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Publisher's Summary

Egyptologist Daniel Knox's lifelong fascination with Alexander the Great and his tomb, a fabled wonder of the ancient world, could be the death of him. After construction workers excavating in Alexandria expose a catacomb dating back to ancient times, Knox eagerly sneaks in to scout the cavernous and dusty site. Among the relics he finds clues that may solve one of the world's greatest mysteries: the last resting place of Alexander the Great. An unconquerable warrior king, Alexander was the single most powerful man on the planet and thought to be a god.
Now, nearly 2,500 years later, the discovery of his tomb, seemingly lost forever, is within reach, triggering a deadly hunt for one of the greatest treasures of all time. Knox is not the only seeker; others are after the prize, and they would kill to win it.
In the spirit of the great adventure-thrillers by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, Clive Cussler, Raymond Khoury, and Steve Berry, The Alexander Cipher is a rip-roaring ride through history, archaeology, and the great deserts of Egypt.
©2009 Will Adams (P)2010 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

“A razor-edged thriller that delves deeply into crumbling tombs and ancient secrets. Explosively paced and tautly told.” (James Rollins)
"This is a hugely entertaining thriller, very much in the vein of Matthew Reilly: an adroit mixture of action, character, and history." ( Booklist)
"A plausible, fun heist-thriller that compels the [listener] to wonder, What if?" ( Library Journal)
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5 out of 5 stars
By C. Johnson on 12-28-10

Very strong start to a (hopefully) lengthy series

I chose this author because my library system stated his stories/style were similar to Clive Cussler's. While Mr. Adams' characters are well developed through this story, and the historical and geographical research is quite impressive, Will has more road to travel before he can be accurately compared to Clive Cussler.

That said, the story was VERY enjoyable. The plot and characters were believable and the conclusion pulled all of the loose ends together quite nicely.

David Colacci's narration was stellar! He made the story come alive through his mastery of dialects, making each character's dialog sound unique and genuine.

I strongly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction, strong storylines, and superb narration.

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5 out of 5 stars
By carl on 05-23-10

A lot of fun

As an amature Ptolemaic archaelogist, I'm a sucker for this kind of book. Along with the Holy
Grail and Ark of the Covenant, Alexander's tomb is one the great lost treasures of the past. The Alexander Cipher although lightweight, is fast paced, well-written and from an historical and archealogical standpoint is pretty much dead on. The author knows ancient and modern Egypt as well, and he uses his knowledge of the country to serve up some unexpected twists. It's a fun way to fill up twelve hours or so, and you pick up some interesting information as well.

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