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Unchallenging, easy-reading Dan Brown-a-like without much excitement. An
antique dealer gets hold of a journal from someone who sailed on a British Navy
ship, which describes a journey in which he uncovers secrets among the ship's
gentry, including the fact that they are carrying a piece of wood that came from
the cross of Christ. So the adventurers travel to Jamaica to find the buried
It transpires that a criminal gang is following them, and MI6 are following
them. They get captured, escape, re-captured, and then just as they are about
to be killed, the secret police jump in. Yee-hah.
The book's only saving grace really is that half of it is a transcription of
the ancient journal, which gives an interesting account (and story in its own
right) of sea-faring in the age of pirates.
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