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The Lost Codex

(OPSIG Team Black #3)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  445 ratings  ·  85 reviews
In a novel Jeffery Deaver has called “brilliant,” two ancient biblical documents reveal long-buried secrets that could change the world as we know it

In 930 CE, a revered group of scholars pen the first sanctioned Bible, planting the seed from which other major religions will grow. But in 1953, half the manuscript goes missing while being transported from Syria. Around the
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Published November 3rd 2015 by Open Road Media Mystery & Thri
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Linda Strong
Aug 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
A Dead Sea scroll with a stunning secret is discovered. The United States is under attack by terrorists. The OPSIG team has been put together to find the leaders and eliminate the threat. The team is made up of four people with specific training. FBI terrorism expert Uzi whose background was with Israel’s Mossad, and Karen Vail an FBI profiler, and Hector Santos a Special Forces veteran, and Mohammad El-Fahad or Mo, a Palestinian working for the CIA.

This is a Karen Vail novel, but I felt that s
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Another grand slam from author Alan Jacobson. The team of Karen Vail-Aaron Uziel-Hector DeSantos save the world from Islamist terrorists. Great characters. Book reads extremely quickly as the chapters fly by. Five stars. Check it out. !
Oct 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
The phenomenon of suicide bombers comes up a lot in this story, and although there’s a bit of an infodump here, I found it fascinating enough to not mind it. There’s plenty going on in the US, but our heroes end up chasing the codex through a handful of other countries and regions. It was a bit head-spinning; I’m sure it was done for the realism of it, but I admit I got a little lost for a bit trying to remember which country they were in and what they were chasing there.

Most of my knowledge of
RJ McGill
Aug 29, 2015 rated it liked it
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I won't bother repeating the synopsis here, as it has been well covered by others. I was excited to read this book - I love history - I really enjoyed Dan Brown's I thought this one would suit me to a T. ... Well, not exactly.

Alan Jacobson's new novel, "The Lost Codex" has all the elements of a great book...unfortunately, the way those individual elements are put together fall short. FBI Profiler Karen Vail has been the star of previous books, here - she plays such a minor role, that
Sep 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
An Action-Packed Thriller with a Historical Mystery

Karen Vail and her fiancé, Robbie Hernandez, are enjoying a quiet date. Hearing two gunshots, they rush into the street where they stumble across the body of an FBI agent. Karen sees the perp running away, shoots, hits him and causes a major explosion. This incident pulls Karen into an undercover assignment linked to terrorists trying to take over the United States and Europe.

The historical link is the Codex, an ancient scroll that could change
Nov 10, 2015 rated it liked it
The Lost Codex is the third novel in Alan Jacobson's OPSIG series. I had not read any of the previous OPSIG novels but I found it easy to pick this one up without reading the previous ones. I have read most of Jacobson's series with FBI agent Karen Vail.

The book begins in the Middle East with a backstory about missing sea scrolls that could have a lasting impact on religion. The story jumps to the present day in Washington DC. Karen Vail was having dinner with her fiancé when they heard gunshots
Ray Palen
Sep 17, 2015 rated it liked it
A look at the state of modern day terrorism and supposing that behind it may be the existence of a Codex that included missing sections of the Bible. This lost text would have deadly impact on the present day struggle between radical extremists and the rest of the world.

Standing in the way of this is the OPSIG Team created by author Alan Jacobson: FBI Profiler Karen Vail, Special Forces vet Hector DeSantos and FBI Terrorism expert Aaron Uziel. The novel is packed with tension and slow boiling co
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
In general, it was well written. It dragged quite a bit. It took until 13rd through before the critical focus came into play. It seems that much of it was fairly well researched. However, I found his paternalistic treatment of religion, and Christianity in particular, troubling and offensive. There was, in my thinking, a combining of good and poor scholarship without distinction.
Very few religion scholars today believe that Jesus did not exist. There is significant disagreement about the meaning
Fiona Leung
Nov 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
(I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review)

This is the first book I've read by Alan Jacobson and I'm glad I had the chance to pick this up.

The story is action-packed with interlaces from the past.

Karen Vail is an FBI profiler and she was pulled in to help investigate a series of suicide bombings attacks. There's more than meets the eye when Karen alongside her team mates discover the Aleppo Codex and the Dead Sea Scrolls and how they relate to the terrorist attacks of th
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
Received a free copy from NetGalley.
It sounded great, an terrorist plot and old book, but it just never grabbed me. I had a hard time believing so many government groups would work together. It jumped from team to team after each short chapter breaking up the flow of the story. I never related to any of the characters. I always felt like there was more going on in the background that they would get around to telling us about, but didn't. And I either didn't read the book in the series about Lond
Lisa Llamrei
Jun 05, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Escalating terrorist attacks in the US lead to the deployment of a covert special ops group. Their mission is to find ancient documents (the lost codex referred to in the title) that will shake Christianity to its core and stop a terrorist plot to place the entire western world under Sharia law.

The story is fast-paced and the plot is intriguing. Unfortunately, all the racism and misogyny made me feel uncomfortable for the whole book.

