2.5 rounded up This was a good idea, but the writing felt very clunky and the storyline was rushed. I liked it I had to reread the ending a few times and look up some biblical context but that isn t a bad thing I think I was a little shaken towards the end because of the implications of the female deity Didn t know what to make of that HA Author got me I will say a few things I would have liked to see some kind of visual of the mapping and overlayed illuminations It was such a visual resolution that it might have helped I loved the build up but felt like I needed help with how everything resolved Some parts of it seemed tenuous or at least glossed over and I was hoping for a neatly tied up conclusion with everything spelled out However, I see that the other two I can get on my kindle so I m in August Adams Has Failed His Family Before He S Sacrificed Relationships In Pursuit Of Adventure, Fame, And Money Now The Very Lives Of Those He Loves Depend On His Ability To Decipher A Centuries Old Puzzle Encrypted In The Colorful Hand Painted Illuminations That Adorn Three Rare Gutenberg BiblesIt S A Secret That Could Yield Unimaginable Wealth, Undermine Two Major Religions, And Change The Course Of Western Civilization Two Ruthless, Ancient Organizations Are Willing To Do Anything To Get Their Hands On It And August Has The Span Of One Transatlantic Flight To Figure It Out eh. A poor man s Da Vinci Code type thriller centering around a mystery surrounding the Gutenberg Bible The plot itself was thin, it should have actually been a longer book with explanation and background of the history surrounding the mystery The characters are really stereotypical, and the action seems flat I d avoid this unless you really enjoy these type of books Overall, disappointing. Oh my gosh I picked this up at a used book sale It was great The pace was really good for an adventure type book Stayed up late to read was late to work to finish it The cover blurbs said this was a cross between National Treasure and DaVinci Code they were right I can t wait to read the other August Adams adventures I don t want to give things away here but this book covered all the bases that I like books, mythology, history, action, a couple of dead bad guys, a twist who is the real bad guy and a saved marriage with an amazing kid. A fun read but full of questionable details Two secret groups are chasing a secret coded in a set of Guttenberg Bibles The initial part of the plot is probably the most improbable We are given lots of confusing plot twists and it is not clear until the very end who the good versus bad guys are, the confusion seems due to poor writing The characters are interesting. Definitely not Indiana Jones or National Treasure but not bad either. Illuminated is the tale of a archeobibliologist who must unravel clues found in multiple Gutenburg Bibles to discover some deep dark secret This is your standard Dan Brown DaVinci Code or National Treasure formula book by first time author Matt Bronleewe.The story is formulaic, which isn t necessarily a bad thing I found that I enjoyed parts of the book and came away feeling like it was okay There were a few scenes that felt as if they were tacked on to pad out the word count and didn t relate to the story Several of the aspects required a larger suspension of disbelief than I was willing to give, such as solving the whole mystery that had withstood the test of time for hundreds of years within the space of a 1 hour airplane flight Worst of all to me was the ending went out on a real whimper, with the book just pretty much ending without much action, fanfare, or strong conclusion to the mystery.What really drew me to this book was the cover It s absolutely gorgeous and a brilliant design You know how they say you shouldn t judge a book by it s cover Well, this is probably a decent reason why The cover is amazing and beautiful, but the story inside is only okay. I really, really, tried to get into this book but I really couldn t This book is to The Da Vinci Code what National Treasure is to the Indiana Jones franchise It just fell flat, though characters never sprang from the pages and the plot never really caught my attention The plot concerns archaeobibliologist August Adams, who must decipher a centuries old puzzle found in the illustrations in three rare Gutenberg Bibles It bears than a passing resemblance to both The Da Vinci Code and to Robert Liparulo s Comes a Horseman in that all three concern secret societies with grandiose plans for world domination but it never resonated with me.
Matt Bronleewe is an internationally recognized producer, songwriter, and author A former member of the band Jars of Clay, he has earned multiple Grammy nominations and numerous awards producing and co writing albums that have sold a combined total of over 20 million copies He currently resides in Nashville, TN, with his wife and three children In addition to writing stories, he continues to cr
- 314 pages
- Illuminated (An August Adams Adventure, #1)
- Matt Bronleewe
- 15 September 2018 Matt Bronleewe