The Alexander Cipher

The Alexander Cipher

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by Will Adams
     
 

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Workers in Alexandria are excavating for a new building when they discover the ruins of an old tomb, and all work crashes to a halt. According to federal law in Egypt, all discoveries must be properly catalogued by archeologists and this tomb has unusual relics and representations, apparently contemporary with Alexander the Great.


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Overview

Workers in Alexandria are excavating for a new building when they discover the ruins of an old tomb, and all work crashes to a halt. According to federal law in Egypt, all discoveries must be properly catalogued by archeologists and this tomb has unusual relics and representations, apparently contemporary with Alexander the Great.


Daniel Knox's first love is history and archeology, specifically on Alexander the Great. When he pisses off a local mobster on the coast of Egypt, he heads to Alexandria to an archaeology colleague's apartment to hide out for a while. He learns his friend is getting to participate on the dig for this newly discovered tomb. Sneaking in with his friend, Daniel sees signs that the find is far bigger than anyone realizes and might hold clues to finally unravelling one of the world's greatest mysteries: Where is Alexander the Great buried?


In his lifetime, Alexander was beloved as a god, and across the Mediterranean, everyone wanted to be close to him. Upon his death, there was a mad scrabbling among his former allies to secure his empire for themselves. Even now, nearly 2500 years later, Alexander is still being fought over. With the discovery of this tomb and the revelation of its relics, the race is on to find Alexander. Rival archeologists, Egyptian officials, and Macedonian nationalists all scurry and scramble, attacking each other along the way as they hunt for a glorious prize--the body of Alexander the Great.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Daniel Knox, a dive instructor and former archeologist, is just one of many characters searching for Alexander the Great's lost tomb in British author Adams's less than suspenseful debut. Aboard a dive boat in the Red Sea, Knox goes against his better judgment and rescues an attractive young blonde from the clutches of wealthy Hassan al-Assyuti, who's intent on rape and battery. Knox must then go on the run, leaving him barely enough time to fall in love with Gaille Bonnard, a demotic language expert working on a dig connected to Alexander in northern Egypt. In Alexandria, construction manager Mohammed el-Dahab has stumbled on a necropolis that will eventually point all the competing searchers toward Alexander's actual tomb. Thriller fans with an interest in Egyptology and Alexander will find much to like, while those seeking swift action and adventure will find themselves bogged down in too many subplots and historical factoids. (Mar.)

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Library Journal

In a welcome respite from the glut of Christendom-shattering, artifact-protecting, Secret Order thrillers, debut author Adams offers up something new. A cobbled-together team-a Greek archaeologist, her French assistant/language specialist, and quasi-corrupt Egyptian antiquities officials-finds a clue that, when deciphered, leads them to the real tomb of Alexander the Great. Here's the twist-the whole operation is funded by a wealthy Macedonian nationalist who will use Alexander's body to mobilize his compatriots to wage war against Greece for sovereignty. Rival archaeologist Daniel Knox is our misunderstood action hero and romantic lead in the style of Indiana Jones and Dirk Pitt, fractionally more skilled at eluding peril than becoming ensnared in it. Adams racks up a generous body count; some victims we have grown to like. The violence is graphic and the language at times coarse, though commensurate with the world of baksheesh, graft, and unchecked power depicted here. Not literature, but a plausible, fun heist-thriller that compels the reader to wonder, What if? Recommended for most popular fiction collections. [Prepub Alert, LJ 11/15/08.]
—Laura A.B. Cifelli

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446544375
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
03/18/2009
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
50,596
File size:
419 KB

Meet the Author

William Petre worked as a shop salesman, painter & decorator, warehouse porter and microfiche technician, before joining a Washington DC-based firm of business history consultants. He wrote a series of corporate histories and biographies for them, taking time off between projects to travel in search of exotic settings for his stories. More recently, he worked for a London communications agency, but he now concentrates on writing fiction full-time. He lives in Essex, England.

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Alexander Cipher 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 57 reviews.
James Dammann More than 1 year ago
One of a handful of book that i picked up in paperback @ wal-mart. I wasn't dissapointed. Like one of the other reviews here, i have a fascination for archaeology related stories. Thanks for a good book!
Just_the_facts_Maam More than 1 year ago
I was a little concerned when I first started reading this book that I wouldn't like it--it seemed to start a bit slowly for me, but I am happy I stuck with it. I was soon immersed in the story. The plot moves the action ahead and kept me interested. The characters were well rounded and I cared about them. The setting of the story in Egypt fascinated me, especially the history of Alexander. I actually wanted to visit the area after reading the story. So I highly recommend this book, I almost gave it a "5". I plan on reading more by Will Adams.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like the mix of mythological/archeological facts with a fictional story, you will love this author and his works. This is fast-paced, multi-faceted yet well-tied together, and simply fascinating. Enjoy!
Noticer More than 1 year ago
Totally enjoyed this book both from historical perspective as well as plot. Gives a good look at how people lived in olden times. Would recommend to anyone interested in archeology.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and am about to read Adams' next one, The Exodus Quest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the book. It has different subject matter from the usual Judaeo-Christian conspiracy archaeological thrillers, which in itself is refreshing. The characters are, for the most part, more everyday people rather than supermen and women. People get hurt and tired. Things break. Motives are, for the most part, believable. The author's writing style is clear, wry, and enjoyable. It's a great book for a rainy afternoon or two, and would make a decent movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the genre of historical fiction where the author gives me a history lesson but with a bit of fantasy. I think that Will Adams certainly accomplished that goal. I enjoyed learning more about the conflicts between Macedonians and Greeks. I just felt that the final outcome of the story left me wanting more. It was all wrapped up in a bow too pretty for me. I'm hoping that the ending will lead to further stories with the main character. He was scrappy without being too perfect (a la Cussler's Dirk). I will certainly be looking forward to a sequel if there is one in the future.
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A fun adventure!
RedSwallowtail More than 1 year ago
Excellent Book!! I couldn't put it down! I hope that Will Adams writes a third one to make a cool trilogy. This book is face-paced and has a lot of action. Would make a great movie!!!
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