Fiction - Thriller- Conspiracy

The Reikel Conspiracy

Category:Fiction - Thriller- Conspiracy

Author:Richard Rees

  • Publisher: Independently published
  • Publication Date: March 21, 2019
  • Number of Pages: 416
  • ISBN-10: 1090267630
  • ISBN-13: 978-1090267634
  • ASIN: B07PZR5DC6

Richard H Rees' The Reikel Conspiracy is a well-crafted tale for fans of conspiracy with sophisticated characters and a complex plot. New York Detective, Michael Callaghan, and his estranged wife, Colleen, are investigating two murders committed in New York. Across the Atlantic, they pursue one of the ruthless fraudsters to have existed, the brain behind the ''Tweed Ring,'' a man who has left New York with $200 million. Their investigation and pursuit of revenge quickly get them enmeshed in a dangerous game of deceit involving a powerful Sicilian mafia. Meanwhile, Pierre Beckx, Father-General of the Jesuits, conceives a plot to restore the Church of Rome, with a puppet pope. But what has anything to do with the mystery of the American brigantine Mary Celeste, an abandoned vessel that left New York to Genoa and that was found with neither crew nor captain in 1872?

This is a slow burn with as many twists and unexpected turns as can be hoped for in this genre. The narrative features a compelling voice and characters that are likable. A simple murder investigation morphs into a rollicking ride to uncover a conspiracy linked to an abandoned ship, a tale with powerful historical hints. Richard H Rees' is beautiful, punctuated by engaging dialogues. The descriptions are cinematic, and the author succeeds in delivering an epic tale that is packed with plot twists. It is fierce and the author has the gift for writing small interactions with care, allowing the story to be permeated by humanity and realism. While I found this book lengthy, it is the author's ability to keep readers guessing that had me turning the pages. In turn, a spellbinding mystery and a conspiracy that feels like history.  

Reviewed By: Cristina Prescott

Reviewed Date: September 2, 2022

Category: Fiction - Thriller- Conspiracy

Thriller, Suspense & Mystery