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had previously read a couple of Steve Berry's books namely The Amber Room and The Romanov Prophecy, both of which i had enjoyed. So on finding myself without a book at the airport i picked up his latest offering The Venetian Betrayal.
On first glance it sounded quite good, a kind of pacy thriller that would keep me occupied on my flight. However the start of the book went back to Alexander the Great in Babylon in 323BC (not quite what i was expecting), then it moved to three different stories (all eventually connected) in modern day Copenhagen, Venice and Samarkand. I know this was all about scene setting and some historical background but it took me ages to get into the book and perhaps if i hadn't been on a flight with nothing else to read i may have given up on it. However i stuck it out.
The book is all about power and politics, like so much of life, and the fact that a Central Asian and secret international coalition have developed a deadly virus that could wipe out civilisationas we know it! However the cure for this could be buried in the past and the key to this seems to lie with the long lost tomb of Alexander the Great. It becomes a race across the world to find the tomb and solve a riddle left many centuries ago. Of course with any thriller, murder, mayhem and mystery ensues.
For the Historian purist this book is certainly not for you as Steve Berry freely admits that he borrows from history then fills in the gaps - after all this is in the fiction section and not the history one.
For thriller lovers it is not bad, towards the end it was fairly fast paced but at 500 pages long it could have been cut by quite a few in the middle as it went on a bit.
It is not my favourite Steve Berry book I found it at times hard going and didn't connect with any of the main characters (there were quite a few). I did however carry on with the book and finished it but it wasn't always a pleasure to read, not quite the page turner i had been looking for. i have to admit i was slightly disappointed with the book and would maybe think twice before buying one of his books again - which is a shame as i had enjoyed his others. If you a Steve Berry fan go ahead if not proceed with caution!
You can purchase it from Amazon for £5.59 with an rrp of £6.99.