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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
The Alb by Luis Rousset is the story of a detective on a fascinating journey in which he has to find out the truth behind the disappearance of a very powerful man and an even more powerful ancient artifact. The story follows Alan Leary, a detective from New York hired by a man named Anton Deville, who is trying to find the real reason behind the mysterious disappearance of John Engelhard. Engelhard is the CEO of Horizon Mining, a company that is conducting mineral exploration in Peru. It all began when a team of geologists found an Inca tomb that was filled with priceless artifacts and a beautiful white tunic.
Excited about the discovery of such a rare and well preserved tunic from an ancient tomb, Engelhard travels all the way to Peru to see it with his own eyes. However, within a few days of his arrival everything is destroyed. The campsite is ravaged and everyone is killed. When Engelhard’s belongings are found on a dead body, everyone thought that he was dead! However, it is later revealed that the body belongs to someone else. To make matters worse, the tunic is gone. The tunic is supposed to have superior powers; it is believed to have been worn by an Inca deity. The tunic is called the alb and now it is Alan’s job to find out what happened at the campsite and to Engelhard. Is he alive? Did he kill everyone so that he could take the alb? Or is he a victim?
Intense, dramatic and very, very entertaining, The Alb is a mystery that you will love to read. Try as I might, I could not guess what would happen next and how the novel would end. I loved the fact that the author kept me guessing and I had to literally read till the final page to learn how it was going to end. I really enjoyed Alan and how he traveled around to find the truth. The mystery became personal to him and, once he got started, he could not stop and I really enjoyed that about him. This is a really interesting novel and I truly enjoyed it. Brilliant!