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The Spear of Destiny

by Denis M. MacEoin

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Spear of Destiny has a big, bold storyline, part Da Vinci Code, part Indiana Jones, and it cracks along at a rapid pace, however it is let down by awful characterisation, and some dreadful segues.
Two examples are the outrageously convenient chance meeting with Ilona and how she immediately turns from shy country girl into Lara Croft, and a comical description of Ethan's escape from a burning, smoke filled, locked room, emerging half dead and then carrying on as if nothing had happened without a hair out of place. It actually had me cringing and laughing, however I suspect Easterman is well aware of these nuances, how could he not be, no he just wants the story to move on any old how and get on with the next blockbuster, though for me it insults his intended readership. So from that perspective if you can accept the ludicrous aspects of the writing you may be able to plough through as I did as it's not a bad romp, and I'm not suggesting it can't be enjoyed as such, but in the end the shortcomings mean I would never pick up another Easterman book, one was quite enough. ( )
  DekeDastardly | Jul 5, 2013 |
Dire. Very poor, although at least competantly written. The basic plot started out almost intersting, but went downhill rapidly.

A family christmas gathering is marred by the dramatic death of the grandfather and his old war comrade. Fortunately one of the attendees is a police officer, and he discovers the cousin he's been flirting with isn't atually related him, but does know a great deal about the archelogy of the artifacts of Jesus, that were apparently found in the desert by the grandfather, but lost again. She's kidnapped by the Nazi based baddies and a big chase leads to a hiddiously obvious final battle.

Bad plotting, spoils the whole thing. In addition there is little tension and poor characterisation. Don't bother reading this. ( )
  reading_fox | Jan 4, 2012 |
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The untimely and brutal death of an old man sparks a chain of events that will put his nephew in danger as he races across Europe to Egypt, to solve one of the oldest mysteries in the world: the location of the tomb of Christ and the sword that pierced his body on the Cross.… (more)

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