Friday Review: The Grail Conspiracy (Cotten Stone #1) by Lynn Sholes

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

TV journalist Cotten Stone is on assignment in the Middle East when she is dumped on the side of the road by her driver. Trying to find help, she stumbles on an archeological dig that uncovers the Holy Grail. When Dr. Gabriel Archer, the discoverer of the relic is murdered, he gives Cotton the Grail, telling her “You are the only one” in a language she has only ever heard from her dead sister. Chasing the story- and the Grail- Cotten and Father John Tyler, an expert in religious artifacts- follow the trail to New Orleans, where an unimaginable evil is about to be unleashed. Unless Cotten can find out why she is chosen for this mission, and stop it.

This was a decent read. It follows in the footsteps of books like “The DaVinci Code” with the religious overtones, holy relic, and fast-paced plot elements. It moves faster than the above noted book, with less explaining of the background and detail. It also doesn’t suffer from those omissions. Characters are decently developed, and the good guys are likable. It stretches the history a bit here and there, but most in this category do. The backstory is perhaps a little lacking but still gives most of the information needed without interrupting the plot’s action too much. There is a decent amount of mystical tie-in that adds a different dimension to the story.

I enjoyed the book, and would recommend it if you like mystical adventure, Grail conspiracies, and a decent story with some twists and good characters. If you are a stickler for authenticity in your Grail/Templar/Mason tales, you might skip this one. But you’d be missing a fun, easy to read thriller.

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