On the trail of the lost Dead Sea Scrolls, archaeologist Daniel Knox stumbles upon a theft in progress at an ancient temple near Alexandria. Then a senior Egyptian archaeologist is violently killed, and the finger of suspicion points at Knox himself. To add to his mounting worries, his partner Gaille Bonnard is kidnapped while showing a television crew around the ruins of Amarna. She manages to smuggle out a message, pleading with Knox to rescue her, but he's locked in a police cell on suspicion of murder hundreds of miles away. His only hope of clearing his name and saving Gaille is to crack one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of the ancient world...before it's too late.
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This book is full of action, enough speculative archeology and history to make one want to read more about some of the topics covered. This story is better than the first book with the same characters. the narrator is excellent, and somehow manages to find different voices and accents for all of the characters. enjoyable.
Will Adams followed up with this sequel in great fashion. The story is fast, enjoys a lot of historic narative in the same vein as the first story, captures the conflict of cultures existing between east and west and provides a great ensamble (sp?) of characters and the narration is as good as it gets - probably earns the story an extra star. There are a few dings, the story is a good bash at Christian history, one of the key bad guys just drops off the radar and then, from a story point of view evaporates, but these things can be taken in and do not crush the story as a whole. If you like a tight thriller, fast paced action and solid dialog all taking place in an exotic local then I would highly recommend Exodous Quest.
So, I got this after finishing the first book which I enjoyed, despite a few production issues that I mentioned in my review. I was looking forward to this book but after finishing it, I just have to say that I'm pretty disappointed. It's obvious that you have to suspend your disbelief when getting into these kinds of books. However, this took that to the extreme. The coincidences of this book were just way to convenient. After Knox finds a previously unknown site, the images just happen to link to a King which creates a city where a secret tomb is hidden that crooked cops just so happen to have recently found part of, and the area where Gail is bringing people to film, and is subsequently kidnapped and held hostage in that area and uses the images from that unknown site to clue in Knox where she was located. This is just the most over arching coincidence. There are a ton of other smaller ones. Honestly, I finished it out of principal and would only recommend it if you have a credit to use and there's nothing else out there.
As he travels through his life, lived in Egypt, Knox attracts adventure and conflict like a moth to a flame. One page Knox is a well known archaeologist the next page he seems unknown. The contrast continues through the story creating an ever changing personality. The story switches from each sub-plot with the blink of an eye but the writing is easy to follow. Descriptions of the tombs and finds are to good to be true! Still a good story for those of us who probably never will travel to Egypt.
Serving God For His Glory!
I have not read the complete print edition.
Yes, I have already enjoyed "The Alexander Cipher", which I liked a bit better.
I don't think I have, but I did enjoy his performance.
The hostage scene seemed to be terrifying realistic.
I did not care for the attempt to portray the pharaoh Akhenaten and Moses as one in the same.
The title, summary and setting promised an exciting adventure mixed with a good dose of history and fiction. From my view, the story was 25% history with no characters that you could care about and a plot that was all about robbing ancient tombs. I purchased this book because of its high ratings and story line but I was misled.
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