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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. Daniel Knox's first love is history and aWorkers 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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The Alexander Cipher Reviews

  • James
    2019-01-19 00:42

    The treasure quest mystery novel has long been a favorite of mine and The Alexander Cipher by Will Adams did not disappoint! I remember reading one of Adams' later novels (perhaps even a Daniel Knox [main character in this series] one) but decided to start from the beginning just to be safe. I added The Alexander Cipher to my reading list earlier this summer and decided it was time to switch off of my other favorite, the cozy serial.While I am a history buff and a bit of a language guy, I had to just accept a lot of what Adams drives via the story of Alexander the Great and the Macedonians, but as always, he does some with great flair and exuberance. I have already purchased the other 3 in the series (one of which could be a re-read!) and will slot them in every other book for the next few weeks... too much historical fiction and hardcore archaeological detail can be a bit draining.The villains are bad but not too caricature-like (perhaps just a tad), and some good guys actually perish which helps make it all the more realistic, but you still need to suspend some of your disbelief at all the pure chances at luck Daniel meets. All in good fun tho... he comes up with a few bruises and wounds that will take some time heal.About MeFor those new to me or my reviews... here's the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at, where you'll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I've visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-01-31 17:29

    Well... The first thing that bothered me was the fact that the author did not write a plausible American male character. FYI: "wanker" is a typically British term. Why did the guy have to be American anyway? It didn't matter to the storyline. The second thing was the female love interest, Gaille. The term "milquetoast" could have been created just for her. What a wimp! And no moment of grace. One of the things I remember most about my fiction writing class is that idea that the important characters should have a "moment of grace". For example, a shy, submissive character should be compelled through the storyline to reach deep down and be more than what they are; she deserved a moment of assertiveness, at the very least. Because of this one dimensional character (who did not seem in the least bit French) it was hard to even like her or root for her. As for Knox, the protagonist, it seemed his main function in the book was to convey, through dialogue, his immense knowledge of the pertinent historical/archeological facts. Bottom Line: It wasn't horrible but it wasn't great either. It was well researched and detailed, but it fell short on character development. The secondary storylines were unnecessarily melodramatic.

  • Kiera Healy
    2019-01-25 22:39

    I see that the description of this book begins "Non-stop adventure and death-defying chases". Yes. That's pretty much it.This is a fairly dumb adventure set in Egypt, focusing on the search for the tomb of Alexander the Great. Every chapter ends on a cliffhanger - and not just every chapter, but every scene. As you can imagine, sometimes these cliffhangers are rather poor as a result. My favourite is when the chief love interest meets the head baddie, and the scene ends with something like "As she got close, she knew she couldn't trust him." Why?! I thought. Does she recognise him as someone who helped plot the death of her father, and the subsequent cover-up?! Or perhaps he was involved with the suspicious death of the other woman's husband?! Or the suspicious death of the main character's mother, father and sister?!No. I think she just found him ugly. It was never made clear.This novel features all the ingredients of a classic adventure: Egyptian mafiosos, Australian commandos, Macedonian separatists, etc, etc - just what you'd expect. The main character is an unconvincing American who uses the words "wanker" and "mate" - I don't know why he wasn't just made English. I think I counted seven characters with grudges against him over some past slight (usually not his fault). He has the worst memory ever. At least half the book's key plot points hinge on his forgetting something crucial. There is always a nagging feeling at the back of his mind trying to tell him something. It might be trying to tell him to read something better.

