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Posted June 9, 2011
A fun thriller
This was described to me as sort of a Jewish Da Vinci Code and, truth be told, that was enough to get me interested. Nathan discovers that his landlord is spying on him, his name (and several other things) are encoded in a certain book of the Torah, and several people are after him for some weird and vaguely religious reason. Okay, so maybe my synopsis isn't a good sell, but the fact is that I plowed through this book in record time. Nathan is likable and often very funny, and the action kept me turning the pages. Do I believe prophecy is encoded in the Torah? Doesn't matter. It was fun and crazy and I look forward to Barany's next thriller.
Confession time: I did not read the essays in the appendix. I hear they're quite good and well worth reading, but I was just in it for the story, not the religious speculation.
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Posted July 8, 2011
I enjoyed reading this book, it's one that most Dan Brown fans will really enjoy.
The main character, Nathan, a bipolar programmer, is a fresh voice. He is witty without being annoying and many of his thoughts made me laugh out loud at the nuttiness that was is his thought process. The rest of the characters are not particularly memorable, but they do keep the plot moving forward without boring the reader.
The plot is similar in pacing to the DaVinci Code, trying its best to stay moving forward, but made a bit confusing by the quick exchange of information that the characters seem to understand as soon as it's uttered. It can be seem a bit unbelievable at times, but, unlike Brown's overbearing book, this one keeps the mood light.
I must nitpick on one issue, though. Sophia, the main female character, is a Tarot card reader, which although an interesting twist to add, I would have liked the real meanings of the cards to have been used, not strange ones that are never used. As a Tarot reader myself, it was hard to swallow the twisted meanings of cards that are just as important to a religion as the Torah is to the Jewish community. It is a bit picky, I know, but it is what struck me. This however, probably won't affect the majority of the audience, so it's definitely not something that should deter anyone from reading the book.
The essays that accompany the story are fascinating and definitely something to consider when purchasing the book.
This is a fun, quick-paced story that will not disappoint.
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