[Reading] ➾ The Excalibur Codex (Jamie Saintclaire, #3) ➵ James Douglas – Golanvideoagency.info
ReviewAt first glance you could be forgiven for lumping this book in with many of the other conspiracy thrillers that are out there on the market The cover is a bit stock standard sorry Doug But James Douglas AKA Douglas Jackson , has far to good a pedigree for something as mundane as a fanciful treasure hunt, there will always be greater levels, there will always be fantastic multi faceted characters Characters that you find yourself bonding with on an emotional level, when chips are down and lives are imperilled or lost.Jaime Saintclair is a wonderfully real character, he doesn t do anything over the top, he isn t a one man walking A Team, he isn t a hidden Einstein He is a man who knows his art, and has the benefit of a good eduction, and a habit of landing himself in the brown stuff.But it isn t just the characters who make this story If it was just those characters and a splendid mix of action, adventure, ancient relics with the fabled sword of Arthur then it would still only be pulling slightly ahead of the huge pack of books of this ilk But what makes this book is what the sword is wanted for, what it was used for, and what is intended for this country Its this part of the plot that takes this book to a different level It is at times disturbing, scary and in the current world climate, so potentially real its scary although my money would be on the USA rather than the UK we don t have that level of polarisation within the nation Its the potential for a new holocaust that left me feeling uncomfortable, disturbed and at the same time hooked, to see how it could be avoided The ending of the book had a poetic quality to it, combing quite a few ideas of what the legend of Arthur may truly have been, and unlike many thriller left me as a reader feeling that the author and hit the perfect note after such a complex, disturbing plot well done Doug.Not only is Douglas Jackson the current master of the Roman Historical fiction, he is now in the guise of James Douglas taking the Historical Thriller market by storm and clearly heading for the top of that Genre too.I m ridiculously intrigued to see where Jamie Saintclair goes next, and what mystery he will unravel.Buy this book Parm Also go to my blog link on profile to read author QA Brilliant read, the main character is a mix of James Bond, Indiana Jones Jack Reacher I realised early on that I should have read two books previous to this but it was so good I couldn t put it down Very interesting albeit disturbing subjects mentioned and at some points I d be googling to find out about the events mentioned The imagery was shocking in some parts not recommended for the faint hearted or if you re in a sensitive place. Without doubt, the finest thriller to date by James Douglas and it rates very highly indeed amongst its kind I read this on holiday and it was the perfect companion I can t recommend it enough Loved it When i reviewed the Doomsday Testament i said James Douglas had set the bar high,and when the Isis Covenant arrived i said the bar had been set even higher,well now we have the Excalibur Codex and i now think we have moved from the high jump to the pole vault,as the bar has got even higher.This mystery thrillier moves at a cracking pace from page one,as Jamie Saintclair is pitched head long into a mystery that takes him into a dangerous hinterland where the loyalties and hatreds of the past live on,and the line between fanaticism and madness is gossamer thin.Once again James Douglas passion for the period,along with detail research set s up a cracking story,i have been trying to place what type of hero Jamie Saintclair is,ther s a little bit of James Bond,a bit of Indiana Jones and a touch of Simon Templar,but i suppose in the end we can add Jamie Saintclair to that list of all action hero s.If this is your first outing with James Douglas,then you have the joy of two Jamie Saintclair adventure s to catch up with,while i have to go and look for a pole for the next book,as i am sure that bar will go higher A secret right wing pot to take over the UK A fake Islamic terrorist attack And an arts expert chasing a legendary sword last seen in a Nazi castle Fanciful plot, but readable enough as escapist fiction. James Douglas , apart from being a Scottish friend of Robert The Bruce in the 13 and 14th Century, is of course the alter ego of the really rather super Douglas Jackson I m guessing that THAT is actually his real name James Douglas comes out to play when Douglas Jackson takes time off from his day job as the purveyor of all things Roman and legionary, writing books like Hero , Avenger , Defender and indeed, Sword of Rome tbc.The Excalibur Codex, for new readers, is the third of James Douglas thriller novels featuring art historian and all round thinking man s action man, Jamie Saintclair The Doomsday Testament 2011 and The Isis Covenant 2012 introduced us to the good Mr Saintclair and his knack for being in the right place at the wrong time on the trail of various long lost artistic relics The Excalibur Codex takes it from there But, if you haven t read the first two, that s ok, this one is self contained enough and you can go back to the others just fine after reading this.The first two books have been action packed, but also with plenty for the brain to get its teeth into along the way Likewise The Excalibur Codex It begins with a huge, sit up straight in your seat and pay attention, James Bond movie opening style bang, which is, as you d expect from Douglas Jackson, extremely well choreographed and well written It reminds us, if we needed reminding, that another of his strengths is the brutal battle scene And this opening is a battle scene It s not for the faint hearted and I can well understand someone who maybe gets hold of a copy, perhaps from their local library without the I ve paid for it so I ll finish it , inner voice urging them on , stopping half way through the first couple of chapters That s fine But when I read something so convincingly real as this opening, my first thought is why didn