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The Book Nook: "The List of 7" (Mark Frost)


I love having friends that read books, because sometimes, they give you a tip on a book they think you might enjoy...

And you wind up enjoying it...

Following a bloody London seance and in the aftermath of a terrifying supernatural contact, a good doctor find himself the target of a malevolence born of the darkest nightmares.  But with stalwart companions by his side- including an extraordinarily intrepid investigator- he seeks to expose a dastardly band of nefarious criminals and a chilling conspiracy ained at the heart of England's future... and instead unearths a crime far more horrible than murder and experiences an adventure beyond the limits of imagination.

"The List of 7" takes the historical figure of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and plops in the middle of a rousing adventure.  There is mystery, suspense, intrigue, horror, action, drama and more wrapped in the pages of this book.  Mark Frost weaved a story that was engaging and captivating from start to finish.  Most books, I'll read a couple of chapters, then put it down for a little bit before reading on.  Not so with this book.  I sat down, and read it in one go.  I just couldn't stop- and I simply didn't want to stop.

Frost uses his words skillfully to create a vision of Victorian England that pulls you into it's atmospheric aura, and immerses you in the fictional reality.  The setting, atmosphere, and depth- when combined with the complex, unique, and engaging characters keeps you turning pages as you lose track of all sense of time.  Once you enter the pages- you're in his world completely.

This is one of my favorite novels- one I'd love to see on the big screen at some point, in fact.  I have re-read it multiple times over the years since Jason introduced me to it in High School.  I can't recommend it enough to fellow lovers of mystery and suspense.  A firm "Good".

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