Splintered Icon

Splintered Icon As an antique map dealer in a small English town Harry Blake appreciates the quiet life But when a local landowner asks him to value a year old journal and is then brutally murdered twelve hours

  • Title: Splintered Icon
  • Author: Bill Napier
  • ISBN: 9780312936686
  • Page: 349
  • Format: Paperback
  • As an antique map dealer in a small English town, Harry Blake appreciates the quiet life But when a local landowner asks him to value a 400 year old journal and is then brutally murdered twelve hours later, Harry begins to suspect he s being pulled into something sinister What does the dusty journal contain that is a matter of life and death Why is someone prepared to pAs an antique map dealer in a small English town, Harry Blake appreciates the quiet life But when a local landowner asks him to value a 400 year old journal and is then brutally murdered twelve hours later, Harry begins to suspect he s being pulled into something sinister What does the dusty journal contain that is a matter of life and death Why is someone prepared to pay Harry a fortune for it He turns to marine historian Zola Kahn to uncover the mysteries And when they meet at the old Greenwich Observatory, Harry is convinced there is to Zola than meets the eye The trail of the journal leads him into a world of deadly Elizabethan conspiracies, with a thread of history that takes him through a thousand years of religious intrigue back to the blood soaked Crusades and a long lost icon whose rediscovery has the potential to ignite a worldwide religious war Combining the thrill of a contemporary chase novel with a historical puzzle this is one novel that will leave readers gasping for breath.

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    1. My favorite parts of this book are the title page, where we are informed that it was "Previously published as Shattered Icon"; and page 153 where the chapter opens as follows:"Debbie?""Harry!"I now picture people playing a game a lot like Marco Polo, with an 80s pop icon instead of a 13th century trader.That is all.

    2. From Publishers Weekly: Harry Blake, an antiquarian book dealer specializing in old maps and manuscripts, agrees to help Sir Toby Tebbit translate a 400-year-old journal, written in code, that Sir Toby has inherited from a heretofore unknown relative in Jamaica. The manuscript chronicles the adventures of a young cabin boy, James Ogilvie, who traveled to the Americas as part of a secret mission for the Elizabethan crown. When a mysterious woman approaches Blake about buying the journal, he refus [...]

    3. (3.5/5)Finished reading this today. I won't bother with a synopsis of the plot since that is easily found elsewhere. The story has two different stories within, one set in the modern day, and the other set in the 16th Century. Overall I enjoyed it. It's essentially a 'treasure hunt for a holy relic while being pursued by bad guys' type of story - which I like. Similar to Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code, though there aren't nearly as many 'riddles' etc. It is a fun 'story', not 'literature' - so if you [...]

    4. Antiquarian book dealer Harry Blake is called upon to translate and provide a valuation for a journal -- which turns out to belong to a sailor on Sir Walter Raleigh's Roanoke expedition. When his client is murdered, the man's daughter (Debbie) retains Harry to continue the translation.Pretty soon, Harry, Debbie and several others involved in the translation project find their lives in danger. Bill Napier's "Splintered Icon" is part historical fiction, part modern-day thriller and part treasure h [...]

    5. German title: Der 77. GradI liked the Ogilvie part of the book and could have read a lot more about his story as it was very captivating. But I didn't care for the rest. It was just boring.Why swapped: sounded interestingwhy read: monthly challenge on TT

    6. Enjoyable read. It was a race to the finish to find the True Cross, or a piece of the True Cross. I liked going back in time with the journal, instead of it being all in present day. It gave it character.

    7. I bought this when I read the Dan Brown books. But it wasn't as good as those novels, if you like them. There are better mystery/ thriller books out there. I even gave my copy away in one of my book clearing out phases, and unlike a lot of books I regret giving away this wasn't one of them.

    8. The success of "The Da Vinci Code" seemed to lead to a be a glut of this genreiceless artifacts appear/disappear & the chase is on the solve the mystery/recover the item before death, doom & the apocalypse hits! Some I've read have been poor imitations of the style, however this I'm glad to say was one of the much better ones.When Harry Blake was asked to value a 400-year-old manuscript little did he expect that he would end up in Jamaica chasing an ancient Holy Relic & bargaining fo [...]

