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Three years ago, Heather Kennedy left the Metropolitan police under a shadow that has followed her ever since. Now she has been called in to advise on a supposed burglary in the now-defunct British Museum reading room. Kennedy soon establishes that rather than steal anything, someone has broken into the stacks in order to photograph pages from books about Johann Toller, a Three years ago, Heather Kennedy left the Metropolitan police under a shadow that has followed her ever since. Now she has been called in to advise on a supposed burglary in the now-defunct British Museum reading room. Kennedy soon establishes that rather than steal anything, someone has broken into the stacks in order to photograph pages from books about Johann Toller, a crazed prophet of 17th century Europe. Toller believed that the end of days was at hand, and he made a number of prophecies relating to the Apocalypse and the events that would precede it. None of them came true. Until now. One after another, the grotesque signs and wonders Toller predicted come to pass, no matter how unlikely they seem. The river Rhine runs bright red, the towers of London bow to kiss the ground, and an angel with a fiery sword is seen over Jerusalem. With the help of a nineteen-year-old girl from a secretive tribe and ex-mercenary Leo Tillman, Kennedy must work to stop the next prophecy coming true - the destruction of an unnamed city...


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Three years ago, Heather Kennedy left the Metropolitan police under a shadow that has followed her ever since. Now she has been called in to advise on a supposed burglary in the now-defunct British Museum reading room. Kennedy soon establishes that rather than steal anything, someone has broken into the stacks in order to photograph pages from books about Johann Toller, a Three years ago, Heather Kennedy left the Metropolitan police under a shadow that has followed her ever since. Now she has been called in to advise on a supposed burglary in the now-defunct British Museum reading room. Kennedy soon establishes that rather than steal anything, someone has broken into the stacks in order to photograph pages from books about Johann Toller, a crazed prophet of 17th century Europe. Toller believed that the end of days was at hand, and he made a number of prophecies relating to the Apocalypse and the events that would precede it. None of them came true. Until now. One after another, the grotesque signs and wonders Toller predicted come to pass, no matter how unlikely they seem. The river Rhine runs bright red, the towers of London bow to kiss the ground, and an angel with a fiery sword is seen over Jerusalem. With the help of a nineteen-year-old girl from a secretive tribe and ex-mercenary Leo Tillman, Kennedy must work to stop the next prophecy coming true - the destruction of an unnamed city...

30 review for The Demon Code

  1. 4 out of 5

    Quintin Van der Merwe

    When I picked up this book, I saw the book as a challenge - try to get through this one before I get to some of the better ones I have to read. I was thoroughly surprised when I started reading though. Riveting story with a few surprises and a surprising lack of predictability towards the end, which in my opinion always makes for a good read. I love the writing style as well - it is easy to read but not so easy that you would think the target audience would be teens. I have not read his first bo When I picked up this book, I saw the book as a challenge - try to get through this one before I get to some of the better ones I have to read. I was thoroughly surprised when I started reading though. Riveting story with a few surprises and a surprising lack of predictability towards the end, which in my opinion always makes for a good read. I love the writing style as well - it is easy to read but not so easy that you would think the target audience would be teens. I have not read his first book and initially wasn't really interested, but after finishing this one I am going to do the odd thing of reading book one (the Dead Sea Deception) ASAP.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kirsty

    I wish it was made more obvious on a cover on a book if it's second in the series! Luckily the author had explained everything in this book but I felt like I still missed out on quite a few of the references from the first book. Anyway I did enjoy this book. I didn't think I would so it was a nice surprise. I did feel like it was a bit long winded but it was very detailed. Which is great. It really helps you to get into the storyline. I wish it was made more obvious on a cover on a book if it's second in the series! Luckily the author had explained everything in this book but I felt like I still missed out on quite a few of the references from the first book. Anyway I did enjoy this book. I didn't think I would so it was a nice surprise. I did feel like it was a bit long winded but it was very detailed. Which is great. It really helps you to get into the storyline.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Devilyn (Emily)

    It drew me in from page one...right up until the end. The idea of the Judas people was interesting, and Diema was just brilliant....Rush was a great character too. If there was an apocalypse brewing i'd want Diema to be the one to try and stop it. It drew me in from page one...right up until the end. The idea of the Judas people was interesting, and Diema was just brilliant....Rush was a great character too. If there was an apocalypse brewing i'd want Diema to be the one to try and stop it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

    Glad to have finally finished this book. I only kept reading it to see how it ended. The threatened attack was stopped in the nick of time and everyone left injured and standing was pleased. The Judas People are back trying to end the lives of the Adamites (those of us who don't follow their ways). The Messengers are out in the world (in the Nations, as they call it) to try and do their best/worst to help their leader fulfill the prophecies of a man from the mid seventeenth century. All the 'proph Glad to have finally finished this book. I only kept reading it to see how it ended. The threatened attack was stopped in the nick of time and everyone left injured and standing was pleased. The Judas People are back trying to end the lives of the Adamites (those of us who don't follow their ways). The Messengers are out in the world (in the Nations, as they call it) to try and do their best/worst to help their leader fulfill the prophecies of a man from the mid seventeenth century. All the 'prophecies' have come to pass, except the final one. Kennedy, Tillman and Ben Rush are instrumental in preventing it from happening. The 'religious' parts of the storyline are so deeply confusing that I'd find Particle Physics or Theoretical Physics easier to understand!!!!! Looking forward to reading a more enjoyable book next.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Green

