The Amber Conspiracy
Gil Cope Studios, Inc. (2014)
Reviewed by Michel Violante for Reader Views (08/14)
Article first published as Book Review: ‘The Amber Conspiracy’ by Gil Cope on Blogcritics.
“The Amber Conspiracy” by Gil Cope begins with a backstory presented in the prologue about a sacred relic which is protected by an ancient priest during Constantinople’s crusades of the 1200’s. The story then begins in current times with Chapter One in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York as Jack Monroe is doing a presentation of his research on the Amber Room. The Amber Room was supposedly built in Prussia around the 1600’s to hold a valuable ancient relic. The goal of the Amber Room’s builders was to keep the relic away from the Vatican. When Monroe’s presentation is over, he skips the cocktail hour at the museum and rushes to meet his mentor and friend, Urie Roskopf, at a café on the corner of Dakotas and 72nd Street. Monroe arrives early and as he is waiting he sees a cab run over his friend, killing him instantly. When he runs out to help him, a woman, Kira, Urie’s granddaughter and former Israel agent), comes out of nowhere and shoots the cab driver who was already aiming his machine gun at Monroe. They both recover Urie documents and escape the scene to a hotel where they realize that within the Urie’s documents there is a piece of amber from the Amber Room. This is just the beginning of a page turning story which will take the reader through an amazing adventure as the author presents the story of the relic parallel to the conspiracy unraveling in current times.
Gil Cope has put together in this book a very interesting plot as he narrates the story behind the relic, and its journey through time. He also created a suspenseful thriller as Jack Monroe and Kira try to solve Urie’s murder at the same time that they find themselves getting deeper within the Illuminati and the Amber Room conspiracy. Cope’s writing is impeccable. The pace is perfect, and the characters well developed. It hooked me from the beginning to end making this book very difficult to put down.
I definitely give “The Amber Conspiracy” by Gil Cope five stars and highly recommend it to all adventure, mystery, and suspense lovers. I can hardly wait to see what stories Gil Cope comes up with next!