My Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars
EDIT: thank you to Candice who read my review and pointed out a mistake in my historical facts. I’ve edited my post with the correct information.
This book is extremely formulaic. It follows a similar plot outline as many of the popular crime series with a recurring character: Stephanie Plum (Janet Evanovich), Cotton Malone (Steve Barry), Alex Cross (James Patterson), you get the picture.
Believe it or not, the use of a well-worn plot is not a criticism. I enjoy these types of books and I chose this book specifically because I was in the mood for this formula.
This story has the typical elements: young, intelligent woman with a non-detective job who gets innocently wrapped up in solving a mystery to save her own life, narrowly escaping death and meeting interesting friends along the way.
It’s the details that killed me here. Spoiler Alert (highlight with your cursor over the next section – it’s in white text): There is a guy living in present times who is Montezuma who never died because he had the
shroud of Turin the Veil of Veronica and is now digging up the graves of world history’s ‘mass murders’ (think Hitler and the like) and using their ground up bones and some smart doctors to bring them back to life. Which worked. Why is he doing this you ask? So these killers can all do their bidding at the same time again now and ‘cleanse’ the earth which will make the sun-god happy and Montezuma will become a god.
In-SANE. When I said I liked formulaic, I should have also said that BEING REMOTELY FEASIBLE must be part of the formula I’ll read. This is just nonsense.