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on 6 June 2008
This book is similar to many before it. It is packed with action as the good guys try to outsmart the bad trying to find an historic puzzle's last piece. The Vatican, relics and clues are at the heart of the plot.
Rollins does a reasonable job of drawing on historical events across countries to keep the story moving and to justify the city-hopping of the various teams. He uses a lot of licence of course.
But his characterisations and writing are nothing to write home about.
More annoyingly, the book is over-worked or too long. And there is just too much which is implausible even if you accept the historical trails and assumptions. The book is populated with superhumans who are so well-equipped as to defy belief. The good guys always get caught, but always escape despite impossible circumstances, as chase follows chase.
Overall, despite the use of an already tested theme, the book did not live up to its potential to be different or convincing. 6/10