    9. You have two stories in the novel. Clearly the best is the old journal that the modern story follows in pursuit of the religious icon. The modern story is basically bad guys chasing the good guys. Nothing really special. An attempt at the genre Dan Brown popularized in the Da Vinci Code . Falls short of Brown's work but still an OK read. Nothing special however.

    10. Very entertaining. An easy read. I liked the fact that there were two stories. One the current day mystery of everyone trying to find and steal the icon and the story enfolding with the decoding of the diary

    11. I found this book quite by accident in the swimming hall where there is a book exchange cornerActually, I thought it had something to do with Freemasonry or Rosicrucians .In fact, some of the people were members of the Rosicrucian order, but that is only mentioned casually .As the books of Dan Brown and Scott McBain, this one is based on historical facts such as the discovery of the "True Cross" of Jesus of Nazareth by Bishop Makarius [not by Empress Helena, as the legend says] in the year 347 C [...]

    12. About 50-60 pages into the book, I stopped reading it. I selected it based on the summary on the dust jacket, thinking it would be something like The Da Vinci Code. It was, sort of, but it was so full of explosions and shootings, the puzzle and mystery became secondary to the plot.

    13. Summary: Harry Blake, antique map dealer from Lincoln, is called upon by a local member of the landed gentry to decipher an Elizabeth journal bequeathed to him by a long-lost Jamaican relative. When Sir Toby shows up dead and thugs have been chasing Harry around Oxford, he teams up with Sir Toby's feisty daughter and equally vivacious marine historian Zola Khan, along with Dalton, a mysterious man of indeterminate ethnicity, education and employment, to finish deciphering the journal and follow [...]

    14. This book is a thriller and it is two thrillers in one. There are two stories going on. On the one hand an antiquarian book dealer is hired to translate a manuscript that dates from the sixteenth century and is written in a kind of shorthand from that time. The man who hired him is murdered soon thereafter and the book seller finds himself being offered huge amounts of money for the manuscript and when he declines he finds himself facing violence. Then there is the other story. It is the story o [...]

    15. We all know books are geeky- and that I'm a geek, and that well, geeks are safe, normal, (pause) you know: geeky. Harry Blake is a geek, too, but I think he got a bit of the Indiana Jones gene. See, Harry deals in books, antique books. His idea of a vacation would be traveling to some exotic location only to lock himself in the cellar of an old home and look at dusty maps. Harry doesn't even have to travel far for his latest adventure to start. Sir Toby is pretty local, and he's called Harry abo [...]

    16. I bought Splintered because on the cover I read that fans of Dan Brown would love this book. Although I am not a fan of Dan Brown I have enjoyed reading three of his books and my most favourite of Dan Brown's novels is Angels and Demons. Splintered Icon comes nowhere to being as good as Dan Brown's works. The only part of Splintered Icon that I enjoyed reading is James Ogilive's narrative. Otherwise, the supposed mystery and its unraveling were not worth my time. Especially the language and styl [...]

    17. “[] as populações do céu e do inferno, conterão certamente muitas surpresas”Este policial histórico científico (sim, isto tudo) é passado actualmente, com retrospectivas aos finais do século XVI, está muito bem conseguido. Sentimo-nos como se estivessemos naquele tempo e naqueles lugares (especialmente a viagem de navio). “À altura em que eu estava, o movimento do navio era muitíssimo exagerado. Recordava-me vagamente de um princípio de alavanca enunciado por Aristóteles, mas [...]

    18. Existem vários livros com uma fórmula idêntica. Mistérios históricos para descobrir, enquanto as personagens actuais tentam fugir do perigo que os ameaça. No entanto, este livro tem uma escrita fluída, sem se andar a engonhar a história.O livro não é uma grande obra-prima, mas consegue-nos prender a atenção com pormenores relacionados com o cálculo dos calendários, bem como o diário de James Ogilvie e a sua viagem a bordo do navio no século XVI.De referir que o que mais gostei fo [...]

