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A DEADLY CONSPIRACYGraduate students Jonathan and Michael Rickner, sons of eminent archeologist Sir William Rickner, are no strangers to historical mysteries and archeological adventures. But when Michael is discovered dead in his Washington, D.C. apartment, Jon refuses to believe the official ruling of suicide. Digging deeper into his brother's work, he discovers evidence that Michael was murdered to keep his dissertation research buried.A DEVASTATING NATIONAL SECRETJoined by Michael's fiance Mara Ellison, Jon travels to New York where he uncovers the threads of a deadly Depression-era conspiracy - one entangling the Hoover Administration, the Rockefellers, and the rise of Nazi Germany - and the elite cadre of assassins that still guard its unspeakable secret.THE LABYRINTHINE PATH TO THE TRUTHFinding themselves in the crosshairs of the same men who killed Michael, Jon and Mara must navigate a complex web of historical cover-ups and modern-day subterfuge, outwitting and outrunning their all-powerful pursuers as they race through the monuments and museums of Manhattan in a labyrinthine treasure hunt to discover the last secret of John D. Rockefeller, Jr., before their enemies can bury the truth - and them - forever
I am one of those people who loves a good conspiracy theorie. And From the Ashes does give a good (political) conspiracy.
Jon's brother Michael is found dead in his appartment by Michael's fiancee Mara. His dead was ruled a suicide, but neither of them believe that and soon there hunches are proven right. Now Jon and Mara are send on a rollercoaster ride to find the truth about Michaels death but stumble upon a great secret which has been kept a secret at all cost.
This story is full of mystery, action and riddles, with a thin line between the good guys and the bad guys. Everyone has their own motive in this search for the truth. The story is told from different points of view of both sides, so it gives a good look at every character, but you do not find out all of the answers and motives until the end of this story and all the puzzle pieces fall into place.
Unfortunately even with all the mystery and the action this was not a fast paced story. There was a lot of detail and explenation going on in this story and it was to much detail and explanation. I don't need a history lesson of more then 10 pages long on WWII when I'm reading fiction. Also if someone is wearing sunglasses I don't care where they came from before he put them on, he is already wearing them. It is irrelevant information and does nothing for the story or the characters. And it happens a few times in this book.
In the end this was an entertaining read with a good plot but it could have lost a few pages.
My rating: 3/5