Like James Becker's first novel involving British cop Chris Bronson, this is an easy, quick read. There is plenty of action, dead bodies, goodies and badies - all that you'd expect in the religious thriller genre. As for the plot, it is very easy to understand and there are no surprises. It is a standard romp around Morocco, Jerusalem, Qumran, and the final resting place (I won't say where so as not to spoil it), in the hunt for the missing relics. These relics, or the big secret, are certainly important and could have catastrophic implications for the Middle East if this was true instead of fiction. Things are pretty much self-explanatory and take the expected course. Characters remain the same throughout and do not change course - except for one but you can see that coming from the start.
As with the previous book in the series characterisation remains poor with little background. Characters are all rather like cardboard, and the heroes, Chris Bronson and his ex-wife Angela Lewis, need (and deserve) more fleshing out. The stilted relationship between them (Bronson wants to get back with Angela, and she's not too sure) is painful reading and adds nothing to the story. However, Bronson and Angela are agreeable and may pique my interest enough to get any future books to see how they develop. Finally, the action occasionally gets bogged down in scenes where characters discuss or explain things ad infinitum. Becker has clearly done his research but I don't think he needs to put everything into the mouths of his characters. Sometimes it felt as though the characters were giving lectures. As a previous reviewer noted, all the experts seem to be intellectually on par and they all reach the same conclusions at the same time. Angela is not supposed to be an Jewish history expert but seems to know as much as, if it not more, than her superiors.
All in all a cautiously recommended read, and the author's notes at the back are an added bonus.