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The Rose Conspiracy

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a book by Craig Parshall

Publishers Weekly called Craig Parshall’s Trial by Ordeal “an enjoyable romp for legal thriller aficionados.” Now Parshall takes his readers to the nation’s capital, where a hitherto unknown document has turned up...and turned … see full wiki

Author: Craig Parshall
Genre: Christian Fiction
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Date Published: January 15, 2009
1 review about The Rose Conspiracy

Suspense fiction fails to thrill with too many stereotypes

  • Apr 13, 2009
<br/>The Rose Conspiracy by Craig Parshall is another book in the growing genre of mysterious books and secret societies, ala The DaVinci Code. J.D. Blackstone is a hotshot D.C. lawyer with a fast car, an addiction to adrenalin, and no personal relationships. When Vinnie Archmount is accused of murdering a Smithsonian official to steal the missing pages of John Wilkes Booth's diary, she calls in Blackstone to defend her. The case quickly goes from mysterious to dangerous as there is an attempt on his life, and the deeper Blackstone investigates, the more secrets he uncovers. Throw in the Masons, the secret to eternal life, and the Gnostic Gospels, and you have plenty of thrills. I've read some of Parshall's books, and I have to say this is the weakest of them. The characters aren't  fully formed beyond stereotypes, so it's really hard to care about Blackstone's grief about his lost family or Vinnie's arrest. The whole book just felt a little too slick to me. Blackstone is hard to like, and the Christian aspects are mini-sermons.

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