Review - The Descartes Legacy

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Title: The Descartes Legacy
Author: Nina Croft

Goodreads
"Lucas Grafton has spent the last ten years hunting the Conclave, a secret organization who took everything from him: his wife, his child, his very identity. Now he has a lead—an imminent terrorist attack on London—code-named Descartes.

Born with a genetic illness, Jenna Young has always known she was different. But the unexpected death of her father catapults her into a world of murder and terrorism she never expected. In order to stay alive, she must solve a twenty-five year old mystery—and her only ally a hard bitter man in search or retribution, her only clue the Descartes Highlands, an area on the near side of the moon.

Luke’s need for revenge collides with Jenna’s hunt for the past, and together they must stand against the Conclave. All the while uncovering the truth behind Jenna’s illness, a truth that will make Jenna question her very humanity."
*Got a copy from publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

The Descartes Legacy follows the story of Jenna and the mystery she finds herself involved in. With the death of her father, she finds herself in need of assistance. After the doctor she turns to for help ends up murdered, Jenna becomes a target. Luke is convinced that Jenna could hold the key in solving the mystery of just what exactly the plan codenamed Descartes is. Meanwhile the Conclave will stop at nothing to tie up loose ends and achieve their goals.

At first I wasn't sure where the story would take us. The book alternates point of views between both Jenna and Luke, with a few bits of other character's p.o.v.s thrown into the mix. Neither of which truly know what is going on, though he does have a better idea. And the mystery they have to solve is a pretty big one, and that's before thing really turn deadly. There is so much tossed into the mystery that our heroes have to solve, and yet the author does a good job with it all. There were times early on I was questioning a few things...things that later turned out to be important when we finally know the truth about it all.

Throughout the book you learn things about the characters. The more you learn the more you can understand their motivations and appreciate the web in which they all are connected. I cannot say much here without spoiling things, but the author creates a very interesting cast of characters that really made the story all that much better.

As the pages flew by, I did not want to put this book down. I just had to know what happened and the hows and whys of things. A few things were predictable but that didn't detract from the story because the author added slight twists to make them more unique. If you like mystery/trillers, then give this one a try.

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