Wednesday, 22 September 2010

THRILLER REVIEW: The Messiah Codex - James Becker

Release Date: 08/07/10


AD 72: A band of warriors march across a mountainous wasteland. Only they know what they carry. And once they've reached their destination, they must all die to protect it. AD 2010: In a crumbling mansion deep in the English countryside a piece of ancient parchment has been found. Written in arcane code is the answer to a mystery that has explosive implications. Enter Chris Bronson. Determined to solve the mystery that has puzzled scholars and thinkers for nearly two millennia, he embarks on a journey to one of the most remote and hostile parts of the world. But someone is following him. Someone desperate to protect the centuries-old secret. And who is far more dangerous than he could ever have imagined...


Fans of the Urban Thriller will absolutely love this offering, and whilst it’s perhaps Dan Brown that’s the name that’s most established with it, there are authors out there that bring solid offerings to the fore that will engage as well as thrill the reader.

What James Becker does is good solid fare, has great idea’s and manages to back them up with a believable duo who work well together and bring strengths to each others weaknesses that make them a great couple to follow. Whilst it is a secondary excursion for this duo, it’s not done in any way that you have to have read the original which makes it more pleasing to the reader. I’m really looking forward to future titles from this author as the sheer escapism is magnificent. Great stuff.

1 comment:

Pat Hollett said...

Reading the excerpt I immediately thought of Dan Brown as well and The DaVinci Code. It sounds very similar. You've done an excellent job of reviewing and comparing this book by James Becker. Thanks for the insight. :)