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4.0 out of 5 stars As espected, 27 Mar 2014
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Tom Lauridsen (Denmark) - See all my reviews
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The story is OK. I have read it a couple of times. Blake and Mortimer are good and they give a typical picture of the time they live in.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Blake & Mortimer #13, 14 Oct 2013
The Curse of the 30 Pieces of Silver, the thirteenth book featuring Edgar P. Jacobs' popular adventurers Blake and Mortimer to be translated into English, begins with a minor earthquake off the coast of the Mani Peninsula. While the earthquake itself could only manage to reach 4.2 on the Richter scale, it has a far greater impact than might initially be presumed as it results in the uncovering of a long-buried Christian chapel. Meanwhile, as the earthquake rumbles, Blake and Mortimer's old foe Count Olrik is on far firmer ground, for the time being at least, in a federal prison in Pennsylvania. However, the peace of the prison exercise yard is shattered when three helicopters swoop down and, after a bloody attack, Olrik is spirited away.

After news of Olrik's escape breaks, Captain Blake is dispatched by the British government to the United States to assist the CIA is recapturing the notorious villain. This results in his old chum Mortimer having no buddy to go on holiday with and so the Professor decides to accept a mysterious invitation from a Greek archaeologist. Mortimer has only been in the country for a few moments when hijinks and gunplay breaks out, but he does eventually learn that his Greek counterpart has called on him to assist with investigations into a potentially priceless and earth-shattering Roman relic that was discovered in the recently unearthed chapel.

The Curse of the 30 Pieces of Silver is another thrilling adventure featuring the redoubtable Blake and Mortimer. This particular volume is only part one of the story though but, fortunately, part two is due to be published in August. It's just as well that there isn't too long of a gap between publication of the two volumes because this is a truly exciting story and the cliff-hanger ending leaves the reader anxious for the resolution. Not only is the story exciting in the typical Blake and Mortimer fashion, the mystery behind the long-lost relic [the title of the book giving a rather large clue as to the nature of the item's back-story] is very intriguing and so it'll be interesting to see how things develop and what the truth of the matter is found to be.

However complex the plot is though, fans of Blake and Mortimer will be certain that the dapper dynamic duo is up the task of unravelling it. Edgar P. Jacob's British double act have a great number of fans and Jean Van Hamme has done an excellent job of continuing and developing the series while staying true to Jacobs' original ideals and the classic tone of the central characters. Captain Blake isn't involved in much of the action in The Curse of the 30 Pieces of Silver as he is off in the States, trying to follow the trail of the nefarious Olrik and establish who the villain might be working for/with. He does dig up some very interesting information though and is likely to play a bigger role in the concluding segment of the story.

This book is really Professor Mortimer's time to shine though. After being ditched by his friend, he potters off to Greece for a bit of an intellectual workout and, within minutes of arrival, has turned into a total action man. There are car chases, motorbike chases, foot pursuit and all manner of shoot-outs. Even when he's only armed with a slipper Mortimer proves himself to be more than a match for the thugs with a surprising interest in antiquities. He's also just as good with the brainwork as usual and, while still remaining rather sceptical about his colleague's theories on the relic, manages to puzzle out the best way of obtaining further reliable information and also of sussing out just who exactly is overly interested in their find.

The Curse of the 30 Pieces of Silver is a fast-paced yarn full of all manner of old-fashioned derring-do. There's plenty of action, danger and archaeological enlightenment while Blake and Mortimer, very much archetypal heroes, entertain with their bold exploits. There is a very intriguing mystery at the heart of this book; now it's just a matter of hanging on until the next volume is published to see just where the truth lies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 15 Oct 2014
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all very nice I am very happy about amazon service too. thank you
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5.0 out of 5 stars as expected very good, 9 Sep 2013
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same style as the first volumes , some times quite obscure images but interesting stories reminds me when I was younger
I will buy the new volumes ( new stories ) soon
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5.0 out of 5 stars Consuming Tale, 17 Mar 2013
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First of two volumes story, well scripted to lead you and draw you in the adventure. Intriguing and always in character of our two heroes. Well written, so well translated from the French original that one would not even notice.....a good plot and tale.
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