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The Demon Code: A breathlessly thrilling quest to stop the end of the world Paperback – 29 January 2013
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A thrilling novel (For Winter Nights)
For fans of Dan Brown's Origin and The Da Vinci Code, by the award-winning author of the massive bestsellers The Girl with All the Gifts and The Dead Sea Deception, comes a thriller you won't be able to put down.
Four hundred years ago a prophet predicted the end of the world. Now his words are coming true...
- ASIN : 0751545783
- Publisher : Sphere; 1st edition (29 January 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 576 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780751545784
- ISBN-13 : 978-0751545784
- Dimensions : 12.7 x 3.81 x 20.32 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 623,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The followers of Judas are back. This time the weepers of bloody tears are determined to destroy all extant copies of a 17th-century religious text, written by a man who experienced a vision of angels after falling into a shaft. They don't just want to destroy the copies. No reader of its words will survive. Until Heather, Leo and their British Library assistant Rush make it their mission to investigate the cause for an apparently harmless break in at the Library followed by the subsequent discovery of the Library's infiltration by one of the followers of Judas. With their poisoned blades, pale skin and bloody eyes, these men and women hate the sons of Adam, although sometimes the worldly perspective of the Adamites is necessary. Heather, Leo and Rush find themselves attached to Diema, a 19-year-old with a secret that extends well beyond the hidden tunnels and burrows of the sect.
The clock ticks as The Demon Code proceeds. The secret 17th-century text by Johann Tolle reveals a number of prophecies which, it seems, did not belong to the 1600s after all but instead appear to be coming true now. The text foretells that they will conclude with the death of a million or more souls.
The Demon Code is a thrilling novel but its real strength is in the time given to its intriguing protagonists. The private lives of Kennedy and Tillman are not separated from their mission. The integrity of both, the value each places on family and dependence, is bolstered by their increasing knowledge of the isolated Diema as well as the `boy' Rush. Despite the extreme circumstances facing the characters and the extraordinary or even preposterous aims and motives of the Judas group, these are characters who keep a grip on realism however much the novel wants to challenge it. Heather Kennedy is a fantastic character, though. She tries to build up her life while everything around her falls apart. This mix of realism and thriller fantasy works and is a big appeal of Adam Blake's books.
The Demon Code is an enjoyable and thoughtful successor to The Dead Sea Deception but it is let down a little by its length. At well over 550 pages, it is at least 100 pages too long. The first half sets the scene and mystery very well indeed, especially within the old British Library and in Heather's life, but as the novel reaches its conclusion the pace lags noticeably. Nevertheless, the conclusion itself is a satisfying one and there is much room left for a third, much anticipated (but hopefully tighter) novel.
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