The legendary Parthenon Marbles from the British museum is going to be returned back to Greece in another six months..or so the British Prime Minister has given word to the media. But, the Marbles, that the British possesses are fake and there is a secret "Pandora's Box", which contains a clue of the theft, that was committed two hundred years ago. The British has two options now: Come clean to the public with the news and face the consequences; or find the Marbles that was lost two hundred years ago in six months time.
The British goes with the second option and a team comprising the experts in various fields with one female lawyer as lead is formed. The team's job is to find the marbles within six months without anyone else knowing about it. But as soon as they began their search, their secrecy is leaked and they are being followed everywhere by collectors and gangsters.
In spite of all the hopelessness, the team starts with their research to find the Marbles and the real adventure begins.
To say, I am not good in historical facts, will be an understatement. But, this book had me stunned by all the events, that 'might have' occurred in history, as a result of deception and greed. Many historical places, persons and other references in the book are new to me, but I absolutely enjoyed knowing about them all.
Tom Jackson is a debut author and I have not read much of historical fiction. So, I started reading this book without any expectations. But, this book would have, anyway, exceeded all the expectations, if I have set any. The author had done an amazing job on bringing all the events in accurate detail. The novel is told in many different times of history and I can just tell how difficult it would be to bring them all in a page, without any confusions. There must be a massive research for writing this book and as always, I wish I had known the details.
A great and challenging read! Highly recommended for historical fiction lovers!
(reviewed the day of purchase)