Leslie Silbert: The Intelligencer

I picked this book up because I liked the blurb–plus it had found its way on to my Wish List. 

It's switches between 16th century London and now.

I thought this book was going to be dry and slow to read. It surprised me, though. It wasn't slow, though I'd not term it a page-turner either.

Silbert can write. Think Kate Mosse's Labyrinth, not DaVinci Code. 

I did figure out who the modern-day villain (well, the one who wasn't named anyway) was, about half-way through the book. That's a big Minus for me. 

I also felt she didn't quite get across the motivations of the various characters. She sure didn't cap off Kate's Big revelation at the end of the book. According to her site, it looks like it's going to be a series featuring Kate (the lead character), but it should have been done. 

The historical parts were better done than the modern-day sections. It's not the research, I simply felt that they were better written. Or rather, Silbert's voice and style is better suited to historical sections. 

Worth a read if you have the time or are a fan of Christopher Marlowe.  

2 Responses to “Leslie Silbert: The Intelligencer”

  1. May 5, 2006 at 3:22 pm

    I read this a while ago. I picked it up because I’m a huge fan of Marlowe, and I found the Marlowe section more interesting than the present-day section. You’re right, her voice is more suited to historical sections. I had no idea that she’d be penning another Kate book. Thanks for the heads up.

  2. May 5, 2006 at 3:32 pm

    You’re welcome, Maili. 🙂

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