The Medusa Amulet by Robert Masello
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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Robert Masello's The Romanov Cross.

Benvenuto Cellini, master artisan of Renaissance Italy, once crafted a beautiful amulet prized for its unimaginable power—and untold menace. Now the quest to recover this legendary artifact depends upon one man: David Franco, a brilliant but skeptical young scholar at Chicago’s world-renowned Newberry Library. What begins as a simple investigation spirals into a tale of dangerous intrigue, as Franco races from the châteaux of France to the palazzos of Rome in a desperate search for the ultimate treasure—and an answer to a riddle that has puzzled mankind since the beginning of time. Aided by a beautiful young Florentine harboring dark secrets, pursued by deadly assassins, and battling demons of his own, Franco must ultimately confront an evil greater than anything conjured in his worst nightmares.

About Robert Masello

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ROBERT MASELLO is an award-winning journalist, television writer, and the author of many books, including The Medusa Amulet, Blood and Ice, Vigil (which appeared on the USA Today bestseller list), and Bestiary. His articles have appeared in such publications as the Los Angeles Times, New York magazine, People, and Parade. His television credits include such popular shows as Charmed, Sliders, and Early Edition. He is a long-standing member of the Writers Guild of America.

Author Residence: Santa Monica, CA

Author Hometown: Evanston, IL
Published April 26, 2011 by Bantam. 530 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Crime. Fiction

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Interspersed with the chapters following David’s search are chapters which follow the artist Cellini’s involvement in the story, from the creation of the mirror, to the discovery of its powers by his favorite model, to his eventual trouble with Pope Paul, which led to the mirror’s loss.

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In this less than successful thriller with supernatural trimmings from Masello (Blood and Ice), Dante expert David Franco, whose beloved sister, Sarah, has advanced breast cancer, unexpectedly gets an offer that could enable him to save her life.

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One night after a lecture, he receives a cryptic offer: A woman named Kathryn Van Owen asks him to track down a legendary piece of art created by Benvenuto Cellini, an artist from the 16th century.

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Chicago Tribune

Picking up on the autobiography's fascination with the occult, Masello invents an unknown work, "The Key to Eternal Life," in which Cellini detailed his creation of La Medusa, a mirror containing drops of the water of immortality.

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