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Okay, but nothing special
on 30 November 2012
I've been intrigued by the Rennes-le-Chateau story ever since I saw Henry Lincoln's Chronicle programme on the subject so I'm always interested to see what new insights/twists writers can add to an already twisted story.
This is the first Steve Berry book I've read and it turns out to be a pretty straightforward thriller, not quite so hectically paced as Dan Brown's, but moving along at a reasonable speed.
Unfortunately, for me, there were no surprises or revelations. The "major twist midway through the story" was guessed several chapters before it happened. The text of the Gospel of Simon was a reasoned surmise, but I felt too sophisticated for a poor fisherman of that era to come up with.
I'm not fully aware of Cotton Malone's background as I haven't read any of the other books featuring him, but I thought he was far too slow in picking up on the electronic car tag; this should have happened much earlier in the book. Also apart from the deciphering of the codexes, nothing was made of the fact that, although said to be the same, they were in fact different.
I kept stumbling over the Great Devise as well; the phrase didn't really mean anything to me. I wondered if it was a spelling mistake and he meant device. It didn't become any clearer when the treasure and the "treasure" was found so I still don't know what he meant by this. And, as is usual for so many who tackle the Rennes/Jesus story, the cop-out of simply hiding the discovery away from the world. For myself, I would have found it much more interesting if there had been more on the Templars re-emerging from their self-imposed exile and telling the world what they had found. That would really have been a thriller.