My Year in Books -2014 (3)
The Sword of Moses -Dominic Selwood
Jacket blurb – Dr Ava Curzon is Lara Croft meets Evelyn Salt – the first real challenger to Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon. “Rollercoaster crypto-thriller … a ride that thrills and educates … move over Lara Croft ” (Daily Express – Five Star – Pick of the Week) When former MI6 agent turned archaeologist Dr Ava Curzon is engaged by American intelligence to track down an African militia claiming to hold the Ark of the Covenant, she is plunged into a world where nothing is what it seems. Her breakneck descent into the shadowy realm of dark biblical magic hurls her across continents and into the opaque worlds of the Knights Templar, freemasons, occultists, and extremist neo-Nazis, pushing her mentally and physically to the limits. As the plot twists and turns across the centuries, she requires all her skills to solve a trail of ancient clues leading her inexorably towards a terrifying ritual. Taking centre stage, she faces the ultimate battle against an age-old evil she must stop at all costs. Thriller – occult – bible – code – Templar – freemasonry – nazi – archaeology – ark of the covenant.
Those of you who love Dan Brown, will enjoy this book. the author is an historian – and it shows. He has certainly taken care in his research and I love the interesting historical facts which are woven into the story. I did find, however, that on occasion I was pulled from the plot whilst the author ‘showed off’ his knowledge of a place or object – I found this to be true of Dan Brown’s last book too!
Still, it’s a good story that bounces along nicely and there are plenty of surprises in the plot. The antagonist is a great character – I really hated him! – that is always a sign of good writing.
Would I read more from Dominic Selwood? Yes I would.