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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Death Book by Anthony J. Beninati

Death Book by Anthony J. Beninati
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense, Paranormal
Length: Full (267 pages)
Heat: Sensual
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Larkspur

Archaeologists working at Cop├ín, Honduras recover a rare Maya Codex, a book buried for over a millennium in the ruins. This Death Book predicts cataclysmic events, including those at the end of the current life cycle in December 2012! The researcher responsible for the find perishes in an air crash and unknown intruders subsequently murder his wife. The Death Book is lost to history once again. Or is it? A professor stumbles across clues leading him on an adventure of self-discovery, romance, and intrigue. Will the Death Book reveal the key to saving humankind from its ultimate demise? Can the journey help Dr. Vinny Alfano salvage some respectability? And how might a sophisticated Honduran femme fatale help solve the riddles of the Maya legacy? This adventure novel blends mystery, romance, and history as Dr. Alfano travels through Honduras to find the lost manuscript—and another chance for love.

Mr. Beniati will take you on a journey, a journey through time, a journey to an amazing society that once long ago ruled most of Central America for more than a thousand years and then in the blink of an eye were gone. What happened to them, to their traditions, but especially to their innate ability to see into the future? This is one man’s quest to get answers to questions about a friend’s mysterious death and in the process unlock the door to the past and unlock the secrets of The Mayan’s. He doesn’t do it alone and he’ll need all the help he can get.

Mr. Beninati takes a subject that’s rampant in literature today and gives it a twist to make it uniquely his own. He combines mythology, history, paranormal and mystery then he adds a healthy dose of romance for the icing on the cake. As he does this he enthralls his readers with his dialogue and his obvious knowledge of all subjects listed above. He takes us to amazing places and his words bring those places to life in living color. He wows us with his characters and their diversity and their necessity to the telling of the tale.

His protagonist Vinny is an unlikely hero being a fifty-something community college professor, which I personally found a refreshing escape from the usual twnty-something hard bodies we usually see in this role. Is there a love story? Yes. Does it fit? Absolutely. Will his love scenes offend anyone? Not a chance.

So if you’re in the mood for a spine-tingling mystery, or perhaps a tale with paranormal qualities or maybe you want a dose of history or a good heart-warming romantic suspense...well, in that case grab yourself a copy of "Death Book" because this one read has it all.

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