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The Fourth Descendant

af Allison Maruska

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When Michelle receives a call from a Richmond historian, she sees the chance for a much-needed adventure. All she has to do is find a century-old key.Three others - a guitarist, an engineer, and a retiree - receive similar calls. Each family possesses a key to a four-lock safe found buried in a Virginia courthouse, though their connection is as mysterious as the safe itself. Their ancestors should not have interacted, had no apparent reason to bury the safe, and should not have disappeared thereafter. Bearing their keys, Michelle and the other descendants converge in the courthouse basement and open the safe, revealing the truth about their ancestors - a truth stranger, more deadly, and potentially more world-changing than any of them could have imagined. Now it's up to them to keep their discovery out of the wrong hands.… (mere)

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Needless to say, I was excited to find out that I had won two books signed by the author in Dan Alatorre’s First Word Weaver Contest in May 2017. The first book I delved into was, The Fourth Descendant. I loved it so much, I had to review it.

The story begins by introducing the reader to four different people, whom each receives a call from Alex Pratt, a representative from the Richmond Historical Society requesting his or her presence to help solve a mystery.

Recently, the city had done some renovations to the courthouse where they found buried beneath the floorboards a wooden box that contained a mysterious letter giving directions to a safe built into the basement wall that included four deadbolts.

Also included in the letter, was the puzzling information that each of the four letter signer’s descendants would possess the keys to open the deadbolts. All four keys were needed to open the locks at the same time.

The four descendants are unusual. Michelle Jensen is a wife and mother, the descendant of a Chinese immigrant. Jonah, a guitarist, is the descendant of a freed African slave. Damien, an engineer, is the descendant of an Irish immigrant; and Sharon Ellis, a widower, the direct descendant of an original English Colonist.

The four individuals have nothing in common except for the fact that somehow their ancestors had collaborated on something of great importance. Each of them agrees to pursue the mystery of the four keys.

Little do they know, but the secrets revealed to the four descendants lead them into discovering not only their ancestor’s pasts but their own futures. I found the characters to be well developed and realistic in their endeavors.

This book is an incredible mystery filled with suspense that drips off the pages much like a Dean Koontz novel. I could not put it down. Filled with twists and turns, this saga will keep you on your toes trying to figure out what happens next. The ending was not what I expected!

MY RATING:

Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 stars ( )
  ColleenChesebro | Jan 2, 2018 |
The Fourth Descendant by Allison Maruska
This book starts out with a man contacting the others whose family also possessed a special key.
They are told to find it and they'd meet as a documentary film is to be created as they open the special vessel.
What I like about this is the action, adventure, travel to various places and just the thought of this book.
It's so believable that this could happen and I enjoyed reading it and following along as other events occur that bring them together, some closer than others.
Wish this concept was as easy to administer in today's world to help others.
Summary of other works by the author are highlighted at the end.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest review. ( )
  jbarr5 | Aug 9, 2017 |
Another one I don't really know how to rate. Well . . . that's not really true. I know what I want to rate it. I just don't know what to write in here. If I had the ability . . . hmms. I'd rate it somewhere between 4.25 and 4.65. Maybe. Or, if I just had 1/2 stars to play with and not many decimal places, I'd just rate it 4.5.

I've had access to this book for a longish while now. But it took me a while to try it. Truth be told, the only reason I started it was because it was on my kindle. And I was in a train station with no access to the internet. And I wanted to read something. Some time in the seemingly distant past I had, somewhat randomly, added the book through Kindle Unlimited. So, when I wanted something to read . . . I randomly chose this book.

All that is kind of boring I know. I did say I didn't know what to say about the book. It isn't really the normal kind of book I read. It kind of falls into one those "conspiracy thriller" type categories. Which I don't read. And to which this book kind of falls, but not enough for me to be happy that I said that it kind of did. As someone who did like that probably would be confused by my inclusion of this book in that category.

A hundred years before the start of the book four individuals locked something in a safe in a court house in Virginia. There was no inherent reason any of these people would have known each other. At least, that's what the people who found the safe thought. It sounds like the beginning of a joke. A "chinaman", an "Irishman", an "Englishman" and an "ex-slave" walk into a courthouse. Insert joke here. Right, so the Asian fella, the immigrant from Ireland, the guy whose family came over and settled in Jamestown, and the ex-slave walked into a Richmond courthouse and locked something into a safe. A safe with four keys. Keys sent to their families to be safeguarded.

The story opens, as I noted, a hundred years later. A local historical group found the safe. Found the story about how four families locked the safe. And had, maybe, the keys. And set out to find these families, and the keys.

Four random people are reached. A young Asian-American mother of two, a young environmental scientist, a young musician with dreadlocks (that's the Irishman descendent), and one retired woman. These four strangers come together, mostly reluctantly, to find out what their ancestors left for them to find.

Took me a few days to get to the 43% mark, though after that I finished the rest of the book relatively quickly. Was a deeper, more emotional book than I excepted. A more satisfying book. I'd recommend it.

Not sure who I'd recommend it to, as I still don't know what categories to put it into. But I recommend it. Vaguely. Randomly. ( )
  Lexxi | May 21, 2015 |
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When Michelle receives a call from a Richmond historian, she sees the chance for a much-needed adventure. All she has to do is find a century-old key.Three others - a guitarist, an engineer, and a retiree - receive similar calls. Each family possesses a key to a four-lock safe found buried in a Virginia courthouse, though their connection is as mysterious as the safe itself. Their ancestors should not have interacted, had no apparent reason to bury the safe, and should not have disappeared thereafter. Bearing their keys, Michelle and the other descendants converge in the courthouse basement and open the safe, revealing the truth about their ancestors - a truth stranger, more deadly, and potentially more world-changing than any of them could have imagined. Now it's up to them to keep their discovery out of the wrong hands.

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