The thriller part of this novel is fast moving and intense. The heroine, Michelle discovers a reference to the Cathars in an old diary. Her search for the truth drags her out of the ordered world of academic research, propelling her into a battle with violent and dangerous opponents.
Every so often the action stops for the encyclopedia part of the book. The author demonstrates in depth knowledge on a vast range of activities plus the history of the Cathars, the Knights Templar and religious immigration to Canada. Being UK based I appreciated this new view of the Cathars and the possibility that they continued to exist in Quebec. Corporate style publishers wouldn't be pleased to come across all this information as it slows down the action, but I enjoyed it. Except for the Inquisition part. Chilling and highly relevant, the detail terrified and sickened me..Torture in the name of divine love. A bitter truth about many religions.
The spiritual quest part of 'Black Dove' peaked in, what was for me, a revelation about the inner teachings.of the Cathars. I was as shocked as Michelle. Then it all made sense. Love for all creation, every part. The continuing message of the Cathars.