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The Excalibur Codex Jamie Saintclaire #3 For countless generations the sword had been kept hidden ready for a time of need But not hidden well enough because on one warm July night in1937 it vanished its disappearance swallowed up in the storm clouds of war that would soon engulf the world1941 twelve SS generals gather at a castle in East Prussia to re enact an ancient rite and call on the spirits of Europe's mightiest warriors to aid them in the coming battle in the East At the heart of the ritual is a pentagram formed by five swords One of them is Excalibur the mythical weapon pulled from a stone by King Arthur2010 Art recovery expert Jamie Saintclair laughs when he reads the codex to a German war veteran's will the strange ritual it describes and the mention of a sword named Excalibur But collector Adam Steele is convinced and if Jamie can find the legendary sword he will pay a small fortune for it The hunt for Excalibur takes Jamie from Germany to eastern Poland and a deadly encounter in Hitler's Wolf's Lair The castle has been destroyed down to the last stone and the only clue to the sword's fate is the strange tale of a wartime partisan unit murdered by its own commanderWith a team of international assassins on his trail and the distinction between friend and enemy a blur Jamie finally makes it back to a Britain under siege where the last piece of the puzzle falls into place and he discovers that the line between obsession and madness is gossamer thin Brilliant read the main character is a mix of James Bond Indiana Jones Jack Reacher I realised early on that I should have read two books previous to this but it was so good I couldn't put it down Very interesting albeit disturbing subjects mentioned and at some points I'd be googling to find out about the events mentioned The imagery was shocking in some parts not recommended for the faint hearted or if you're in a sensitive place Excellent ReadIntriguing mesmerizing read One could not put the book down because of the pull of the anticipation of what would come nextYou must read this book When i reviewed the Doomsday Testament i said James Douglas had set the bar highand when the Isis Covenant arrived i said the bar had been set even higherwell now we have the Excalibur Codex and i now think we have moved from the high jump to the pole vaultas the bar has got even higherThis mysterythrillier moves at a cracking pace from page oneas Jamie Saintclair is pitched head long into a mystery that takes him into a dangerous hinterland where the loyalties and hatreds of the past live onand the line between fanaticism and madness is gossamer thinOnce again James Douglas passion for the periodalong with detail research set`s up a cracking storyi have been trying to place what type of hero Jamie Saintclair isther`s a little bit of James Bonda bit of Indiana Jones and a touch of Simon Templarbut i suppose in the end we can add Jamie Saintclair to that list of all action hero`sIf this is your first outing with James Douglasthen you have the joy of two Jamie Saintclair adventure`s to catch up withwhile i have to go and look for a pole for the next bookas i am sure that bar will go higher A secret right wing pot to take over the UK A fake Islamic terrorist attack And an arts expert chasing a legendary sword last seen in a Nazi castle Fanciful plot but readable enough as escapist fiction 'James Douglas' apart from being a Scottish friend of Robert The Bruce in the 13 and 14th Century is of course the alter ego of the really rather super Douglas Jackson I'm guessing that THAT is actually his real name James Douglas comes out to play when Douglas Jackson takes time off from his day job as the purveyor of all things Roman and legionary writing books like Hero Avenger Defender and indeed Sword of Rome tbcThe Excalibur Codex for new readers is the third of James Douglas' thriller novels featuring art historian and all round thinking man's action man Jamie Saintclair The Doomsday Testament 2011 and The Isis Covenant 2012 introduced us to the good Mr Saintclair and his knack for being in the right place at the wrong time on the trail of various long lost artistic relics The Excalibur Codex takes it from there But if you haven't read the first two that's ok this one is self contained enough and you can go back to the others just fine after reading thisThe first two books have been action packed but also with plenty for the brain to get its teeth into along the way Likewise The Excalibur Codex It begins with a huge sit up straight in your seat and pay attention James Bond movie opening style bang which is as you'd expect from Douglas Jackson extremely well choreographed and well written It reminds us if we needed reminding that another of his strengths is the brutal battle scene And this opening is a battle scene It's not for the faint hearted and I can well understand someone who maybe gets hold of a copy perhaps from their local library without the 'I've paid for it so I'll finish it' inner voice urging them on stopping half way through the first couple of chapters That's fine But