"The chapter was closed. And a new one had begun."
Appropriate closing lines from a novel with a nice story, fairly interesting characters, and a little bit of action.
Just like the characters took the opportunity to move on with life in the novel44 Charles Street, I will take this opportunity to move on as well.
Although Danielle Steel has sold millions upon millions of books, her storytelling always seems a little amateur to me. (Example: the leading male says the word "stink" as in "that stinks" more than once, and several mundane facts are repeated several times in the same or similar phrasing). So, I'm happy to be moving on to a new novel by an author I've never read but have heard great things about.
The Jefferson Key by Steve Berry is book 7 in a series about Cotton Malone, a one-time top operative with the US Justice Department. Although I haven't read any of the other books in the series, I'm told that won't affect my enjoyment of the action packed adventures Berry writes for his Malone character.
A synopsis for the novel explains:
"Former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone has hunted priceless treasures and confronted ruthless adversaries around the world. Now, a grave threat to the very foundation of our country has summoned him home to America.
When a bold assasination attempt is made against U.S. president Danny Daniels in the heart of Manhattan, Malone risks his life to foil the killing —only to find himself at dangerous odds with the Commonwealth, a secret society of pirates first assembled during the American Revolution.
In their most perilous exploit yet, Malone and Cassiopeia Vitt race across the nation and take to the high seas. Along the way they break a secret cipher originally possessed by Thomas Jefferson, unravel a mystery concocted by Andrew Jackson, and unearth a centuries-old document forged by the Founding Fathers themselves —one squarely rooted within the United States Constitution and powerful enough to make the Commonwealth unstoppable."
Sounds a little DaVinci Code-esque, and I like it!