This is a highly entertaining and clever book. What I like best about this book is that the main character is based on a real person by the name of Nicholas Flamel.
The real life facts: Nicholas Flamel's home still stands in Paris today. When the author (Michael Scott) came across Nicholas Flamel's house (which is now used as a restuarant) the idea for this book started to take shape.
Nicholas Flamel was born in 1330 in Paris. Even today he is considered the greatest alchemyst of his day and legend says that he discovered the secret of imortal life. Records show that Nicholas died in 1413. However, his tomb is empty.
Now, to the book: Michael Scott has great fun with the true-to-life mystery of Nicholas Flamel by supposing that Mr. Flamel really did discover the secret to imortal life and still lives in current day San Diego where evil forces seek him out so they can steal his secrets. Michael Scott also weaves in threads of mysticism, mythology and and other historical facts and binds them together to create this fantastical tale.