Fast Track To Glory

Fast Track To Glory


Fiction - Adventure
372 Pages
Reviewed on 01/03/2016
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Author Biography

Tomasz Chrusciel wrote his first story at sixteen, but it would take another twenty years for his love affair with writing to become the central focus in his life.

After obtaining a master’s degree in Political Science & International Relations in Poland, Chrusciel found himself in the corporate sector. The work stoked his passion for global politics, but his imagination craved greater freedom. After moving to Ireland and falling in love, he finally left his job to become a full-time fiction author. His debut novel Illusive Intrusion was followed by Fast Track to Glory. Both works have since earned Chrusciel a dedicated readership that continues to grow each day.

Wanderlust regularly draws the writer to extreme corners of the globe seeking new settings, personalities and historical events to inspire his next novel. When he isn’t researching destinations or convincing his cat-loving fiancée to let him adopt a dog, he’s at his computer furiously typing his latest scene, or chatting with his readers on social media.

Find him at tomaszchrusciel.com if you’d like to join the conversation.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Marta Tandori for Readers' Favorite

Fast Track to Glory by Tomasz Chrusciel is a tautly woven thriller somewhat reminiscent of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code. Very few people have the privilege of being called upon to offer their professional expertise and when Nina Monte, Professor of History of Religions at the Department of Historical and Geographic Sciences and the Ancient World at the University of Padua, is called upon to do so by the Ministry, she feels hard-pressed to refuse. Nina is tasked with a top secret mission; verifying the authenticity of an ancient artifact currently located inside an old sunken galley lying at the bottom of Lake Garda. Sweetening the Ministry’s request is the promise of a large ‘gift’ to her university as well as a personal reward to her. Heading up the underwater recovery of the artifact is Lammert van der Venn, a wealthy collector and his crew. However, once Nina arrives at Lake Garda and before she even meets van der Venn, she runs into a distraught local hotelier, Alessandro Pini, who wants a meeting with the wealthy collector in order to question him regarding the death of his chef and beloved friend. Apparently, van der Venn had been the last man to see his chef alive. Before Nina or Alessandro fully understand what has happened, they are both on the run, leaving Italy behind as they head for India, relentlessly pursued by a ruthless madman who will stop at nothing until he gets what he wants.

Substitute Brown’s suave symbologist, Robert Langdon, with Chrusciel’s gutsy Nina Monte, and you’ve got a fully-formed protagonist who can kick ass with the best of her male counterparts. Like Langdon, Monte knows her stuff and isn’t the type to roll over in the face of adversity – and the adversity comes fast and furious. Monte’s brain is tempered nicely at the beginning by her vulnerability that arises from her seeming inability to find the perfect mate. Hotelier Alessandro Pini provides a good foil for the more dedicated and mature Monte. He is a little brash, a little immature, but in some respects has more self-confidence than the more reticent Nina - yet there’s no denying the chemistry between the two which is important as the story progresses. And what a story it is! There’s history, religion, plenty of action, and rich descriptions of foreign places which keep the readers’ imaginations fertile and their interests engaged throughout.

While Chrusciel’s prose is taut and succinct, there’s a bounty of adjectives which lend themselves to heightening an already top-notch story worthy of an Indiana Jones adventure. Exotic sights, sounds and smells are described in sufficient detail such that they’re almost tangible, transporting readers to a special place where each new page heightens both the expectation and the odyssey. Whether you buy into the artifact or the meaning behind it is immaterial. Fast Track to Glory is a fast track to the afterglow that is sure to come from such a great read!

Faridah Nassozi

Fast Track To Glory by Tomasz Chrusciel is an epic tale of a very dangerous hunt for a priceless gem. When Nina Monte is called upon by the Italian Ministry of Culture to once again render her expertise in verifying the authenticity of a rare artefact, two things strike her as strange right away - the secrecy of the meeting and then the fact that much as she is expected to play a central role, she is being kept in the dark on the details of what is at the end of the quest. Pushing her hesitations aside, she agrees to take on the task and give support to the concerned parties, who include officials from three governments and a high ranking member of the Catholic church, in verifying the mysterious artefact. However, the more involved she gets, the stranger things become. All she knows is that whatever it is that the group seeks is lying at the bottom of Lake Garda where it has been for at least half a millennium. As it turns out, her initial instincts were on point as she soon finds herself running from a ruthless enemy with the priceless artefact in her custody. Moreover, it is all just getting started, for the future of humanity might just be in her hands.

Fast Track To Glory by Tomasz Chrusciel is a gripping tale bound to give its readers an amazing thrill. The plot is crafted in such a way that it is detailed, fast-paced, and kept fresh at every turn. The characters are built with real depth, with each one unique and very intriguing, adding to the mystery and suspense of the story. Whether the villain or the good guys, the characters feel real and easy to connect with, like Lammert van der Venn is who is filled with a certain darkness and yet there is something alluring about him. Fast Track To Glory by Tomasz Chrusciel is a one of a kind and memorable story with a thrilling adventure that readers will remember for a very long time.