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a turtle’s eye view – the lost codex by alan jacobson

disclaimer – i received a copy of this book via open road media in exchange for an honest review.

the first bible was written in 953 c.e. and hundred years later, in 1953, while being transported from syria, half of it went missing. near that time, an ancient scroll was discovered at an archaeological dig in the foothills of the dead sea and was immediately stolen. fast forward sixty years and both documents are at the center of a religious and geopolitical struggle that is threatening to destroy not only everyone it touches but entire countries.  a group of trained operatives is tasked with finding the stolen documents. they must also find the persons responsible for the current attacks taking place in the united states and ensure that the attacks don’t continue, by whatever means necessary.

the hardest part of  the lost codex was that i didn’t have a button i could press that would put life and all of its distractions on hold so i could read it without disruption. this book is so rich with colour and nuance and language that i just wanted to dive into it and not come out until it was over. alan jacobson has created incredibly three-dimensional characters and i was immediately immersed in their world. that in and of itself isn’t necessarily a new thing – until you realize that this book is a part of a series (and an unnamed part of another) and i haven’t read anything of either. i knew this going in, and generally don’t like doing it, but there wasn’t anything lost to an unknown history, even when a character’s history was mentioned.

this was a fantastic story with fantastic characters and a gripping premise. if not for life, i would have finished it a lot sooner. jacobson is an outstanding writer and after this book, i am adding the entire opsig team black and karen vail series to my to be read shelf.

five out of five stars