16 Aug

It’s a little after midnight. An unusually dark night tonight. The ocean fog has settled, and as I begin to turn the last few pages in my book, a flash of motion outside pins my attention. Without prompting, my eyes slowly shift back and forth, window to book. Satisfied that my imagination, and nothing more, has been sparked, I reconcile the open page before me.

I suppose reading The Dark Monk doesn’t help the fright factor any. There it is again! Movement from the periphery vision! Suddenly, something flutters into the lighted window as if drawn there. Quickly, I turn off the lamp and focus on the sound allowing me to see in the dark.

Of course I conjure up a scary beast, and the adrenalin that floods my brain is telling my eyes that they see stiletto teeth bared into a grimace instead of the soft winged moth that flutters against the window. My psyche is being tested with all the dark conspiracies falling out of these pages.

This book is about a parish priest who is poisoned; his cryptic message; the underworld of the Knights Templar; the Crusades; mysterious monks; and occult hiding places in ancient monasteries. There are many riddles to decipher, engaging the reader within the bowels of the telling. An on-the-edge-of-your-seat suspenseful, riveting read.

One word of caution though: if you read this book, don’t get hung up on semantics, as there is one flaw: modern day phraseology. I was distracted by some of the 21st century words and attitudes that are used from time to time throughout this 17th century telling. Perhaps a mistranslation? Potzsch’s excellent grasp of historical research into that time period makes it hard to believe that he could have made such a blunder. Ignore this minor misstep, and you’ll be glad you did.

Mariner Books 2009; 512 pages/soft cover – Historical Fiction; Crime thriller

Translated from the German by Lee Chadeayne


2 Responses to “THE DARK MONK”


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  2. THE POISONED PILGRIM | WORDMAN - September 26, 2014

    […] published in Germany in 2008. It was translated into English in 2010, followed by its sequels: The Dark Monk; The Beggar King; and, thusly The Poisoned Pilgrim. All these stories are set in Germany during the […]

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