Publisher: GemmaMedia, 2011
My Rating: A
Summary from the publisher:
Nick Bailey considers himself a hardboiled reporter for London’s hungriest tabloid. But even Bailey is left reaching for answers when he gets a midnight assignment to investigate a body hanging from the infamous Blackfriars Bridge. Someone, it seems, is killing priests. It’s the latest twist in a deadly conspiracy, centuries in the making, that will reach all the way to the South Lawn of the White House.
In this tale of intrigue and bitter religious rivalry, Ray O’Hanlon sets a conflict, one that has simmered for four hundred years, on a collision course with an American President and a British Prime Minster who are battling a present day crisis that threatens global peace. Both world leaders are confronting an uncertain future. But it’s what is coming at them from the distant past that poses the greatest danger, a threat to their very lives.
It’s been a while since I’ve read such an intriguing thriller. It went back and forth between continents, characters, and time periods. It had all the best aspects of a good thriller: suspiciously shady politicians, religious fanatics with a plot lasting hundreds of years, and newspapermen with an old-fashioned ability to put together pieces of obscure information.
I liked that the story took place in multiple locations: a newsroom, the streets of London probably not seen by tourists, the countryside of Ireland and, of course, the south lawn of the White Hose. It had a sophisticated feel to it with characters realistic enough to be flawed. The religious aspect of the story made me think of The DaVinci Code, although honestly, it was nothing like that story.
I found The South Lawn Plot so riveting it made my head and eyes zoom in often in anticipation of what was going to happen next. There was always just enough secrecy to keep me guessing. I strongly recommend this well written novel for readers who like thrillers that read like good literature.
The South Lawn Plotis available in hardcover and kindle version at Amazon. I received my copy from the publisher.