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The Vatican Secret: The brand-new, completely gripping, fast-paced action adventure thriller series (Joe Mason, Book 1) Kindle Edition
‘This 5-star thriller is a non-stop action-packed adventure… Reads like the latest blockbuster film… I was left breathless, my heart pounding as I turned the last page’ NetGalley review, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
You’ve cracked the Da Vinci code, now uncover the Vatican secret…
The deepest secrets are kept in the darkest places.
When ex-MI5 operative Joe Mason is sent to Rome to guard an elderly professor and his daughter, he thinks he’s in for an easy ride.
But on their first day in the Vatican secret archives, a masked assassin gains entry, shoots Joe’s client in cold blood and steals an ancient manuscript. Giving chase, Joe can’t imagine what could lie within those pages that would make someone willing to kill.
The search for answers leads Joe and his comrades in a race against time, across continents and into treacherous mountains. Only they have a hope of rescuing the Vatican Book of Secrets before a centuries-old enemy can succeed in bringing Rome – and the world as we know it – crashing down…
The Da Vinci Code meets Die Hard in this fast-paced, adrenaline-filled, action-adventure thriller. Perfect for fans of Lee Child and Clive Cussler, The Vatican Secret will have you turning the pages late into the night.
Readers are gripped by The Vatican Secret:
‘Cover to cover action… with the pages flying by… A great writer… I loved this book’ NetGalley review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘An absolutely thrilling adventure, a rollercoaster ride… Terrific plot and well-drawn characters’ NetGalley review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘A dynamite premise and a tantalizing plot… Hits its stride from page one… Definitely entertaining’ Steve Berry, author of The Kaiser’s Web
‘A fast-paced book with non-stop action’ NetGalley review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘An explosive cocktail of relentless action’ Alex Shaw, author of Total Blackout
‘This book has it all… Action, intrigue, suspense… with me on the edge of my seat itching to know what would happen next’ NetGalley review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘A high-octane, page-turning thriller that has it all’ Rob Jones, author of The Atlantis Covenant
‘History, excitement and plenty of action. I was totally engrossed’ NetGalley review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘You just get swept away with the characters, the action… Magnifico!’ NetGalley review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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Readers are gripped by David Leadbeater:
‘Loved it… A fast-paced, adventure-packed, non-stop fight for survival, balanced with a great team dynamic of real characters’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Action packed, fast paced and filled with adventuring… Great characters too!’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Amazing rollercoaster ride of mayhem and adventure, David you just get better and better’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Action, history, fun characters and lots of exciting adventures. You have to love it’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Buckle up… Adventure that will be impossible to put down til the very end’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘A thrilling and dangerous adventure’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘A wild rollercoaster ride if was up and down and round and round’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Filled with memorable characters. Everything that makes an action novel worth reading. I highly recommend’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Thrilling from the beginning to the end’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐--This text refers to the paperback edition.
The brand-new, completely gripping, fast-paced action adventure thriller series--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B09BLMSFKB
- Publisher : Avon (3 March 2022)
- Language : English
- File size : 1660 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 420 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0008518548
- Best Sellers Rank: 19,080 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Marduk is revealed as a megalomaniac within the first two pages of ‘The Vatican Secret’, and his team of thieves exaggerated caricatures who lack any credibility. Joe Mason and Roxy Banks carry so much psychological baggage from their past lives, it is a wonder they are able to function at all. In a totally incredulous attempt to retrieve the ‘Book of Secrets’, Sally Rusk manages to easily decipher five clues left in five famous churches that would reveal location of Marduk’s New Babylon. Always one step ahead of Marduk’s assassins, ‘The Vatican Secret’ is filled with car chases, lots of physical action, gunfights, and miraculous escapes. Finally, Joe Mason’s ragtag team confronts Marduk in a climax that will leave readers shaking their heads, relieved they managed to reach the last page of this totally fanciful work that should never have survived the slush pile. The book’s plot has more holes than a kitchen sieve, but David Leadbeater hopes this will not be noticed as each new page thrusts the reader into a new round of totally unreal action sequences. ‘The Vatican Secret’ is a great read for those simply interested in wild chases and gunfights, unencumbered by detailed plotting, characterization, and a believable story. A thoroughly disappointing book from David Leadbeater.
While on duty with his fellow security person Roxy (a woman he is trying to figure out), someone breaks into the archives and steals a well guarded secret book. The chase is then on. Joe and Roxy soon form an alliance as they set off on a journey with the daughter of the researcher, Sally trying to piece together clues to lead them to the book.
The story moves through Israel, Paris and Iraq at a cracking pace. There are multiple 'car chase' scenes and each time our heroes seem to bounce back only to come up against the next obstacle.
Happy to recommend to anyone that likes a fast paced, thriller.
Top reviews from other countries
If there's another adjective to describe one of the character apart from 'Raven haired American' I didnt find it.
I couldn't finish this book. The characters were caricatures and not the slightest bit empathetic.
The plot flew off into wild fantasy.
I dont like putting bad reviews but I really could not finish this book.