In the opening pages The Tavernier Stones is compared to Dan Brown’s Lost Symbol, and I’ve gotta tell you, that worried me a bit. I actually liked Brown’s more successful books, but he has a bit of a reputation among writers as being… how do I say this nicely? Of being a bit of a hack (I’m not calling him that, I’m just repeating what I’ve heard) so I was a little concerned when I cracked open Stones.
I didn’t need to be. Parrish IS similar to Brown in that he wrote a tale I couldn’t put down and he amazed me at the amount of research he put into this book. The difference is he can really write AND he created characters that have depth. And I actually liked them.
Stones follows four storylines as they search the globe for the elusive Tavernier Stones. Parrish’s experience as a cartographer and gemologist (neither of which I was aware of prior to reading it in his bio — shame on me) makes this tale both plausible and riveting.
That said, what are you waiting for? Go buy it!