Knight's Cross by Christine Kling

Once again, huge thanks go to the publisher and NetGalley for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

If you have been following my blog regularly, you will know that I recently read and reviewed the first two books in the Shipwreck Adventure series by Christine Kling, Circle of Bones and Dragon's Triangle. My reaction to both of those books was fairly mixed and yet I decided to try Knight's Cross, the third book in the same series...and definitely the best!

The story is based in familiar waters for me, the Mediterranean Sea, mostly around Turkey, Malta and Tunisia, but it also spends a lot more time on land, especially in Rome. It is set just in 2014, so is a very up-to-date book containing references to current problems like ISIS. The story follows Riley and Cole as they start a new adventure on a new boat whilst trying to find yet another shipwreck and the treasure held within. This time, however, they are up against a religious order who are intent on stopping them from discovering the whereabouts of a very important text known as the Religion.

Explosions, chases, daring rescue attempts, breakouts, shootings and a face from the past seem to follow Riley and Cole throughout the series and this book is certainly no exception to that. What makes this book better than the first two is the tension level and the action which barely lets up for a second. All the way through, I couldn't predict anything that would happen, especially in the climactic scene. The writing style I think helps the reader to follow the story much more easily as well.

The book does have it's downsides too. The biggest of these is the cheese factor. At one point, the story was so cheesy that I actually wanted to vomit! However, as a whole this book was worth struggling through the first two to read.

Star rating: 4 from 5

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