The Voynich Cypher by Russel Blake
Hold on to your hats kids, it’s going to be a quick ride! You can almost hear the symphony in the background as Steven Cross tears around Europe in search of answers to ancient questions. Steve Cross is a part time cryptologist and part time software engineer. He lives a comfortable life until tragedy strips him of sense and balance. He begins a spiral of self-destructive behavior until he receives a cryptic phone call and even more mysterious visit from the caller’s daughter, Natalie. She introduces Steve to a scroll containing a highly guarded secret. So begins a life on the run from assassins, the church and a wealthy man out for himself.
I loved how vividly the author painted his characters. The voices were distinct and laced with the frailties of real people. I also adored that I needed to look up the meaning to a word here and there. Thank you! Not to mention my favorite word hyperbole was used.
I wish in the end that somehow Steve would have been betrayed in a more striking manner. It felt a little like the author was holding back since in the beginning of the story, the reader gets the rug pulled out from under them.
If you love action and a quick moving adventure, this book is for you. Just be warned once you pick it up it’s hard to put down!