyée une seconde. Un autre point positif de ce roman : les personnages. J'adore quand ils ont des failles ou des fêlures, qu'ils ne sont pas parfaits, qu'ils font des erreurs ou de mauvais choix… et j'ai beaucoup aimé le personnage principal de Michael et le couple qu'il forme avec Helena. Il a des parts d'ombres qui expliquent ses choix au fur et à mesure du récit et il doit lutter contre ses démons à l'intérieur même de son couple et son caractère donne de la force à l'histoire. Il y a, je trouve, un très bon équilibre entre tous les ingrédients du récit : l'enquête, l'histoire du Vatican, la psychologie des personnages… Ces différentes parties s'imbriquent de façon vraiment harmonieuse dans la trame du récit et le tout est particulièrement bien construit et documenté.J'ai beaucoup aimé ce roman, le style de l'auteur est vraiment agréable à lire, desciptions et dialogues viennent en alternance donner du rythme à l'ensemble et j'ai suivi l'intrigue avec beaucoup d'intérêt. Une lecture vraiment prenante !

  • Janet Tavakoli
    2019-03-26 22:49

    Update: Near the end of Archangels: Rise of the Jesuits, the fictitious pope uses the royal "we," also known as the papal "we." Western readers are unaccustomed to this usage, and some mistakenly thought this was an error. The pronouns were subsequently capitalized to make it easier for readers to identify when the fictitious pope uses the papal "we."May 2015: La Rebelión de los Jesuitas, the Spanish edition, is available on Amazon!Archangels: Rise of the Jesuits was written before Pope Benedict XVI resigned in 2013. Pope Francis is the first Jesuit to be elected in the history of the Catholic Church. He has made major reforms of the Vatican Bank, closed hundreds of suspect accounts,and stripped cardinals of their former authority over Vatican affairs.This is a work of fiction, but most of the characters are loosely based on people I know (with their permission, of course). Father James is based on a Jesuit cousin who really does have all of those degrees. Michael Visconte is based on an Italian friend from an old aristocratic family who is a financier and a detective of sorts. Most editors categorize this book as a thriller, but I view it as modern era historical fiction. Those who were distressed about the murders and thought the book was unfair to the Catholic hierarchy haven't been paying attention to events and murders over the past decades. The facts are stranger than fiction.Archangels Companion will be released in 2015. It is nonfiction. As incredible as some of the incidents in Rise of the Jesuits may seem, many of them are part of Jesuit history: hypnotism, memory arts, and more.The fiction sequel is in the works, but I cannot yet share a target completion date.This book was first copyrighted in 1992. It was updated before the November 2012 publication with an additional copyright for the revisions. That is why your edition may have shown both years as copyright dates.

  • Charles
    2019-03-22 05:54

    Tavakoli is an expert in international finance and the structure of financial derivatives, a skill necessary in order to author a book of this type. The primary plot revolves around the international financial dealings of priests in the Vatican with their ties to people in governments and businesses, both legitimate and criminal. There are specific references to actual scandals that have taken place in the Vatican Bank and they are described and explained in detail. This could not have been done as well by someone with no such expertise.Tavakoli has authored highly regarded books explaining complex financial structures and in this book she demonstrates that she can extend that skill to the creation of thrillers. The conspiracies are largely among priests and some of them engage in very un-priest like behaviors, never hesitating to commit murder to further their ends. The conspiracies run vast and deep, are spread out around the world and deep into the Vatican governing structure, extending all the way up to the Pope.There are a few times when a small amount of the occult is introduced, although it is given a very scientific explanation, there remains a hint of doubt. The main character is Michael Visconte and he is a Specialist, a type of Italian policeman with a specific jurisdiction. Although it is small, the Vatican is a sovereign nation state inside Italy, so there are very specific rules regarding what the Italian police can do when a crime is committed in the Vatican.With complex rules for investigation and jurisdiction, financial transactions and scams worth billions of dollars and Catholic factions scheming against each other, there are conspiracies wrapped within and around other conspiracies. Virgil wrote that love conquers all, but in this story it is greed that dominates.This book was made available for free for review purposes and this review also appears on Amazon.