when I read something so convincingly 'real' as this opening my first thought is why didn't I hear about this on the news?Having said that and hopefully without coming over all PC and Jane Green on your asses I did feel some of the as the opening event develops graphic detail could have been toned down a little Just a little Without taking the edge off it By the time the bit I'm thinking about came in the 'job' of shocking us into submission had already been done It was a bit unnecessary and didn't fit with the overall style of the rest of the novel The only other uibble I have with the start well the later parts of the first half of the book is really a result of this opening action I did feel Saintclair recovered a lot uickly than I thought he would have given his emotional attachment to the personpeople involved I'm not saying he should have worn sackcloth and ashes for the rest of the book or gone around babbling in a daze but he did seem to get 'back in the saddle' a little uickly than I would have imagined he and I know I would have doneAlso I thought Douglas could have dealt with the Cologne and other bombings he set up a little thoroughly I'm not wanting the graphic detail as I said but setting it up then the characters hearing about it third hand in passing while they're in Madrid then rushing on with the high ranking Nazi's story diluted it almost to the point of me forgetting all about itBut these are really rather minor uibbles when set against the tremendous enjoyment one gets from the rest of the book And maybe to do with me than the book So there you have it a very powerful opening and we're well set for the rest of the story And that is? An old friend of Saintclair's gets him to help with the decoding and interpretation of a German war veteran's mysterious last will and testament The codex of the book's title in particular In short they need to find the sword Excalibur Yes that one It was last seen being used for an ancient ritual at a castle somewhere in East Prussia during the early days of World War II a ritual that involved Reinhard Heydrich and many other top Nazis Saintclair's search for clues and answers swiftly takes him and us from England to Germany to eastern Europe over to Spain the USA and eventually up to Scotland Scotland where most myths seem to start and have their end according to historical adventure thriller writers Well those I seem to be reading at the moment at leastI said it in my review of the previous James DouglasJamie Saintclair thriller that his descriptive passages set during the second world war wereare 'simply stunning' Here he does it again Really effortlessly evocative and once again for me the highlights of the book Having said that when Saintclair is on 'home ground' so to speak in Scotland you can really feel through the wonderfully expressive prose James Douglas' passion for the land and the people there I have been to and driven along the route Saintclair takes to Scotland on many a fabulous Scottish holiday and though it is at least 15 years since I was that way I could 'see' the route and the towns and villages in my mind as he travelled and I read SuperbI have down the years read fairly widely on the history of Germany pre and during World War II I also read a lot in my youth about the legend of and the search for evidence of the 'real' King Arthur actually and clearly a lot of mysticism and unexplained mystical happenings have been can be and are dropped in the ideological black hole that was the Nazis But James Douglas' ideas are convincing than many I've read If I may be so bold I would actually really like to see 'James Douglas' write a thriller completely set during the Second World War Maybe the latter stages amidst all the fire and confusion the smoke and the sound Maybe Jamie Saintclair's father or grandfather or mothers for that matter could have been mixed up in something or other back then I think he could do a really good job there Certainly enough to get mentioned amongst the David Downings and Philip Kerrs of that world Just a thoughtI tried to be sceptical to start with I was unsure if he could do it again but I'm than pleased to admit I enjoyed The Excalibur Codex almost as much as is entirely legal I began each reading session with as the great Greg Lake once sang 'excited eyes' and was only disappointed when there was no to read And I managed to go through the whole book without once thinking of the 'Excalibur' film Great bookIt was an Adventure pack book that is hard tout down at the end My mom recommended it to me and I really enjoyed it A little bit long to get accustomed to the writer and to the pace of the book I was in the 3 stars then the end of the plot is worth 5 stars then here you are 4 stars Without doubt the finest thriller to date by James Douglas and it rates very highly indeed amongst its kind I read this on holiday and it was the perfect companion I can't recommend it enough Loved it Another entertaining book by James Douglas Gives both a bit of history with action and adventure Hopefully he will continue with this series

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