The Hypnotist (Anglais) MP3 CD – 13 mars 2012
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Now twenty years later, Lucian works for the FBI as part of the Arts Crime Team. He and the Arts Crime Team are trying to track down the person responsible for destroying priceless works of art. Lucian's investigation brings him to Malachai Samuels. Malachai is a skilled hypnotist and part of a powerful secret society known as the Phoenix Foundation. He is very interested in getting his hands on some very old artifacts called memory tools. Is there a connection between Malachai and Lucian's case?
The Hypnotist is book three in the Reincarnationist series. It can be read as a stand alone novel. I jumped into the middle of this series. My first experience with Ms. Rose was with The Memorist. That was all it took for me to become hooked. At a little over four hundred pages, this book reads like a dream. I started reading this book right before I went to bed. This was not a good idea as I had to force myself to put the book down and get some sleep. Lucian and Malachai are both very strong male leads. There were a few twists that were placed well in the plot. It is easy to see why author, MJ Rose is so fascinated by the subject of reincarnation. Be warned as you will be hypnotized by The Hypnotist.
No author currently writing in the suspense/thriller category does quite what M.J. Rose does; underpinning her novels is the haunting premise that all of us have past lives that connect us to the present, and within this framework she's conjured a high-stakes world of treacherous business dealings, international intrigue, and the often lethal search for the elusive Memory Tools - objects that can assist people to access their pasts and which, if found and harnessed, could provide their owner with unimaginable power. At the center of this web is Dr Malachi Samuels of the Phoenix Foundation, a gifted yet amoral reincarnation expert who allegedly will stop at nothing to possess the Memory Tools.
These entwined themes are spun throughout the series; however, each novel can be enjoyed on its own merits and The Hypnotist is no exception. When Lucian Glass, FBI criminal art investigator, is called in by the Metropolitan Museum in New York City to investigate the horrific mutilation of a stolen painting, he is plunged into a search for the man who, years ago, destroyed his youth and aspiring career as an artist. His investigation leads him back into the elegant, dangerous milieu of the Phoenix Foundation, where a young girl is being treated for nightmarish visions, and the presence of a mysterious woman who might hold the key to his quest. As Lucian begins to uncover a plot centered around a millennial-old sculpture that has surfaced after years of neglect, he finds himself caught up in an intricately linked conspiracy of art smuggling, terrorism, and the race to claim a coveted Memory Tool.
The Hypnotist stands out from the other entries in the series for its lyricism and the timely question: Who truly owns art? In this novel, which is replete with Ms Rose's trademark moments of breathtaking suspense and secrets-within-secrets, Rose has gone deeper into her mythology, detailing the subtle ways in which senseless tragedy shifts and defines us, and the hallowed effect that art exerts on our beings. While her previous novels have all featured lost souls seeking redemption, in The Hypnotist something of Rose's own complex soul comes into display, and it is a fascinating glimpse into a writer who, with this novel, has both matured and exceeded the very high expectations she has set for herself and her readers.
The beginning of the book felt like I was getting pulled from all different directions. It was hard for me to follow the storyline at first; it kept bouncing around from one narrative to another in a way that I found somewhat confusing. But once I had my feet firmly planted in the foundation of the storyline, I was ready for the adventure. This took about 50-60 pages.
Another thing I had trouble with was following the characters. The main reason being that at one point a character would be referred to by their first name, then at another time by their last name. Because of this inconsistency, I found myself backpedalling to remind myself who a character was. I think it would have been a bit easier to follow if the characters were all referred to the same way - either by their first name or their last. There is enough going on in the storyline that needs my attention; I don't want to have to constantly think `who's this guy again?". I finally decided to keep a list of characters, to keep everyone straight.
All in all, The Hypnotist was a good read. Once I got into the story, it was hard to put the book down. It had an intricate plot with the character's paths intertwining with one another in ways you would not expect. I am not a firm believer in reincarnation; however, the author presented very convincing theories on the subject matter. The highly climatic ending kept me on the edge of my seat. I got closure for the most part; no cliffhanger ending here. The intense-filled, suspenseful ending had me! It was not what I was expecting. I like getting an ending that I didn't see coming. Word of insight - this book is one to savor; The Hypnotist is not a light, fluffy read.
I was concerned that I would be a little lost when reading this book, since it is the third in a series, but I must say, this is an excellent stand alone book. The plot, while complex, is easy to follow, and draws the reader in to the storyline from the very beginning. Past and present are woven together in such fluidity, I never had difficulty seeing how all the pieces fit together, nor questioned the author's technique in changing time settings and narratives throughout the book. It was like a delicate dance, and was executed perfectly.
I never felt as connected to the characters as I would have liked, but I think that this too served a purpose. With a story this complex and intense, a reader cannot get too attached to any character; there just really is not time. I certainly sympathized with many of the characters in the book, some major players and some minor.
I personally am skeptical about metaphysical topics, including reincarnation. I thought the book did a nice job of including metaphysical elements in the story without being over the top. Similarly, I know know little about the world of fine art, but its incorporation into the storyline was done in such a way that it made sense to me. I think it is sheer brilliance when an author can take topics about which readers are unaware or uninterested and incorporate them into a storyline that still can draw that reader in to the book. I am curious to read the other books in the series now.
Agent Lucian Glass is on the trail of Malachi Samuels of the Phoenix Foundation who is after the Memory tools that could prove whether people are reincarnated. Lucien's first love Solange was killed during a heist of a Matisse that was stolen 20 years earlier which may be tied to Samuels' quest for the artifacts. Lucien becomes involved with Emmeline, who is Solanges cousin and Lucian starts to believe that Solange has been reincarnated as Emmeline.
Unfortunately, it took me a very long time to get through this book. I don't know if it was because it was about artifacts and the art world (of which I'm not a connoisseur) or that I had not read the previous two books, or that the story itself seemed to drag on for me and I kept getting everyone mixed up. Nevertheless, it was not a good read for me