Monday, April 7, 2014

Clonmac's Bridge: an archeological mystery

Clonmac's Bridge: an archeological mystery by Jeffrey Perren

A maritime archaeologist raises a medieval monastery span from the mud of the River Shannon, sunken for 1,200 years... and finds it perfectly preserved. 

What could account for this astounding longevity? Why are his colleagues and the Church so desperate to prevent him learning the secret? And why is his consummate lover his greatest enemy? 

Griffin Clonmac will go through hell to find out. 

He won’t go alone. Inspired by a real discovery, Clonmac’s Bridge shifts between contemporary times and 9th century Ireland. It tells the story of two men who struggle against envy and mediocrity — a millennium apart — aided only by a loyal helpmate and an unconquerable will. 

An archaeological thriller, a love story, and a pensée on society then and now, Jeffrey Perren fans are sure to find this latest novel his best yet.

Clonmac's BridgeClonmac's Bridge by Jeffrey Perren
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Alright, the book is interesting, to a point.
Let me start by saying, if I had not been offered a copy for a review, I would have never picked this book up. The cover does nothing to grab my attention.
That being said, as I began reading, it was better than I expected. The story flows well, the characters are likable, but the author should steer clear of romance. You can tell it's not their forte.
When it came to the conspiracy of the story, the plot, it was thick and held your interest, sometimes. The beginning drags a little. You have to trudge through it to get to the juicy parts. But once it starts moving, it's great! Honestly, maybe if the author gets a copy editor to hash out stuff that is unnecessary and maybe guide them a little in the romance area, this book could be a 5 star book. Maybe also consider brightening the cover. It's dark and the title just blends in too much. I say give this book a chance. It's a nice long story that will give you a nice alternate reality for a few days!

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