- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 27, 2011

“The Medusa Amulet” (Bantam Books), by Robert Masello: Past and present blur in “The Medusa Amulet,” a fascinating and unconventional new thriller from Robert Masello.

At the Newberry Library in Chicago, David Franco has successfully restored a vintage version of Dante’s “Inferno” to academic acclaim.

One night after a lecture, he receives a cryptic offer: A woman named Kathryn Van Owen asks him to track down a legendary piece of art created by Benvenuto Cellini, an artist from the 16th century.

This amulet depicts the gorgon Medusa on one side and a mirror on the other. Rumors suggest it has the power to grant immortality to its owner.

Van Owen offers Franco $1 million to find La Medusa. She also offers him the opportunity to save his dying sister, who has cancer.

If the mirror does have the power to make a person live forever, then many people will want this piece of art _ at any cost.

Masello expertly blends contemporary thrills with a historical spin on the life of Cellini.

A refreshing take on books like “The Da Vinci Code,” “The Medusa Amulet” guarantees an unpredictable and exhilarating journey. Readers will not be disappointed.


Jeff Ayers is the author of “Voyages of Imagination: The Star Trek Fiction Companion” (Pocket Books, 2006).




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