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The Alexander Cipher

(Daniel Knox #1)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  6,738 ratings  ·  383 reviews
Non stop adventure and death defying chases in Will Adam's outstanding debut novel. It's 318 BC in the deserts of Libya, and Alexander the Great is buried as only a God should be, placed in a Crystal Sarcophagus in a catacomb of chambers, each packed with diamonds, rubies and gold. This was how he should have remained, but time waits for no-one.

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Kindle Edition, 517 pages
Published January 7th 2008 by Harper Collins (first published 2007)
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Jul 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
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 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
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. ...more
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
Jun 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 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
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
My definition of "non-stop action" and "death defying chases" is really really different than the authors / book blurb writers. There were 2 chases, 2 chases, and a hand full of deaths that happened pretty quickly / suddenly.

Had this book been 300 pages shorter, with just the digs, it might have been ok, but never "non-stop action". More like 10% action, if that.

Sucks, and it took forever (for me, a week is forever) to finish it.
Nov 12, 2019 rated it liked it
The book was interesting but it lacked the suspense factor that would have made it an outstanding book. I liked the character of Daniel Knox and I believe he will develop over time...but the majority of the characters were just a little too much on the unrealistic side in their reactions. Fans of the thriller genre with an interest in Egyptology and Alexander The Great will find that there is a great deal to like here...but those of us that seek more action and adventure in our books will find t ...more
Sep 10, 2010 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 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
Dec 26, 2020 rated it liked it
The book is not as captivating as the title! The history is difficult to follow without being properly introduced and explained to the reader,the thrill and adventure seems a bit pointless at times and the characters are lacking development. Overall, disappointed in the book since I'm usually a lover of archeological thrillers! ...more
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Just what I needed in-between epic fantasy series. A quick, easy read. It was a fast page turner, with an exciting plot. Maybe the characters weren't very strongly built, or maybe the Points of View swapped between too many of them, but it was very enjoyable. ...more
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, suspense
I loved this book. Can't wait to read the rest of the series!
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Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 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
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobooks, thrillers
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 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
Aug 21, 2011 rated it liked it
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 rated it really liked it
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 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
3.5 stars
I liked this book. It was not too long and fast-paced. I wasn't crazy about any of the characters though, and won't be running out to get the next in the series, which is why it got 3.5 stars. I will look for the rest of the series at some time in the future, but feel no urgency or particular attachment to the book. It did the trick of entertaining and I did learn a little bit about archaeology. I would describe this as a far less fantastical version of a Dan Brown book if that makes an
Sep 04, 2014 rated it liked it
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
517 pages - this info is missing from product details.

The Libyan Desert, 318 BC
There was a freshwater spring at the lowest point of the cave, like a single black nail at the tip of a twisted, charred and mutilated leg. A thick layer of lichen and other scum clotted its surface, barely disturbed in centuries except to ripple and shiver at the touch of one of the insects that lived upon it, or dimple with bubbles of gas belched from beneath the floor of the surrounding desert.
Sep 24, 2016 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 ...more
Oct 18, 2016 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. ...more
May 27, 2009 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!
Aug 20, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: adventure
There was a certain amount of adventure but not enough historical information for it to be interesting. Still a good read though!
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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 Alexande

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