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The Magdalene Cipher by Jim Hougan
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The Magdalene Cipher

by Jim Hougan

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This book presents what could have been an interesting ancient conspiracy narrative, but ultimately fails to deliver much. Way too much setup to the main story (roughly 50% of the book) before anything even remotely interesting starts to happen, and the ancient-secret-society-who-will-stop-at-nothing-to-silence-their-enemies ultimately fails to illicit any real sense of intrigue or emotional investment in the reader. ( )
  adam.currey | Apr 6, 2018 |
Better than the Di Vinci Code ( )
  AndrewCottingham | Dec 23, 2008 |
I read it a long time ago and basically what I remember is that it was a good story told well, but it is a copy of The Da Vinci Code in so many parts of the book. And as we all know, only the original is the good one. ( )
  AleAleta | Aug 31, 2007 |
A hopeless book... Halfway through the book, I was impatient for the actual story to begin... A total waste of time... ( )
  xavierroy | Aug 6, 2007 |
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'Events seem to be ordered into an ominous logic.'
           Thomas Pynchon, V
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Some people get better and better,
even as they stay the course.
This book is for them.

Jeff Bale
Kevin Coogan
Gary Horne
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Major Angleton floated through the moonless heavens, above Sant' Ambrogio, suspended in the night air by nylon cords and a canopy of black silk.
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Originally released under the title "Kingdom Come".
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060846267, Mass Market Paperback)

From the shadows of history -- out of the ancient prophecies and sacred texts -- comes a conspiracy so vast, so deep, so earth-shattering that the CIA itself is merely a cover for it.

The ritualistic slaughter of a college professor right under the nose of CIA agent Jack Dunphy has damned the disgraced operative to a living hell of paper-pushing obscurity. But Dunphy's not ready to surrender his career until he uncovers the truth behind his demotion -- embarking on a covert investigation that's leading him into a world he never dreamed existed. And following a twisted trail of lies, Jack's about to become ensnared in a monstrous international web spun by a secret society as old as civilization.

Escape is impossible -- because the players are too powerful, the consequences are too deadly . . . and what's at stake is no less than the destiny of the human race.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:13:19 -0400)

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After someone he has under surveillance is slaughtered - literally - CIA agent Jack Dunphy is ordered to leave London and return to the US. where he is dumped into a tedious desk job that seems calculated to make him quit.

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