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The Alexander Cipher (Daniel Knox #1)

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  5,618 Ratings  ·  336 Reviews
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 wor ...more
Published July 15th 2010 by Tantor Audio Pa (first published 2007)
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Well... The first thing that bothered me was the fact that the author did not write a plausible American male character. FYI: "wanker" is a typically British term. Why did the guy have to be American anyway? It didn't matter to the storyline. The second thing was the female love interest, Gaille. The term "milquetoast" could have been created just for her. What a wimp! And no moment of grace. One of the things I remember most about my fiction writing class is that idea that the important charact ...more
May 05, 2009 Donald rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Donald by: Miriam Parker of Hachette Book Group
Thrillers like this one, by their very nature, are page turners. I love stories of Robert Langdon and Indiana Jones. The historical lessons are inspiring; the archeological finds stir the imagination. I have a new name to look for when I want a good thriller: Daniel Knox.

As usual, I cannot vouch for the historical information presented in this book. But what I will say is that I found it to be plausible and possible. The themes presented regarding Alexander, the historical period of Alexander’s
Kiera Healy
I see that the description of this book begins "Non-stop adventure and death-defying chases". Yes. That's pretty much it.

This is a fairly dumb adventure set in Egypt, focusing on the search for the tomb of Alexander the Great. Every chapter ends on a cliffhanger - and not just every chapter, but every scene. As you can imagine, sometimes these cliffhangers are rather poor as a result. My favourite is when the chief love interest meets the head baddie, and the scene ends with something like "As s
The treasure quest mystery novel has long been a favorite of mine and The Alexander Cipher by Will Adams did not disappoint! I remember reading one of Adams' later novels (perhaps even a Daniel Knox [main character in this series] one) but decided to start from the beginning just to be safe. I added The Alexander Cipher to my reading list earlier this summer and decided it was time to switch off of my other favorite, the cozy serial.

While I am a history buff and a bit of a language guy, I had to
Lewis Weinstein
Although the premise is interesting, this book had too many plot lines and characters for me to follow. Maybe that's my fault, but I got tired of being confused and having to work so hard, and so I stopped reading.
If it weren't for the very well written setting of this book, I don't think I would have finished it. But I'm a sucker for "sense of place" and Adams' ability to put me in Egypt with the archeologists and thugs who populate this book held my interest until the very end. Reading the plot and the characters, unfortunately, was not that enjoyable. There are twists upon twists, crossed back stories galore, and characters who speak in multiple English dialects for no known reason. The historical refe ...more
Juliet Doubledee
Written in an Indiana Jones genre, author Will Adams has created a character who uses his intellect, rather than physical force, to escape one predictament after another. The main character Daniel Knox is a knock-around archaeologist in Egypt with a special interest in Alexander the Great. After having a run in with a well connected millionaire Egyptian and escaping to Alexandria to figure out where he can safely go to avoid being killed; Knox becomes involved in a site that has been uncovered b ...more
When I read the first book in the Daniel Knox series by Will Adams, The Alexander Cipher is a total package of action-adventure and historical fiction for this thriller. Set in Egypt, this is reminiscent of the Indiana Jones movie trilogies. Plenty of action, danger and suspense, when we're introduced to Daniel Knox and the characters in the novel. My heart sank, when Gaille and Daniel revealed about loss in their family, the same for Elena on her husband, and my heart ache on Mohammed's sick da ...more
Jun 05, 2008 Anica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
I have a huge thing for mystery thrillers. :D And this one is no exception wasn't as good as I expected it to be. The beginning was way too boring and long. It kinda mattered in the end, but there were way too many details which just were not important at all.
The middle part and all the historical/or not so historical parts (whatever!) regarding Alexander were great though. It really turned out to be a pageturner.
But then, there was the ending. *siiiiigh* I felt like the author had n
Jun 25, 2011 James rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In truth I never finished this book. I got to the climactic ending scenes and to be honest I just didn't care enough - I had so many better things to be doing. And that alone has made me downgrade this from the steady three stars to a measly Two Stars, because if there is ever a sign of a bad book, it's when you are the final few pages and you just couldn't give a damn what happened.