  • Tony Parsons
    2019-04-20 23:29

    Father Matteo Pintozzi is brutally murdered. He was in charge of the hedge funds & other investments for the Catholic Church in Vatican City (Rome, Italy). Michael Roberto Visconte (BS, MS, PhD, husband/father) starts his long journey & investigation into this crime. His family consists of: Leonare Ferruzi (Michael’s mother), Helena Visconte (Michael’s wife/mother), & their 2 boys; Anthony Visconte (son), & Luke Visconte (3, son). Michael encounters: financial geniuses, embezzlement, tax evaders, politics, governmental & the Catholic Church, spies, conspiracy, & more murders & killings. Will he solve the financial burden for the church?Will the killer(s) be brought to justice? This makes Goodfellows or other brutal gory Mafia gangster movies look like kids movie. I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. Only an honest one. A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. Wow, a very well written true/false historical crime mystery book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a huge set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great murder mystery thriller movie, or mini TV series. 1 book you won’t want to put down. Must be read to the very end. There is no doubt in my mind this is a very easy rating of 5 stars. Thank you for the free Goodreads; Lyons McNamara LLC.; Autographed; paperback book Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)

  • Lee Miller
    2019-04-14 23:59

    On my first trip to Rome, my guide was an expert in Vatican politics, and ever since I’ve been fascinated by the behind the scenes political maneuverings of the upper hierarchy. I therefore thought a book about the Jesuits trying to save the Vatican from a Mafia/Vatican bank conspiracy would be interesting. It wasn’t, terribly. Long stretches of not much happening were broken by sudden spasms of extreme violence or explicit sex, giving the book a choppy, uneven quality. Add to that a narrator who seemed uninvolved in the story and you have a generally slow and somewhat boring listening experience.That said, others have found this book to be a thrilling and fast-paced page-turner. Narrators can sometimes detract from an otherwise interesting book, so I may give it a second chance without the recorded version.

  • JoAnn W.
    2019-04-20 05:48

    I'm not into thrillers and gory violence that much, but I did enjoy this book, and it held my attention for the most part.All the intrigue at the Vatican made for a fun read. It made me feel that I was getting a peak at a secret society. The descriptions of the Vatican apartments, Vatican City, St. Peter's, Vatican Square and Rome itself with all the landmarks and historical places made it seem like a travelogue as well as a novel, and that was fun too.The plot didn't seem completely far-fetched with all the current scandals about the Catholic Church hierarchy, the troubles in the Vatican, and the recent resignation of Pope Benedict. But I found it very hard to believe that there were that many sociopathic scoundrels in positions of power there. I certainly hope I am right about that.I haven't read the Da Vinci Code so can't make a comparison.

  • Viviana
    2019-03-28 03:40

    I received a paperback copy of this book thanks to the Goodreads giveaway. It was very interesting reading it during the week in which Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation, giving some points for reflection. When I started reading it, I was immediately pulled into the story.Then the action slowed down toward the middle of the narration and picked back up around the end of the story.Even though it’s a work of fiction there are plenty of historical events and characters mentioned and used to build the storyline. When I finished reading, I had this feeling as if there would have been more to add to make it the perfect story. The characters are very well described and maybe a little too perfect.In its integrity I think it’s a good, enjoyable and well written book.

  • Nancy Townsend
    2019-03-29 00:35

    I received a copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads - thank you very much - but this has not influenced my review. To be honest, this thriller is not very thrilling. I think the style shows that this author is more used to writing non-fiction. It has a good start and there's some action towards the end, but most of the book is just people talking about corruption in the Vatican, finance and what supermen Jesuits are! Unless you find any of these subjects particularly thrilling, it is all a bit dry and preachy. Even the action didn't seem very excitingly written I'm afraid. Even though it's a fairly easy read, I struggled at times to keep focused on the plot itself, which was actually quite good.