To date, this is my favorite book by Ken Fry, and I edited them all except for Dying Days. An ancient mystery, suspense, romance --- all here. Editing it has been a joy, and reinforces my belief in Indie authors. Fry is a formidable writer. The Lazarus Succession has more meat in it than Dan Brown's Inferno, at par and I have to say even better than Angels and Demons.
In this book, a dying countess hires a disgraced judge to find a missing painting that's supposed to be miraculous. It's her last hope. The judge hires Brodie and Ulla, the main characters, to find it for him. But he has another agenda.. he sees the painting as a chance to redeem himself to society.
Unraveling the mystery of the Lazarus painting is the book's main theme. But the side plots are equally engaging. The struggle of the painters who had to choose between the women they love and their destiny, the desperation of the judge to take back what he has lost, the Condesa's hope that the painting can be found and for the legend to be real, and Brodie and Ulla's quest to get to the bottom of the mystery, while keeping their relationship intact.
It is mysterious, suspenseful, and a page turner.
The Lazarus Succession is a powerful and enjoyable read. It would be a blockbuster if it ever became a movie. More than the thrill, it's a book about how powerful hope and a quest for redemption can be.
An easy 5 stars for Ken Fry. He pulled this book from the publisher because it wasn't getting the attention and care it deserved. He's right about that.
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