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The Code Hunters: A Nicholas Foxe Adventure (Nicholas Foxe Adventures) (edition 2019)

by Jackson Coppley (Author)

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Title:The Code Hunters: A Nicholas Foxe Adventure (Nicholas Foxe Adventures)
Authors:Jackson Coppley (Author)
Info:Independently published (2019), 408 pages
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Tags:action & adventure, mystery & thriller, science fiction

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The Code Hunters: A Nicholas Foxe Adventure by Jackson Coppley

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What Made Me Read It I was sent a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. The author described it as "Indiana Jones solves The DaVinci Code". Having enjoyed Dan Brown's Robert Langdon series that caught my interest so I decided to give it a try.

The Plot Tom Littleton is an experienced caver who, on a dare from a stranger, sets out to explore undiscovered pathways connecting to the Carlsbad Cavern complex in New Mexico. Instead, he finds an impossible artifact buried deep underground: a 10.000-year-old metallic wall engraved with small black dots arranged across its surface. With the help of a former colleague and friend, the socialite scientist Nicholas Foxe, the two try to decipher what at first seemed like simple binary code but which stumped even the best cryptographers in the world.

Rachael Friedman, an assistant physics professor at MIT with a talent for music, sees something in one photo of the now renamed Tablet that might lead to an answer; while Walter Tanner, a former special forces soldier, tells the story of a second tablet found in Afghanistan with a similar code. In Italy, a violin maker named Lorenzo Cristofori owns a set of 800-year-old books that mention legends of an ancient race of people who spoke in music instead of words and who possessed knowledge advanced far beyond their time.

But there are those who want to own the Tablet and others who want to destroy it, for the powerful fear enlightenment unless it turns into a profit. Senator Morrison is in league with a wealthy Texan man who will stop at nothing to get the Tablet for himself. Reverend Josiah Jones, a televangelist with a diminishing congregation, sees the discovery as a way to save his temple and recover the lost flock, while his son Chris has plans of his own that don't include inheriting his father's business.

This group of disparate people will start a chain of events, from a cave in New Mexico to a castle in Italy no one has ever lived in, following the clues to a knowledge the ancients warned would bring danger and death.

The Good "The Code Hunters" is an action-adventure and mystery thriller novel, with science fiction elements, set in modern days New Mexico and Italy. A strange artifact is discovered buried deep underground: a 10.000-year-old metallic wall engraved with a code no cryptographer can decipher, and a set of pictograms that connect with several worldwide legends of an ancient civilization that spoke through music and possessed knowledge that could only be revealed when humanity was mature enough to understand the clues. A team of scholars join forces to try to unravel the mystery: Tom Littleton, an expert caver who discovers the artifact; Nick Foxe, a socialite scientist who sponsors the expedition; Rachael Friedman, an assistant physics professor who sees a clue hidden in a photograph; Walter Tanner, a former special forces soldier sent by a Taliban leader on a quest to decipher the code; Lorenzo Cristofori, a violin maker who owns a set of 800-year-old books written by the Arabic mathematician who first decoded the Tablet; his daughter Maria, an autistic young woman who can understand the musical language spoken by the ancient civilization; Fezile Nodada, a geneticist of the WHO with the connections and manpower to help the expedition. But opposing them all are people who wish to use the discovery for personal gain and profit: Senator Morrison and a Texan wealthy man who have plans of their own for the Tablet; Reverend Josiah Jones, a disgraced televangelist who wishes to save his temple and his son Chris who'd rather destroy his father's business.

The narrative is fast-paced, filled with gripping action sequences and an engaging mystery, plenty of suspense and intrigue. The plot is solid and believable: the worldbuilding, legends and clues created by the author are even within the realms of possibility. Some of the elements have been done before: an ancient civilization (that might or might not have been alien) leaving behind a mysterious artifact with an undecipherable code that leads to advanced knowledge, old manuscripts secretly stored deep inside the Vatican library, landmarks with secret passages and legends passed down through generations... but the author added a twist by making this ancient civilization speak in musical tones instead of words. I also enjoyed how the author described the many ways this discovery would affect different people. Instead of the usual one team of heroes united in their quest to outsmart their opponents for the sake of helping mankind, each element of Nick Foxe's team and the various antagonists have their own unique reasons behind their objectives.

All the characters are 3-dimensional and realistic, with believable motivations and goals. Not only does each character bring his or her own set of skills necessary to solve the puzzle, even the secondary characters with only brief appearances have a full background and a purpose in the narrative, helping to move the plot along in one way or another.

The Not So Good Even though every character ends up being necessary to the plot, there are just too many of them. I frequently lost track of who was who and had to check my notes to remember who a particular character was supposed to be.

Read the full review on: https://literaryportals.blogspot.com/2019/10/book-review-code-hunters-by-jackson...

Final Rating "The Code Hunters" is an action-packed adventure and mystery thriller novel, with science fiction elements, plenty of suspense and intrigue, set in modern days New Mexico and Italy. Recommended for those who enjoy stories about decoding secrets left behind by ancient civilizations. ( )
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