Item description for Adept (Adept Series) by Robert Finn...
"An impressively ambitious debut that marries the crime novel with the occult thriller. . . . It's a British variant on The Da Vinci Code and The Rule of Four."-Andrew Taylor
"Cracking . . . fast paced, carefully plotted, hard-hitting, but with an edge of humour to keep it sharp . . . thoroughly to be recommended."-Manda Scott
It's a strange sort of robbery: On the surface, nothing is missing, and the only damage done is to the criminals. David Braun, star investigator for an exclusive insurance firm, is called on by his client-the sinister owner of the building-to find a priceless object that, to the outside world, was never meant to exist.
In turning to American academic Susan Milton, an expert from the London School of Antiquities, he finds a friend and ally to help him make sense of the situation and unpick the mystery. Together they discover the truth that the crime was intended to conceal. Behind it all, a ruthless thief, who is intent on acquiring a priceless antique-an antique with a bloody history its owners would prefer to keep hidden. Risking their lives, they expose a horrifying secret that's centuries old-but the discovery makes them the target of a ruthless killer the police find impossible to catch. With time running out, David and Susan race to uncover the killer's true objective even as he closes in on them . . .
Robert Finn is emerging as one of the breakthrough British authors of crime and mystery thrillers. Adept is his debut novel; Ex Machina, the sequel, is due out in autumn 2007. Finn lives and works in London.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.6" Width: 5.1" Height: 1.2" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2007
Publisher Snowbooks Ltd.
ISBN 1905005571 ISBN13 9781905005574
Availability 0 units.
More About Robert Finn
Finn is a medical and science journalist who has interviewed dozens of patients, family members, medical caregivers, and transplant activists to provide the latest facts and human stories about transplantation.
Reviews - What do customers think about Adept (Adept Series)?
Started strongly but got way too predictable and muddled. Aug 23, 2007
This book is nothing like DaVinci code, and I was glad....at first. I was captivated and thought after the first couple of chapters I was in for a treat. Unfortunately, the suspense just totally peters out by the end, it became very predictable and I wanted to smack the "heroine" in the face. Supposedly she has this attractive, physically capable, intelligent, caring man in love with her but she can't love him back because she "has to be her own person"?????? I have to agree there were quite a few inconsistencies, and I couldn't help but think that I was already familiar with the general idea, namely the first time I saw the movie "Highlander". I won't buy the sequel.
Fast Pace, and Exciting Sep 1, 2006
This book for some reason seems to have been lumped with the Da Vinci Code. I can see some slight similarities to it but this book stands on its own merits and those expected a virtul mirror image of the Dan Brown book will be in for a disappointment. For one thing this book has an edge of humour to it. Something I must have missed in the Da Vinci Code.
True the book is a thriller. It is fast paced with an extremely well thought out plot and the main characters interact with one another very well. I enjoyed the book enormously, a real page-turner in the true sense of the word. I will try to give a brief synopsis without giving too much of the plot away, something I hate in write up. Some of them are so detailed that it is a waste of time reading the book.
After being called out to an unusually violent break in, David Braun finds himself in the position of having more questions than answers. Nothing is missing from the break-in and one of the criminals has managed to jump from a great height and get away, leaving his two associates dead. So begins a story that will lead David Braun and his new found friend and associate, the academic Susan Milton into grave danger following the trail of a ruthless criminal who is hell bent on getting hold of an ancient antique. An antique that has a bloody history.
The insurance investigator and his friend Susan are in more danger than they could every realise. They are on the trail of someone even the resources of the police force cannot bring to justice . . .
Brilliant Nov 14, 2005
I love this book. It's so rare that you find an easy to read thriller that has pace and style and balances a clever plotline with interesting characters. David Braun is an investigator, bored by his job, who gets involved in an unusual case. He seeks the help of Susan, an expert from the London School of Antiquities, to help him answer some of the puzzling questions. The interplay between these two characters and their developing romance is a perfect foil to the unravelling of the mystery. I won't give too much away about the story because it's truly original and it would be a shame to spoil it at all. However, I particularly liked the balanced way the story and characters developed around each other, with both of the main characters coming to understand that they couldn't control everything in life. A really rewarding, clever, imaginative and thrilling discovery.
Save your money Aug 12, 2005
This book was truly terrible. The plot was lame with major inconsistencies. The villain had no master plan and posed no threat to society - so why do our heros have to kill him? The writing was pretty bad to boot. The action scenes were completely impossible to figure out what was happening, so I just ended up skipping over them. The dialogue was corny also. If you want a good thriller, this is not it. The only redeeming quality is that it was only about $1.99 on a bargain basement table.
Good read. Jun 10, 2005
The book is a mixture of mystery with some occult thrown in--sorta along an illuminatus conspiracy line. Oh, and of course a love story (I think it's a requirement in a mystery story?). Nicely paced, not terribly predictable. It won't keep you up nights pondering deep thoughts or stop you in your tracks with elegant phrasing, but it is entertaining.