When journalist Jake Wolsey stumbles upon a declassified file showing Winston Churchill’s interest in the ancient Etruscan civilisation his curiosity brings peril in its wake. He soon attracts the unlikely attention of alluring archaeologist Florence Chung – and that of MI6. As the two are pursued across Europe and Africa in search of the Etruscans’ sacred text, danger closes in and more questions than answers arise. Are there powers in the sky modern science has yet to understand? Could the ancients predict the future? And what really explains the rise of Rome, that of Nazi Germany, the ebb and flow of history itself? In a thrilling race against time and enemies known and unknown, Wolsey fears the very survival of the West may depend on his ability to stay one step ahead of his adversaries.
An enjoyable and entertaining read, this satisfies on most levels. If you’re looking for a little adventure, some action and a little Dan Brown thrown in for good measure then look no further than Foretold by Thunder, EM Davey’s debut novel.
The book moves along at a decent pace but I did find some of the Etruscan history hard to follow, and there’s quite a lot of it to follow, but then I know nothing about the religion, not that it’s necessary at all to enjoy this tale.
Jake Wolsey is an intriguing character and the main protagonist. I have to admit I found him a little wet at the beginning but by the end he’d won me over with a change in personality and attitude that wasn’t there at the beginning. Quite clever in fact, most protagonists stay the same throughout a novel but Wolsey definitely changed. He grew stronger, more confident, cut down on his alcohol intake and became a force to be reckoned with. He imparts his knowledge as the story progresses and by the end of the first book he appears to be somewhat of an expert in things Etruscan.
Although an entertaining storyline Jake’s character building is my favourite part of the book. He’s one of those characters you struggle to like or have a positive opinion on in the beginning but the author does a fantastic job of making his personality as important as the story itself.
There are a few twists and turns along the way and enough baddies to balance good and evil. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing where this story goes next. Great characterisation, an entertaining storyline and a book that’s very easy to read. A great debut.
- Paperback:320 pages
- Publisher:Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd (2 July 2015)