Egyptologist Daniel Knox's lifelong fascination with Alexander the Great and his tomb, a fabled wonder of the ancient world, could be the death of him. After construction workers excavating in Alexandria expose a catacomb dating back to ancient times, Knox eagerly sneaks in to scout the cavernous and dusty site. Among the relics he finds clues that may solve one of the world's greatest mysteries: the last resting place of Alexander the Great. An unconquerable warrior king, Alexander was the single most powerful man on the planet and thought to be a god.
Now, nearly 2,500 years later, the discovery of his tomb, seemingly lost forever, is within reach, triggering a deadly hunt for one of the greatest treasures of all time. Knox is not the only seeker; others are after the prize, and they would kill to win it.
In the spirit of the great adventure-thrillers by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, Clive Cussler, Raymond Khoury, and Steve Berry, The Alexander Cipher is a rip-roaring ride through history, archaeology, and the great deserts of Egypt.
©2009 Will Adams (P)2010 Tantor
“A razor-edged thriller that delves deeply into crumbling tombs and ancient secrets. Explosively paced and tautly told.” (James Rollins)
"This is a hugely entertaining thriller, very much in the vein of Matthew Reilly: an adroit mixture of action, character, and history." (Booklist)
"A plausible, fun heist-thriller that compels the [listener] to wonder, What if?" (Library Journal)
Probably not, because in the printed version one would be able to see where one chapter ends and the next begins. When listening to a book, it's vital that the reader (or sound editor? SOMEONE) pause between chapters so the listener can follow the story.
It frequently took me a sentence or two (which I then had to rewind and listen to again) to realize we were in a new scene or chapter - just annoying.
I really enjoyed the style and scope of this story. The history was interesting and the characters well written. the narrator, David Colacci, was really good. My biggest issue was that the book switches characters throughout, which is fine, but there was zero break between them. You had to focus hard because otherwise the character you were listening to is suddenly 800 miles away and switched genders. I would have loved a solid Three second break between shifts. Aside from that issue I really enjoyed the book.
Avid audible listener for over 10 years.
This is your run of the mill adventure book set in Egypt. As the name indicates, the characters are searching for the long lost tomb of Alexander the Great. It's pretty much like Indiana Jones with the bad guys chasing the hero, and the hero continually escaping from their clutches. There is some interesting history, but overall the story and the writing are only B average. The one difficult part of listening to the book on tape is that the story is told from many characters' viewpoints, so it is difficult to keep track of who is speaking. The narrator does a decent job, but is still confusing at many points in the story.
I would rate this a fair "mindless" listen, but nothing really special. It did leave me wanting to know more about Alexander as a historical figure and I have added a more biographical novel on him to my wish list.
I liked this one. History, suspense, but not a hard-core thriller. I liked the main character and some of the supporting cast and would like to see them in another story.
intriguing, complex, enjoyable
I enjoyed the setting being in Egypt, and the hunt for a forgotten tomb.
The narration was interesting, giving a good flavor to each character.
I always love finding new authors who write great stories. And Will Adams fits that description perfectly. History is full of stories of people searching for Alexander the Great's body and his wealth. Will writes an excellent story that flows well and makes for a great listen. Our hero saves lives, gets the girl, and becomes the hero in the end. Well, not exactly and that is one of the best parts of the story. The ending lays the groundwork for the next story and a definite antagonist.
An excellent narration by David Colacci as well.
Looking forward to the next episode.
I didn't like when scenes changed, you couldn't tell right away because he didn't pause long enough. He reads the first sentence of the next scene right away and at first it was confusing. I'd find myself lost for a moment. Got used to it and then it didn't bother me too much. Also, I didn't like the way he did the female voices. They sounded too fake.
Yes, but it would be too long to listen to all at once. I did, however, listen to 4 hours each way on a trip and it was fine.
I thought the plot was good. I liked the history given about Alexander the Great. Also, the author used very descriptive language which gave great visual mind pictures. I also found myself wanting to find out what was going to happen next. It moved quickly with lots of adventure! I would look forward to the next book if it is as good as this one. I hope the narrator does a better job, though.
While this historically based novel does include many learning opportunities, and the plot is acceptable, it is not as good or as gripping as the similar books by Steve Berry.
My other complaint was that the American protagonist used too much British phraseology to believe he was an American. Even though voiced with an American accent, he constantly used words such as "sodding", "bollocks", saying he was "keen" on something, and calling his friends "mates". It interferes with the credibility of the character. Other than that, the plot was the requisite discovery of millennia-old riches lost to history. Not very original, but not a bad read.
The reason I gave it 4 stars was that it did include some interesting historical facts, making it not a complete fantasy.
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