Monday, January 26, 2009

The Lucifer Gospel




I admit it, I am a sucker for these puzzle thriller type books. They are especially good when you are sick and lack the mental capacity to read anything better. This book was enjoyable but it had some serious flaws.
It felt a lot like reading a video game. When you are playing a game, you go through all sorts of obstacles, achieve the goal, then you are suddenly on the next level. In this book, the heroes go through the obstacles, avoid the bad guys, find the cryptic puzzle, then say something like, "OK, where next? Oh yes, Jamaica!" Then magically they are there. No avoiding the bad guys, no messing around with money, tickets, passports or any of those annoying details.
To give this book credit, the bad guys were neither the Knights Templar, nor the Masons, so it gets an extra star just for that. There are a couple more books by this author at the library, but I am saving them for the next time I am sick/pregnant/severely drugged. Then I can enjoy the silly plot without wondering things like, "If all their luggage and papers were stolen and the guy helping them was killed, how did they get from Paris to Bermuda?" Like some rooms look better in candlelight, some books are better while mentally impaired.

The Lucifer Gospel. Paul Christopher. Onyx. 2006

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