The Cellini Masterpiece, Raymond John
  
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   The Cellini Masterpiece - Price: 14.95   

by Raymond John, ISBN: 0-87839-233-5
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Richard Olsen has just received some exciting news from his brother, Stef. Stef, who is doing research on Benvenuto Cellini for his doctoral thesis, has discovered a drawing for an unknown sculpture by Cellini, which would be only the second authenticated work by the noted goldsmith.
When Rick flies to Malta at Stef's request, he is immediately mugged at the airport. A beautiful cabbie rescues him, and we are off on a rescue mission that also involves a terrorist plot with its origins in the Sixteenth Century.
The Cellini Masterpiece has been favorably reviewed by Kirkus Discoveries and received a rave endoresement in Midwest Book Review. It also won honorable mentions in the 2005 IPPY Awards and Hollywood Book Festival [ Rate Book ]  [ Report Listing ]

Biography :

Raymond John (a.k.a. John Anderson) is a Minnesota writer and dealer in antiques and collectibles. His lifelong interest in Malta took root in a childhood stamp collection and was nourished by graduate work in history and many research trips to the country. The story also is influenced by his work as a military intelligence specialist. He and his wife, Evelyn, live in Minneapolis and have two grown children.

Book Review :

Raymond John is a retired military intelligence specialist, a collector, and a historian. He is also an afficionado of Malta, an archaeologic jewel of the
Mediterranean which was ruled by the Phoenicians, Romans, and Arabs. Mr. John also has extensive knowledge of military strategy and weaponry, which he uses to best effect in his first novel, which took him thirty-five years to polish….

Raymond John's excellent mind is evident from the very first page of this standout mystery/adventure. His research is extensive, his knowledge of weaponry and military
strategies is expert, and his ability to tell a story (complete with a sweet love story that
slowly evolves over the narrative) is superb. Rick Olsen is a big guy with an even bigger heart. Not only is he a hero, but he is willing to risk life and limb for his younger brother.

THE CELLINI MASTERPIECE is a carefully crafted page turner that is compelling and is bound to pull the reader in from the very first page. This one should be made into a movie.

- Shelley Glodowski, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

The Cellini Masterpiece is set in Malta, and the graphic descriptions of the country made me feel as if I were there. It also has a wealth of interesting historical background about the island. The pace of the story left me breathless. The story moves forward at a dizzying speed, adding layer after unexpected layer in the process. I especially enjoyed the characters. Rick is likable and believable. Caterina is a beautiful and streetwise Maltese cabdriver who becomes Rick’s love interest. The chaste telling of their romance is remarkably enjoyable.

I was impressed that the questions and mysteries are so satisfactorily answered in only 360 pages. This was a great read.

- Dot L., The Hennepin Spire, Minneapolis




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