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5.0 out of 5 stars Blake Provides Lean, Clean Action And So Much More!, April 12, 2012
This review is from: The Voynich Cypher (Cryptology Conspiracy / Intrigue Thriller) (Kindle Edition)
I had not previously read Russell Blake and found his novel The Voynich Cypher one that immediately caught my attention and literally pulled me through the book in a day of reading! I love fast, action-packed adventure. When you can't stop reading because you want to immediately know what is going to happen, then there is no hesitation in making it a must-read for action lovers like me...

But it was the story itself which drew me in. Yes, I love to read or watch movies about lost treasures... Do you? What I found quite thrilling was that the manuscript does exist and has yet to be deciphered. Will it be? Should it be?

What is intriguing is that, often, these hunts are for documents that have a religious origin and usually relates to something that should "never" be known by the entire world. Somehow that makes it more sinister to me--and I, along with many others, wonder what it is that must be hidden...

Dr. Stephen Cross had developed an interest in older documents, many of which had been coded for secrecy and he had become a cryptographer. Later after he had started his own computer business, he had created several programs that could be used in deciphering such documents. He had studied the Voynich manuscript and had become somewhat of an expert with what was available. In fact, he had a working theory on this obscure document which had been written entirely in code. It wasn't surprising then that Winston Twain, considered one of the most respected cryptologist in the world had contacted him in response to Cross' letter. Twain had been working on the same manuscript for the past 30 years, and was curious about what Dr. Cross had in mind, especially since he had himself rejected what Cross seemed to be working on...

But then Winston Twain was murdered...

When men are put in charge of securing and protecting something by leaders of an organization--the church--where does loyalty fall--to God, to the church, or to the man/men who are your supervisors, your leaders? And does that require that you think nothing of killing others in order to perform as instructed? And how could groups of men--those who had been charged, even centuries before, know who was really to be followed, on any given day, when leaders changed? For "A man without belief in God, or conviction in a supernatural realm outside of his own scope of understand, was a danger..."

Natalie Twain had only one goal--to find out who had killed her father...

And when she came to Stephen Cross and shared that her father was dead, she shared her belief that both she and Stephen were also in danger...

It all related to the potential cracking of the code of The Voynich Cypher and now it was known that Natalie Twain and Stephen Cross just might be able to do that!

Blake is heavy on detail, giving readers a full picture of what and who was involved as the chase begins for being able to test out Dr. Cross' proposed process. The various clues are found and pulled together, and the danger and efforts are increased to keep that from happening. At the same time, Blake's keeps the narrative lean and clean of anything that is not necessary to keep readers totally enthralled and moving along with the characters as the hunt proceeds. I was captivated by the story. I've enjoyed all "the lost treasure" books and movies out these days, but for the style of writing? I consider this one of the best... Highly recommended!

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