** I received a free copy of this book from Cedar Forts Publishing in return of a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I have recently been studying the Old Testament. It is the second time in my life I am reading it straight through. The last time I read it was about 5 years ago, so there is a lot that I have learned and discovered this time. This week, I just finished reading about David, and now his son Solomon has taken the throne. So, when I was given the opportunity to review this mystery thriller about the “biblical” throne of David that was passed down through the tribes of Israel that supposedly settled the British Isles, of course I was interested.
I mean, come on:
1) Hebrew esoteric history
2) Celtic Christianity
3) British royal history
4) It all takes place in the United Kingdom and Ireland
Of course I’d want to read it.
The Throne of David by Ann Farnsworth is a mystery thriller, and while I’m not too keen on those, it still was an interesting read. The protagonist is David Lord, who is somewhat of a freelance detective from an accounting firm, or something like that. I never really quite grasped what he did. He is contacted by a college best friend who is the personal secretary of Prince George. A letter was found pertaining to the Prince that could lead to the change of the throne. David goes to England to help, but his friend is killed. Happenstancely, he meets the sister of his friend, Camryn, whose husband has been MIA for a long time in Afghanistan. The secret police follow them step for step and always try to capture them as they try to make sense of how the Stone of Scone (the historical mythological rock that is under the British Coronation Throne) is related to the Pillow of Jacob (a rock Old Testament Jacob laid his head on to sleep and then had a vision of God). Meanwhile, in the US, David hires ex-military information man Enrique to search for women mentioned in this romantic letter to Prince George to see if there were any children born.
I’m not going to mention more than that because I don’t want to give anything away.
What I liked:
– The legends and myths of the Stone of Scone, leading into Celtic Christianity esoteric history and connecting it to the Pillow of Jacob. I really enjoyed reading about that since I had no idea about any connection previous. I want to go do my own research on it now.
– Always full of action
What I didn’t like:
– I thought a lot of it was a bit cheesy or unbelievable–action and dialogue were sometimes forced or very cliche, dreams and visions with mystical powers didn’t mesh well with the very realistic description of plot. The characterizing of the very Irish and the very Scottish was almost caricature-ized.
– At points, some information or events were a little confusing
– Information overload. A lot of times, there’d be a few pages of characters just stating the legends and lore, as if they were reading a Wikipedia article vertabum. It wasn’t very well integrated into the novel.
If you like clean thrillers or clean mysteries with no graphic romance or graphic violence, then this is for you.
If you like Celtic, Hebrew, esoteric, Christian, or British history, then you might be interested in this.