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The Exodus Quest (Daniel Knox #2)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  2,664 Ratings  ·  138 Reviews
Facts collide with fiction in the pulse-pounding sequel to the highly praised The Alexander Cipher, featuring archaeologist Daniel Knox.


On the trail of the lost Dead Sea Scrolls, archaeologist Daniel Knox stumbles upon a theft in progress at an ancient temple near Alexandria. Then a senior Egyptian archaeologist is violently killed, and the finger of suspic
Hardcover, 326 pages
Published April 29th 2010 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2008)
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Three (3) stars to Will Adams's The Exodus Quest. There were some good parts, but there were also some parts that were a bit hard to get through. In the end, I am glad I continued reading this series, but I'm a bit skeptical to read the next one.

Daniel Knox, famed Egyptology archaelogist expert, stumbles upon a piece of pottery that he believes has been stolen from a current dig and could reveal a connection between the birth of the Jewish exodus from Egypt thousands of years ago. At the
Bobby Underwood
Nov 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are looking for a fun read full of ancient Egyptian history, this mix of adventure and romance is a rollicking good time. The second book to feature archeologist and adventurer Daniel Knox, and his partner Gaille Bonnard by Will Adams is that rare instance where what we read between the binding actually lives up to the fun promised on the cover.

Unlike books in this genre with a more serious vibe — or perhaps pretension — the reader isn't really meant to take all this too seriously. Once y
Mar 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very nice book, with a quick plot, many historical parts and of course with a lot of adventure!
Kathleen Kelly
Mar 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have always been interested in all things Egyptian so I was excited to read this book. Unfortunately, as seems to be a habit of mine, I did not read the first in this series. Although I will after reading this novel. This book had an interesting theory about the possibility that Akhenaten and Neffertiti were Adam and Eve. There also seems to be other circumstances where there are parrallels between the Bible and Eqyptian history. Whether this is true or not is not for me to say but I did enjoy ...more
Jun 21, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This has got to be one of the all-time worst books I think I've ever encountered. Apparently, it's an attempt to jump on the bandwagon for "The DaVinci Code" because it makes the most ludicrous attempt I've ever even begun to read that the followers of Akenaten (The monotheistic Egyptian pharoah) was actually, in fact, Moses!!

I can't even begin to describe the author's "proof" because he constantly contradicts himself all through the book. This is a total loss!
Eleonore Caron
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Daniel Knox reminds me of Indiana Jones with his relaxed manner except when someone he cares for is in danger.

"On the trail of the Dead Sea Scrolls, archaeologist, Daniel Knox stumbles upon a theft in progress at an ancient temple near Alexandria. Then a senior Egyptian archaeologist is violently killed ,the finger of suspicion is pointing at Knox. To add to his worries, his partner Gaille Bonnard is kidnapped while showing a television crew around the ruins of Amarna. She manages to smuggle out
Sep 08, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: thrillers
When I started reading the second book by Will Adams I thought that I might like it more then his debut. Because the book felt more balanced and all. And I have to be honest, the story sounded promising and I was excited to read more.

But the further I got, the more I got annoyed. And in the end I am not sure why Will Adams needed so many pages for this story. It was all a bit too confusing, especially when you needed more than 2 days to read this book.
Plus, he did the same mistake he already did
Elizabeth  (Thoughts From an Evil Overlord)
The Exodus Quest is an Indian Jones-type adventure for the New Millennium!
I love Will Adams' style of writing, with short sections usually ending in a cliff-hanger, and each section rolling into what is happening in another locale with the other characters. One would think that it would be easy to find a place to stop in such a book, because there's always a good break, but it made me keep reading because I wanted to know how the storyline that had just had a break would play out. This one kept
Tim Kubiak
Sep 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you like the first Daniel Knox story you'll love this one. Similar twists and chases but a nice story line, good recurrence of characters from the fist book and an interesting mix of less than Wholesome Christian Motives in an Islamic world
This could have been much a much better book. But isn't because it really seems like it can't decide what it actually wants to be. An interesting, surprising ancient revelation. or an action story. Unfortunately, it ends up feeling like it falls in an unenthusiastic heap somewhere between the two.

The idea that Akenaten was the beginner of an idea of Monotheism (the doctrine or belief that there is one god), that possibly lead to the Jewish and the Christian 'God', isn't a new theory. But it is p
Feb 01, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The blurb for this book on this site begins by saying that "fact collides with fiction." Well, that at least is accurate. Unfortunately, fact gets knocked clean out and tossed from the book right away. I found it amusing that this book makes fun of a character who writes books that put forward wild and sensational theories about history. This character gets taken down a few pegs by an archeologist who points out his complete lack of evidence, yet the author happily goes about his story inventing ...more
Sep 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A girl's body is found in the desert and an odd artefact discovered on a market stall of Alexandria lead to two different but interwined investigations that call up questions about history and all it portrays and leads Daniel Knox, Egyptologist, into scandal and danger.
A fascinating historical mystery. I really enjoyed reading about Egyptian myths and theories and about the different interpretations of the bible; they were obviously well researched and made sense which meant it made extremely in
brian dean
This is a sequel to "The Alexandria Affair" or something like that. Perhaps all the character development was in taken care of in that book.

