The Alexander Cipher – Will Adams – 3/10

Yes, another piece of airport trash. Except this really is airport trash – I struggled to finish it (which is very unusual for me!)

We’re on the hunt for Alexander the Great’s sarcophagus, which is somewhere in the Middle East. We have corrupt Egyptian politicians, businessman and archaeologists, a painful caricature of an Australian, a reckless British archaeologist who happens to be a deep-sea diver too… the characters just don’t fit together at all.

The historical story-telling is competent enough, but it gets lost in the Middle Eastern politics and corruption and the struggle for Macedonian independence.

I wouldn’t have noticed a few months ago, but having read Austen and some Brontë, I’ve become a linguistic snob and some of the writing is just painful.

Fine for Singapore airport. Otherwise, give it a miss.

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