Review

The Lady in Blue

by Javier Sierra

In
the mid-1600s, a nun named Sister Maria Jesus de Agreda appeared to
Indians in the Southwest, but she never left her home in Spain. She
was called the Lady in Blue by scores who saw her descend in a
blinding light, wrapped in a long blue cape. It is claimed that she
was responsible for the conversion of a great number to
Christianity. But how did she do it?


In modern Italy, Father Giuseppe Baldi has been working on a secret
project for years, along with several like-minded others.
“According to Baldi, music modulated the frequency of our
brain waves, stimulating centers of perception capable of
navigating through time.” Only a handful of people understand
its wide-ranging possibilities --- among them, theologians,
military strategists and music scientists. Not only do they believe
that one’s consciousness can travel through time, they
believe that certain sound frequencies can physically transport
persons of a special receptiveness notwithstanding time nor
tangible barriers.


This mind-boggling theory called bilocation came as no surprise to
Father Baldi and his team working with the tones. Naturally, the
Vatican wants to keep the knowledge under wraps. But Carlos Albert,
a Spanish journalist with an enthusiasm for odd news, once wheedled
a few nuggets of information from Father Baldi and struck out to
discover their significance. Now he’s back, looking for some
answers. The Vatican is also looking for some answers from Baldi.
He has been summoned to come before his superiors and justify his
“indiscretion.”


The priest makes the obligatory trip to Rome, hoping to first meet
with Father Corso, one of the “four evangelists”
working on the project called Chronovision, before his appointment
at the Vatican. Whatever happens, their work must not be canceled.
Baldi figures that maybe with Corso’s help, they can devise a
plan to minimize the perceived damage. Unfortunately, Baldi arrives
to the chaotic scene of a fresh tragedy. Father Corso’s body
lies crumpled in the courtyard below his balcony. Was he pushed to
keep him from speaking with Father Baldi?


As Carlos, the journalist, is following where the signs lead him
and Baldi is grieving the loss of his friend, a therapy patient in
Los Angeles, Jennifer Narody, is describing her troublesome
recurring dreams to Dr. Meyers. She reports vivid visions of an old
friar, a “lady of blue light” and geographic locations
she has never visited. Research proves these people existed --- 300
years ago. So why do they appear to Jennifer in her dreams now? One
explanation termed it “remote viewing.” Jennifer
travels across time and space as she sleeps. For what
purpose?


The clues lead Carlos to Jennifer, they lead Baldi into a trap, and
they lead the reader to a conundrum of a conclusion where the
mystery surrounding Father Corso’s death is resolved and the
point of the entire book comes full circle on the last page. Even
were it not for the clever juxtaposition of mind travel and
religion, the cunning placement of a death at the heart of the
story provides an irresistible temptation to read on.


When the last word has been read, ask yourself: Is THE LADY IN BLUE
a tale of science fiction, an account of a rare divine gift, or a
work of fiction meant to tie together unexplained circumstances and
mortal mysteries? Javier Sierra’s great novel will have your
mind working overtime.















Reviewed by Kate Ayers on December 30, 2010

The Lady in Blue
by Javier Sierra

  • Publication Date: June 19, 2007
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Atria
  • ISBN-10: 1416532234
  • ISBN-13: 9781416532231