The Demon Code
by David Leadbeater
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Pub Date 15 Sep 2022 | Archive Date 17 Oct 2022
Avon Books UK, Avon
An impossible heist. An ancient code. A deadly race against time…
High in the Italian alps, cut off from the outside world, sits a chapel battered by winds and icy blizzards. The priests who guard this sacred place have sworn to protect the dangerous treasure that lies within their walls.
But when Joe Mason and his team are called to the remote church, they find its ancient stones reduced to rubble, the priests murdered in cold blood and their precious cargo stolen.
As Mason pursues the thieves across continents and dangerous waters, he wonders what incredible secret the priests laid down their lives for… And if he can recover it before it claims more innocent victims, and brings the downfall of civilisation as we know it…
An edge-of-your-seat, action packed blockbuster adventure that will leave you breathless. Fans of Jack Reacher and Dan Brown will be hooked from the very first page.Readers are gripped by David Leadbeater:
‘Loved it… A fast-paced, adventure-packed, non-stop fight for survival, balanced with a great team dynamic of real characters’ Goodreads review, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Action-packed, fast-paced and filled with adventuring… Great characters too!’ Goodreads review, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Amazing rollercoaster ride of mayhem and adventure, David you just get better and better’ Goodreads review, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Action, history, fun characters and lots of exciting adventures. You have to love it’ Goodreads review, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Buckle up… Adventure that will be impossible to put down til the very end’ Goodreads review, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘A thrilling and dangerous adventure’ Goodreads review, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Wild rollercoaster ride if was up and down and round and round’ Goodreads review, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Filled with memorable characters. Everything that makes an action novel worth reading. I highly recommend’ Goodreads review, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Thrilling from the beginning to the end’ Goodreads review, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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An amazing rollercoaster ride that I stayed up all night to finish. I would highly recommend this novel, and on the strength of this novel I bought another novel by David Leadbeater. Thank you to netgalley and the publishers for giving me a copy of the book.
Joe Mason and his partner, Roxy have been fired by Patricia the head of the protection company for which they worked for not following protocols on their last mission. What are they to do now?
When Sally Rusk invites them to her father’s funeral, the whole team goes, including Quaid and Hassell. Interestingly enough, they are contacted by Cardinal Vallini, who appeared in the last book. He has a problem. The Vatican is up in arms and hobbled by politics. There is a plot afoot to steal the bones of Christ that is secreted away in an isolated monastery high in the Alps.
The problem is when the team arrives, they are already too late. Someone has killed all the priests and made off with the sarcophagus and the associated relics.
Cardinal Vallini then tells them that a valuable codex was also stolen. They must get this item back.
Enter Marduk, the very evil man from the first novel. He is no longer the leader of the Amori. He was demoted after the fiasco over the Amori losing the Book of Secrets to Joe’s team. Marduk absolutely hates the man now in charge and plans to bring him down.
Casadaga and his sidekick Ivana are a very evil pair of killers. They kill for the fun of it. They are now working for the Amori.
Mason and his team now face these seemingly insurmountable odds. What will be the outcome?
This exciting action-thriller is superb. It is well written and plotted and the action never stops. Mason’s team might look a little wishy-washy, but they are anything but. I like Mason and Roxy certainly grows on you. Quaid, Hassell and Sally all add their unique skills to the story. I truly enjoy Mr. Leadbeater’s stories, and anxiously await the next in the series.
I want to thank NetGalley and Avon Books UK/Avon for forwarding to me a copy of this great book for me to read, enjoy and review. The opinions expressed here are solely my own.
Thank you, NetGalley for the prerelease of The Demon Code.
This is the second book in David Leadbeater's new series. I strongly recommend you read the first book in the series before you start this one. It really builds off of book 1 like a sequel, and it won't make sense without that added context.
As a fan of Dan Brown and Steve Barry, I've questioned if other thriller/historical fiction books are up to par. But David Leadbeater delivers! This book has twists and turns (and conspiracy) rivaling that of the Da Vinci Code. I look forward to the next book in the series.
Riveting adventure with Joe Mason and the team, non stop action as they discover secrets of the past. Highly recommended.
I received this book from Avon Books UK and Netgalley for a review.
Another great book by Mr Leadbeater, worth more than 5 starts. After the escapade with The Book Of Secrets, Mason and his crew are again enlisted to help Cardinal Vallini. Racing from the Vatican City to a location in the Alps to help stop the theft of a holy body that was entombed with a huge secret that the Church do not want revealed.
Plenty of action and humour, it definatly keeps you on pins while your turning those pages.
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