The Ezekiel Code – Gary Val Tenuta

Storyline: Zeke Banyon is perfectly happy living out his life at a homeless shelter, running the place quietly without the interference of the outside world.  Just as his life begins to take an odd twist with too many co-incidences to believe, his new assistant, Angela Martin, comes into his life and wakes him up to the world through the use of computers and a different point of view.  Not surprisingly, they hit it off quite well and are soon arm in arm and up to their armpits in a mystery bigger than either of them can imagine.

An ingenious code from mysterious sources leads them on an unbelievable journey into the world of secret societies and ancient knowledge that has proven deadly to more than one interested party.

As the fabled “Chosen One”, Zeke has a mission and though he remains skeptical through almost the entire book, he reluctantly finds himself in a position to accept his fate and avert a catastrophe of global proportions.

Lots of twists and turns.  Lots of action and adventure and lots of numbers!

Grammar/Spelling: There were no issues with the grammar and spelling.

Character Development: I like the way the characters bond with each other and I like the way the author describes the character’s looks, past history and other pertinent details without intruding on the storyline.  I would have like a bit more modern word usage from the two main characters.

At times, I thought that the protagonist must have grown up under a rock, but then realized that he had… more or less since he was into the theological side of life.  His naivete about many of the subjects covered in the book are understandable.

On a personal note, I would rather have seen them drink more and smoke less, but that’s just me.

The characters are otherwise very well developed.

Writing Style: Mr. Tenuta certainly can write.  His punctuation, grammar and style is easy to read and easy to follow.  The action moves with a steady flow moving the reader from one character’s point of view to another.

His descriptive passages are well done, not too micro and yet enough to let the reader know what they are looking at, where they are and how it works.  Good job.

As far as dialog, the conversation seems a tad stilted in some places, but overall much information was delivered in the conversations between the characters.

Last, I would just like to say that I thought the leading lady and the leading man got along TOO well.  They should have had a few arguments or disagreements, you know?  Thrown a few shoes around or something?

Continuity:  No issues at all with continuity. Very well ordered, in fact… mathematical! Egad!!

Overall Rating: 4+

This was a mind book and since my mind is a shambles to start with, I have to say that I was suitably impressed when I began to dream about columns of mean, horrible numbers chasing me with ankhs!

It was enjoyable and overall I’d recommend it to everyone who loved the DaVinci Code.  Intriguing would also be a good word to describe the premise on which the story is based.

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