The Lost Codex

18 Dec 2015

After reading a few of the Scot Harvath books by Brad Thor, Amazon recommended The Lost Codex which is part of the OPSIG series by Alan Jacobson. I barely read the description before deciding to buy the book because it was close enough to what I had read to pique my interest and I figured what was the worst that could happen? Unbeknownst to me, this is actually book number three in the series. I have never read a book in a series out of order so I thought that was going to be pretty interesting in and of itself.

The Lost Codex was okay, it was a fun, page-turning thriller with a lot of action sequences and enough twists and turns to keep me interested. My main problem with the book was the inconsistent pacing and level of detail. At times there was an incredible amount of detail about mundane activities, while some important action scenes were over way to quick with a bit too much handwaving. I felt like there was this big buildup with a lot of development and then the climax was something like, we killed the guys and ran away. Some of the action was more detailed and interesting, but by the end I felt like I was filling in a lot of holes with my imagination.

As I said, this is the third book in the series, and the first one that I have read. I could tell where allusions were being made to prior books, but it really was not that big of a deal. I did not feel as if I was missing a bunch of inside jokes or stories for having not read these books in order. I commend the author for that. At the same time, I did not find too much explanation of what went on in the other books which I also liked, because I know if I had read them in order, too much of that would have annoyed me.

Personally, I like the style of the Brad Thor books better. I found this story to be pretty similar, although it was centered around a different type of character which was refreshing. I definitely recommend reading it if you are in to action books and just want to have some fun with a quick read. Do not expect a liteary masterpiece, but that should be obvious as this book is clearly not trying to bridge that gap. However, it definitely is not the top of the heap in this genre. This is not Rainbow Six quality by any stretch of the imagination.

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