But, having said that, it was all-right for the most part. It didn't totally bore me, but it was in essence just
Darkpool (protesting GR censorship)
Sep 10, 2010 Darkpool (protesting GR censorship) rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people with a high pain threshold
Note: I listened to this as an audiobook. Also it is possible this review includes material that some sensitive souls may regard as spoilery. If you are a sensitive soul, not only should you stay away from this review, but the actual book as well I think!

Had a love hate relationship with this one, and consequently find myself torn between the 2-star "it was OK" rating and the 3-star "liked it". Aspects of it were utterly fascinating, but all too often I found myself shouting in frustration at t
Apr 25, 2009 Cameron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
My review is not going to bee to good even though I gave it three stars. I think it is mostly because it was not the right time for me to read this book. Everything seemed good about it but for some reason it just dragged on for me. Characters I did not care about and his writing style was not very good for my taste. HE kept trying to keep the suspense moving by having people in conversations about stuff that is not important and then when it comes to the last line of the conversation he moves o ...more
وسام الدين محمد
Because Alexandria is my home city. I liked this novel very match. Will Adams succeeded to build a full scene for my city as a background for his thriller about Alexander the great tomb.
Feb 02, 2010 Aaron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adams weaves history, suspense and modern Balkan politics in his debut novel, which is centered around the various tombs of Alexander the Great. The hero of our tale is Daniel Knox. He was a well-respected archaeologist before some controversial event happened a number of years previous. Now, he lives in Egypt and makes a modest living as a dive instructor and leading tours in the waters around Alexandria. His quiet life takes another turn after he helps rescue a woman from the clutches of one H ...more
Andrea Roady
This book was a disappointment. I got the audiobook version to listen to while I work. I think the majority of problems were with the writing, but some were also with the narration. I suspect I would have liked this book better had I physically read it, which is why I'm giving it two stars instead of the one I'm inclined to assign it.

The narrator's emphasis made Knox, the main character, sound like a sarcastic meathead of a lump. The women were weak, petty, and unsympathetic, and the Egyptian an
Feb 23, 2010 Rachael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A lot of this book reminded me of Indiana Jones and the Worst Movie Ever (the 4th installment that we are pretending never happened). While Daniel Knox is not faced with surviving a nuclear blast with only a refrigerator for protection (Adams is probably saving that for the next book), he does manage to get knocked unconscious time and again, shot, and otherwise roughed up. Following each incident, he not only comes out unscathed, but able to mentally and physically excel. Perhaps Adams finished ...more
Cj Wilkins
The Alexander cipher is a mystery/treasure hunter book about an American archeologist living in Alexandria named Daniel Knox. He gets in trouble with the local warlord, Hassan, and he is being hunted down from the moment the book starts. He meets up with a friend to hide from Hassan, but when he figures out that his friend is working on a archeological dig, he has to go check it out. What he finds there gives him a clue to one of the biggest mysteries of all time, where Alexander the Great's bod ...more
My parting thought with this book was that it was very Dan Brown-esque. Whether that is to be taken as a compliment or a critique, I will leave to the individual to decide...

It was an entertaining page-turner and served it's purpose of providing a distraction while I was reading it everyday at lunch, but it certainly wasn't the best book I've come across. There were plot lines and characters that seemed superfluous and served only to confuse me, however the topic and the pacing were quite inter
Mar 07, 2011 Meaghan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: other-fiction
I loved this book! It is exactly what I've been looking for! The plot was well put together and the way Will Adams weaved the storylines together reminded me somewhat of Jon Land in his Ben Kamal and Danielle Barnea series. I liked the characters and look forward to reading the next book in this series. I have only one criticism, "speeded". Now maybe this is just me being picky, but I'm pretty sure that "speeded" isn't proper English adn that it should be "sped". If this had just come up once, I ...more
Jul 12, 2010 Vickie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whew! I now want to become an archaeologist and dig in the dirt and learn more about Alexander the Great...
There was a lot of backstory that I hope will be covered in the future books of this series. The explanations of Alexander and his demise were interspersed with a whole lot of action and people getting whacked and drugged and kidnapped while searching for the final resting place of Alexander. A good mixture for me to get me back in the thriller mode that I've been neglecting for, lo, these
Have I read worse books?
Yes. Yes I have.

