Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Octopus Deception - Book Review

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A lot happens in the first few chapters of The Octopus Deception: an investigative journalist named Daniel is found dead in a hotel room, an Army Ranger is almost killed by an explosive device, the head of Citybank loses a lot of money, and it appears that the CIA is engaging in dubious activities.

And that's where Michael Asbury, religious historian and leading expert on codexes and Coptic texts, comes in. He is summoned by Simone, the dead journalist's sister, who thinks her brother was murdered. Daniel had uncovered information about secret money held by the U.S. and stolen during World War II, the same money that the CEO of Citybank has now lost due to a security breach by a former government employee. And without that money, the U.S. will sink into an economic depression as will the rest of the world.

There's a lot going on in this book, and it took me several chapters (and a re-read of the synopsis on the back of the book) to figure out what was going on, how the characters were connected, and who the main characters were. There were A LOT of characters, and they spend more time talking than actually doing anything. And it was very hard at times to decipher who was speaking. I also felt like the characters were not very well developed.

I think this book would have worked better as a screenplay turned into an action movie on a caliber somewhere between The Bourne Supremacy and one of the Fast & Furious movies. I think the premise of the book is good but the execution is not.

The Octopus Deception is published by TrineDay. It is available for purchase now. I received a free review copy for my honest review.

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