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I expect you to die Mr Bond!
on 4 February 2012
Over the last 18 months I have read a lot of books that I would never have read in my previous life as a 'hard' book reader. I have now read 168 books on the kindle and as I am not rich I have read many cheap,<£1 books by unknown - at least to me - authors. I think it is great on one level that people who would never have got a publishing deal can now self publish on Amazon - in fact I am writing one myself!
In terms of genre this one sits in a long line of books that were motivated by the success of The Da Vinci Code and is a reasonable attempt with some nice little snippets of interesting information - especially in the early stages - e.g. around the conversion of the Romans to Christianity. I liked the main characters although unlike the Bond books that other reviewers have mentioned, the current trend seems to be to make the characters more vulnerable and less super human. This is fine on one level but makes them look a bit stupid on another as they always seem to be relying on luck to survive!
Anyway the 'readability' factor is good meaning that it is an easy book to read. There are no real surprises and the plot is weak, the bad guys very stereotypically evil/mad and the finale a bit silly.
I had no problems with the suspension of belief and the story was good enough that I didn't really notice the typo's mentioned by others.
Well worth the money.