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The Alexander Cipher (Daniel Knox #1)

3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  4,329 ratings  ·  279 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
Paperback, 464 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 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 08, 2009 Donald rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Darkpool (protesting GR censorship)
Nov 12, 2010 Darkpool (protesting GR censorship) rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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
Valentin Mihov

Starred Review Apparently everybody hates Daniel Knox, an American archaeologist turned dive instructor who is currently living in Egypt. There’s the nasty Hassan, his rich Egyptian boss, whom Daniel beat up in order to keep him from raping a young woman, and Hassan’s even nastier head of security, Nessim. There’s Gaille Bonnard, the Egyptologist who blames Daniel for the death of her father, and Nicolas Dragoumis, the wealthy industrialist whose own father seems oddly determined to ruin D

Πάνος Τουρλής
Χμ....Καλό....Από τη μια έχουμε ωραία και σοβαρά ιστορικά στοιχεία σχετικά με τη ζωή του Μεγάλου Αλεξανδρου και τη διαδοχή των Πτολεμαίων. Τις διαμάχες των αρχαιολόγων για τον ταφο του Αλέξανδρου στη Σίβα. Γίνεται ακόμη και αναφορά της Ελληνίδας αρχαιολόγου που υποτίθεται ότι τον ανακάλυψε το 1990 αλλά δεν ήταν αυτός. Έχουμε αρχαιολογικούς όρους, αγωνία και δόξα του αρχαιολόγου, που μπροστά στη φήμη ισοπεδώνει τα πάντα. Έχουμε έναν πανίσχυρο μεγιστάνα και αρχαιοκάπηλο. Έχουμε κι έναν Μαγκάιβερ. ...more
Eva Laginha
“O código de Alexandre”

“O código de Alexandre” é uma estreia que saiu muito bem ao seu autor.
O ritmo da história é alucinante, os factos são sequenciais e os acontecimentos fluem com muita naturalidade, prendendo a atenção do leitor e levando-o a não parar de ler.
A história gira à volta de Alexandre, da carruagem fúnebre usada para o seu funeral e do local escolhido para depositar o seu corpo.
Para quem gosta de romances históricos, é uma leitura deveras interessante, pois os factos conhecidos
Daniel Knox is an outcast archaeologist and part-time dive instructor working in Egypt when a piece of gallantry suddenly means that he must go on the run to Alexandria to avoid painful and probably deadly retribution. At the same time an ancient tomb possibly linked to Alexander the Great is uncovered in Alexandria. This attracts some pretty unsavoury Macedonian separatists who wish to recover Alexander's body for their own nefarious motives.Knox begins to work on the site of the tomb but soon ...more
Marika Alexander
I have to be fair to the author and genre by stating that I don't usually read books of this type. I was wanting something different, something to be suspenseful and easy reading. Which this is. But it left me dissatisfied for many reasons- the plot twists that I had been hoping for (a la Dan Brown revelations) were not surprising in any way. The characters were not very developed, and especially the love story between Daniel Knox and Gaille Bonnard doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me. There ...more
A friend gave this book to me cause she thought I might like it. It’s about Alexander the Great and I love all things Alexander the Great. I’m from Macedonia so that makes sense. Yeah.

It’s a history inspired, mystery kind of book (what a sentence huh?). It’s about the search for Alexander’s tomb. There is this rich family that supports archaelogical research involving Macedonia. There are other people that just want the gold that is supposed to be in the tomb. Others are thrown in for good measu
Jean Hontz
Daniel Knox is a down on his luck archaeologist stuck in Egypt where he’s radioactive and cannot work on any dig. So he takes a job as a dive instructor for a notorious gangster so he can earn enough money to pursue his own quest for anything having to do with Alexander.

When Knox, knowing better but doing it anyway, defends a young woman from the gangster he suddenly finds himself pursued across Egypt.

Meanwhile, several other people suddenly come upon clues that might lead them to Alexander’s t
Jill Manske
I'm giving Adams the benefit of the doubt with 3 stars; it should really be 2.5 stars. Billed as an adventure thriller, the book reads like a movie script, which is perhaps what Adams had in mind when he wrote it. It was interesting to learn more about Alexander the Great and about Macedonia, and the characters were fairly well written. My biggest gripe with the dialog is that the lead character, Daniel Knox, is supposed to be American. But he certainly talks like a Brit (which Adams is). Why no ...more
Christine Blachford
Never judge a book by its cover, but it was clear that this was going to be one of the archeological adventure books that takes some kind of myth or legend and it expands on it for a good romp across the globe. With that in mind, it was a very well done book of it's kind, keeping you guessing about the double-crossing characters, wondering what mishap would occur next, and what the next stage in the journey would be.

I can't admit to following every word of the Alexander history, but I understood
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.
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
Cym Lowell
Will Adams creates a new thriller character destined to be a long-running series of best sellers. Daniel Knox is a knock-around archaeologist in Egypt with a history of interesting relationships with his brethren and sponsors.

The supervisor of a construction project in Alexandria stumbles onto a potential site of the final resting place of Alexander the Great, whose body was coveted as a justification for power by his successors in Egypt, the Ptolemys, Alexander’s native Macedonians.

The race beg
This is an exciting book, albeit not outstanding. Will Adams apparently loves to conclude chapters with a cliffhanger, which makes the book a page-turner. The German title is a little bit misleading, as it suggests a connection to religion one way or another - the plot has nothing to do with Christianity whatsoever, it's about finding the final resting place of Alexander the Great (his body and the treasure that is supposed to be with it).
The book was far from boring, but at some points it becam
Lis Carey
Grand Central Publishing, ISBN 9780446404709, March 2010

Once again, I listened to the audiobook. The narrator is excellent.

Daniel Knox is an archaeologist who, due to some unfortunate events a few years previously, is currently earning his living as a dive instructor, currently employed by an Egyptian gangster, Hassan. When he gallantly, if foolishly, rescues a young woman the gangster is raping, he finds himself on the run and in hiding, and is quickly abandoned by the young woman he "rescued,"
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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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