  • Donald
    2019-01-28 00:36

    Thrillers like this one, by their very nature, are page turners. I love stories of Robert Langdon and Indiana Jones. The historical lessons are inspiring; the archeological finds stir the imagination. I have a new name to look for when I want a good thriller: Daniel Knox.As usual, I cannot vouch for the historical information presented in this book. But what I will say is that I found it to be plausible and possible. The themes presented regarding Alexander, the historical period of Alexander’s conquests, the clash of religions, and the political climate then and now are all well presented in this novel.The POV shifts throughout are all necessary to progress the story being told and are well accomplished. Most of the characters are fleshed out well, the main exception being the females and in particular, Gaille. I would have liked to have seen a real teeth-gritting change in her after seeing the truth about dear old dad. Daniel Knox is supposed to be an American, yet in chapter ten he thinks ‘sod it’. There isn’t an American out there that thinks ‘sod it’, where an ‘f’ bomb will suffice. What I’m saying is that Will Adams missed the mark on Americanizing his American character. It happens again in chapter twenty-three when Knox refers to Nicolas as a ‘wanker’. My thesaurus doesn’t even have ‘wanker’ as an entry, but if it did then ‘jerk-off’ might be suggested. One last problem I had with the story is that several of the characters throughout do what is called ‘pulling a face’, as in: he pulled a face. That just sounds wrong, and it seems to mean something slightly different each time when taken in context. Anyway, I liked the novel overall; in spite of its shortcomings it kept me turning pages far into the night. The strength of the historical/archeological themes made up for the weakness in some of the characters. I enjoyed Daniel Knox, I’m sort of mad that Rick died, and I wish Aly had more of a role. Work on those characters, Will, and give us some more exploits of Daniel Knox.

  • Lewis Weinstein
    2019-02-10 18:27

    Although the premise is interesting, this book had too many plot lines and characters for me to follow. Maybe that's my fault, but I got tired of being confused and having to work so hard, and so I stopped reading.

  • Djrmel
    2019-02-03 20:45

    If it weren't for the very well written setting of this book, I don't think I would have finished it. But I'm a sucker for "sense of place" and Adams' ability to put me in Egypt with the archeologists and thugs who populate this book held my interest until the very end. Reading the plot and the characters, unfortunately, was not that enjoyable. There are twists upon twists, crossed back stories galore, and characters who speak in multiple English dialects for no known reason. The historical references in the story were interesting and educational, but there are times that the story stops being a story and becomes a History Channel episode on the many legends of Alexander. It's good information to know, but a dead stop for a thriller, especially when it's done flat out tell, not showm dialog. This book makes an attempt to mix history with thriller, but soap opera got thrown into the mix and the outcome is less it could have been.

  • Juliet Doubledee
    2019-01-29 17:40

    Written in an Indiana Jones genre, author Will Adams has created a character who uses his intellect, rather than physical force, to escape one predictament after another. The main character Daniel Knox is a knock-around archaeologist in Egypt with a special interest in Alexander the Great. After having a run in with a well connected millionaire Egyptian and escaping to Alexandria to figure out where he can safely go to avoid being killed; Knox becomes involved in a site that has been uncovered by a construction company and holds clues to where the final resting place of Alexander is located. The Alexander Cipher beautifully blends the history of Alexander and his successors into an entertaining, action-packed adventure. I found the information on Alexander's rule, his mysterious death, and the fact that his body was coveted as a justification for power by his successors in Egypt, the Ptolemys, and Alexander's native Macedonians quite interesting. Also, I enjoyed how the author blended in current politics by adding a rich Macedonian nationalists to the story by describing how this character was intent on using Alexander's body as the means, after more than 2,000 years, of fomenting revolution to establish a separate Macedonia out of Greece and Balkan states.I would strongly recommend this book to amateur archaeogists, history buffs, or those craving suspense.

  • Kristen
    2019-02-12 21:31

    When I read the first book in the Daniel Knox series by Will Adams, The Alexander Cipher is a total package of action-adventure and historical fiction for this thriller. Set in Egypt, this is reminiscent of the Indiana Jones movie trilogies. Plenty of action, danger and suspense, when we're introduced to Daniel Knox and the characters in the novel. My heart sank, when Gaille and Daniel revealed about loss in their family, the same for Elena on her husband, and my heart ache on Mohammed's sick daughter. He would do anything to save his daughter's life, even illegally. We learn about the secrets of Alexander the Great's tomb and his origins between Macedonia and Egypt. The location is exotic and interesting. The historical aspect of Alexander's life and Egyptian customs--then and now--makes this for a good read. We're really set in the throes of danger and adventure in every page with a shocking conclusion, and a cliffhanger for the other four books in the series. Get ready to plunge into heart-pounding danger in Egypt.

