Tuesday, June 12, 2007

PICKS & PANS - If you liked the Da Vinci Code...

Here are some authors that write books that are fast-paced puzzling thrillers with intriguing details from the worlds of art, religion, politics, science and the occult.

THE EIGHTH DAY by John Case (2003)
Danny Cray thought he could make some quick money, but winds up way over his head when clues in the Vatican library reveal a global conspiracy involving a religious cult and a city lost in the sands of time.

FOUCAULT'S PENDULUM by Umberto Eco (1989)
What began as a fanciful game about a secret code devised by the Knights Templar in a plot for world domination turns out to be far more serious - and deadly - than its erudite inventors could have imagined.

BOMBAY ICE by Leslie Forbes (1998)
In this intricate thriller filled with intriguing philosophical, artistic and scientific esoterica, Ros Bengal turns Bollywood upside-down seeking a killer of women.

DARK MATTER by Phililp Kerr (2003)
Long before Sherlock Holmes, Sir Isaac Newton focuses his exceptional intellect on a series of bizarre murders, ferreting out a murky plot to undermine the coin of the realm, and overpower the British throne.

THE DESCENT by Jeff Long (1999)
A vast cavern discovered high in the Himalayas turns out to be the gateway to a subterranean world known through the ages as Hell, and a nun and a commando retrace Dante's steps in search of Satan himself.

THE EIGHT by Katherine Neville (1988)
Computer expert and polymath Catherine Velis struggles to reunite the far-flung pieces of a chess set once given to Charlemagne by the Moors, little suspecting the dread and powerful secret buried in the past.

THE QUINCUNX by Charles Pallister (1990)
Plots hide within plots, and secrets have their own secrets, in this vast, atmospheric Victorian labyrinth of a novel which revolves around a will, a codicil, and a heraldic figure.

THE DREAM OF SCIPIO by Ian Pears (2002)
Three men separated by centuries, each searching for the grace and wisdom hidden within an esoteric teaching, each facing the perplexing cataclysms of their age: barbarian conquest, black death, and global war.

THE FLANDERS PANEL by Arturo Perez-Reverte (1996)
While restoring a 15th century painting, Julia stumbles upon a curious inscription -"Who killed the knight?" - little suspecting that her life would depend on the answer to that mysterious question.

THE CODEX by Douglas Preston (2004)
In this archaeological thriller, a hippie, a veterinarian and a professor search for the hidden tomb where lies the ancient wisdom and treasure of the Mayas. Also try "The Relic" and "Reliquary."

THE CRYPTONOMICON by Neal Stephenson (1999)
In this enigmatic epic, ace cryptographer and hacker Randy Waterhouse uncovers a decades-old conspiracy that could make him and his friends rich enough to alter the world's economy.

LONDON by Jane Stephenson (2001)
In this delightfully roundabout yarn, scheming lawyer and an erudite gay professor of antiquities find themselves at odds over old Greek treasures that may or may not be lying in wait somewhere in London.

THE PROPHETESS by Barbara Wood (1996)
Six ancient scrolls found in the Sinai desert profoundly challenge the patriarchal order of the Catholic church, and suggest the existence of a seventh scroll containing the secret to eternal life.

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