I'm pleased to say I've just finished reading a thriller, Echo of the Reich by James Becker that doesn't go into the "blatantly trying to rip off the Da Vinci Code" category. I suppose there could be some similarities made between the two books, an old and clandestine organisation with less than pure intentions prepared to kill to put their plans into practice, but the style of the two books is vastly different. I think Becker has given us a book which should be enjoyed by most who like a tense thriller. I'll explain what the gist of the story is below then I'll give my opinions as well.
Chris Bronson, police officer, is tasked to go undercover and infiltrate a group of anti London Olympics protesters who are trying to disrupt the forthcoming games by vandalising key Olympic sites and equipment around London. He manages to do this, and it quickly becomes apparent that the group is being used as a front for a deeper, more serious reason. A group of Nazis are planning to attack London with a form of vengeance weapon which was originally trialled in the war. Chris ends up in Germany, where he is forced to show his loyalty to the group by killing someone who turns out to be another undercover policeman. Chris is now in deep trouble, and decides he has to stop the group himself as his own police force have considered him to have gone rogue and he's now classed as a fugitive. In his attempt to stop the group, he ends up back in London at the site of the opening ceremony. Can he find the vengeance weapon in time and stop a huge chunk of London from being destroyed? - I'm not going to say as the Guides for this category will no doubt slap my wrists!
I enjoyed this book, mainly for the sense of jeopardy surrounding the main character Chris as he gets further into trouble as he tries to stay one step ahead of the group of Nazis who are plotting to unleash terror on London. As the plot develops, you could say that it's far fetched, but I would counter that by saying that it's entertaining and developed in a reasonably believable way, piece by piece and I suppose that were that series of events to actually happen, it's quite perceivable that someone like Chris could find himself in the situations he encounters in the book.
Looking at the author's profile inside the book, I thought that the titles of his other books do suggest that they could be Da Vinci Code-esque, "The Moses Stone", "The Messiah Secret" etc, but as the saying goes I shouldn't judge a book by its cover and hopefully if I do give them a go I might find them to be as enjoyable as Echo of the Reich.
Not brilliant, but enjoyable, gripping and quite entertaining. Four stars, thanks for reading.