  • Anica
    2019-01-24 20:48

    I have a huge thing for mystery thrillers. :D And this one is no exception wasn't as good as I expected it to be. The beginning was way too boring and long. It kinda mattered in the end, but there were way too many details which just were not important at all.The middle part and all the historical/or not so historical parts (whatever!) regarding Alexander were great though. It really turned out to be a pageturner.But then, there was the ending. *siiiiigh* I felt like the author had no fun writing anymore, that he needed an ending. Maybe the end made kinda "sense" regarding the topic but I just found it stupid!! Plus, some plotlines had no end at all. WTF?! Seriously, you could have made this a lot better. :/Still, a nice and fast read, except the beginning and the end.

  • James
    2019-01-24 21:29

    In truth I never finished this book. I got to the climactic ending scenes and to be honest I just didn't care enough - I had so many better things to be doing. And that alone has made me downgrade this from the steady three stars to a measly Two Stars, because if there is ever a sign of a bad book, it's when you are the final few pages and you just couldn't give a damn what happened. But, having said that, it was all-right for the most part. It didn't totally bore me, but it was in essence just another mass produced book with no true originality and ability. I am sorry Adams and those who enjoy his books, but this felt more about the research than the actual story. Those who succeed in this genre manage to balance the two out evenly, with enough knowledge shown to make the plot 'right' but not overloading the reader who wants to be entertained, not taught. An example of this over-research would be in the first twenty odd pages, where Gaille states quite clearly that she has only a passing knowledge on Egyptian Gods but then chucks of a page spiel about Wepawet - and I have just spent 11 weeks being taught about Egyptian Civilisation at University and I can tell you, her 'passing knowledge' is more than that period taught me. Of course, this is a pretty simple example but there are many many more. Now I don't usually go out of my way to point out a books flaws, not without pointing out it's good parts anyway, but here I feel I need to make an exception. 1: Knox. He is absolutely shocking as a character. He does nothing of value, nothing courageous, nothing that the average Joe couldn't do with his eyes shut. BUT, beyond any logic I can think of, he is constantly referred to as tricky, clever and a pain in the ass to his enemies. I mean, if bad guys are truly troubled by people like Knox, then I don't know how I haven't taken over the world's criminal underground by now. 2. The fancy chapters, which were then split up again. WHY? There is no need. All it did for me was let me count down till the chapter ended. Nothing special at all. 3. The amount of time spent on secondary characters. God almighty, by the end I was skipping the parts about Ibrahim (?) and his ill daughter, or the parts with Elena because I just couldn't give a damn. I mean, only a fifth of the book must actually have been around Knox - who is the main damned character! So there it is, short and sweet - or sour, if you like. There is probably a lot more that I could come up with, but I just don't feel the motivation. The sooner this book is in my rear view mirror, the better. So do I recommend you read this? No, not unless you want to read another mass-produced paperback with no real stand-out qualities. But, if you have no other option, then it's acceptable. Have Fun Reading.

  • Darkpool
    2019-01-24 18:29

    Note: I listened to this as an audiobook.Also it is possible this review includes material that some sensitive souls may regard as spoilery. If you are a sensitive soul, not only should you stay away from this review, but the actual book as well I think!Had a love hate relationship with this one, and consequently find myself torn between the 2-star "it was OK" rating and the 3-star "liked it". Aspects of it were utterly fascinating, but all too often I found myself shouting in frustration at the author, who had a terrible tendency to bang on and on with the melodrama, trying to artificially heighten the suspense by chucking big long descriptive passages at various scenes, dwelling on minutiae of what characters were thinking and doing. I got the feeling at times that he was anticipating the book being turned into a movie, and was actually including notes for the film-maker. The result: boring, pointless detail. Characters were taken apparently well past the point of certain death time and again, just to be rescued - usually by the hero. Tedious, tedious. I hated most of the female characters most of the time. I hated the way Gaille was referred to as "the girl" so often, although admittedly this was sometimes a device to indicate the contempt with which a particular one of the many arrogant men in the book regarded her. I hated the way that in spite of her having little discernible gumption, courage, chutzpah or personality, she became the hero's romantic interest. I can only say thank God there was no sex scene between them. (and don't get me started on the sex scene that was in the book. *shudders*)The historical and archeological aspects of the book were brilliant. Alexander is one of the most interesting and amazing leaders in history, and I really enjoyed all the details of his legend woven into this book. For me, that was what made it worth finishing. Will I read the next in the series? Maybe. But not until time has numbed the irritation I felt from this one.

