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The Omega Factor: The New York Times bestseller, perfect for fans of Scott Mariani Kindle Edition
'One of the best thrillers of the year' - Douglas Preston, #1 New York Times bestselling author
The Vatican Never Forgets
Nicholas Lee's job is one-of-a-kind, as unique as his charges. He's UNESCO's one and only field agent, their practical answer to the criminals seeking to plunder the world's artifacts and cultural heritage.
So Nick is perfectly placed when, on a personal visit to a friend in Belgium, the world-famous Ghent Altarpiece's twelfth panel is burnt to ashes. Thankfully it's a worthless copy, but that just piques his interest more. Especially when the arsonists are seen to return to a nunnery.
Nick's holiday is over, but as his investigations begin to unravel secrets that have held for two millennia he realises this is no ordinary criminal enterprise. Dangerous players are rearing their heads, from cardinals to archbishops to modern-day Cathars, and Nick might just have made things a whole lot worse . . .
From the tranquil canals of Ghent, to the towering bastions of Carcassonne, and finally into an ancient abbey high in the French Pyrenees, Nick Lee must confront a modern-day religious crusade intent on eliminating a shocking truth from humanity's past.
Success or failure - life and death - all turn on the Omega Factor.
'If you are a Dan Brown fan you are going to love The Omega Factor by Steve Berry, a clever blend of historical fact and action-packed fiction' - Irish Independent
'Berry once again smoothly blends action and history. Dan Brown fans will want to check this one out' - Publishers Weekly
'Here's one vote for Berry making a series out of Nick's adventures' - Booklist
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"... a crackerjack plot and terrific new hero ... Berry is in firm command of the material and maintains his equally firm hold on the sub-genre that Dan Brown created with "The Da Vinci Code," and its sequels. "The Omega Factor" is every bit the equal of those, a textbook perfect thriller."--Providence Sunday Journal
"Not since The Da Vinci Code has a thriller so deftly combined religious conspiracy, a message hidden within a world-famous work of art, and pulse-pounding suspense. The Omega Factor is one of the best thrillers of the year."--Douglas Preston, #1 New York Times bestselling author
Praise for Steve Berry
"(Berry) proves once again that he has a genuine feel for the factual gaps that give history its tantalizing air of the unknown."--The New York Times
"Berry is the master scientist with a perfect formula for the bestseller lists."--Associated Press
"Berry once again smoothly blends action and history. Dan Brown fans will want to check this one out."--Publishers Weekly
"Berry pumps the veins of history with action-packed adrenaline."--The Chicago Tribune
"Bestseller Berry once again shows there's no working author more skilled at combining thrilling adventure with engrossing historical detail."--Publishers Weekly
"Nick is a good character, with plenty of room to grow. Here's one vote for Berry making a series out of Nick's adventures."--Booklist
"Prolific writer Steve Berry has been creating intelligent, top-shelf fiction for decades."--bookreporter.com --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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- ASIN : B09PTM73V4
- Publisher : Hodder & Stoughton (7 June 2022)
- Language : English
- File size : 2126 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 465 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 9,837 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in Canada on 15 June 2022
Berry’s prose is no pleasure. Convoluted, platitudinous, filled with unnecessary and redundant adjectives and adverbs, burdened by a wholesale reliance on the passive voice, and overwhelmed by modifying clauses that often make little sense, the writing struck me as tortured, painfully amateurish, or just plain sloppy. For example, consider the following passages:
“The curtain of time parted in his mind. It was like nine years ago again, and that familiar connection clicked. But he forced his thoughts to the present. “We have to get out of here.”
“Another corner turned and they were now riverside, paralleling a waist-high stone wall.”
“More rounds were fired.”
“Nothing would be learned here.”
“Catharism cast a simplicity that many found appealing. Love thy neighbor and the peace that goodness and honesty brought.”
“Louis Tallard lay on his back, sprawled across an oak table, his hands and arms tied to each of the table’s four legs, his head angled downward over the side.” (Does poor Mr. Tallard have four arms and hands? Might Mr. Berry have meant to say arms and legs?)
The storytelling itself is also deficient. It’s filled with digressions. Mr. Berry has a curious habit of interrupting his action scenes with lengthy descriptions of character background and motivation, and/or medieval history. I’m all for character development and history. But not in the middle of a scene that’s supposed to have readers on the edge of their seats. There are also a number of logical inconsistencies that took me out of the story and damaged its credibility.
The characters are stock and are neither charming nor compelling. We’re not given a James Bond (Ian Fleming) or a Jason Bourne (Robert Ludlum) or a Gabriel Allon (Daniel Silva). Instead, we’re treated to an investigator who seems to have no special talent except the ability to carry a torch for a woman he should have gotten over years ago. And his motivations, as well as the motivations of other characters, seem not well thought out and thus lack credibility.
All in all, a two-star performance—and that’s a gift.