From the author of The Lost Temple, another gripping action-packed thriller in the bestselling tradition of The Da Vinci Code and Codex Deep in the heart of London, the Monsalvat Bank is small, secretive, and fabulously wealthy. When Ellie Stanton, an impoverished graduate student, is unexpectedly invited to join the firm, the privileged world they offer looks too good to turn down—but the bank is more than it seems. Soon Ellie realizes that her life belongs to her employers, and that they're watching her every move, for buried in their medieval vaults lies a closely-guarded treasure of immeasurable power—one inextricably bound up with Ellie's own history. Now Ellie is in a race against time, hunted by the bank and pursued by her past, her only hope of escape to unearth the secret hidden in the vault—but getting in is only the beginning.
Absolute page turner!
By Laurie - December 31, 2010
If you are into mysteries like Book of Souls or the Da Vinci Code you will absolutely love this book. It flicks backwards and forwards between the past and present coming together in an exciting climax. It's about 2 ancient artifacts that people have been searching for centuries, one of which is hidden by a mysterious brotherhood and one placed in a vault by a ruthless group of bankers who will stop at nothing to get the other one. I started reading this book in the morning and couldn't put it down.
You Will Lose Sleep
By spaceykasey247 "Kasey" - March 21, 2011
The Lazarus Vault by Tom Harper tells the tale of present day Ellie Stanton and historical figure Peter of Camros/Chretien de Troyes. The chapters alternate 1 is Ellie, 2 is Peter, and so on and so forth. The tale is wonderful and historically rich. I stayed up until 5:30 when I was 2/3 of the way through so that I could finish reading it. I only gave the story 4 out of 5 stars because I felt that Ellie's character was not deep enough. Harper could have developed her character much further than he did. Perhaps it is because Harper is a man trying to narrate as Ellie, but she didn't feel quite real enough. I highly recommend this book, it's a great read. Hope this helps you decide.
By Shauna Quinn - February 4, 2011
I was not a fan of the main character, Ellie. She seemed almost wooden to me, she had no personality, and didn't seem to care about anyone, not even herself. A lot of the "how's" and "why's" were left out of the main story. The reader never truly knows how or why Ellie and her family were pulled into the action. The object that these two entities want is never fully explained, which left me disappointed. It's not clear why this item is so coveted. In addition, the action and mystery in the main story don't really begin until about 40% of the way into the book. However, I really enjoyed the historical, secondary story. It was full of action, romance, and tragedy. It's based on the life of an actual person living in the 12th century. I found it fascinating and intriguing. After reading it, I wanted to know more about this person. Overall, this book was disappointing. I found the end of the book predictable, and I was left feeling very let down. This was my first Tom Harper... read more