The one female member of the special ops group is constantly a
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
The author of ten thrillers, including six featuring a female FBI agent who also appears in this, the third of his OPSIG (Operations Support Intelligence Group) novels, Alan Jacobson brings to readers a depth of knowledge of the organizations and procedures that prevail in today’s technology driven world of international espionage. The result is a fast-paced story which takes the reader from Washington, D.C. to New York, London, Paris, and finally Israel all in search of the leaders of a terrori ...more
Jul 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book completely lost me on details (spoilers below!)
1) Most annoying was putting thoughts of Karen Veil in italics; there is nothing special in them, mostly attempts on ironic comments in her head on what people around her are saying. But she is not the main protagonist, so why put any special meaning to her private thoughts?
2) OPSIG and FBI can and should operate only in US, instead they run deniable operation in UK, France, Israel, Gaza, etc. CIA only has an undercover agent in the group.
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
A big book And exciting. The story covers several countries, the us, London, Uk, France and Israel. For authenticity I trAcked the places named in London and discovered location to be correct so I assume it was the same with the other countries. Now to the gist of the book. A missing Dead Sea scroll is discovered and everyone wants to have it and is willing to kill. There was quite a bit of propaganda for each of the sides and history if you were pro Arab, Jew or Christian. But in my mind, no si ...more
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Unable to put this book down it one that I would read more than once and will be recommending this book.
Vivien Tsang
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love it.
Bev Canuel
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Couldn't stop reading. Lots of info and insight on the mid east situation. I surely recommend reading this book. A fan.
Marilyn Buehler
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Good plot, relatable characters.
Linda Griffin
Dec 20, 2017 rated it liked it
I guess I misread the description. I thought the book was about a quest to find missing documents. Although that was true, the book was primarily focused on foiling a terrorist plot.
Jim Swike
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great mystery, thriller and page turner. I was disappointed by the ending, maybe you will feel differently. Enjoy!
Aug 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Lost Codex by Alan Jacobson

I know--if it has something about a lost or ancient manuscript, I'm going to give it a try. The mention of the Dead Sea Scrolls removed any doubt, and as soon as I dived into it, I saw that there was also a connection to the Aleppo Codex. Even better!

(In 2012, I read The Aleppo Codex by Mattie Friedman, a nonfiction account and was blown away by the history of the codex, the mystery of its travels, the intrigues and deceptions, and the difficulties Friedman had i
Nov 08, 2015 rated it liked it
August 6, 1953
The West Bank, Jordan
An Israeli member of the Mossad is serving undercover as a translator on a Catholic archaeological dig in Bedouin territory near the Dead Sea. An ancient scroll is discovered that portends to change religious history. And it disappears.

I snap to attention thinking, "This Prologue is powerful!

Flashing forward in time, familiar characters from earlier Jacobson's works are all brought back together for a Black Ops mission so secret even they weren't told about it
Chuck Barksdale
Aug 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

“My father was sent there to observe the excavation process, to make sure rare pieces of ancient history didn’t disappear. I mean, there wasn’t anything like this ever discovered in the history of mankind. And there still hasn’t been, seventy years later. Those scrolls, written two thousand years ago, are our earliest written record of the basis of the Abrahamic religions, including Judaism, Christianity, and Islam-they can all be traced back to those core beliefs. The scrolls told how things we
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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4.5 stars

This is the second book in this series that I’ve read, and for the second time, I was riveted. If I ever have the time, I’m going to read every book by this author. Mr. Jacobson is a wonderful story teller, weaving in so much detail that every moment seems real and believable. It was so believable, in fact, that I read every line of his acknowledgements to see for myself what sort of research he put into this story. It was impressive! I felt
Tania Godwin-evans
Aug 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love books that are based on fact and yet make a fictional book based on that fact and this is one of the many reasons I love authors like Steve Berry and Andy McDermott; and now this author.

As other books have reawakened my interest in the Templars for example, this book is re-awakening my interest in the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Israeli/Palestinian war.

Karen Vail is a psychologist with the BAU (another plus as far as this reader is concerned) although in this book she took a lesser role behi
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Lost Codex by Alan Jacobson is a highly recommended international political thriller.

The novel opens decades earlier with the unearthing of a new Dead Sea Scroll that is hinted at being world-religion-changing, the action switches to the present day and terrorists are targeting Washington. D.C.. After a bombing (and it's more complicated than that) members of the Operations support Intelligence Group (OPSIG) are called into action. The group is a team of uniquely trained covert operatives an
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
disclaimer – i received a copy of this book via open road media in exchange for an honest review.

the first bible was written in 953 c.e. and hundred years later, in 1953, while being transported from syria, half of it went missing. near that time, an ancient scroll was discovered at an archaeological dig in the foothills of the dead sea and was immediately stolen. fast forward sixty years and both documents are at the center of a religious and geopolitical struggle that is threatening to destroy
John Purvis
Feb 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
“The Lost Codex” eBook was published in 2015 and was written by Alan Jacobson ( Mr. Jacobson has published 11 novels, with this being the third of his ‘OPSIG Team Black’ series.

I received a galley of this novel for review through I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence and Mature Language. This novel is set in several major cities around the contemporary world. The primary character is FBI profiler Karen Vail, tho
Alex Telander
Sep 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Karen Vail, renowned FBI profiler, is back in her next adventure, only this time she’s doing something a little different: serving as a crucial member of an unusual team designated OPSIG Team Black as they attempt to unravel the story behind two ancient biblical documents.

With the first terrorist attack on US soil in some time, Karen Vail finds herself pulled into something much bigger than she can imagine. As she puts the pieces together and learns of the significance and implications of this a
I received an advance uncorrected proof of The Lost Codex : An OPSIG Team Black Novel from Alan Jacobson, via Net Galley for an honest review. I received the book in August, and read it in a few days.

These days it is difficult to find books in a series which stand-alone well. The Lost Codex has that distinction. I have not read the first two books in the OPSIG Team Black series, but have put them on my list to read.

The first paragraph in, I did not want to like this story. It seemed like ano
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ALAN JACOBSON is the USA Today bestselling author of a dozen critically acclaimed, award-winning thrillers. His 20 years of research and training with the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit, DEA, US Marshals Service, ATF, Scotland Yard, SWAT, and the US military bring unparalleled realism to his stories and characters—prompting the San Francisco Chronicle to write that “Alan Jacobson researches his bo ...more

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