Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Compass Master Review + More News

So as promised... I finished The Compass Master yesterday. It ended just as fabulously as the story all the way through.  Here is my review:

Layla Daltry is a rare documents expert and antiquities hunter with a sense of justice that sometimes puts her just the other side of the law. When her mentor dies and has her house ransacked and documents stolen, Layla takes on the quest to finish what her mentor had started, righting a long-time and dangerously-secured wrong. This treasure hunt where the hunter is also being hunted by those who would hide the truth is set against the expertly researched background of the early Christian Church and shines a light on the agenda of those who would keep lost documents hidden.
The flavor of this book is similar to The DiVinci Code, but with all the I’s dotted and the T’s crossed—the background taken from real historical fact. The characters are likable and the relationships realistic. Even the physical facts are accurate as the author took the care to learn to pick clocks, scale walls and learn some of the martial arts skills Layla uses. I also loved the careful balance the author used in both revering and respecting people of faith, while highlighting dangerous zealots and those who’d use the system to their own ends.

Michigan Author Event

Tonight I'm attending a meeting/event for Michigan Women Business People that is focused on local female authors. I'm excited to attend--hope to meet some great people. Huge thanks to my friend, fellow author and Wolverine Brewery owner Liz Crowe for including me. They even made me a page!:


Thanks to Cherie Reich for the heads up. Friday and Saturday a bunch of our YA Author friends are offering their books for Free and a three-hour event will occur. Cherie has full details here.


Old Kitty said...

Awww love your most NAKED author page!! Enjoy your event!

Hooorah for Helen!! And am totally in awe how she "becomes Layla" on her blog!!

Take care

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

This sounds like a wonderful book!

Hope your event goes well, Hart!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Helena will be so happy you enjoyed her book.
Enjoy tonight! Give them a good dose of naked Hart. Well, maybe not the naked part.
And thanks again for yesterday's song. That was too damn cool!

Helena said...

Hart darling, thank you so much for reading and reviewing my book and for capturing my attempt to balance the story. You really got it right! And needless to say, you are forever my naked literary goddess and the Queen of Fabulous!

Misha Gericke said...

Ooh this sounds like a great read. I like when authors pay attention to detail. :-)

Tina said...

Congrats on the author event! Sounds cool to be able rub elbows with those folks!
Btw, when do I get to buy Begonia Bride??? Anxiously waiting. Just saw your best cozy badge - CONGRATS!

Tina @ Life is Good

Carol Riggs said...

Looks like a very cool book! And lots of research going into it is great; makes it more real. :) Hope you enjoy your event tonight!! That IS exciting. :)

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

That sounds really good! I think that I would enjoy reading it; thanks for the heads up, Hart.

Kathy M.

Elise Fallson said...

I liked the DiVinci Code and have heard so many good things about this book, that I'm bumping it onto my Christmas list. Thanks for sharing this review. (: