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Just Like The Curate's Egg
on 27 January 2014
I wanted to like this book but it fought me all the way to a stand still about half way through.
Parts of the book are really quite good, however, large tracts are much less so in my opinion so, just like the curate, I am left with trying to be polite and find some good whilst trying to swallow down the less than appealing bits.
The scene setting in the first part of the book and the premise of finding the final resting place of Anthony and Cleopatra is very well done so the theme of an archaeological thriller manages to be at least plausible and contain some potential. The idea of a two thousand plus year old society protecting the sites of ancient Egyptian characters is grist to the mill (not a "spoiler" - this is all pretty clear from the start of the book) of this type of thriller and the plot thickens nicely. Or at least it does for a while as unfortunately modern interpretations of current world politics then intrude and take the plot to places a thriller romp might, at least in my opinion, best avoid if it wants to remain in the light(ish) genre as typified by Indiana Jones (if you agree that varied violence can every be classified as "light(ish)" that is.)
I am not advocating that potential readers should avoid this book as a couple of pounds for the Kindle version is not too much to wile away a few hours in the company of the cast; it's just that I feel not everyone will come away entirely satisfied by all the flavours.