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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on October 14, 2012
This book had a lot of potential: good prologue, interesting, initial set up. However, even flipping between England and United States was confusing, (although that could have been the fault of the editing) characters and circumstances that at first were intriguing, did not maintain my interest. The pay off at the end, did not satisfyingly connect with the long, involved and scattered plot details.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on November 17, 2012
It is not the kind of story line I expected. It got confusing to where I could not keep with the story line. The end of book had no actual finish.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 22, 2012
I truly enjoyed this book and could not put it down once I began to read, in fact the Kindle could not turn the page fast enough.
An interesting concept with good strong characters I hope the whole series comes on the free books section although I am sure they will be worth buying.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on May 29, 2013
I was persuaded by the reviews I found on this book to download the sample chapter - and from then I just read on to the end. I found this book extremely interesting and spellbinding. It starts in Mexico many years back when a codex is discovered and, yes, you guessed it, a number of murders follow. But why? And what is this codex?

This book then gets the old juices flowing in the brain again, as you try to piece together where the author is taking you, and its connection to the events many years past in Mexico.

What stole the show for me in this book was not so much the plot, which was intriguing, but the characters (Detective Steve Sumner is dead-pan and cool!), and the really good dialog the author strings together. It's almost addictive listening to the conversations between the characters as they try to unravel what is going on. It takes a while to really figure out what is going on, but there is enough intrigue and suspense to get you to turn each page. And just when you think "I gotta go to bed and get some sleep", the pace picks up to an exhilarating climax. OMG, I was up to 2 in the morning with this one. A good read that doesn't let you go.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 15, 2013
While it may start out a bit slow if you stick with it you will find that it is a diamond in the rough. The story has a great concept and the characters are well thought out. However, at times it may seem to have been a bit too ambitious it is still worthwhile reading. Give Dave Lacey a try, you will not be disappointed.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 29, 2013
This book had me hooked from the start.
The story opens in 1965 in Mexico with a Prologue to the main story and then moves into the current day. There are several threads to follow both in England and America which although seemingly unrelated, lead the reader towards the conclusion of the book.
The characters in this novel are very well developed, especially Detective Jack Sumner, who is down to earth with a good sense of humour. The dialogue between Jack and his partner Smithy is particularly well written, giving the reader an excellent view of their relationship and insight into their respective characters.
Throughout the story, the author maintains the suspense, and although light is shed on various situations, the full story isn't revealed until the very end of the book.
This is an exception novel from a debut author and I look forward to the next book in the trilogy which is due out later this year.
The author has been reading Jo Nesbo who I am a great fan of, and I will now read Conn Iggulden because of his recommendation.

Well done, Dave Lacey, I cannot praise this book highly enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 30, 2013
Slow starter, but steady action. One can get lost in this author's ADHD writing style, however, I was still able to keep up.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 23, 2013
I came to Dave Lacey's book under the impression that it was a vanilla detective story. However, the book also blends in Dan Brown-style mystery, and this begets an intriguing confection.

The mystery is introduced at the beginning of the book, wherein the discovery of a beautiful codex on an abandoned airstrip east of Nuevo Tortuguero, Mexico sparks a series of murders. The middle of the book follows detective Jack Sumner and his sidekick Smithy as they attempt to fit together the puzzle pieces of these bizarre and inexplicable killings, which are somehow linked to the US government.

I was particularly impressed by the concluding chapters, in which Lacey skillfully ties together the disparate plot elements, and ultimately leaves the reader on tenterhooks.
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on July 16, 2014
Despite more than a few typographical errors be they misplaced words, improper punctuation, wrong tense, misspelling, or altogether the wrong word... It is easy to overlook these editing errors as the book is otherwise quite well written. It was a satisfyingly suspenseful work full of twists and turns that kept me turning the pages at home, in public, and even at work, until finally I've reached it's conclusion. An easy to follow abundant cast makes this quite an enjoyable read, and I look forward to continuing the series, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good quick read. Though not an entirely short book, it did only last me a few days when reading 3-4 hours/day, but it quickly progressed into an exciting story that kept me coming back. Kudos to the author and keep up the good work!
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on May 3, 2014
I picked up this book on a whim, and it turned out to be Damn good. Drags a little, but that is the nature of this type of novel. I will definitely read the next one in the series.
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