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3.0 out of 5 stars Silver star!, 22 May 2011
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This review is from: Silver (Ogmios Novels Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
I really enjoyed this book apart from a few niggles, which I'll cover later, that have meant 3 instead of 5 stars.

Dan Browns name has been thrown around a lot in conjunction with this offering and initially that's the feeling one gets in the opening few chapters but read through them and you'll see that this is not a Brownesque tale in any way, thank goodness!

What we have here is a tightly written tale that weaves biblical history around a modern day plot to bring peace to the world via violent means. Sound contradictory? Well you're going to have to read the book to understand. We meet the characters of the Ogmios team for the 1st time and also get steeped in the world of clandestine black ops and shady, old school, knights of the realm working under deep cover for the government. Couple that with an interesting plot and some good chase scenes and a heap of violence and you get a good read. But.

There is always a but and in this case it is the premise of the Ogmios team themselves - the author has brought together a disparate bunch of specialists to work in the interests of the British Government (or as he annoyingly insists Her Majesty as if Lizzie actually knows anything about these things going on). They are run by one Sir Charles Wyndham who is the step between the Government and deniability. The thing is that there is no need for this convoluted plot mechanism as the book would have been just as readable and enjoyable if they had been legitimate operators for MI6. Savilles insistence on this course gave the whole crew a "League of Gentlemen" feel for me and it detracted from the opening few chapters.

My other gripe is centred around the inclusion of the plot device character. Regular readers of my reviews, of which I'm sure there are quite literally none, will be familiar with RHM or right hand man; well now I'm going to introduce you to ICG or indispensable computer geek. This character, to put it simply, is a genius. Using goodness only knows what power of computer, he can hack into anything, track anything, find out the personal life of anybody, find obscure addresses not to mention take control of various pieces of infrastructure hardware, such as street lamps for example. The introduction of this character means the author can make remarkable leaps in the plot and speed things up without having to come up with a believable way of completing time consuming tasks. Too many times did he resort to "so and so phoned Lethe and demanded ABC", Lethe being the ICG in question. This takes the tale into fantasy realms, just a little, and lessens it's impact as a serious tale about fighting against terrorism.

That said, I would reiterate that this is a fine read and although I can't see me joining the team in their next adventure (Gold) for the reasons outlined above, I'm happy to have been along for the ride in this one.
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