  • Cameron
    2019-01-30 01:27

    My review is not going to bee to good even though I gave it three stars. I think it is mostly because it was not the right time for me to read this book. Everything seemed good about it but for some reason it just dragged on for me. Characters I did not care about and his writing style was not very good for my taste. HE kept trying to keep the suspense moving by having people in conversations about stuff that is not important and then when it comes to the last line of the conversation he moves on to another part in the book. Sorry man but I just did not care.I do hate it when authors put in a stupid sex scene that has nothing at all about the book, nothing about the plot and it seems that he is just trying to fulfill some sexual fantasy that I have to read. too much information and he even writes about the clean up, just stupid and gross.At the end I started to like Knox but I think I am done with this author.

  • Emmie
    2019-02-05 21:46

    I loved this book. Can't wait to read the rest of the series!

  • وسام عبده
    2019-01-19 19:33

    Because Alexandria is my home city. I liked this novel very match. Will Adams succeeded to build a full scene for my city as a background for his thriller about Alexander the great tomb.

  • Aaron
    2019-02-03 22:34

    Adams weaves history, suspense and modern Balkan politics in his debut novel, which is centered around the various tombs of Alexander the Great. The hero of our tale is Daniel Knox. He was a well-respected archaeologist before some controversial event happened a number of years previous. Now, he lives in Egypt and makes a modest living as a dive instructor and leading tours in the waters around Alexandria. His quiet life takes another turn after he helps rescue a woman from the clutches of one Hassan al-Assyuti, a local dabbler in the underworld.As a result, Knox finds himself on the run, seeking help from a French friend working on a dig in Alexandria. He ends up helping with the dig, placing him in the center of a race to find the true tomb of Alexander the Great, with possibilities in Alexandria proper, the nearby oasis of Siwa, and even in Alexander's native Macedonia. Area archaeologists know that finding the tomb will make a career.The problem is that a wealthy Macedonian sees the recovery of Alexander's preserved body as an opportunity to bring about the independence of a Greater Macedonia, an area currently split between Serbia, Greece, and Romania.Knox, like any adventure archaeologist, needs a romantic lead, and his takes on the form of Gaille Bonnard. She is a specialist in ancient languages and cryptography. The two are brought together as everyone seems to work together to find the tomb. Gaille and Knox find not only an interest, but an interesting in recovering history and a shared past that might tear their relationship apart.The story is filled with a number of background characters that run the gamut to ruthless villains to sympathetic fathers, allowing for a realistic three-dimensional world for Knox to inhabit.Adams does a nice job of including a plethora of information about Alexander, the Ptolemies, and Graeco-Egyptian history so novices will be able to understand the consequences of the search for the real tomb, including a belief that possession of Alexander's body will make any nation all-powerful. Personally, I found such information to be very interesting and a strength for the book, but those looking for pure action may find that these sections bog down the pacing of the plot.All-in-all, I found this to be an enjoyable read. Those interested in ancient cultures will probably like it, too. If you are looking for the quick pacing of an Indiana Jones movie, though, you will probably find this novel a bit slow.

