I just finished The Einstein Prophecy and what an adventure it was.
This was not my typical read; even though I partake across many genres. I must admit it started off a little slow and I wasn’t sure where it was going in the beginning. On a side note: I’ve read a lot of stories lately dealing with the same time period. Like All the Light We Cannot See and The Nightingale, The Einstein Prophecy is set during WWII. And. . . they are all currently on the New York Times Best Sellers List. I’m not certain why, but it seems more than mere coincidence.
(Back to the story). It’s about a US soldier who is an art professor by education and he ends up in the quest to reclaim fine art that Hitler has stolen or art that’s hidden away in an attempt to keep Hitler from stealing them. Unfortunately, some of these artifacts are boobytrapped and our protagonist becomes injured. He returns to his university job when an uber important artifact is delivered to him for study.
That’s when things start to go a little crazy and our hero just happens to be boarding across the street from none other than Einstein himself. Obviously this is historical fiction and though Robert Masello takes liberty with history and real characters, he does so with talented flair.
Though there were some odd fantasy moments in the story, I liked the novel. It was a treat to get to know Einstein in real life and our hero played his part well. Amazon described the novel this way,
As war rages in 1944, young army lieutenant Lucas Athan recovers a sarcophagus excavated from an Egyptian tomb. Shipped to Princeton University for study, the box contains mysteries that only Lucas, aided by brilliant archaeologist Simone Rashid, can unlock.
These mysteries may, in fact, defy—or fulfill—the dire prophecies of Albert Einstein himself.
Struggling to decipher the sarcophagus’s strange contents, Lucas and Simone unwittingly release forces for both good and unmitigated evil. The fate of the world hangs not only on Professor Einstein’s secret research but also on Lucas’s ability to defeat an unholy adversary more powerful than anything he ever imagined.
From the mind of bestselling author and award-winning journalist Robert Masello comes a thrilling, page-turning adventure where modern science and primordial supernatural powers collide.
This was, I believe, the first time I’ve read a Robert Masello novel. Which is crazy because he’s published traditionally many titles through Simeon and Schuster, Penguin, and Random House. Though The Einstein Prophecy is his latest release, his last two most popular novels were:
Both of which were highly acclaimed.
So for a change of pace read The Einstein Prophecy, it’s a quick read and you’ll enjoy Einstein’s character; I did.