Thursday, 2 June 2011

Kim's Review: Alexander Cipher

The Alexander Cipher introduces an Indiana Jones type character with Daniel Knox a disgraced American Egyptologist with 25% Bedouin heritage, currently biding time as a diving instructor for hire in Sharm el Sheikh.

In Will Adams, first book: The Alexander Cipher Knox tries to unravel the mystery behind the whereabouts of the remains of Alexander the great and his magnificent catafalque. The action constantly shifts from Sharm to Cairo to Alexandria to Tanta to Siwa and to the Suez. Adams has an interesting style akin to the filming of Jack Bauer's 24.He focuses on different characters, shifting the narrative to their respective points of view and then leaves the character in a cliff hanger before moving to the next.

This technique makes his books unputdownable and I often felt like skipping sections to continue where the current character's tale continued.

In The Alexander Cipher, Knox has quite a few people gunning for him - an influential shipping agent, the head of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities, a rich Macedonian businessman and the daughter of an Egyptologist he used to work with. But he also has friends who would do anything for him.

Alexander today is identified as a Greek hero, but his empire was actually the Macedonian Empire. Most of the region was divided by the Treaty of Bucharest of 1913, following the Ottoman defeat in the Balkan Wars of 1912-1913. Greece, Serbia, Bulgaria each took control of portions of Macedonia.

Macedonian seperatists, a corrupt Head of the SCA, opportunistic locals - all have their own motives and agendas for finding the tomb. The Alexander Cipher is peppered with a lot of trivia from Egyptian and Macedonian History.

Its a wonderful read and quite unputdownable. A real page turner. I can't wait to read the next in the series

Rating: 4.5/5


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