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This review is from: Napoleon's Pyramids (An Ethan Gage Adventure) (Paperback)
The title suggests there may be a "for fans of the Da Vinci Code" motto somewhere amongst the blurb and it's a relief to report that there isn't. Bernard Cornwell has given this book his approval though so that's got to be good, and indeed any fans of Cornwell's will not be disappointed with this. Sure there are the almost statutory links to the freemasons and cliche follows cliche with lots of derring-do and unlikely escapes and coincidences, but somehow, for me, it hangs together well and complies with all that is required for a light-hearted page turning adventure.
It's a bit like Flashman meets Sharpe to be honest; there is more light hearted japery in this book than in Cornwell's books and more blood and guts action than in Flashman though, so it straddles the divide nicely. I can't vouch for the historical accuracy or not and the story veers off into some more "fanciful" areas in any case, but it stands up well against Dan Brown and his ilk as you don't have to suspend disbelief too much.
It would appear that this book came out in the States three years ago so hopefully the follow ups will come out pretty soon as I for one am waiting eagerly for the next installment. This book won't win any literary prizes but is a good and engaging thriller, just right for dark winter nights or for the beach if you want to wait for summer to enjoy it.