BOOK. Steve Berry – The secret of Ghent (Antwerp)

BOOK. Steve Berry – The secret of Ghent (Antwerp)
BOOK. Steve Berry – The secret of Ghent (Antwerp)

The number of documentaries, films and books that have been published over the years with the painting The Mystic Lamb as their subject has long been impossible to list. The masterpiece by the brothers Jan and Hubert Van Eyck continues to fascinate art connoisseurs and enthusiasts all over the world. And rightly so, because the legendary polyptych still reveals new secrets and insights.

It was therefore to be expected that the American bestselling author Steve Berry would sooner or later pass through St Bavo’s Cathedral in Ghent. After all, his fans are fond of the (art) historical facts that he generously weaves into his action thrillers. In The secret of Ghent Nick Lee, who as a special agent on behalf of UNESCO has to prevent the destruction of important cultural heritage, becomes involved in the search for an awe-inspiring secret hidden in the panel that disappeared in 1934. The Just Judges would be hidden. What is the connection between the painting and a secret that has been kept for two thousand years? And where do the legendary Cathars and their fortified cities fit into this whole story? Not to mention Joan of Arc and a mysterious group of nuns. Enough material for an insanely exciting book? Absolutely, except Steve Berry is not a gifted writer and no character comes to life in the slightest. Life is not fair…

The Fountain, 394p

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The article is in Dutch

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