Another Book Review!!

I just recently finished The Lost Constitution, the eleventh book in my quest to read 100 books over the course of a year, and the second book reviewed on my blog.

The Lost Constitution, by William Martin, is one in a series of books about rare book seller Peter Fallon. I was very excited when I stumbled upon this book when wandering the poorly organized shelves of my local library (I’ve found requesting items at home, or simply wandering around looking for something interesting is the best way to find things here) as it combined several of my favorite genres, namely historical fiction and murder mystery. Martin further complicates his novel by adding strong political motivations to each of his character, major and minor. Booklist had this to say:

Rare book dealer Peter Fallon and his travel reporter paramour, Evangeline Carrington, are back for a third treasure-hunting adventure in this gem of a series by Martin. The search is on for an original first draft of the Constitution marked up and annotated by the Founding Fathers that was stolen hours after it was written and lost ever since. Intermittent historical flashbacks tell the fascinating tale of how the document was smuggled, stolen, and sold over the past 220 years. Fast-forwarding to the present: after a major terrorist attack involving easily obtainable automatic weapons is thwarted, gun-control supporters in Congress are trying to get the Second Amendment repealed. The margin notes on the draft constitution could give surprising insights on what the Founders really intended regarding “the right of the people to keep and bear arms.” Villianous parties are determined to get their hands on the “lost Constitution” and will stop at nothing—not even murder—to get their greedy hands on it. Readers looking for another Da Vinci Code should find this a worthy successor.

Now, I don’t quite agree with the assessment that this is a worthy successor of Da Vinci Code. It has some similarities, but lacked the “x” factor Da Vinci Code possesses. None the less, I still enjoyed The Lost Constitution,” although it wasn’t the fast read I thought it would be, mainly due to the many characters, all of whom seem to have differing motives, which was by no means a bad thing. In fact, it added to the richness of the novel. While I found this book smart, engaging and all-in-all a wonderful blend of several genres, I found it hard to keep track of who was related to who, as the story moved from switching between Fallon’s search for the missing annotated Constitution, and the descendants of Will Pike, present at the birth of our nation. There is A LOT going on in this novel, and it can be a challenge to keep up with it all, but it was very much worth the work. My only other “issue” with this book is that it didn’t really leave much to the imagination. Everything was spelled out by the end of the novel, in typical murder-mystery fashion, and, with the combination of so many genres, I expected the end of novel to be more complex.

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