  • Kay
    2019-02-09 17:45

    Will Adams's The Alexander Cipher focuses on the rather infamous American archaeologist, Daniel Knox, on his quest to interfere with an excavation in the center of Alexandria. His meddling inevitably pulls him into a race to find the long lost tomb of Alexander the Great before Philip Dragoumis, the patriarch of his family, uses the legend to fuel the fires of a revolution in Greece and give Macedonia a chance to become its own, independent nation again. The suits have a head start though, and Knox is racing against the clock to prevent an all-out war and keep the Dragoumises from taking advantage of the remains of one of history's greatest conquerors. The best way I can describe this book is that it's like Indiana Jones or Uncharted with a less cool protagonist that doesn't wield a whip and guns against his foes or survive against all odds on impossibly dangerous and fantastic set-pieces. That's not to discredit Knox as a character, but reading about him made me long to see Indy running to escape being crushed by a massive boulder with a priceless golden idol in hand or Nate climbing up a decimated train car as it's teetering precariously over the edge of a cliff. The Alexander Cipher had exciting and interesting moments to be sure, but I expected a little more from the book in other areas, especially when it came to Daniel Knox.I didn't really care for Knox as the main protagonist. He didn't have much charm or intrigue compared to other adventure heroes. He came off as obsessed with archaeology, and I guess that's fine...for a start. It's just that everything in his life revolved around archaeology in some fashion, but outside that, there wasn't that much to speak of. He would even rather read dry, archaeological reports than Tintin. Does this guy have any personality? I still rooted for Knox, but it was only out of obligation because everyone else either had mixed loyalties or was clearly a villain. Even his dialogue left much to be desired. The only thing I noticed about it was when Knox, supposedly an American, used clearly British slang like "mate," "wanker," and "ballocks" when talking to some of his friends, which is ironic when you consider that the author claimed to have spent "over a decade" researching and writing this. I guess in all that time Adams spent gathering information on Greek history, Alexander's life and campaigns, and Egyptian culture, it never occurred to him to research some American speech and make sure that his American character does, in fact, speak like an American. The one thing I wanted from this book after a while was a faux-twist in which it is revealed, to no one's surprise, that Knox was secretly British. Of course, that didn't happen, so I was disappointed.I did like a lot of the side characters though, many of whom were given more attention and care. Mohammed, Ibrahim, Elena, Nessim, and even Philip Dragoumis's son, Nicolas, were all more interesting than Knox, but I liked Mohammed and Elena the most. Mohammed was one of the lead excavators employed by Ibrahim, and his daughter, Layla, has leukemia (I think) and very little time to live. He's desperate to get her a bone marrow transplant, but finding compatible marrow is difficult at the best of times. So he works for Ibrahim on the Alexandria excavation and eventually deals with the Dragoumises, all for the sake of his dying daughter. His struggle was clearly emotionally taxing for him, and I felt real sympathy for his character. I wanted him to be able to find the marrow and get his daughter the necessary treatment, but when it came at the cost of working for the Dragoumises, I felt conflicted. Mohammed's situation was the most interesting to me as well as the most complex. I almost wish the story had been about him, but then it wouldn't have been a thriller I suppose. It would have been a much slower, morally significant book. And it probably would have been the better for it, but I digress.Elena Koloktronis was another archaeologist under the employment of the Dragoumises, but she was a woman pressed for time. She was hot-headed, demanding, and even a little antagonistic, making her rather unsympathetic and annoying until it is revealed that her husband, Pavlos, died in a car accident. Pavlos was her soul-mate, and ever since he died, she had never been the same. She felt she needed to push herself and appear headstrong to hide her own inner struggle, and although she was technically a spy for the Dragoumises, I found myself feeling legitimately sorry for her. Her personal conflict wasn't as strong as Mohammed's per se, but I couldn't bring myself to vilify her. She didn't deserve it in my opinion.In essence, I enjoyed reading about most of the characters, but I was indifferent to Knox. The reading itself, however, went a little too fast for my tastes. I understand that this is a thriller, and thrillers are supposed to be very fast-paced and not detail-oriented, but damn did I wish Adams had slowed down a bit here and there. I had a lot of trouble visualizing locations, ruins, artifacts, and other things because the descriptions were so brief, I forgot them almost as soon as I read them. They were bare-bones, only describing locations in the most general way possible, and they were over before they really began. I hate that in a book because it makes me constantly trip over myself when trying to figure out what exactly everyone was supposed to be doing, where they're going, or where they even are. Don't ask me to describe the layout for the hidden ruins in Alexandria. I couldn't tell you. They just constantly contradicted what I pictured in my head, so I just gave up after a while. I also had a poor sense of time in this book since things that apparently took hours, like driving through a desert, felt like they were over in minutes while reading it. The pacing was just too fast. I like for a book to slow down every now and then, and this one didn't do that. Even its slow moments went by too quickly. I got tired of reading it, if that makes any sense.That being said, I did like the plot itself. I liked how Knox wasn't constantly one step ahead of the antagonists (although this was also a bit to his detriment because he was never a step ahead of anyone; in fact, he was painfully far behind for a majority of the book), and I liked how the Dragoumises had an actual cause to fight for that would greatly benefit from the discovery of Alexander's final resting place. Most villains I've seen in these types of stories just seem to be after money or power, and the Dragoumises are, but it's for a cause that someone could conceivably get behind. It feels a lot more like a political maneuver, a potentially real plot, with poor Alexander caught in the middle. It was interesting to read about, and that definitely carried the story for me if nothing else. So while The Alexander Cipher was not the most artful book I've ever read, it was still a pretty decent read overall. Knox himself could have stood some improvements, and I would have also liked some more specific descriptions, but at the end of the day, this was a pretty fun read. Adventuring types (preferably with arrowless knees) may find plenty of enjoyment here.

