Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Revelation Code

The Revelation Code by Andy McDermott
Random House: 4/26/16
eBook review copy; 480 pages
ISBN-13: 9781101965290
Nina Wilde and Eddie Chase Series #11

The Revelation Code by Andy McDermott is a highly recommended action/adventure thriller that is addictively entertaining.

As the eleventh book in the series featuring American archaeologist Nina Wilde and ex-SAS bodyguard Eddie Chase, most fans of the series are going to know the characters by now and understand that the action will be non-stop. "Yes, you two do seem to be an almost magnetic draw for megalomaniacs, murderers, and terrorists." Exactly!

This time Ezekiel Cross is a cult leader who thinks he has unlocked the secret of the four angels in the Bible's Book of Revelation. He has one angel, now he is searching for the other three and needs Nina's (uncooperative) help to find them. Nina is kidnapped and whisked away to the cult's secret location. Eddie is captured and held in another place, to be tortured on camera to secure Nina's continued cooperation with Cross.

Cross is a formidable opponent, but he doesn't quite know what he's up against with Nina and Eddie.

These characters are well developed at this point and their personalities are clear. There is action, but also expect humor.
"You should put all this stuff in a book," said Nina, not willing to be convinced, even though she couldn’t fault his logic. "There’s always a huge market for explanations of the Bible. Call it The Revelation Code or something, I’m sure it’ll be a bestseller."

The Revelation Code succeeds as an action/adventure thriller with a smart plot, great pacing, an evil psychotic bad guy, and globe trotting action. McDermott does an excellent job developing the plot and keeping your interest as the story unfolds.

There were two issues I had with The Revelation Code. McDermott continues to attack American evangelical Christians, which gave me several eye-rolling moments. That specific target is getting a bit old and over-played now. I wish he'd move on to a new group of evil people. But this is fiction, so I'm choosing to overlook that glaring annoyance. The other issues concerns the fact that Nina's pregnant this time around, which she mentions often. This was bothersome to some readers, but since she's a first time pregnant woman I'm choosing to to overlook her obsession with reminding everyone all the time that she is pregnant.

This is a
stuck-overnight-at-the-airport book. It will keep you awake and entertained right to the end.

Disclosure: My Kindle edition was courtesy of Random House for review purposes.

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