A Richer Dust Concealed
A gripping historical mystery thriller you won’t be able to put down!
by R P Nathan
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Pub Date 8 May 2021 | Archive Date 5 Sep 2021
A gripping historical mystery thriller you won’t be able to put down!
This is a tale that spans four centuries, revolving around the fabulous Most Holy Cross of Saint Peter and Saint Paul. This priceless artifact is buried in Cyprus in 1570, to hide it from the invading Turks.
An Italian squire named Girolamo Polidoro is witness to the secret hiding place of the treasure, the beauty of which is forever burned into his mind. Polidoro leaves a diary in Venice, the end of which is a coded message of the cross’s whereabouts.
An English code-breaker comes across the diary in 1915 but dies in Gallipoli before he can crack the secret. And all the while the mysterious Venetian ‘Council of Ten’ has also been searching for the cross.
When John, one of six young back-packers, buys a book in Rome in 1992, he has no idea of the danger he has just put himself and his friends in. A treasure hunt begins, but will the Council of Ten allow it to continue?
For those who find history fascinating A Richer Dust Concealed is a real gem. Mystery and puzzle solving fans will also love this timeless and intricate tale. For fans of Dan Brown and Tom Harper, this intelligent historical mystery will hook you with its ingenious plot and meticulously researched content.
Artisan Book Reviews
A Richer Dust Concealed by R P Nathan is an incredible original novel for history buffs, conspiracy junkies and puzzle solvers. This is a thrilling new mystery that will keep you glued to the pages!
Move over Dan Brown, for the extremely accomplished R P Nathan has delivered us a religious conspiracy thriller like no other. A Richer Dust Concealed is an epic tale spanning from the Ottoman Empires’ invasion of Cyprus in 1570, to a back-packers holiday in Italy in 1992. What could they possibly have in common you think, well let me explain. Girolamo Polidoro is a Venetian and serving as a squire in Cyprus in 1570. Just before the Turks invade he is given a glimpse of The Most Holy Cross of Saint Peter and Saint Paul. That one sighting of such a treasure was to shape his entire life. The cross is hidden, and Girolamo knows where. For various reasons he doesn’t share the location (even under torture) and the cross remains lost throughout history. Until, an English code-breaker called Henry Shaeffer, is sent to Venice in 1915 and comes across Girolamo’s diary. He translates the book, but then is sent to Dardanelles, and the location of the cross once more slips into history. Then in 1992, when John is looking for a present for the alluring Sarah, he is asked if he would like to buy the diary of Girolamo Polidoro and with it, the translation and notebook of Henry Shaeffer. At this point, the lives of the three men interlock and a Venetian conspiracy about ‘The Council of Ten’ comes to light around our everyday-man John, and his five friends. Who can decipher the code at the back of the diary, and who will find the treasure first?
R P Nathan writes with flair, presenting us with a first-rate novel. Believable characters in a gripping plot and a treasure hunt extraordinaire that will have you hooked and wanting more. This book is a top-notch suspense-mystery and comes highly recommended by Artisan Book Reviews.
T N Traynor Reviews
Every now and again I come across a book I really enjoy. A Richer Dust Concealed is one of them.
There are lots of things I loved about this book, but I think the no 1 thing is the author’s story voice. I knew from the first page that I was in for a good read. John, our main protagonist, starts off by telling us he’s decided to use his excess time during lockdown to write a book about what happened to him years ago. I was smiling straight away at the way John was chatting to us. He comes across as an everyday kind of guy, the guy next door, not a hero, no definitely not a hero, just an ordinary man, with an extraordinary tale to tell.
The story really begins in 1570 in Cyprus, when an Italian squire bears witness to the hiding place of a priceless cross, named The Most Holy Cross of St Peter and St Paul. You see, that squire decides to keep a diary of the Turk invasion, and at the end of it, (in code) he writes the location of the artifact. During the horrors of the following years the cross remains hidden. Years later upon his release, the squire returns to Venice intent to disclose its whereabouts. Only, the Venetian Council of Ten want the relic for themselves, and so the squire doesn’t disclose his secret. Many years later in 1915, an English code-breaker is dispatched to Venice where he stumbles upon the squire’s diary and starts to translate it. He immediately sets out to try and break the code, but before he can, he is sent to Turkey, where unfortunately he dies. Whilst working on the book he keeps a journal, which becomes a series of love letters to his wife that gave hints about the code. Mysteriously, both the squire’s diary and the soldier’s journal are left behind in Italy.
And here enters our John, back-packing across Europe in 1992 with his friends. He turns up in an old book shop in Rome, and is offered the diary and the journal for a price he can’t really afford. Still, he is so eager to impress the fair Sarah that he purchases it on his credit card. In so doing, he has unwittingly drawn himself and his friends into an ancient treasure hunt, and into the realm of the Venetian Council of Ten.
The descriptions are so vivid, you feel like you’re in Venice with them The author has spent years researching for this book and you can tell. The research really pays off as the story is seeped with historical content which (alongside relatable characters) makes this novel so believable. This really is a book that Dan Brown fans will love. Besides the great characters – which are so realistic they could be your friends, the plot is clever without being too complicated or too pretentious. It’s like an everyday man’s adventure. There’s mystery and intrigue, a treasure hunt and danger, but most of all there’s real people and a true to life romance."
