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In this extraordinary thriller, rich in the atmospheres of medieval and contemporary France, the lives of two women born centuries apart are linked by a common destiny.

July 2005. In the Pyrenees mountains near Carcassonne, Alice, a volunteer at an archaeological dig stumbles into a cave and makes a startling discovery — two crumbling skeletons, strange writings on the walls, and the pattern of a labyrinth; between the skeletons, a stone ring, and a small leather bag.

Eight hundred years earlier, on the eve of a brutal crusade to stamp out heresy that will rip apart southern France, Alais is given a ring and a mysterious book for safekeeping by her father as he leaves to fight the crusaders. The book, he says, contains the secret of the true Grail, and the ring, inscribed with a labyrinth, will identify a guardian of the Grail. As crusading armies led by Church potentates and nobles of northern France gather outside the city walls of Carcassonne, it will take great sacrifice to keep the secret of the labyrinth safe.

In the present, another woman sees the find as a means to the political power she craves; while a man who has great power will kill to destroy all traces of the discovery and everyone who stands in his way...

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"Mosse's page-turner takes readers on another quest for the Holy Grail, this time with two closely linked female protagonists born 800 years apart. In 2005, Alice Tanner stumbles into a hidden cave while on an archeological dig in southwest France. Her discovery — two skeletons and a labyrinth pattern engraved on the wall and on a ring — triggers visions of the past and propels her into a dangerous race against those who want the mystery of the cave for themselves. Alaïs, in the year 1209, is a plucky 17-year-old living in the French city of Carcassone, an outpost of the tolerant Cathar Christian sect that has been declared heretical by the Catholic Church. As Carcassonne comes under siege by the Crusaders, Alaïs's father, Bertrand Pelletier, entrusts her with a book that is part of a sacred trilogy connected to the Holy Grail. Guardians of the trilogy are operating against evil forces — including Alaïs's sister, Oriane, a traitorous, sexed-up villainess who wants the books for her own purposes. Sitting securely in the historical religious quest genre, Mosse's fluently written third novel (after Crucifix Lane) may tantalize (if not satisfy) the legions of Da Vinci Code devotees with its promise of revelation about Christianity's truths." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Kate Mosse's enviable accomplishments include being co-founder and honorary director of the Orange Prize for fiction as well as a respected commentator on the arts for the BBC. Lately, though, she's enjoyed an even more mouthwatering success. Having already published two well-received novels of a literary bent, including 1996's poignant 'Eskimo Kissing,' she turned her hand to what she unabashedly... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"[A]n entertaining Grail-quest tale....Although the novel contains lulls in places, the medieval story is exciting. Expect demand." Booklist

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"[A] quickly paced adventure that wears its considerable learning lightly — and of higher literary quality than The Da Vinci Code....Fun for most of the way — and very likely to be one of next summer's popular vacation reads." Kirkus Reviews

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"Mosse's obvious love of the region's Occitan language infuses her prose with great passion. However, the trick of alternating story lines becomes confusing, as does the irritating plethora of mystical objects. A flawed work..." Library Journal

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"Dr. Tanner's headlong quest for the truth is often exhilarating, and if you can also get hooked on Alaïs' ancient melodrama (I ultimately couldn't, though I admired its intricacy), Labyrinth will make for a ripping yarn. (Grade: B+)" Entertainment Weekly

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"Labyrinth is a nice, long, escapist read for these last winter evenings, leaving readers with the comfortable sense that in fiction, at least, there are still happy endings." Hartford Courant

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In this extraordinary thriller, rich in the atmospheres of medieval and contemporary France, the lives of two women born centuries apart are linked by a common destiny.

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From the best-selling author of The Hangman's Daughter, a historical thriller set in contemporary Bavaria, about Ludwig II's mysterious death and the long-lost diary that could unlock its secrets.

