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Convoluted, far-fetched and unconvincing
on 30 November 2016
By far the worst of the prof's books I have read (though Oracle runs it close for its convoluted and unconvincing plot). A tale of ancient races, signals from out of space, mythical creatures, supernatural forces, Arab tribesmen, Foreign Legionaries, Vatican plotters, secret documents, magical instruments, seven tombs, wounds that don't heal - and more! Quite what was actually going on is somewhat obscure - there is no real explanation at the end. At times I wondered if it was worth pressing on - it was too far-fetched to be page-turner unlike his more historical novels which - even when rather unrealistic - are at least full of enough action to keep you interested. Can't complain too much - only paid 25p for it in a library sale! Try his Alexander trilogy or his Last Legion for a rather better idea of what Prof Manfredi can do.