Published In: 2010
Genre: Action, mystery, historical, mythology, archaeology
Book #: Standalone book
Set in the Italian countryside, this book takes the reader through a mystery and thrilling adventure from thousands of years in the past, at the site of a horrendous ritual long-thought to be threat only, never enacted, to the discovery of this same site in the present, by archaeologist Fabrizio. Fabrizio (Who we will call Fab from now on. They do not call him that in the book, but I digress) is initially working on a project with a mysterious statue of a sad boy, Etruscan in origin, and travels to this quiet country town to see if he can examine the statue in person. It is quite by accident he discovers the site of this gruesome ritual, and from there, he is forced to run for his life from a man-eating beast out of legend and lore, seemingly having come back to life the same night the tomb was opened.
I’ve read only one other book by this author, but found that, although he can be a tad dry sometimes (He seems to get caught up in the details a bit), the story is usually a good one, if you hang in there. This book was no different, I ended up enjoying it immensely. Unlike Alexander, the other book of his I have read, this is not a semi-biographic historical novel. This is purely fiction, weaved in with mythology, and I soon became addicted to it.
The beast is a twist of the paranormal that I adore, the mythology is fantastic as I have always been curious about the Etruscans (but never known much about them), and the characters are quite well developed. Fab is a calm and knowledgeable character, he really does tie the stories together nicely, and he is neither too smart nor too dumb for the reader to follow (You tend to come to similar conclusions as he does, rather than ahead of or way after).
The Ancient Curse Rating: 7/10. Very good book, I love the Etruscan mythology and history that is throughout the story. It is a good mystery and quite action-packed without becoming too tedious or tiring.
Would I re-read it? I would like to, it was an interesting read and it would be nice to read again, after having learnt the how the mystery is solved.
Who would I recommend it to? It is action filled and smattered with historical and mythological references, so it’s something that could suit quite a range of audiences. It’s something I would recommend to my dad, to be honest. He loves books about history, especially the Italians, and enjoys a good interesting book.
Google books: http://books.google.com.au/books/about/The_Ancient_Curse.html?id=dgvYy-4MnBYC