Sunday, February 15, 2015

Review: The Boxed Angel by Robert DiGiacomo

On July 3, 1776, in Philadelphia, Benjamin Franklin's home is ransacked. A secret, ancient relic is stolen. One that Franklin does not admit to owning. 

Flash forward to modern times. Al Campo, a union worker by day, goes dumpster diving for old, discarded furniture at night. His aim is to refinish the pieces and make and display them in his home. One day he comes across an old couch and inside he finds the stolen artifact. 

As the story unfolds, sinister Jason Gull is developing a dangerous weapon that can kill its victims without any detection or apparent cause of death. He plans to auction it off to the highest bidder-and there are many foreigners willing to pay, including a religious zealot. Will Campo and the ancient artifact be able to save the world in time? 

The Boxed Angel is a suspenseful thriller in which an unsuspecting, seemingly unremarkable individual becomes involved in a life and death struggle, first by fate, then by choice. It's packed with humor, religion, intrigue, history, a love triangle, and faith in one cleverly crafted story. 

Readers who loved National Treasure and other stories that weave history into modern day life will delight in all the plot twists in The Boxed Angel. Clues are cleverly interwoven into a storyline that will keep readers guessing until the very last page.

Received for review.

While perhaps a bit slow moving at first and rather formulaic at times I couldn't help but like the story and its main character, Al.  Al's just an ordinary guy who is thrown into extraordinary circumstances and you really find yourself rooting for him.  The story is pretty standard but well written enough that you want to continue reading even though you know how it will all end anyway.

Overall, the author did a good job of weaving historical scenes with modern ones and adding a sprinkle of the supernatural to create a quite enjoyable thriller.  I certainly recommend this.

★★★☆☆ = Liked It

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