    19. Eine sehr spannende Geschichte, die sich erst langsam entwickelt. Bei anderen Büchern ist das total langwierig, hier aber nicht. Denn man macht die gleiche Wissensentwicklung mit wie die Charaktere und es wird nicht wie bei anderen Büchern vergangene Ereignisse angedeutet die man als Leser gar nicht weiß.Das einzige Manko für mich war, das eine vergangene und eine aktuelle Geschichte abwechselnd erzählt wurde, ein Geschichtswechsel aber nicht deutlich abgegrenzt wurde. Mir er ging es einige [...]

    20. A dealer in antique maps is hired by a London man of means to translate a coded diary dating from 1585, or thereabouts. Turns out the diary is an account of Sir Walter Raleigh's expedition to found a colony in the New World, and the expedition has another secret purpose. The dealer, Harry Blake, discovers that another group wants the information in the diary, because it contains the key to the location of an ancient religious icon - a piece of the True Cross. The London client is murdered, and B [...]

    21. Dalle premesse poteva di certo essere migliore. Lo spunto utilizzato per creare gli intrecci e la base pseudo storica non sono però portati avanti in maniera convincente. Sembra quasi che siano state spuntate le voci di una scaletta che l'autore doveva seguire, senza creare il giusto pathos e interesse nel lettore. Una parte di critica va anche all'impaginazione, che non permetta una netta distinzione tra le parti moderne e quelle legate ai vari manoscritti presenti nella storia. Anche i person [...]

    22. By page 27 there have been two attempts on Henry Blake's life -- people who conveniently disappeared. The important people are James Ogilvie, Debbie Tebbit (who is 19) Sir Toby Tebbit, and Winston Sinclair's journal about a Russian icon lost in Jamaica for centuries. Conveniently, Debbie's father dies, she is competent, Harry also has a competent, reliable friend, Zola and many copies of the journal. Roaming all over Europe, there are a few minor characters (i.e. Dalton) but otherwise few surpri [...]

    23. With everyone else writing books about historical conspiracies, and hidden artifacts, one would think that all the various ones have been revealed, but, you would be wrong. In this book, antiquarian bookseller, Harry Blake joins forces with map dealer Zola Khan, and the daughter of an historical tome, Deborah Inez Tebbitt to find a priceless icon which has ties to Debbie's family. This is another of those books which has inserts of the historical mixed in with present day--not my favorite device [...]

    24. This was a pretty okay book. I found the modern day parts more blah than anything else and much preferred the 16th century parts. The modern day storyline was more simplistic, with one dimensional characters and the other more fleshed, world wise as well as the characters. The attempt at writing the Jamaican accent were really annoying and difficult to read. It completely threw me out of the story as I tried to decipher them.

    25. I really enjoyed this book! I was slightly confused to start with as I hadn't realised it was set in two different eras so the first time it switched I couldn't link the story with what I had just been reading but soon got used to that.I'm not usually a fan of searching for relics but this one is well written and puts forward some contraversial ideas about Elizabethan adventurers (Raleigh, Drake etc.).

    26. Hmmmm didn't read it that long ago and I can't remember a thing about it that cannot be goodI seem to remember enjoying thebook, as I have with Napiers other works Nemesis and The Lure but for the life of me I am lost now.Oh got it now manuscript Virginia secrets Catholicism restoration murders the usual sort of tripe I like.

    27. Antiquarian bookseller Harry Blake is hired to appraise a four-hundred-year-old journal bequeathed to a wealthy landowner. At first, it appears to be only the curiously coded diary of a young cabin boy aboard Sir Walter Raleigh's 1585 expedition. But when Harry's client is murdered and his own life is threatened, he realizes that he's opened the door to a mystery worth killing for

    28. An enjoyable book in a 'Dan Brown lite' sort of way. The Elizabethan back story is really involving and every bit as exciting as the modern day chase for the shattered icon. An excellent discovery amongst the local library's withdrawn stock.

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