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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Heretics' Revenge: The Final Search for the Holy Grail is a work of historical fiction written for adults by author Martin Barrett. In this epic adventure, which features no graphic content and is accessible to all readers, we find ourselves embroiled in the intrigue of a pair of intrepid questers who seek the secrets that will lead them to rediscover the hidden riches of the persecuted Cathars of the 13th century. Following clues from Nazi treasure hunters back to the very foundations of the Church of Rome itself, this is a rich and complex adventure that combines real historical details with a modern-day sense of pace and mystery.
A good historical novel can both teach and entertain at the same time, and author Martin Barrett strikes an excellent balance of both in this complex yet exciting read. Steve Jackson and Manon Lubin make a feisty pair who are able to work out the winding plot and guide us through it, but the real star of the show here is Barrett’s own narration and the extensive research and knowledge which is put into the plotline. Otto Rahn’s story particularly intrigued me, especially coming from his background and the tragedy surrounding his death, and his research into the Cathar cache is just one of many fascinating tidbits that are described with beautiful language to show off their true wonder. Overall, The Heretics' Revenge is an involved and rewarding historical read for fans of true accuracy and intrepid adventure.