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Ludwig II, the Fairy-tale King of Bavaria, is today remembered for his beautiful castlesandmdash;popular tourist destinations that inspired the Disney Castle, but whose origins were much more fantastical than anything Disney could dream up. Also known as the Mad King, Ludwig was deposed in 1886 after being declared insane by doctors who had never met him. He promptly diedandmdash;mysteriously drowned in waist-deep waterandmdash;his eccentric castles his only legacy.

Master of historical suspense Oliver Pandouml;tzsch brings the Mad King back to life in The Ludwig Conspiracy. An encoded diary by one of Ludwigandrsquo;s confidants falls into the hands of modern-day rare book dealer Steven Lukas, who soon realizes that the diary may bring him more misery than money. Others want the diary as wellandmdash;and they will kill to get it. Lukas teams up with a beautiful art detective, Sara Lengfeld, to investigate each of Ludwigandrsquo;s three famous castles for clues to crack the diaryandrsquo;s code as mysterious thugs and Ludwigandrsquo;s fanatical followers chase them at every step. Just what in the diary could be so explosive?

Combining contemporary mystery and a gripping historical saga and centered on an ingenious code that can be cracked only with a combination of modern computers and nineteenth-century texts, The Ludwig Conspiracy is a bold new thriller from the best-selling author of The Hangmanandrsquo;s Daughter series.

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A riveting dual-period narrative that blends a haunting supernatural thriller with the vivid history of Tudor London

Historian Annie Kendall arrives at Londons Bristol House on an assignment to research ancient artifacts from the Holy Land. Shes desperate to escape her troubled past with the help of the shadowy employer who has hired her for an unusual, but well-paid, mission. So Annie is determined to ignore the strange manifestations in her flat—including the appearance of a ghostly Carthusian monk. When she crosses paths with Geoff Harris, a well-known TV journalist and a dead ringer for the strange apparition, they are called upon to crack an enigmatic code, still unbroken after five hundred years.

Widely acclaimed for her historical fiction, Beverly Swerling delivers an enchanting and epic tale of a historian and a monk half a millennium apart—and the unsolved mysteries of Tudor London that bring them together.

About the Author

Kate Mosse is the cofounder and honorary director of the prestigious Orange Prize for Fiction. A fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, she was named European Woman of Achievement for her contribution to the arts in 2000. She presented BBC 4's flagship Readers and Writers Roadshow and is a guest presenter on BBC Radio 4's Saturday Review.

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sherylsview, November 12, 2006 (view all comments by sherylsview)
IMMENSELY DISAPPOINTED...I can find no other word or words...I was elated when I discovered this text at my neighbourhood bookstore...after reading the jacket cover, I could not stop myself from purchasing it...I began to devour it immediately...to my great disappointment, by the fourth chapter I realized the literary quest I was craving was not to be discovered here...that said, I am one to give anything a fair opportunity, so I set out to read the remaining pages...although the foundational concept of the book is intriguing...I must say its execution lacked a convincing rhythm.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780399153440
Author:
Mosse, Kate
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Author:
tzsch, Oliver
Author:
Oliver Pand#246
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Pand#246
Author:
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tzsch
Author:
Swerling, Beverly
Author:
Bell, Anthea
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Religious - Historical
Subject:
Time travel
Subject:
Excavations (archaeology)
Subject:
Christian - Historical
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Romance - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
March 7, 2006
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
8
Language:
English
Illustrations:
maps and 2 pieces of code "art"
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.46 lb
Age Level:
14

