By Martin Walker
In an excellent and impressive mystery that mixes parts of Jean Auel's The extended family of the Cave Bear and Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth right into a riveting, multifaceted story of affection, artwork, braveness, and conflict, Martin Walker brings to existence the production of a unprecedented paintings of prehistoric cave paintings and the fight to own it in our personal time.
Walker's richly interwoven novel opens with the coming of a mysterious package deal for a tender American lady operating in a London public sale residence. introduced by means of a British officer, it features a 17,000-year-old fragment of a cave portray left to him through his father, a former international struggle II hero.
The fragment, major and lovely in itself, can also be the main to the life of an un-known cave that could be extra very important within the historical past of paintings and human production than the world-famous one at Lascaux. It triggers a hurricane of exposure and instructions the eye of the French professionals the entire method as much as the President of the Republic, who turns out to grasp extra in regards to the painting's origins than someone else...
As the younger American girl, the British officer, and a French govt paintings historian discover the traditional province of Périgord to figure out the painting's origins, their seek serves as backdrop for 3 compelling tales. there's the story of the British officer's father who lands in Nazi-occupied France in 1944 to arrange the Resistance, culminating in a sequence of battles to avoid the SS Das Reich Panzer department from attaining the Normandy seashores in time to repel the D-Day invasion, which ends up in an account of the following discovery -- and cover-up -- of the misplaced cave and its work. and there's additionally the relocating tale of the younger artist who painted them, the lady he enjoyed, and the traditional tradition that produced the 1st recognizable human paintings yet required the sacrifice of its personal creators.
Filled with brilliant, traditionally actual info and imaginitive re-creations of prehistoric existence, The Caves of Périgord blends a posh plot and richly diversified characters right into a seamless narrative of romance, tragedy, and heroism from previous to give.