Wednesday, May 16, 2018

THE BOOKWORM by Mitch Silver

Publisher:     Pegasus Books
Published:      February 6, 2018
ISBN:        978-1681776415
Genre:      Mystery
Format:     Print
Obtained via:  Library
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina


With war raging in Europe in 1940 a cunning priest makes his way to a remote monastery and hides a bible.  But this is no priest and this is no ordinary bible.  Rather it holds the secret to changing the course of World War II.

In the present day several things are happening. Each seems independent of the others yet they are tied together with one thread.  A construction worker stumbles on a skeleton with a handcuff attached to its wrist; a strange smell emits from the Alaska pipeline and a newly minted Russian professor is asked to participate as translator to the American President at a G20 conference.  Disparate events that will come together to change the world as we know it. 

I stumbled on to Mitch Silver when I looked up a suggested read from my library and saw the blurb for his latest, THE BOOKWORM.  Since he’d written a prior book, IN SECRET SERVICE, along the same lines – an event from the past comes to the surface today that has the potential to change history as we know it.  Despite some of the same historical figures appearing in both books, they are entirely stand alones.  THE BOOKWORM shows a significant change in Silver’s writing because while IN SECRET SERVICE was a good read, THE BOOKWORM is much stronger and better told.  I enjoyed both, but THE BOOKWORM is one of my best reads this year.

Silver combines fact with fiction and weaves tales around famous and infamous figures from the past with modern day events.  He does it cleanly and clearly while telling a really good story with interesting and multi-dimensional characters.  Given there was a seven year gap between his first book and this latest and how much I enjoyed both, I hope he doesn’t take quite so long to write book 3. 

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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