Codex by Adrian Dawson
Published November 3, 2011
- Author Adrian Dawson
I can’t quite explain what drew me to this book, I was simply browsing through Amazon and decided I wanted something different - a break from my Big Read list. This was the first one that looked appealing, and I’m glad I gave it a chance.
It’s a really good thriller, with a well thought through plot, and some intriguing characterisations. It was, perhaps, a little more religious than my tastes would prefer but it was never preachy about it.
The first chapter was a little worrying, it was quite drawn out and slow going. A terrorist attack on a plane is a hard-hitting way to begin a book, but somehow it was neutered by the time it took to get there - especially as we knew it was going to happen from the blurb.
That aside, though, the rest was well-written - the odd proofing error here and there, but nothing that detracted from the story too much. There was good detail, not enough to be too graphic but plenty to immerse yourself in the story. The pacing was good, and that’s crucial for a thriller.
There was good use of scenes - each chapter holding the action for a character, sometimes moving the story along, sometimes providing the intrigue that unfolded throughout. It wasn’t quite up there with the Michael Crichton and Jeffery Deaver’s in my mind, but it was pretty darn close.