venerdì 27 marzo 2015

Review & Giveaway: Shadow Ritual by Eric Giacometti and Jacques Ravenne

Authors Éric Giacometti and Jacques Ravenne

on Tour March 10-29, 2015 with


Shadow Ritual

 Release date: March 25, 2015 at Le French Book 
 270 pages 
 ISBN: 978-1939474308



Ritual murders. Ancient enemies. A powerful secret. Two slayings—one in Rome and one in Jerusalem—rekindle an ancient rivalry between modern-day secret societies for knowledge lost at the fall of the Third Reich. Detective Antoine Marcas unwillingly teams up with the strong-willed Jade Zewinski to chase Neo-Nazi assassins across Europe. They must unravel an arcane Freemason mystery, sparked by information from newly revealed KGB files. This electrifying thriller about the rise of extremism is the start of a bestselling series that has sold two million copies worldwide.


“Phenomenal. I highly recommend this novel!” —Douglas Preston, #1 bestselling coauthor of the famed Pendergast series of novel *** 

First in a nine-book series 250,000 copies of Shadow Ritual sold The series has sold 2 million copies Translated into seventeen languages. ***

My Review

This thriller engages you from the first page, it's really hard to put it down: it's full of action, twists and unsolved mysteries, three spectacular places such as Rome, Jerusalem and Berlin where everything takes place, and let's not forget the main characters, a French detective really good and a brave girl. It 's a really intriguing mystery to solve: two murders, a Masonic sect and a secret society who seek to dominate the world.
The secret society Thule had tried to dominate the world with Hitler. When Germany was about to be finally defeated they tried to save the sect putting some members to safety and making them guard the precious documents of their society. But one of them is killed and documents end up in Russian hands. After sixty years, everything seems to resurface because of two murders so far apart from each other geographically but very close: one in Rome and one in Jerusalem. The way to hit is  the same: three shots at the same points, shoulder, neck and head. The inspector Marcas is an expert in this type of murder, is investigating the Freemasons for years and tries to solve the case with the help of Jade Zewenski, the head of security at the Embassy in Rome. Initially the relations between the two are not great, Jade does not trust the ability of Marcas but must learn to work together and trust each other because the Masons are acting very quickly and need to be faster than them for not to be defeated.
This is the first of a new series on the Detective Marcas, should be nine in all. This book has also  an Italian edition, the title is "Il rituale dell'ombra".
It's must-read for those who love thrillers
I received a free copy from LeFrench through Netgalley for an honest review.


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Jacques Ravenne is a literary scholar who has also written a biography of the Marquis de Sade and edited his letters. He loves to explore the hidden side of major historical events.    

Eric Giacometti was an investigative reporter for a major French newspaper. He has covered a number of high-profile scandals and has done exhaustive research in the area of freemasonry.


Anne Trager loves France so much she has lived there for 27 years and just can’t seem to leave. What keeps her there is a uniquely French mix of pleasure seeking and creativity. Well, that and the wine. In 2011, she woke up one morning and said, “I just can’t stand it anymore. There are way too many good books being written in France not reaching a broader audience.” That’s when she founded Le French Book to translate some of those books into English. The company’s motto is “If we love it, we translate it,” and Anne loves crime fiction, mysteries and detective novels.


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2 commenti:

  1. thanks for sharing your enthusiasm for this book. Emma at FBT

  2. Thanks for this review. Glad you liked it. Yes, it was translated from French into 17 other languages before English, including Italian. :-)


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