The Medusa Amulet

The Medusa Amulet

A Novel

Book - 2011
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In this new spine-tingling thriller by Robert Masello, the critically acclaimed and bestselling author of Blood and Ice, a brilliant but skeptical young scholar named David Franco embarks on a quest to recover a legendary artifact: a beautifully carved amulet that was created by Benvenuto Cellini, the master artisan of Renaissance Italy.
 
What begins as a simple investigation quickly spirals into a twisting, turning tale of suspense and intrigue, a race against time that carries Franco across continents and centuries in a desperate search for this ultimate treasure--and a work of unimaginable power . . . and menace.

Aided only by a beautiful young Florentine with a conspirator's mind and dark secrets, Franco is soon caught up in a life-and-death struggle from which there is no escape. Relentlessly pursued by deadly assassins and demons of his own, in the end he must confront--and defeat--an evil greater than anything conjured in his worst nightmares.

Packed with breathtaking invention and breakneck adventure, The Medusa Amulet is a harrowing ride from the streets of Chicago to the châteaux of France, from the ramparts of the French Revolution to the palazzos of Rome, a story where historical fact meets with fascinating conjecture . . . and the impossible becomes terrifyingly real. Like a masterpiece from the hand of Cellini himself, The Medusa Amulet is a unique and powerful work, as inviting as it is forbidding, as ingenious as it is bold.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c2011
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780553807790
055380779X
Branch Call Number: FIC Masel 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 448 p

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51ball
May 28, 2017

I appreciate the authors style of switching between past and present. It allows the story to be told as a whole without engaging in a single timeline.

While a good read, I did find this book to be of less quality than others he has written.

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lynnieoniel
Mar 09, 2014

Such a sad read so far....

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ADWithrow
Dec 18, 2013

This was a fairly good book. It felt a bit long winded at times, though.

The characters are pretty solid and interesting. I didn't care much, however, for the chapters regarding David Franco's sister. They felt like commercial breaks in the middle of a movie and took me out of the story that I was otherwise enjoying.

I did find the choice of nemesis a bit odd and lacking some creativity. It seemed a little too easy to choose that character rather than an invention of the author's that relied less on the reader filling in the character's back-story.

Incinerated_Newt Apr 05, 2012

This novel tries too hard. It could have been a decent story, but spends so much time hopping from past to present and throwing in truly unbelieveable details that my suspension of disbelief had completely checked out by the end. I can't recommend it unless you've got absolutely nothing better to do.

teacupfaerie Aug 16, 2011

Benvenuto Cellini was a master artisan of Renaissance Italy. He was also a necromancer.
Combining these two talents he created a powerful and dangerous amulet crafted from the legendary Medusa’s pond after slaying her. This amulet granted the user eternal life, but was lost in the mists of time.

Jump ahead to the present day, David Franco, a young scholar at Chicago’s Newberry Library is approached by a mysterious women looking to find the amulet. He is offered significant financial compensation and the assurance that this treasure will heal his dying sister. Before long he starts his globe trotting adventure and is caught in a life and death struggle that originally began in Renaissance Italy.

It is an engrossing and fun read, and similar to books by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Childs in content, and the historical details of Kostova’s “The Historian.” But this book adds that extra something of a supernatural twist. Recommended for those who like to delve into the past.

VERDICT: Definite purchase for any public library collection.

booksalequeen Jun 29, 2011

an intriguing tale of the past and present times with a mystical tale interwoven throughout, reads like a Dan Brown novel, only better, want to read more by this author!

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