This is an archaeological action novel, sort of a cross between Indiana Jones and Dan Brown. It hooked me early on, and the action never stops–but characterization also never really happens. There was a perfect opportunity for romance that never materializes, and would have gone a long way toward breaking up the action, though this is a series, so perhaps he integrates that later on. Like Dan Brown, Legg seems to have a major bone to pick with the Catholic Church: they’re the primary villain. I phrase it like that only because the story strikes me as a platform for Legg to espouse his own personal spiritual philosophy, and he goes into this in great detail, even though it isn’t really necessary for the story. This is fine, but it felt a little self-aware to me. Unlike Dan Brown, once the primary discovery has been made (which happens at the very beginning), there isn’t a lot of deciphering that takes place after that… they’re basically just running for their lives and trying to figure out why and who wants them dead. Again, maybe in the sequels, the plot will become more complex. I probably won’t read on, though.
My rating: ***
Jim Strawn says
SPOILER ALERT… if you even care at this point…
Yes, the gripe with the Catholic Church not only continues but get cartoonish in the rest of the series. Ripley and Gale do hook up eventually but more due to their forced association than any real romance.
C.A. Gray says
Can’t say I’m surprised on either count.