  • Andrea Roady
    2019-02-12 22:30

    This book was a disappointment. I got the audiobook version to listen to while I work. I think the majority of problems were with the writing, but some were also with the narration. I suspect I would have liked this book better had I physically read it, which is why I'm giving it two stars instead of the one I'm inclined to assign it.The narrator's emphasis made Knox, the main character, sound like a sarcastic meathead of a lump. The women were weak, petty, and unsympathetic, and the Egyptian and Macedonian characters sounded like they were supposed to be either charmingly, bumblingly provincial or constantly scheming and up to no good. Everything felt like a stereotype. I suspect that much of this was inherent in the writing, but it was inescapable in the narration. I had no particular interest in any of the characters, and I just couldn't bring myself to be distressed when bad things happened to them.As for the plot, the build-up was so long that by the time the book got to the climax, I'd really lost interest. That said, the climactic scene was reasonably well written, and had some exciting parts.I was bothered by the astonishing number of coincidences. I can suspend disbelief to an extent, and I understand that Egyptian archaeology is probably a fairly small world in which most people are familiar with each other, but everyone had some close history with everyone else (the surprising nature of which was, of course, revealed explosively).The writing was often ham-fisted and repeated phrases to my annoyance. (If I never again have to hear about someone "pulling a face", I will be a happy girl.) I was mildly bothered that Knox, an American, used a lot of British and Aussie slang, but that's a relatively minor issue in a book filled with larger ones.I understand that this is Adams' first novel, but unfortunately it was sufficiently off-putting that I won't try his subsequent books.

  • Rachael
    2019-02-08 23:33

    A lot of this book reminded me of Indiana Jones and the Worst Movie Ever (the 4th installment that we are pretending never happened). While Daniel Knox is not faced with surviving a nuclear blast with only a refrigerator for protection (Adams is probably saving that for the next book), he does manage to get knocked unconscious time and again, shot, and otherwise roughed up. Following each incident, he not only comes out unscathed, but able to mentally and physically excel. Perhaps Adams finished writing this just after watching Monty Python? It's only a flesh wound! The story begins when our hero, Daniel Knox, saves a ridiculously naive woman from being raped (and implied that she kinda sorta deserved it cause she was dressed rather slutty...). Anyway, a fist fight with a powerful Egyptian gangster type ensues in which Adams somehow manages to beat the crap out of this guy who is significantly bigger and surrounded by body guards. This is only the first of countless miraculous escapes to come.So here's the basic premiss: Knox, an archeologist, begins a quest to uncover the mystery of Alexander the Great's lost tomb while making major enemies along the way. While he could have escaped the country and everything would have been hunky-dory, he elicits to stay and engage on the quest for no other purpose than his own edification. Had he not been there at all, events would have unfolded along more or less the same lines.So why the two stars? The book was pretty crappy, but it was still a page turner. Also, it was one of those the right-book-at-the-right-time reads for me. Not only did this keep me perfectly occupied during jury duty, but I read it after just finishing All the King's Men. I needed something rather vapid after that and vapid this book was.

