Epiphany by Glenn Sartori.
In medieval Russia, a battlefield historian is commissioned to transport treasures from invasion-torn south to a haven in the north. Centuries later, four events occur simultaneously.
Grace Sawyer, on her summer sabbatical at the Rosanov Art Institute in Yaroslavl, stumbles upon a black stone from a medieval Russian treasure. Richard Simon, an art historian in New York, is solicited by a friend in the CIA to journey to Yaroslavl on a cryptic quest.
In Kiev, the brother of the president of the Ukraine is assassinated, and a group of men plan to violently end the Epiphany—the historic meeting between the Pope and the Patriarch of Russia.
Within a week, these events will mesh in a violent climax that echoes in the halls of the Rosanov Art Institute.
Review by #1 Librarian: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. #1 Librarian Reviewed in the United States on February 13, 2014.Verified Purchase. First-time novelist Glenn Sartori presents a story of intrigue that begins in Medieval Russia and then takes its readers to the present day where the world is awaiting an historic event – the joining of the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church — the “Epiphany.” Reminiscent of Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon, an art historian named Richard Simon finds himself in Russia where he unwittingly uncovers a secret plot to assassinate the leaders of the two churches. Soon Richard and art teacher Grace Sawyer are thrown together to foil the assassination plot. A series of murders, close escapes, and secret encounters keep readers guessing and eagerly turning the pages of this exciting story.
Review by Edward Farber: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Excellent Read. Reviewed in the United States on June 13, 2015. Verified Purchase. It’s a winner (as the late Jack Buck, famous St. Louis Baseball Cardinals’ announcer, used to say) for St. Louis author Glenn Sartori’s novel, Epiphany. This mystery novel blends religion, Russian history, and the art world into a fast-paced read that will grab you at the Prologue and keep you enthralled until the very last page. In between, you’ll follow Rick Simon and Grace Sawyer as they become enmeshed in murder and intrigue–even a romance that blossoms amid all the action. To continue the baseball analogy, Sartori has hit a homer in his first novel. I’m looking forward to his next.
Review by James Rehg: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. A story that works. Reviewed in the United States on January 23, 2014. Verified Purchase. A good story told by a good story teller. The plot held together to the end and had enough twists and turns to keep me turning the pages. The only negative was it suffered the same problems as the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, many characters, places, and streets and all with difficult names to remember. But that is not bad company to be associated with and is the case with many books placed in Eastern European and the Scandinavian countries. It was a most enjoyable read and a great first book. If you like mysteries, put this on our list.
Amazon Customer: 5.0 out of 5 Stars … and Patriarch together for the first time since the Great Schism of 1054. Reviewed in the United States on May 4, 2016. Verified Purchase. Prophetic in bringing the Pope and Patriarch together for the first time since the Great Schism of 1054. A good plot that kept me reading one more chapter before putting it down. Characters come across as real. Having grandparents who came from Russia and Kiev I enjoyed the challenge of the culture.
Review by Carl A Wattenberg, Jr.: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Great Russian religion and historical icons adventure. Reviewed in the United States on February 18, 2014. Verified Purchase. Plot was excellent and intriguing. It was not predictable, and people and places well described. History, geography, religion, and politics all woven into an exciting adventure. I have read it twice and it just got better. I recommend this story of Russian religious scheming and historical icons to everyone.
Review by Kathy Floyd: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Thrilling to the very end. Reviewed in the United States on September 11, 2015. Verified Purchase. Very entertaining. With this mystery of the artifacts, the upcoming Epiphany, and murders everywhere, it’s hard to keep up with all the priests.
Review by Arlene A Sartori: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Five Stars. Reviewed in the United States on July 17, 2014. Verified Purchase. Very enjoyable reading!!!!
Paperback: 226 Pages
Publisher: Prince and Pauper Press; 1st Edition (February 7, 2017)
Mystery (Action and Adventure)
Mystery (Suspense Thriller)
About The Author: Glenn Sartori is a lifelong resident of St. Louis, Missouri and graduated from St. Louis University with BS and MS in Electrical Engineering. In 1997 he married Rosanne and enjoy condo living in St. Louis County. They have two sons Michael and Jeffrey, both grown, live in different cities and have a family of their own.
Glenn worked in electronic design and engineering management at McDonnell-Douglas/Boeing, and traveled to many countries, his favorite was Japan. He retired in 2002, which is the same year Rosanne retired from teaching in the St. Charles School District.
In late 2002, Glenn started his second career as an author of text books. Along with his college friend, they have co-authored four engineering text books for Pearson Education Publishing Company. Glenn successfully transitioned to writing mystery novels and most recently published the first book of his memoir trilogy.
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