Vaults of Power
by Diane Echer
One independent woman. Robyn Gabriel, a young historian turned treasure hunter with a taste for one-night stands and a strained relationship with her twin.
Two duty-driven men.A senior executive of the Federal Reserve, and a Chinese triad member.
Six days to provide an impossible ransom.When her twin is kidnapped in Southern France, Robyn Gabriel has six days to steal the precious Voynich manuscript from a bunker-like library at Yale University and break its code--a feat no cryptologist, linguist, scientist or software engineer has ever been able to accomplish.
The Federal Reserve can’t allow that. Now, they want her dead.
Caught between kidnappers and killers, from Florida to Austria, from France to New York, Robyn, shattered by the revelation of the origin of her own family, lifts each layer of a hundred-year-old conspiracy involving the Jesuits, the Federal Reserve, China and the sinking of the Titanic, and discovers the terrible pact that ensured the United States’ financial supremacy.
Robyn Gabriel is a treasure hunter. When her twin sister is brutally attached she drops everything to be by her side. She soon discovers that everything about the attack is strange, in fact it seems to be linked to a mysterious letter that their father wrote two weeks before he (along with their mother) was killed in an automobile accident.
It isn't long before Robyn finds herself mixed up in a cult, dodging bullets, narrowly escaping fires, dazed, and confused. On the trail of a mystery that is as old as the sinking of the Titanic, Robyn is desperately seeking answers.
Vaults of Power is a fast-paced thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat. I must admit that I had trouble connecting with Robyn, which is unusual for me. It wasn't that I didn't like her, but there was an element to her that I just couldn't grasp, despite her obvious complexities. She is independent, attractive, spunky, and fearless (sometimes dangerously so), total action-adventure type, but there was just something about her. Perhaps that is part of the books appeal.
The characters are cleverly cast, with several bad guys that you love to hate and even a few that you want to love. The story itself is awesome, not at all predictable (which I loved), and it is very obvious that Diane Echer did her homework. I love it when I can tell that the author did extensive research and put it to good use. Vaults of Power is a labyrinth, the reader has no choice but to find his/her way through to the very last sentence.
If you can appreciate a thriller with a strong female lead, a slew of bad guys, puzzles, globe trotting, and an occasional romp, you're gonna love Vaults of Power.
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I received a free eBook copy of this book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The views expressed are my own.