Silver (Ogmios Team Adventure #1)
by Steven Savile (2010)
Two thousand years ago, thirty Tyrian shekels were paid to secure the most infamous betrayal of all time. Melted down by the grandsons of Judas Iscariot, Menahem and Eleazar ben Jair, in the dark heart of the Sicarii fortress, Masada, the silver was re-forged as a dagger.
When Sicarii zealots committed mass suicide in AD73, the dagger of Iscariot and the truth of his sacrifice were lost. Until now. A religious cult calling itself the Disciples of Judas has risen in the Middle East. Its influence is pernicious, its reach long. In thirteen cities across Europe, thirteen people martyr themselves in the name of Judas, promising forty days and forty nights of terror.
There is more than a hint of Dan Brown’s ‘The Da Vinci Code’ in this book. In fact in the author notes Steven Savile states that he felt he was overshadowed by Dan Brown as the books came out around the same time. But this is a better story. It lacks the over the top breathless quality of Dan Brown.
Savile really knows how to deliver an action sequence, they are tense, gripping and usually have an unexpected way out for the protagonist.
What I have noticed in the writing it that he will spend more time on setting and the environment that most authors. This results in a more immersive read, but without the dreaded info-dump some indulge in.
The only negative aspect was the amount of Christian/Jewish history included beyond my minimal knowledge of the era.
Still a great thriller with an unexpected ending.