The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. A completely engrossing, eerie story that tumbles through timelines, telling the stories of a professor, his mentor, and the infamous Vlad the Impaler. (Paired with Relic Ritual Red 2009)
The Historian. I stay away from over-long books and should have with this one. Vampires, Dracula -- not my thing, historical research & Oxford libraries were the draw. People kept disappearing which helped initially but was overdone by end. Places visited provided a bit of armchair traveler but characters needed work. Not the worst book I've read but not in the top 1000.
Late one night, exploring her father’s library, a young woman finds an ancient book & a cache of yellowing letters addressed ominously to ‘My dear & unfortunate successor’. Her discovery plunges her into a world she never dreamed of – a labyrinth where the secrets of her father’s past & her mother’s mysterious fate connect to an evil hidden in the depths of history.
America’s 92-year-old Street Priest: "He and his brother Philip Berrigan, a Josephite priest and World War II combat veteran, along with the Trappist monk Thomas Merton, led some of the first protests against the Vietnam War. In 1967 Philip Berrigan was arrested for nonviolent civil disobedience and was sentenced to six years in prison. Philip’s sentence spurred Daniel to greater activism. He traveled to Hanoi with the historian Howard Zinn to bring back three American prisoners of war."