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These books are well-written, with likeable characters and plenty of action, interesting set-ups etc.
But dear-oh-dear, the fact that the plots rely entirely on honking great coincidences to move them along gets a bit grating after a while.
Tom: "We need to find Vladmir Kutsnutsov immediately!" Hellen: "And would you believe it? He just happens to be standing over there, just 10 feet away from us within this massive crowd in the Vatican's St. Peter's Square on Easter Sunday." Noah: "It's amazing how that kind of thing happens, isn't it? Especially three times a day, every day...."
As someone else has suggested, this book was a bit of a love child between Dan Brown and the Raiders of the Lost Ark series with ancient doors and stone stairways that just magically appear out of nowhere.
It's fast paced and I managed to finish it in 24 hours - a decent holiday read but not in the same league as Jack Reacher, Spider Shepherd or the Private series by James Patterson
When I started to read this I wasn’t sure it would keep my attention, however, I was wrong! The characters were believable and how they worked together to solve problems was inspiring. Lots of twists and turns and an ending I had not envisaged.