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The Alexander Cipher: Daniel Knox, Book 1 | [Will Adams]

The Alexander Cipher: Daniel Knox, Book 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

“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)

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    Trasi Sandston, VA, United States 06-08-13
    Trasi Sandston, VA, United States 06-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    "needs better chapter breaks"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Alexander Cipher to be better than the print version?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John S MA 11-22-13
    John S MA 11-22-13 Member Since 2005

    Avid audible listener for over 10 years.

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    "Okay but hard to follow on tape"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Corona Del Mar, CA, United States 09-16-13
    Lisa Corona Del Mar, CA, United States 09-16-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Intrigue and History - a pretty good mix"

    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.

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    Renae Rockwall, TX, United States 09-09-13
    Renae Rockwall, TX, United States 09-09-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Not the best narrator, but..."
    Any additional comments?

    if you can get use to his cadence - it's a good listen.

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    William 07-14-13
    William 07-14-13
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    "Alexander was great!"
    If you could sum up The Alexander Cipher in three words, what would they be?

    intriguing, complex, enjoyable


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the setting being in Egypt, and the hunt for a forgotten tomb.


    What does David Colacci bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narration was interesting, giving a good flavor to each character.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen United States 07-07-13
    Stephen United States 07-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A Rollicking Fun Story."

    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.

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    budsmom Baltimore, MD 06-30-13
    budsmom Baltimore, MD 06-30-13 Member Since 2013

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    "An "Indiana Jones" type adventure!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Alexander Cipher to be better than the print version?

    don't know


    What other book might you compare The Alexander Cipher to and why?

    don't know


    What didn’t you like about David Colacci’s performance?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Janels 05-20-13
    Janels 05-20-13
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    "Channeling Steve Berry and Indiana Jones"

    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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    Kindle Customer 04-10-13

    Serving God For His Glory!

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    "Quite an Adventure"
    What made the experience of listening to The Alexander Cipher the most enjoyable?

    I enjoy adventure books that involve archaeology. This is similar to Boyd Morrison series of Tyler Locke thrillers like "The Ark".


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot builds slowly and reaches an exciting climax in the last few chapters.


    What about David Colacci’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed his voice and he did an excellent job!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When they finally find Alexander the Great's Tomb.


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to listening to the next book in the series "The Exodus Quest". I hope that Will Adams will write more books. I would have given it 5 stars if there wasn't some many "F Bombs".

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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