The Alexander Cipher (Daniel Knox #1)
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
But, having said that, it was all-right for the most part. It didn't totally bore me, but it was in essence just ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
“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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I can't admit to following every word of the Alexander history, but I understood ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The book was far from boring, but at some points it becam ...more
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," ...more