Sunday, November 23, 2008

Five: The Ring - Jorge Molist

What would you do if a mysterious medieval ring was sent to you on your birthday? Cristina Wilson faced this exact dilemma on her 27th birthday. The Ring, set in post 9/11 New York City & Barcelona, follows Cristina, Oriol & Luis as they follow a series of clues in search of a "treasure" saved by the Knights Templar.

Intrigued by the ruby ring sent by her godfather Enric, Cristina travels back to Barcelona her childhood home to learn of her inheritance. Reunited with her first love, Oriol, and her cousin Luis, the mysteries of her godfather's suicide and the "treasure" he was seeking unravels. Cristina is followed by a crazy monk Arnau, who protects her from an aggressive antique dealer Artur Boix. Artur's father and uncle were murdered looking for the Templar's "treasure".

Jorge Molist's book is full of Templar history and explores the intense history of Spain during the medieval times. Cristina, Oriol & Luis are forced to decide if they are pursuing the "treasure" for the "treasure" itself or for the adventure of a lifetime.

Molist, Jorge. The Ring: The Last Knight Templar's Inheritance. Atria Books(2004). 379 pages. ISBN 0743297512.

This book was a mixture of Da Vinci Code, National Treasure and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. I was a little disappointed with how the "treasure" was found. I found myself figuring out what was going to happen next a few times. The book referenced multiple times the tragedy of 9/11 and how it impacted Cristina which was an interesting twist. There also was a big part of the book that focused on the sexual preferences of the characters. At times I felt exploring this topic took away from the main plot of the book - finding the Templar's "treasure". Overall this book was a good choice and often found myself having a hard putting the book down.

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