  • Cj Wilkins
    2019-02-15 21:31

    The Alexander cipher is a mystery/treasure hunter book about an American archeologist living in Alexandria named Daniel Knox. He gets in trouble with the local warlord, Hassan, and he is being hunted down from the moment the book starts. He meets up with a friend to hide from Hassan, but when he figures out that his friend is working on a archeological dig, he has to go check it out. What he finds there gives him a clue to one of the biggest mysteries of all time, where Alexander the Great's body lays. Unfortunately Knox isn't the only person to fugue out the clue. A group of Macedonian's want to return Alexander's body to his home in Macedonia, and will do anything to get him there. So, Knox and his friend and a fellow archeologist that he met on the way named Gaille set out on the journey to find Alexander's sarcophagus. The Macedonians reach the tomb first, but Knox and Gaille outwit the Macedonians and get Alexander's sarcophagus and bring it to an Egyptology museum, where they are hailed as heroes. I enjoyed this book a lot because I love mystery and treasure hunting books. I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed the movie National Treasure, as its very similar. This is a real page turner and has many twists throughout the book that keeps you wanting to read more. So, in conclusion I loved The Alexander Cipher and I would recommend it to anyone.

  • Melissa
    2019-02-11 23:30

    My parting thought with this book was that it was very Dan Brown-esque. Whether that is to be taken as a compliment or a critique, I will leave to the individual to decide... It was an entertaining page-turner and served it's purpose of providing a distraction while I was reading it everyday at lunch, but it certainly wasn't the best book I've come across. There were plot lines and characters that seemed superfluous and served only to confuse me, however the topic and the pacing were quite interesting.My biggest critique of this book has to be the romance between Daniel and Gaille. Seriously, if I thought a man was my father's lover and was involved in his death & the death of our relationship, it would take quite a lot of relationship building to find myself suddenly in love with the guy myself... She goes from hating him to being in love with him with no hashing out of the problems between them or any significant building of their relationship. It just read as implausible and hastily thrown together for the sake of the belief that we (the readers) can't care about a main character unless they have a love interest.

  • Meaghan
    2019-02-06 22:27

    I loved this book! It is exactly what I've been looking for! The plot was well put together and the way Will Adams weaved the storylines together reminded me somewhat of Jon Land in his Ben Kamal and Danielle Barnea series. I liked the characters and look forward to reading the next book in this series. I have only one criticism, "speeded". Now maybe this is just me being picky, but I'm pretty sure that "speeded" isn't proper English adn that it should be "sped". If this had just come up once, I might have passed over it as a typo, and if it had been used in a sentence spoken by a character I would have ignored it completely and taken it as being part of the way the character spoke. However, I found it more than once in the book and it annoyed me slightly. I'm not generally given to criticizing the grammer or word usage in a book, but this seemed to me a rather glaring oversight. On the other hand it did not detract at all from my enjoyment of the book and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys history, archaeology, Jon Land, or adventure books.

  • Vickie
    2019-01-28 19:46

    Whew! I now want to become an archaeologist and dig in the dirt and learn more about Alexander the Great...There was a lot of backstory that I hope will be covered in the future books of this series. The explanations of Alexander and his demise were interspersed with a whole lot of action and people getting whacked and drugged and kidnapped while searching for the final resting place of Alexander. A good mixture for me to get me back in the thriller mode that I've been neglecting for, lo, these many months. I could compare the style to a Dirk Pitt novel, but Daniel Knox actually feels pain and takes a while to get up from getting beat up. I've never had the feeling that Dirk ever really feels pain, but that's okay. I read the Dirk Pitt books for other reasons, mainly because I picture Matthew McConaghey as I read them thanks to the movie Sahara. Still working on who I cast as Daniel Knox....Four treasure trove beans.....

  • Slightly
    2019-01-26 20:28

    Have I read worse books? Yes. Yes I have.Alexander Cipher was nothing to write home about. The plot was pretty… average. It reads like a quickly written Dan Brown book. All plot comes first and the characters are wedged into their boxes in order add the right amount of drama at each chapter of this hero's journey. it was a little contrived and a little too soap opera-y for my tastes, but it's not bad for beach reading. And it does a good job of dropping a lot of Alexander the Great trivia into a narrative.

