Sven Grossman Club of Immortals (Klub nesmrteľných)
MY FAVOURITE BOOK
My favourite free time activity is reading. Literature is for me a passion because it consists of fun, edification and knowledge. The books, which interested me, are those, which theme is actual, gripping and well processed. I like also themes from history and future – that means I like both: facts and fiction.
I would like to present you a book, which I read with bated breath. It is an intriguing thriller which story is situated into England and Egypt, in second decade of 21st century. The author of this book is Sven Grosman. The title implies what is all story about - THE CLUB OF IMMORTALS.
The story begins at cemetery in Oakbury. Two men, Mike Bellows and Rupert Harding, dig the tomb of Henry Forsberg, hoping that they discover the biggest sensation of our times: he is immortal, he never dies!!! And really – the coffin is empty! But the night and scaring atmosphere of place creates so terrifying pictures in their minds that they hopelessly run away. After some months inspector Northclife is called to resolve complicated case: somebody murdered someone in the family sepulchre of respectable family of Werner. He finds some strange tracks, which leads deep into the history of discovers of archaeology. Foreigner in horrible state of health is meanwhile bring to the hospital. He has a cancer in such a waste extent of internal organs, that it is almost a miracle that he is still alive. He speaks an unknown language and doesn’t remember, who is he and where does he came. He arouses the interest of public concern but is stolen sooner than the medical research can only start. The tracks lead to the strange relations between history of both families: Werner and Forsberg. After the examination of witnesses and investigation of all circumstances inspector Northcliffe finds out a mystery: Henry Forsberg and Jonathan Werner didn’t die! When they were in Egypt on an archaeologist expedition, they discovered a secret chamber in the Big Pyramid of Giza. There was some kind of mould, which caused that they couldn’t die – they “ live forever”. Northcliffe is for his reveal considered to be a fool and failed from his work. He goes to the pension but he still wants to find out all about this case. So he search on his own. After two months (during these months he was travelling across the Europe, but he couldn’t forget on this mystery) he finally meets these two immortals.
Henry Forsberg tries to explain, why they wanted to stay in anonymity and wanted to clear up all misunderstandings. This dialogue between Northclife, Forsberg and Werner ends the first part of a book, situated in England. Second part is dedicated to the Werner’s and Forsberg’s searching for secret chamber in pyramid in Egypt. Here they meet their “old pal” Mike Bellows, who lives a poor life of beggar in here (Egypt). And (according to my opinion) here is the second conflict of a book. The finding of chamber and the chase for our two archaeologists realised by colonel Chalid and Bellows – these two criminals want the treasure they doubt is hidden in the chamber.
The first conflict is in the first part – the searching and investigation that is done by inspector Northcliffe.
But back to the story: at the end, Werner and Forsberg are in the chamber, but they realised that Bellows damaged the mechanism which can open the way back, so they are imprisoned here. Bellows’ grasping for treasure, gold and fame caused his death – two big stones in secret corridor crushes his legs and bleeds to death. Step after step and hour after hour, Werner and Forsberg finally finds the way out from this internal pyramidal labyrinth…
Henry Forsberg – educated archaeologist, faithful and devoted friend, skilled in therapeutics.
Jonathan Werner – the member of sophisticated family, but an adventurous type of man, intelligent and learned in archaeology.
Inspector Northcliffe – a man who never gives up, he opposes to all and tries to find out the real circumstances of all case. I think that he is a bit tied in manners but he has great deductive ability.
Book has 31 chapters. 25 chapters are situated in England and last 6 chapters in Egypt.
I really like this novel because it is catchy and I was really scared reading the parts about immortals and adventures in Egypt. I think that the author has a great skill (or talent) to describe the characters and country. His feeling for foreign countries – such as England and Egypt – is really tremendous. He couloured all smells and colours of Egyptian market vividly, so you feel like you are here, like you see it all through author’s eyes.
I would like to recommend it to those readers who like a little bit of freezing on a back during reading.