Esteban Martin is an anthropologist and author, and a founder of Littera, a small publishing house. A former blues singer, farmer, snake charmer, and treasure hunter, Andreu Carranza is the award-winning author of six novels and three books of poetry.
At the start of Martin and Carranza's Da Vinci Code knockoff, members of a secret group known as the Corbel, who worship "the Dark One," orchestrate Spanish architect Antonio Gaud¡'s apparently accidental death in 1926. Their purpose, carried out over centuries, is to destroy the Knights of the Moriah, who guard the greatest secret in Christianity. In 2006, 92-year-old Juan Givell, the last grand master of the Moriah, must pass his knowledge on to his attractive 26-year-old granddaughter, who will then, along with her mathematician boyfriend, take up Givell's mission to finish "the Great Work." Far too often in a plot involving an ancient relic, the Templars, the Vatican, riddles, secret diaries, torture and many brutal murders, the action grinds to a halt as someone stops to deliver a lecture on a historical fact or theory. Ardent fans of Gaud¡'s work will best appreciate this erratic enterprise. (Aug.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Ah, those Spaniards--they're taking over the literary thriller market. Anthropologist Martin joins with awarding-winning novelist/poet Carranza to craft the tale of a secret brotherhood that entrusts famed Barcelona architect Gaudi with a precious relic. With a reading group guide; rights sold to 18 countries. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.