Illuminated (August Adams Series #1)

Illuminated (August Adams Series #1)

by Matt Bronleewe
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Illuminated (August Adams Series #1) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
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I very much enjoyed the fast pace of this book. I couldn't help thinking it was written with the thought of being converted to a screenplay at some point. I actually think it is one of those few books that would translate well into a motion picture. I am ready to read the 2nd installment and see what adventure is next.
LN_Adcox More than 1 year ago
Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" seems to have created a new genre - a mystery, suspense, thriller combination linked to historical secrets and secret societies, especially the Knights Templar. This book brings Johannes Gutenberg and the Gutenberg Bibles, the Holy Roman Empire, and two secret societies, the Orphans and the Order of the Dragons, into this genre. Apparently there is some basis for the story line as there is a great deal of mystery surrounding Gutenberg's life and both of these societies did exist which adds to the allure. The protagonist, August Adams, is an Archaeobibliologist which is a bit of a twist. This story is fast paced. August must decipher the mystery to a great treasure during a transatlantic airplane flight to buy time to save his family while his ex-mother-in-law and son desperately try to avoid being cut into little pieces by a sadist and his ex-wife tries to steal a Guttenberg Bible from the Library of Congress without being obliterated by rogue FBI agents. The characters are entertaining - August has an active sense of humor despite impending doom, "Grandma Rose" is something of an aged John Wayne in a skirt, and son Charlie is a precocious child that refuses to buy into trite answers, especially those relating to divorce. Not being able to put a book down is something of a cliché and something I am usually not left alone long enough to accomplish. However, I read this book in one sitting and didn't put it down from late afternoon into the early hours of the morning.
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I loved Angels and Demons and The Da Vinci Code. I adore conspiracy theories, but only when they're well conceived. While the basis of the conspiracy and background behind it was interesting and could have made for a great story, the execution of the plot was painful. I had to put down the book several times to tell my boyfriend how absurd it was. I should have left it down, but followed it all the way though as I was on vacation without another book to read. Anyway, the characters are not well developed and are all one dimensional. To make it even worse, the characters seem to show up at the will of the author to get the main character out of or into a jam. They have no other plausible reasons to be there. It's kinda like making a suit: you can't put a sleeve in for a pants leg just because the suit isn't finished and it really needs a pants leg that you don't have any idea how to complete (I'm not really sure if that makes sense, but that's the best way I can describe it right now). None of the characters are likable, not even the kid. All of the characters seem to be schizophrenic because they transform from mousy and scared to bold and brave in a heartbeat. It just doesn't make sense. You spend the majority of the read laughing at the idiotic characters and plot development and ignoring what could have been a potentially great book - part of the plot takes place on a plane and the main character gets threatened verbally by the villain while he makes all of these mental leap connections on the internet and she makes phone calls ordering people not to do terrible things to the people he loves. You're telling me that on a transatlantic flight with nothing else to do that no one around is eavesdropping? That the flight attendant who keeps coming around to tell him to close his laptop doesn't notice that he's surfing the net or that the antagonist is on a cell phone for half of the flight? This could have been a National Treasure (which wasn't that great either, to be honest, but was at least entertaining) but it really needs to be buried. I'm interested to see what other books this guy writes though and see if he can make a believable, as well as entertaining read (well, it was entertaining, but for all the wrong reasons). I love fiction, but only if it is plausible. Classify it as a fantasy, give them some magic powers and it'd make a lot more sense.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yes, it's NATIONAL TREASURE meets THE DaVINCI CODE, only more intense & much more entertaining!!! I couldn't put it down, and it truly was the epitome of a 'page-turner'! I'm enjoying the sequel, HOUSE OF WOLVES, right now & it's equally good!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The endorsements for this book rave about it's quality and after reading the story I must admit that I agree fully! Bringing forth an adventurous story keeping you guessing as to who is the good guy and who is bad, this is a real page turner. It is said to be a mix between 24, Indiana Jones, and the LOTR and I can see that. I'd also throw in a little Tomb Raider, National Treasure, and the Librarian for good measure. There is one scene in the book that I would not recommend for under 13, but the rest is just plain fabulous. It's better than a movie and is in an easy to carry format. I cannot wait to break the cover of Matt Bronleewe's next House of Wolves, I'm sure it will prove to be just as exciting!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The main character's family is held hostage so that the main character, August Adams (wife's name is April Adams - creepy month people) can decode three different pictures in each of three different Gutenberg bibles. The woman holding August hostage on an airplane gives him a one hour time limit (even though the ride is several hours long), and despite this limitation, he and his captor still take time out to have lengthy intellectual conversations - exposition. Meanwhile, at the homestead, April is on the run from maniacal FBI agents who are actually part of a secret organization called The Order of the Dragons. She also has a Gutenberg. While creeping along an underground tunnel to escape, she and her fellow fugitive take moments out to discuss deep issues. The history behind the presence of said underground tunnels, for instance. All this decoding, running, time limiting and expositioning all to uncover the lost secret of The Order of the Dragons, who are competing with a rival cult, The Orphans, for the same secrety which COULD CHANGE THE WORLD. As much as I hate to say this, even Da Vinci Code was more original than this. Or better yet, Dan Brown's other piece, Angels and Demons. I am not a Dan Brown fan, nor is adventure my primary genre. Furthermore, the plot is eerily similar to one of Johnny Depp's lesser known movies, The Ninth Gate, which was, I must say, quite entertaining, albeit anticlimactic. Depp's character has been charged with comparing the illustrations in different copies of a book entitled The Ninth Gate in order to discover a secret.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are so many great novels to read there is no reason to read this. Yes, it is like National Treasure and The DaVinci Code. In fact this book is is so similar to those that there is no reason to read this book. While both The DaVinci Code and National Treasure are highly improbable, this novel is laughably absurd. It is full of conversations along the lines of: 'It would take a team of people months to unravel this code. Well, you only have 3 hours.' And of course it gets done. Or, people being loudly dismembered in one room while people in the next room discuss a divorce. Frankly after 3 months I simply gave up and walked away. The book is a scant 314 pages which are double-spaced! Spend your time and money reading something you will enjoy or that is well written. The stores are full of great books. This is not one of them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a thrill ride! Phenomenally entertaining AND educational. I loved both the history and the suspense. Bravo!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I guess this is the author's first book? You'd never know it. The book is well-researched and surprisingly historically accurate! It is a fast-read and kept me on the edge of my seat, for sure. I agree I could see more from these characters in the future and I hope we do! The bad guys are very menacing, gory at times, as the plot escalates into a movie-like chase sequence around the world! Totally recommend it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an energetic quick read by amazing new author, Bronleewe. You can tell he did his homework, and I actually learned a lot about history on the thrilling journey he took me on! The action never stops and the mystery keeps you guessing till the very end...only leaving you wanting more!!! It has the intrigue of the DaVinci Code, and the thrill of National Treasure...only better! I only hope we see more from Bronleewe...and August Adams in the future.
Jessica Sterling More than 1 year ago
absolutely loved this book!