This week I completed the first book of 2017. My goal is to hopefully read at least 40 this year. One down!!
The Explorer’s Code is an adventure novel taking place in multiple countries. The story starts aboard a research vessel in California and quickly moves to multiple locations in Europe with a quick stop in Euphues. The main character works as an oceanographer. She also grew up as an orphan and has been chosen to accept an award on behalf of her great grandfather. The new acknowledgment of her heritage will turn her life around. When she accepts the award she learns of a missing deed for land in the arctic. There is an international race to find the deed which includes some unsavory characters and puts her in grave danger. Of course, it wouldn’t be a good adventure story if there wasn’t a love interest for our female main character. She meets a good looking archeologist and he joins in her search for the lost deed. He predictably becomes the stories hero.
If I’m being honest the book is nothing special. It is filled with tropes and predictability. Overall I would give it a 3/5 because it really did try to be exciting. Maybe a little too much. I also need to add that if given the perfect setting to read this novel I would have enjoyed the story much more. It is the type of story that begs to be read in as few sittings as possible. The book aches to be consumed into the wee hours of the morning, it wants to keep you awake and turning the pages. Unfortunately, I didn’t have that type of freedom this week and had to consume it in small increments. This broke apart important scenes and slowed the pace. I would recommend reading it as long as you have time to dedicate to the story.
Stay tuned for the next book, Last Ride to Graceland by Kim Wright.