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Mosse's page-turner takes readers on another quest for the Holy Grail, this time with two closely linked female protagonists born 800 years apart. In 2005, Alice Tanner stumbles into a hidden cave while on an archeological dig in southwest France. Her discovery — two skeletons and a labyrinth pattern engraved on the wall and on a ring — triggers visions of the past and propels her into a dangerous race against those who want the mystery of the cave for themselves. Alaïs, in the year 1209, is a plucky 17-year-old living in the French city of Carcassone, an outpost of the tolerant Cathar Christian sect that has been declared heretical by the Catholic Church. As Carcassonne comes under siege by the Crusaders, Alaïs's father, Bertrand Pelletier, entrusts her with a book that is part of a sacred trilogy connected to the Holy Grail. Guardians of the trilogy are operating against evil forces — including Alaïs's sister, Oriane, a traitorous, sexed-up villainess who wants the books for her own purposes. Sitting securely in the historical religious quest genre, Mosse's fluently written third novel (after Crucifix Lane) may tantalize (if not satisfy) the legions of Da Vinci Code devotees with its promise of revelation about Christianity's truths." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[A]n entertaining Grail-quest tale....Although the novel contains lulls in places, the medieval story is exciting. Expect demand."
"Review" by , "[A] quickly paced adventure that wears its considerable learning lightly — and of higher literary quality than The Da Vinci Code....Fun for most of the way — and very likely to be one of next summer's popular vacation reads."
"Review" by , "Mosse's obvious love of the region's Occitan language infuses her prose with great passion. However, the trick of alternating story lines becomes confusing, as does the irritating plethora of mystical objects. A flawed work..."
"Review" by , "Dr. Tanner's headlong quest for the truth is often exhilarating, and if you can also get hooked on Alaïs' ancient melodrama (I ultimately couldn't, though I admired its intricacy), Labyrinth will make for a ripping yarn. (Grade: B+)"
"Review" by , "Labyrinth is a nice, long, escapist read for these last winter evenings, leaving readers with the comfortable sense that in fiction, at least, there are still happy endings."
"Synopsis" by , In this extraordinary thriller, rich in the atmospheres of medieval and contemporary France, the lives of two women born centuries apart are linked by a common destiny.
"Synopsis" by , From the best-selling author of The Hangman's Daughter, a historical thriller set in contemporary Bavaria, about Ludwig II's mysterious death and the long-lost diary that could unlock its secrets.
"Synopsis" by ,
Ludwig II, the Fairy-tale King of Bavaria, is today remembered for his beautiful castlesandmdash;popular tourist destinations that inspired the Disney Castle, but whose origins were much more fantastical than anything Disney could dream up. Also known as the Mad King, Ludwig was deposed in 1886 after being declared insane by doctors who had never met him. He promptly diedandmdash;mysteriously drowned in waist-deep waterandmdash;his eccentric castles his only legacy.

Master of historical suspense Oliver Pandouml;tzsch brings the Mad King back to life in The Ludwig Conspiracy. An encoded diary by one of Ludwigandrsquo;s confidants falls into the hands of modern-day rare book dealer Steven Lukas, who soon realizes that the diary may bring him more misery than money. Others want the diary as wellandmdash;and they will kill to get it. Lukas teams up with a beautiful art detective, Sara Lengfeld, to investigate each of Ludwigandrsquo;s three famous castles for clues to crack the diaryandrsquo;s code as mysterious thugs and Ludwigandrsquo;s fanatical followers chase them at every step. Just what in the diary could be so explosive?

Combining contemporary mystery and a gripping historical saga and centered on an ingenious code that can be cracked only with a combination of modern computers and nineteenth-century texts, The Ludwig Conspiracy is a bold new thriller from the best-selling author of The Hangmanandrsquo;s Daughter series.

"Synopsis" by ,
A riveting dual-period narrative that blends a haunting supernatural thriller with the vivid history of Tudor London

Historian Annie Kendall arrives at Londons Bristol House on an assignment to research ancient artifacts from the Holy Land. Shes desperate to escape her troubled past with the help of the shadowy employer who has hired her for an unusual, but well-paid, mission. So Annie is determined to ignore the strange manifestations in her flat—including the appearance of a ghostly Carthusian monk. When she crosses paths with Geoff Harris, a well-known TV journalist and a dead ringer for the strange apparition, they are called upon to crack an enigmatic code, still unbroken after five hundred years.

Widely acclaimed for her historical fiction, Beverly Swerling delivers an enchanting and epic tale of a historian and a monk half a millennium apart—and the unsolved mysteries of Tudor London that bring them together.

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