Sunday, December 1, 2013

An Elegant Solution

by Paul Robertson
Bethany House Publishers

Robertson's Latest Mix of Rich History and Deadly Murder. 

For young Leonhard Euler, the Bernoulli family have been more than just friends. Master Johann has been a demanding mentor, and his sons have been Leonhard's allies and companions. But it is also a family torn by jealousy and distrust. Father and sons are engaged in a ruthless competition for prestige among the mathematical elites of Europe, especially the greatest prize: the Chair of Mathematics at the University of Basel, which Johann holds and his sons want. And now, their aspirations may have turned deadly.

Lured into an investigation of the suspicious death of Uncle Jacob twenty years ago, Leonhard soon realizes there's more at stake than even a prominent appointment. Surrounded by the most brilliant--and cunning--minds of his generation, Leonhard is forced to see how dangerous his world is. His studies in mathematics have always been entwined with his thoughts on theology, and now, caught in a deadly battle of wills, he'll need both his genius and his faith to survive.

My review:

I would definitely place this title on the "Intellectual Intrigue" shelf. I'm more of a mystery and historical romance sort of gal, and this one was so different and distinctively colorful. Rich in descriptions and character development, it was an instant win on my list. It was a mystery, drama, sci-fi with a refreshing historical backdrop that was marvelously stunning, remarkable and brilliant. 

The attention to detail is particularly astounding, and I commend Robertson for the excellent writing that brings the life of Swiss physicist and mathematician Leonhard Euler to life. My favorite moment was when Leonhard solved the Reciprocal Squares, a problem that no one in his field was able to solve. This novel was so different than what I'm used to reading, and I was impressed all around with the story contained therein. Something different for anybody that is sick of the same drivel in writing. 

This book was provide by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.

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