Publisher: Manana Publishing
List Price: $5.97
His latest addition to his already outstanding arsenal, The Voynich Cypher, is just another testament to why he has become a favorite author of many. Each of the titles, reviewed here at Books N Beans so far, have been different in their subject matter, different in their plots, and different in their overall writing style. However, all of them have been stupendous in keeping you engaged, entertained, and in the end a little more educated. Blake is superb in his research and keeping the book realistic, while taking your mind on a journey through possibilities that most of us don't look for.
The Voyinch Cypher easily lives up to the standards Blake's previous books have created. In the spirit of titles such as The DaVinci Code and National Treasure, Blake takes us on a journey of what if. What if there are secret societies associated with the church? What if there are buried secrets out there that people in power didn't want getting out? What if people with money decided they want the power of these secrets?
Dr. Steven Cross soon finds out as an innocent letter he penned drags him into a life-altering adventure. "When a sacred relic is stolen from its subterranean guarded vault, Dr. Steven Cross, amateur cryptologist, becomes embroiled in a deadly quest to decipher one of history’s most enigmatic documents – a 15th century parchment written entirely in unbreakable code; The Voynich Manuscript. Stalked by secret societies, and aided by the daughter of a murdered colleague, a trail of riddles catapults Cross from England to Italy to the Middle East, where a Byzantine web of ancient secrets leads him to a revelation so profound it will change the world order." (Author's synopsis).
Blake masterfully spins the story painting vivid pictures in your mind, while not blustering on forever over the minutiae that many authors get caught up on. You know, those moments of Yes, I understand we're in the wood with lots of trees and lots of leaves. How long does this go on? *Flipping pages* Oh, here we are 3 pages later, now I can get on with the story. Whether a fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat thriller, a non-fictional tribute to a lost pet, or a methodical, well-plotted quest, Blake never fails to thrill the reader with his stories.
*Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for a review*