The Lost Codex (OPSIG Team Black #3)

Author: Alan Jacobson

Publisher:Open Road Media

Rating: 4.5 stars

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Type: Novel in a Series

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Blurb:  In a novel Jeffery Deaver has called “brilliant,” two ancient biblical documents reveal long-buried secrets that could change the world as we know it

In 930 CE, a revered group of scholars pen the first sanctioned Bible, planting the seed from which other major religions will grow. But in 1953, half the manuscript goes missing while being transported from Syria. Around the same time, in the foothills of the Dead Sea, an ancient scroll is discovered—and promptly stolen. Six decades later, both parchments stand at the heart of a geopolitical battle between foreign governments and radical extremists, threatening the lives of millions. With the American homeland under siege, the president turns to a team of uniquely trained covert operatives including FBI profiler Karen Vail, Special Forces veteran Hector DeSantos, and FBI terrorism expert Aaron Uziel. Their mission: Find the stolen documents and capture—or kill—those responsible for unleashing a coordinated and unprecedented attack on US soil.

Set in DC, New York, Paris, England, and Israel, The Lost Codex has been hailed by Douglas Preston as “a masterwork of international suspense” and “an outstanding novel.”


Review:  This is the second book in this series that I’ve read, and for the second time, I was riveted.  If I ever have the time, I’m going to read every book by this author.  Mr. Jacobson is a wonderful story teller, weaving in so much detail that every moment seems real and believable.  It was so believable, in fact, that I read every line of his acknowledgements to see for myself what sort of research he put into this story.  It was impressive!  I felt like a veteran international traveler as I followed one of my favorite fictional characters, Karen Vail, through several cities, up and down back streets and highways as she and her team try to track down the terror group targeting high profile places in the US.

This was much more than a search for terrorists.  It was a search for the lost pages of The Aleppo Codex, a well known historical document.  It is also well known that many pages are missing from the codex.  But what if they were found?  And what if there were things in the missing pages that would change religious philosophies and political boundaries? The possibilities of finding the missing pages, who wants them, the lengths they will go to to get them and the religious and political repercussions of whose hands they should be in and the terrible consequences if they are held by the wrong people is the real story being explored by Mr. Jacobson.

Karen and her team are given a double task…find the terrorists attacking the US while simultaneously finding the missing pages of the Aleppo Codex and getting them to the right people.  The chase is exciting, the locations vivid, but the best and most horrifying part of the story is the conversations between the team members and their many suspects and leads.  The possibilities of some of the collaborations between terrorist groups and drug cartels was hair raising.  The jealousies and cross purposes of the alphabet soup of domestic and foreign agencies was disturbing and a little aggravating…and seemed real.  Though fiction, the whole book seemed like a first hand account of events as they unfolded.

If you are a long time fan of this series, I think this story will knock your socks off.  If you’re a new reader of the series, don’t worry…this book stands alone nicely.  My advice to anyone who has read this review is to just go get the book and….


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