This is the Da Vinci Code on ____, well, one of those drugs that makes people go fast and be jittery and not eat anything. The Da Vinci elements are there; action followed by cliffhanger, followed by learned and believable theories of ancient times repeated again and again. The thing is, each of those segments is likely to be little more than a page long. Th
Nina Gayle
Jul 13, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book offensive for its portrayal of Christian characters. One of the main villains is a Christian preacher who repeatedly tries to murder the main character, Daniel Knox. The Christian students who are working at the dig are portrayed as dumb. The only Christian character who is a good person is a minor characer named Claire, who is not introduced until the last part of the story.

The plot of this story is well-paced, but far-fetched. The characters are poorly developed. The views o
Sos Jay
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is too much like a formula book: one of those best sellers that are constantly written by the same people, and they're all the same. I don't know, but I don't like it. I think it's lacking personality.
Jun 23, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
American archaeologist Daniel Knox is closing in on a magnificent find, a
previously unknown Dead Sea Scroll. Instead, he stumbles on something even more startling: an ancient temple near Alexandria. The story sounded interesting to me but was told in such an uneven manner I didn't finish it.
Sep 26, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book was very interesting & a great way to pass Yom Kippur.
Annette Gisby
Jun 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: conspiracy
Great religious thriller, if you like things like the Da Vinci code, you'll like this. I actually preferre this book to Will Adams' first one, The Alexander Cipher, but both are pretty good.
Dec 26, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Published 2010. A so-so thriller not particularly fresh plotting. Best part is early in the book when there is a debate about Moses possibly being one of the pharaohs in Egypt.
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
great story of the mysteries of ancient Egypt rolled into a modern mystery.
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice read

Fast paced,though a bit confusing for the historically challenged. Part of a series; best read in order. A nice read.
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Except for a handful of action scenes this is mostly conversations, etc. talking about or giving info on obscure archaeological information and some really far out theories. Just a long drawn out thread of a story which is mostly Knox's whole escape/hiding out routine that sounds like a Keystone Cops type of scenario. I ended up skipping a lot of it and still being able to follow the story.

I found an inconsistency (maybe more) in this book regarding a bible verse. Kostas and Augustus are talking
Sep 28, 2010 rated it really liked it

Adams brings back archaeologist Daniel Knox back for a second adventure after his premier in The Alexander Cipher.
The novel starts with Knox coming across what would appear to be evidence of tomb robbers when he is offered a legitimate artifact while in an Alexandria market. The object is a bowl that has a lot of similarity to the pottery that was connected to the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Out of concern that someone might be picking over and selling important historical items, Knox reaches out to the E
Nov 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in a series that stars archaeologist Daniel Knox. The first was called "The Alexander Cipher." Adams does a great job with his series of melding Indiana Jones and Robert Langdon into a single character. With this novel, evidence pops up that might totally redefine Jewish history while also exploring the most controversial of the Egyptian pharaohs, Akhenaten.

It all stars when a mysterious lid comes into Knox's hands while he is in Alexandria. It is clearly of historical va
Valentin Mihov
Jan 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: just-have-it

American archaeologist Daniel Knox, introduced in The Alexander Cipher (2009), is closing in on a magnificent find, a previously unknown Dead Sea Scroll. Instead, he stumbles on something even more startling: an ancient temple near Alexandria. Soon Daniel finds himself on the hook for a murder he didn’t commit; meanwhile, his partner is being held captive hundreds of miles away, and Daniel is her only hope of rescue. This is the kind of thing that Matthew Reilly and James Rollins do really

Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book tremendously and hoped that the author would come out with another book I really liked, but he hasn't. I found this book intriguing.
Jennifer Eifrig
Apr 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I stumbled upon this book in the local dollar store, of all places, and for the price I figured I couldn't go wrong. About fifty pages in, I thought, wow, the thinking man's Dan Brown. About 100 pages in, I thought, this is silly, I should read the first book in the series first. Off to the library, and I came home with The Alexander Cipher (which I'll review separately). I finished that book in a day, and resumed this one.

This is thriller with an added bonus for Egyptology geeks like me. I real
Sep 24, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure why it didn't hold more interest for me. Many are interested in new developments that really shed another light on historical interpretations. For instance, the Rosetta stone, the Dead Sea Scrolls, new findings that say more about living during the zenith of the Mayan Civilizations, etc. This did present a variety of very realistic situations in moddern day living (at least the last 100 years or so archaelogy framework. I think, if not the characters, who and how they were was very ...more
Shane Stafslien
As with Mr. Adams first novel (The Alexander Cipher), the historical content this fictional tale was built upon was quite interesting and I really enjoyed the main premise behind this story involving the origins of monotheism, the heretic Pharaoh Ahkenaten and the biblical account of the Exodus of the Jews from Egypt (certainly good fodder for "what if" type of musings).

The main characters of this story were a bit drab for me, especially the primary protagonist Daniel Knox. He seemed to be more
Hannah Alice
Apr 07, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted so much to like this series. Normally, I love these kinds of stories. I'd read the first book, The Alexander Cipher, and shared the feelings of many of its other reviewers on here - poor character development, particularly in regards to the female characters who were either patheric Mary Sues with no backbone, or haughty, stuck-up bitches.

Nevertheless, I saw it through to the end and blamed its shortcomings on a lack of writing experience on the part of the author. It was his debut, I
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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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