Alexander Cipher was nothing to write home about. The plot was pretty… average. It reads like a quickly written Dan Brown book. All plot comes first and the characters are wedged into their boxes in order add the right amount of drama at each chapter of this hero's journey.

it was a little contrived and a little too soap opera-y for my tastes, but it's not bad for beach reading. And it does a good job of dropping a lot of Alexander the Great trivia into a
Sep 24, 2016 Monica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book wants to be a Dan Brown book. The history was cool, but everything was dull. Gaille was a wimp; Knox was flat- he did absolutely nothing, except run away from people. For me this book had two paces- chase chase chase, and history lesson. I didn't care about the characters, and I didn't care enough about the plot to finish the book
Oct 18, 2016 Bita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is very Indiana Jones like. Some history. Lots and lots of chasing . Some really unnecessary parts. I hated that they constantly referred to Gaille as 'the girl'. She is like 25 years old and very highly educated. Also it seems like the entire time they were going from one place to another in Egypt. Should have enclosed a map.
May 27, 2009 Cynthia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good thriller, fast paced and interesting characters. For an excellent and more indepth review of this book, look up donald conrad on goodreads!
Marius van Blerck
A rather nice but fluffy Indiana Jones type archealogical thriller with assorted baddies of the Macedonian and Egyptian variety.
Laura Brown
I'm not one of those people who can't finish a book. I've put down plenty of mediocre stories and never returned to them, and came close to doing the same with this book a number of times.

Will Adam's Daniel Knox is a hybrid of James Bond, Han Solo, and Indiana Jones, minus the sexy swagger and dry humor that makes any of those characters interesting. "The Alexander Cipher" also trends dangerously close as a title and concept to "The DaVinci Code." The book takes a long, meandering route to tell
Dec 25, 2016 Reina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very nice read

Fast-paced, action-packed.
Minimally disorienting a few times.
Will make a great movie, a summer blockbuster.
Looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
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"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." –

Elizabeth Sulzby
Oct 17, 2010 Elizabeth Sulzby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ned mcmarbles
Historical fiction that focus mostly on current day archeology concerning Alexander the Great, Greece, Macedonia, and--as I am hoping--the library at Alexandria. I like what I've read so far and found one of his later novels to have "meat on the bones."
I noticed quite a few other reviewers had trouble with Daniel Knox as "an American." I accepted him as a person with many backgrounds and travels. On page one he identifies himself as bedouin ethnicity. That led me to finally look up bedouin, wh
Feb 28, 2011 Kermit rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrill-action
Den zweiten Band um Abenteuer-Archäologe Will Knox habe ich vor einigen Jahren geschenkt bekommen und "Die Jagd am Nil" hatte ich als gute Unterhaltung im Stil von Indiana Jones in Erinnerung. Aber mittlerweile bin ich mir nicht mehr sicher, ob mein Urteilsvermögen da nicht doch unter einer Überdosis Schokolade gelitten hat. Denn dieses Buch und witzige Action-Archäologie haben ungefähr so viel gemeinsam, wie Wasserläufer und Seekuh.
Lesen lassen hat sich das Ganze eigentlich recht angenehm. Wenn
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Will Adams has tried his hand at a multitude of careers over the years. Most recently, he worked for a London-based firm of communications consultants, before giving it up to pursue his lifelong dream of writing fiction. His first novel, The Alexander Cipher, is a modern-day quest to find the lost tomb of Alexander the Great. Published in November 2007 by Harper Collins, it is being translated int ...more
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