“Clearly and deliciously, this book is reminiscent of "The DaVinci Code" in all the best ways, but is less complicated. It does occasionally strain credibility, but making the reader believe the incredible is part of the fun of any thriller. The characters and plot are well defined (no problem remembering who does what and their role in the plot), the pacing never once leaves the reader bored, and although I occasionally delighted at imagining the future movie, I never mistook the book for a script, as happens with some "future blockbusters."
My criticism is that I had no sense that the characters were, mostly, in Turkey. I understand that it was written in English for this reader, but except for one minor character in one situation, all the locals spoke as if they might have been born and raised in Iowa.
It didn't bother me enough to lob off a star, though.
I can't believe this is Simon Toyne's first novel, and certainly look forward to the next. I hate to be all gushy in a review, but to me the ride was just that good. (Didn't get a SINGLE thing done in the house, didn't get out of the chair!)”