Title: Resurrection American Heroes Series Book 1
Author: Kathryn Le Veque
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Published By: Dragonblade Publishing; 1 edition
Published Date: November 29, 2013
Sold By: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Listening Length: 10 hours, 42 minutes
Narrated By: Curt Simmons
Published By: Kathryn Le Veque Novels
Released Date: January 5, 2015
About the Story: Cydney Hetherington is a young widow and single mother, the Director of Operations at a small world-class art and antiquities museum in Southern California. The star attraction of the museum’s latest exhibit entitled Resurrection is ‘The Lucius Robe’, the cloak said to be worn by Christ during his trial before Pontius Pilate. This mysterious relic draws hordes of people to the small museum, including a terrorist group interested in obtaining it for their own sinister purposes. Enter FBI Special Agent Ethan Serreaux; as a terrorism expert, Ethan is assigned to the case when a terrorist group calling themselves Die Auhänger, or ‘The Disciples’, threatens to steal the robe.
A genius with a lonely past, Ethan’s attraction to Cydney is immediately but his focus for the moment is on deterring the terrorist threat. Die Auhänger, however, is no ordinary terrorist organization; their ties go back a thousand years to the days of the Knights Templars and, more recently. The Nazis, and their determination to get The Lucius Robe will stop at nothing because a member of their group is a descendent of Merovingian kings, a man they intend to crown as the next Holy Roman Emperor with the acquisition of The Lucius Robe. When The Lucius Robe is abducted from the Museum and Cydney’s young daughter along with it, Ethan and Cydney are forced together at first by necessity but then by the powerful attraction that binds them. Their adventure begins as they chase the terrorists across two continents, piecing together clues to a mystery that goes beyond the Biblical lure of the Robe. From Los Angeles to Paris to Rome, their quest leads them to the most powerful halls of the Vatican. It’s a race against time for Ethan and Cydney to save Cydney’s daughter and The Lucius Robe from madmen bent on world domination.
My Thoughts: This read was extremely intense and suspenseful. I was absolutely and irrevocably engaged in the listen, demanding to know what happens next. Even though the story line may seem far-fetched, we know when religion is involved along with people who fervently believe in a cause, bizarre events could possibly occur. People may do totally outlandish things to get what they want. So where the story line may not be believable, it becomes so, particularly the way the writer has written the story and how the narrator engages his listeners.
Ethan, Cydney and Olivia, Cydney’s daughter were very upbeat characters, all very likeable and capable. They were smart, brave, loved with loyalty and able to think on their feet. The television evangelist, was an interesting character. She believed strongly in her path in destiny, however appeared to have weak character. When she had the upper-hand, she seemed strong and manipulative. However, those higher up in the chain of command manipulated her, showing what a group of fanatics could do to meet their goals. It reminds me of the proverb, you learn what you live and live what you learn.
Cydney had many facets to her personality. As a mother, she would do anything for her child, something mothers can relate to. She was also someone who was very much in control of her actions, so when she wasn’t, it was purely emotive and very well portrayed by the narrator.
I believe that love does change a person. In this story, there are different loves. Love of mother, sibling, marriage partner, country, and God.
I liked everything about the story. Chapter One takes place in 1307 while the remainder of the story is in present day. Pay attention to this chapter. I’d forgotten about it until I completed the book, then went back to reread it understanding a comment made in French by Ethan at the end of the book.
It was fast-paced, with a dark edge, a mystery and danger woven into a romantic relationship that few have the chance to obtain. Narrator Curt Simmons told the story with feeling, eliciting tears from me and palpable fear as the story becomes fiercer and more dangerous. His knowledge of French was impressive. He even had to speak a line or two in Spanish and German. A great story told by a compelling narrator who doesn’t just read the story, but feels the emotion behind the words, produces a marvelous artistic work. Ms. Le Veque’s books are incredible and in narration with a talented storyteller, they are wonderful entertainment. Very nicely done! Thank you Kathryn Le Veque and Curt Simmons.
She has been featured in the NEW YORK TIMES and on USA TODAY’s HEA blog. “This author… genius…!” ~ Ind’Tale Magazine In October 2014, Kathryn was the 31st MOST READ author on Amazon.
She is extremely prolific with over 50 published novels and 37 #1 Hot New Releases in Medieval Historical Romance since May 2012. When new readers see how many novels she has published, the inevitable question is… “She writes so many novels! Are they any good?” The answer is… YES!!
Welcome to Medieval England – hard-core, battle-scarred, power-driven alpha knights of the highest Norman order and the women who love them. Like High Middle Ages action and romance? Welcome to the Le Veque Medieval Machine. Kathryn’s Medieval Historicals have been called ‘detailed’, ‘highly romantic’, and ‘character-rich’. She crafts great adventures of love, battles, passion, and romance in the High Middle Ages. More than that, she writes for both women AND men – an unusual crossover for a romance author – and Kathryn has many male readers who enjoy her stories because of the male perspective, the action, and the adventure.
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About the Narrator, Curt Simmons: Resurrection (American Heroes Series) is Curt’s debut as an audiobook narrator. When he settled in Seattle in 1980, Curt was fresh out of Summer Rep at the Old Lyric Theatre in Logan, Utah having just received a Master’s degree in Directing from the University of Wyoming. Previously, as a Radio/TV/Drama undergrad at Arkansas State University, Curt worked as an on-air radio personality and actor. In Seattle, he acted professionally and gained more voiceover experience. Then in 1984, following the birth of his daughter, Curt left the performing arts to pursue a more “stable” profession in business. Now, after a long and successful career in telecommunications, he is back with his first love. In the spring of 2014, long-time theatre friends convinced Curt to audition for acting roles again. A few months later, he appeared on stage professionally for the first time in over 30 years as Walter Flood in Becky’s New Car by Steven Dietz. “I was in a time warp,” Curt said. “After a few scary moments it all seemed way too easy. So, I went home and built a home recording studio to launch my voice acting business. After so much time in front of a mic in college and grad school, the concept wasn’t quite all the way to Mars.” Curt is a yogi. He lives in Shoreline, Washington and continues to pursue stage, film, commercial, and voice acting roles.