Nov 22, 2015

Book Review: The Lost Codex

In 930 CE, a revered group of scholars pen the first sanctioned Bible, planting the seed from which other major religions will grow. But in 1953, half the manuscript goes missing while being transported from Syria. Around the same time, in the foothills of the Dead Sea, an ancient scroll is discovered—and promptly stolen. Six decades later, both parchments stand at the heart of a geopolitical battle between foreign governments and radical extremists, threatening the lives of millions. With the American homeland under siege, the president turns to a team of uniquely trained covert operatives including FBI profiler Karen Vail, Special Forces veteran Hector DeSantos, and FBI terrorism expert Aaron Uziel. Their mission: Find the stolen documents and capture—or kill—those responsible for unleashing a coordinated and unprecedented attack on US soil.

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I wasn't really sure just what I was getting into with this novel as I am not a member of one of the major religions effected by the documents mentioned in this book.  That might be a good thing though as I didn't have anything to prove or object too when I started the book.  

I actually picked up THE LOST CODEX because I have read a few books featuring Karen Vail and have very much enjoyed them.  She is an interesting character who has moved up from the NYCPD into being a profiler with the FBI.  In this book, Karen's career has taken another interesting leap where she is working with a whole alphabet of agencies trying to find the lost documents.   

This book was fast paced for the most part and intriguing.  I enjoyed learning more about Karen's associates Uzi and Hector as well as Karen herself.  I was also taken to several different locations such as Paris, Israel and Gaza.  If I had any criticism about the plot itself was how everything seemed to drag to a halt as they were dealing with the various official channel but I think that we have all experienced this.  

I find THE LOST CODEX to be a great addition to the Karen Vail saga and I recommend it to any of my readers who enjoy her story as I do.  

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.


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