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fast moving thriller,
This review is from: The Moses Stone (Paperback)
I have to confess that James Becker's previous book left me under whelmed, a surprise as I really rate the thrillers he writes under his other guise of James Barrington. But as I know the author can write thrilling stories, I picked this up.
Initially I thought I would mention that this is a path well trod by a variety of authors from Rollins to McDermott and many others. Artefact or map found, chase all over the world, religion as we know it under question etc etc. But then I thought the same could be said of thrillers or sci-fi or almost anything you come to mention, there is very little that has not been done before in some guise or other. So I thought I would just review the book as a piece of entertainment without reference to other big names or comparisons.
When a British couple are killed in Morocco just after they obtain a stone tablet, Police Sergeant Chris Bronson is sent over to ensure that the investigation has been properly undertaken (slight weak point here, as Police Officers are not randomly send around the world to investigate deaths abroad, but never mind). On arrival Bronson suspects there is more to the deaths then is obvious and involves his estranged wife in further investigation. When she too becomes targeted and joins him, they need to stay one step ahead of a lot of bad guys if they want to uncover the secret of the tablet. Cue a chase over the sands of the Middle East as various Arab bad guys, UK gangster types, Mossad and our heroes get nearer solving the mystery.
Well apart from a couple of stumbles I have to confess I enjoyed this. It is fast paced, but realistically so. James Becker does not rush the plot and makes you kind of understand the characters and their motives. This is not supposed to be deep literature and I suspect the author does not anticipate a Booker Prize for this, but as a time filler for a journey or holiday, it does the job quite well.
A quite interesting post-script details the history behind the story, the author has done considerable research which does provide valuable historical background to his story.