t I hear about this on the news Having said that and hopefully without coming over all PC and Jane Green on your asses, I did feel some of the as the opening event develops graphic detail could have been toned down a little Just a little, Without taking the edge off it By the time the bit I m thinking about came in, the job of shocking us into submission had already been done It was a bit unnecessary and didn t fit with the overall style of the rest of the novel The only other quibble I have with the start, well the later parts of the first half of the book, is really a result of this opening action I did feel Saintclair recovered a lot quickly than I thought he would have, given his emotional attachment to the person people involved I m not saying he should have worn sackcloth and ashes for the rest of the book, or gone around babbling in a daze, but he did seem to get back in the saddle a little quickly than I would have imagined he and I know I would have done.Also, I thought Douglas could have dealt with the Cologne and other bombing s he set up, a little thoroughly I m not wanting the graphic detail as I said, but setting it up, then the characters hearing about it third hand in passing while they re in Madrid, then rushing on with the high ranking Nazi s story, diluted it almost to the point of me forgetting all about it.But these are really rather minor quibbles, when set against the tremendous enjoyment one gets from the rest of the book And maybe to do with me than the book So, there you have it a very powerful opening and we re well set for the rest of the story And that is An old friend of Saintclair s gets him to help with the decoding and interpretation of a German war veteran s mysterious last will and testament The codex of the book s title, in particular In short, they need to find the sword Excalibur Yes, that one It was last seen being used for an ancient ritual at a castle somewhere in East Prussia during the early days of World War II, a ritual that involved Reinhard Heydrich and many other top Nazis Saintclair s search for clues and answers swiftly takes him and us from England to Germany, to eastern Europe, over to Spain, the USA and eventually up to Scotland Scotland where most myths seem to start and have their end, according to historical adventure thriller writers Well, those I seem to be reading at the moment at least.I said it in my review of the previous James Douglas Jamie Saintclair thriller, that his descriptive passages set during the second world war were are simply stunning Here he does it again Really effortlessly evocative and once again, for me, the highlight s of the book Having said that, when Saintclair is on home ground , so to speak, in Scotland, you can really feel, through the wonderfully expressive prose, James Douglas passion for the land and the people there I have been to and driven along the route Saintclair takes to Scotland on many a fabulous Scottish holiday, and though it is at least 15 years since I was that way, I could see the route and the towns and villages in my mind as he travelled and I read Superb.I have down the years, read fairly widely on the history of Germany, pre and during World War II I also read a lot in my youth, about the legend of and the search for, evidence of the real King Arthur actually and clearly a lot of mysticism and unexplained, mystical happenings have been, can be and are, dropped in the ideological black hole that was the Nazis But James Douglas ideas are convincing than many I ve read If I may be so bold, I would actually really like to see James Douglas write a thriller completely set during the Second World War Maybe the latter stages, amidst all the fire and confusion, the smoke and the sound Maybe Jamie Saintclair s father or grandfather, or mother s for that matter, could have been mixed up in something or other back then I think he could do a really good job there Certainly enough to get mentioned amongst the David Downings and Philip Kerrs of that world Just a thought.I tried to be sceptical to start with, I was unsure if he could do it again, but I m than pleased to admit I enjoyed The Excalibur Codex almost as much as is entirely legal I began each reading session with, as the great Greg Lake once sang excited eyes and was only disappointed when there was no to read And I managed to go through the whole book without once thinking of the Excalibur film. ,. A little bit long to get accustomed to the writer, and to the pace of the book I was in the 3 stars, then the end of the plot is worth 5 stars, then here you are 4 stars For Countless Generations The Sword Had Been Kept Hidden, Ready For A Time Of Need But Not Hidden Well Enough, Because On One Warm July Night In It Vanished Its Disappearance Swallowed Up In The Storm Clouds Of War That Would Soon Engulf The World Twelve SS Generals Gather At A Castle In East Prussia To Re Enact An Ancient Rite And Call On The Spirits Of Europe S Mightiest Warriors To Aid Them In The Coming Battle In The East At The Heart Of The Ritual Is A Pentagram Formed By Five Swords One Of Them Is Excalibur, The Mythical Weapon Pulled From A Stone By King Arthur Art Recovery Expert Jamie Saintclair Laughs When He Reads The Codex To A German War Veteran S Will, The Strange Ritual It Describes And The Mention Of A Sword Named Excalibur But Collector Adam Steele Is Convinced And If Jamie Can Find The Legendary Sword, He Will Pay A Small Fortune For It The Hunt For Excalibur Takes Jamie From Germany To Eastern Poland And A Deadly Encounter In Hitler S Wolf S Lair The Castle Has Been Destroyed Down To The Last Stone And The Only Clue To The Sword S Fate Is The Strange Tale Of A Wartime Partisan Unit Murdered By Its Own CommanderWith A Team Of International Assassins On His Trail And The Distinction Between Friend And Enemy A Blur, Jamie Finally Makes It Back To A Britain Under Siege, Where The Last Piece Of The Puzzle Falls Into Place And He Discovers That The Line Between Obsession And Madness Is Gossamer Thin Much better than the first novel I read, much involving and enjoyable a bit long in truth but it had some interesting ideas.