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No Greater Sacrifice by John C. Stipa | Book Review

No Greater Sacrifice by John C. Stipa | Book Review No Greater Sacrifice by John C. Stipa
Genres: Fiction, American Literature
Original Publication Date: 2009
Source: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Find the Author: Facebook, Goodreads, Amazon

No Greater Sacrifice. When archaeologist Renée d’Arcadia is summoned to France for the reading of a will, she is plunged into a maelstrom of deceit and destruction. Her challenge: solve a 100-year-old mystery originating from a sinister church where nothing is as it seems. Renée joins forces with David Arturo, an ex-helicopter pilot with a troubled past, to interpret clues cleverly hidden in tombstones and classic works of literature to find artifacts scattered across Europe. Racing against time, Renée and David must overcome their inner demons to outmaneuver a network of evil bent on destroying them. What they find in each other just might provide answers to some of mankind’s oldest myths.

No Greater Sacrifice by John C. Stipa is an exciting novel. It combines many different genres in one book. History, romance, archeology, mystery, thriller, and religion are all included. It is a rollicking ride from start to finish.

No Greater Sacrifice Gets Off To A Strong Start

The novel has a complicated and densely written plot.  The book is quite long — almost 400 pages.

The main characters have real-life quirks and passions all their own.

No Greater Sacrifice begins with the murder of a priest in 1917 in France and the murder has remained unsolved.

Fast forward to the present day. The main protagonist, Renee d’Arcadia, is an archeologist.

Renee is running out of time because she’s been diagnosed with leukemia.

Stipa Has Created Exciting Characters

Renee is already quite fearless. Her leukemia diagnosis gives urgency to everything she does.

She meets David Arturo, and they are soon embarked on a wild adventure.

This involves racing around various European cities.

Because of this, there is a whole evil network racing to destroy them.

David is a troubled ex-helicopter pilot:

Not that most people cared about character. Outward appearance was what society emphasized. It wasn’t right. Character should be tantamount — integrity, bravery, and compassion are the things by which all men should be judged.

David is fascinated by Renee. They share many of the same interests. As a result, they feel a strong physical attraction. They don’t immediately act on that attraction.

David and Renee are pursued all over Europe by the “bad guys.”

This evil network of criminals will do anything to destroy Renee and David.

Final Analysis

If you enjoy romance, adventure, or mysteries, you will enjoy this book.

The book doesn’t just entertain. It involves such diverse topics as archaeology, religion, and literature. You become completely involved in Renee and David’s world.

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About John C. Stipa

John C. Stipa is the author of adventure, mystery, and romance novels including The Angel Solution, The Foiled Knight, and No Greater Sacrifice. He has also published several short stories with his writing groups.

I love books, writing, film, and television.

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