Alex and Marcus, have become bored of their stressful boring lives in the big city. To re-invigorate themselves they decide to quit their jobs and go back-packing around south-east Asia and Australia.
However, nothing is quite what it seems; and their journey takes on a sinister twist, when an email purporting to be from a mythical medieval Priest King called Prester John lands in Alex’s inbox just before their departure.
The quest which they undertake leads them to strange lands and countries far off theirs, or anyone else’s itinerary, until Alex is forced to face up to a flippant decision he made as a child which could have horrendous consequences for the whole world. Book Description.
Normally this would not be a book that I would read, but the subject matter of Prester John intrigued me as he is mentioned during my reading of the Crusades, and is a character ripe for story telling.
The start for me was a little slow and a bit obvious, but the two main characters were written well and came across as real friends. The story was written at a decent pace with enough twists that you couldn't become bored though for me it was an easy read as I think I was expecting something a bit longer and more in depth. No new concepts in the story, though I did read it without breaks which speaks well of it's ability to keep you with the story and it is entertaining with interesting avenues for further exploration.
Overall I would say that because it is any easy read with no new concepts just good old fashioned storytelling a younger audience would appreciate it more, but the potential is good.
Book Rating : 3.5 Stars
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