  • Monica
    2019-01-28 22:25

    This book wants to be a Dan Brown book. The history was cool, but everything was dull. Gaille was a wimp; Knox was flat- he did absolutely nothing, except run away from people. For me this book had two paces- chase chase chase, and history lesson. I didn't care about the characters, and I didn't care enough about the plot to finish the book

  • Bita
    2019-01-28 21:43

    It is very Indiana Jones like. Some history. Lots and lots of chasing . Some really unnecessary parts. I hated that they constantly referred to Gaille as 'the girl'. She is like 25 years old and very highly educated. Also it seems like the entire time they were going from one place to another in Egypt. Should have enclosed a map.

  • Cynthia
    2019-02-05 18:38

    A good thriller, fast paced and interesting characters. For an excellent and more indepth review of this book, look up donald conrad on goodreads!

  • Marius van Blerck
    2019-02-11 01:34

    A rather nice but fluffy Indiana Jones type archealogical thriller with assorted baddies of the Macedonian and Egyptian variety.

  • Ellen
    2019-02-04 17:54

    I'm rounding up to a 3 because the subject matter saved it. I really do love Egyptology and archaeology, and this was kind of a fun adventure. But really it's more like a 2/2.5 for me.Part of that may have been the narrator. The accents were distractingly bad. And I would have appreciated more of a pause when skipping to different characters' points of view.And speaker of the characters... there were very one dimensional. The "good guys" were brilliant, heroic ninjas. The "bad guys" were utterly depraved, and mean to underlings to boot. The whole subplot of the sick little girl was unnecessary and failed to tug at my heartstrings as intended. There was SO MUCH clunky exposition. Which, oddly enough, was one of the best parts for me. As I said, I really like the subject matter. But it could have been handled more skillfully.I checked out this book on Overdrive, and it automatically got returned when I still had about 2 hours to go. The two rival camps had just simultaneously but separately solved a millenia-old mystery and were on a collision course. I didn't feel the need to re-check it out and finish it. I trust that the bad guys got theirs, the main character ended up with the girl who hated him at the beginning of the book, and civil war did not break out in Macedonia.

  • Sudipta B
    2019-02-03 22:37

    I started reading The Alexander Cipher with a mixed anticipations. This was my first Will Adams novel. I don't know whether it would be the last or not.The story began with the determined oath taken by one of Alexander's Shield Bearers, Kalonymus. It successfully created a very good initial impact on the reader to keep on reading. The protagonist Daniel Knox is definitely not a super hero, but very human with general weaknesses. The author has tried to give an life background of Knox, but I felt for a First Novel, certain more detail was required to build a character readers' minds. there are many loose ends in Knox's background. However, the author may have taken care in the later Knox novels, which I am yet to discover.Around midway of the story, when it looked like the whole world was looking for Knox and he was hiding from one foe to the other, the story lost its focus a little bit. Readers gets lost in the endless cat and mouse chase between Knox and his enemies. However, last 200 pages have almost 5Star material for adventure lovers. Fast paced, treasure haunting, ancient mystery, deciphering codes, action, revenge . . . you name it, you get it.Over all a good read. But I expected more. I may try some more of Will Adams.

  • Michele
    2019-01-26 17:29

    This book had a lot going for it, but I still found myself losing interest half way through. There were good action sequences and the Egyptology aspects were well explained, but I just didn't care. What were evidently meant to be shocking revelations didn't impress or enthrall me. Also, it was written in short scenes, sometimes only a couple paragraphs long, which ended abruptly, in the way a TV show might. The last sentence was generally about someone bring surprised. "But that means..." dun dun dun! Next scene. It got annoying. Occasionally, the choice of words was odd. The main character is American, the writer is British, and I imagine my copy was edited for American readers (e.g. changing "colour" to "color"), so it was an odd mix. Knox and the narrator would use words which didn't sound natural for an American, like "tarpaulin" instead of "tarp."If you are really into archeology and action thrillers, this will be right up your alley. If you don't get excited by the prospect of finding the tomb of the brother of a soldier who might have known so-and-so, then skip this one.