Friday, May 4, 2012

The Devil's Legacy by Tom Jackson

London, Paris, New York, far will this search reach?
Looking for the lost Parthenon Marbles seemed to be reaching from one end of the world to the other.  The puzzle was trying to find out how they got stolen, where they were now, and how they would be found along with an explanation of why they were stolen in the first place.
As far as the search reached, the characters were miles apart as well. The characters were hilarious, devious, murderous, scheming, innocent, historical, and clever. The history lesson in terms of characters and events made the book fascinating, but it was confusing at first in terms of how the time periods jumped around. The historical events and people included the Titanic, Pandora's Box, the Parthenon Marbles along with Napolean Bonaparte, Jack the Ripper, Churchill, and many others.

Despite the confusion with the different time periods, the history in this book outshines the confusion once you get on track.  When the action begins with the characters and the search for the marbles, the book becomes more interesting.  Mr. Jackson is amazing with detail and with description of landscapes, characters, and events.

My rating was steady at a 3 until the book started to get attention-grabbing with character interaction and intrigue.  Since the book did get a lot better, I am boosting my rating to a 4.  
And....the ending is definitely worth the wait.  So.....don't give up because of the disconnection of what is going on, you will find a great history lesson, intriguing, secret rooms in homes, interesting, out-of-the-ordinary characters, and a virtual tour of Greece, which to me sounds like a beautiful place.   
I received this e-book from the author for an honest review.  All opinions in this review are my own.


  1. I haven't heard of this book before but it sounds great! You've written a wonderful review and I'm curious to check it out :)

    Megan @ Storybook Love Affair

  2. Thanks, Megan.

    It was a little slow at first, but as I does get good.

  3. I'm curious how these people in history might have a connection. Churchill, The Titanic, The Parthenon!

  4. It was jumping around in history. :)

    Re...the confusion.