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I could not put this book down and devoured it in just over a day. It put me in mind of the films National Treasure and of course Dan Browns books but as the characters are English they were more relatable. This is a brilliant read told from different view points over a period of 400 years, covering London, Rome ,Cyprus and Venice. The descriptions of Venice in particular are that good that I could believe myself talking through the streets, the mystery is well constructed and brought to life a period I rarely read about including the Turks invading Cyprus. This is a outstanding read and I will look out for more books by this author.
This book gripped me and I couldn’t put it down and devoured it in a day. It was very reminiscent of Dan Brown but also different. Well written with well developed and relatable characters. The story spans four centuries and the narrative is a selection of points of view from places such as Cyprus, London, Rome and Venice. Highly recommended.
Right from the start, this book pulled me in and I couldn’t seem put it down! Yes, it is reminiscent of Dan Brown books, however it holds a uniqueness all its own. I thought that the author did a good job with character development, creating characters that were likeable and relatable and those that were not. The story spans four centuries, which I really enjoyed, and was narrated by individuals from those places - Cyprus, London, Rome and Venice. Highly recommended. Such a fun read!!
A Richer Dust Concealed by R P Nathan A Richer Dust Concealed spans four centuries. The story revolves around the Holy Cross of Saint Peter and Saint Paul. During the age of the invading Turkish army, the artefact is buried in Cyprus in 1570, mainly to hide it from the invading Turks. Girolamo Polidoro is a Venetian squire who witnesses the burial, and the secret hiding place of the Holy Cross is something that he must not forget. Polidoro writes a diary and leaves it in Venice. At the end of which is a coded message of the Holy Relics whereabouts. During the first world war, an English code-breaker, Henry Shaeffer, comes across the diary in 1915 but unfortunately dies in Gallipoli. The World War I battle fought in Turkey between the Allied Powers and the Ottoman Empire. The secret is safe, for now. But what no one realises is that the secret Venetian Council of Ten has also been searching for the Holy Cross. When John, one of six young backpackers, travelling around Italy looking for a gift for his friend Sarah, he is asked if he would like to buy the diary of Girolamo Polidoro and with it, the translation and notebook of Henry Shaeffer. So when John buys that book in Rome in 1992, little does he realise, what he has in his possession is the infamous diary. And he has no idea of the peril he has just put himself. Now a hunt for the treasure begins, but will the secret Council of Ten allow John to continue? The main characters are obviously very realistic and have a less complicated feel to them. The plot is clever without being overly complicated neither, is it too predictable. There’s mystery and intrigue in the story without losing itself into fantasy land. As a historical mystery thriller, I thought it was excellent. It made me take time out to read up the Council of Ten, and I found the whole thing very interesting. In fact, the entire book proved the author did his research exceptionally well. The author paints a vivid picture of Venice. It comes alive in his book. The first-hand experience does tend to go a long way. The novel's strength lies in all the factual evidence, and the fact the author has made it available for the reader to view gives the author the story credibility. I found A Richer Dust Concealed a much easier book to read than many books of a similar ilk. It wasn't too fast-paced, yet it didn't appear pedestrian either. R P Nathan has written a cracking novel, and hopefully, it will get the praise it deserves. I would recommend this to anyone who is into mystery thrillers and likes a little problem-solving. Thank you Netgalley and BooksGoSocial for the digital copy.
Really enjoyed this well crafted novel with interesting characters, twists and turns. Having inter-railed around Italy, at around the same time found it very convincing. It's not fair to make comparisons but a real Da Vinci Code, type book set in a different period (and actually, rather more plausible.) For publisher; the ARC version had a lot of problems with the formatting, I'm assuming it will be OK in the proper ebook.
I enjoyed this one. Suspense, history, travel... I liked the pseudo autobiographical style which added a touch of authenticity to the narrative. The shifts in time and space were handled well, as were the multiple narrators. This is the kind of book that you may want to read a second time so that you notice the hidden clues you missed out on the first time. The long explanations regarding code breaking was a tad boring for me (I hate math) and I skipped through. Overall, a good read.
I really enjoyed this book which was full of intrigue, history and a fast paced narrative. I particularly enjoyed the characters travels through Italy and found the descriptions of Florence and Venice very authentic. It is one of those books that could be revisited and would transfer well to film. The only small criticism I have were some of the ‘bedroom’ scenes described by the author which for me, felt awkward and out of place in the overall style of the book. Having said that, I would definitely recommend this for anyone who enjoys history, travel and a mystery puzzle to solve.
I truely enjoyed this historical mystery that carried through the ages. I enjoyed the descriptions of Venice and longed to travel with the characters in story.
Thoroughly enjoyed this historical suspense novel! On the edge of my seat trying to figure out just who did it! I found this book to have a slow start but it soon took me on an adventure of a lifetime! In depth characters, including one you just can’t like, bring you on an amazing tour of Venice giving you an “in the city” experience. Adventure, suspense, relationships, intrigue, this excellent novel has it all. Thank you to NetGalley and publisher for allowing me to review this exciting novel!
As a lover of history I like the authors story on a treasure to find in Cyprus. I particularly like the description of Venice and it’s sights.The history is excellent covering ancient times and the First World War.I would recommend it to anyone who likes a. Treasure seaking mystery .