    The first thing that drew me to the book was the cover and the name demon code. I love anything to do with demons so I knew I'd like it. I read the blurb but didnt realise until half way through reading it theres no real demons or strong blood/ gore and no mythical creatures. It's a conspiracy story about a extreme religious group but it was so very thrilling. I loved diema such a feisty character, but I really didn't like how it ended it made me sad that it wasn't a very rewarding ending for th The first thing that drew me to the book was the cover and the name demon code. I love anything to do with demons so I knew I'd like it. I read the blurb but didnt realise until half way through reading it theres no real demons or strong blood/ gore and no mythical creatures. It's a conspiracy story about a extreme religious group but it was so very thrilling. I loved diema such a feisty character, but I really didn't like how it ended it made me sad that it wasn't a very rewarding ending for the heroes who technically saved the world. It was very well written and could easily read it in one go but been spacing it out as a calm night time read. I think the relationship between Izzy and heather is just purely toxic. But I still enjoyed the book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Declan Wiseman

    Completed this book merely for the sake of competing it. At times vaguely engaging. Otherwise quite dull, characters stereotyped, too much detail into a made up sect. Action scenes feel a bit drawn out...Iliadic in some ways which isn’t necessarily a bad thing: but looks better in a movie than a book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Steve barclay

    Excellent story Seeingg as Amazon dont like the real opinions God book good story want to read another Good good good good good 👍👍👍👍👍👍👍

  8. 4 out of 5

    Maria Dorey

    Really enjoyed this read! The plot keeps you guessing and a few good "edge of your seat" moments. Really enjoyed this read! The plot keeps you guessing and a few good "edge of your seat" moments.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Soho_Black

    It's just as well I don't judge a book by its cover, as reading the back of ''The Demon Code'' was not a good start. For one thing, it's a conspiracy thriller with a title that evokes comparisons with an over-rated bestseller from a few years ago. Then there is the fact that Adam Blake is a pseudonym for another author and, as Stephen King once said of writing as Richard Bachman: "If it was any good, the guy would have put his real name on it. If he lied about his name, the book must suck...'' In It's just as well I don't judge a book by its cover, as reading the back of ''The Demon Code'' was not a good start. For one thing, it's a conspiracy thriller with a title that evokes comparisons with an over-rated bestseller from a few years ago. Then there is the fact that Adam Blake is a pseudonym for another author and, as Stephen King once said of writing as Richard Bachman: "If it was any good, the guy would have put his real name on it. If he lied about his name, the book must suck...'' Inside, things are better for the reader, but less so for former Detective Sergeant Heather Kennedy. She's just punched the first and only client of her private security business, who was supposed to be her link to other clients. Someone from her past, Emil Gassan, keeps calling to talk about a case she handled while she was with the Police and which resulted in her being thrown out of the force. She's also struggling to cope with the fact of her father's death a year previously, as well as failing to move on from catching her partner Isobel cheating on her. When she does finally take Gassan's call, he has a job for her. Recently appointed as curator of the British Museum's archives, he inherited a strange situation. The archives suffered a break in that resulted in no apparent theft, with the only clue a bloodied knife that cannot be matched to a victim. Digging deeper unearths a book of prophecies that are starting to be fulfilled and a group of killers determined to prevent anyone slowing this process. As Kennedy gets more involved and her life becomes endangered, it appears she is being watched and, on occasion, assisted, without ever knowing why or who by. Despite, or maybe because of, my reservations, this is a thoroughly enjoyable book. Like Jan Wallentin's "Strindberg's Star", there is a secret the author is determined to reveal little by little. The characters may be following clues from a book, but they're not the kind that can be followed by the reader, as we never have the same picture as them, so you're never left disappointed by how simple some of the answers turned out to be. Indeed, the one clue I felt able to take a guess at, my guess was out by more than 3000 miles. Part of the fun here is the depth of the mystery, as just when it looks like it was about to be solved, there was another facet added and the story continues. Adam Blake, whoever is really is, certainly knows how to write a gripping story. The pace is relentless virtually from the first page and even when the characters are taking a moment of down time, it's not for a moment boring as you always retain the sense of anticipation that something is about to happen. In many ways, the story comes at you more like an action film, where you know you're only moments away from the point at which the bullets will start flying again. It's a lengthy book, but such is the pace of the action that the pages turn quickly and the end is upon you before you realise it. One thing that helps with this is how the characters interact. With two factions that have been reluctantly forced to team up, there is some resentment and much verbal sniping between the two sides. Whilst the characters may never come to life in full physical detail, the language they use with each other gives a good indication of their personalities and helps the reader draw a picture of what they are like, with what they look like being secondary. There were a couple of minor annoyances that took the edge off the book slightly. There were a couple of slightly predictable moments towards the end, using similar clichés to those used in the action films I've already mentioned. There was also an apparent need to tie things off too neatly at the end, resulting in a slightly twee ending that didn't seem to entirely fit with all that had come before. With this being Adam Blake's second Heather Kennedy novel, there were also references back to previous events that left you wondering about the previous novel as much as about this one. But these things certainly didn't spoil the book in any important way and it's an exciting read if you decide to give the book a try. This review may also appear, in whole or in part, under my name at any or all of www.ciao.co.uk, www.thebookbag.co.uk, www.goodreads.com, www.amazon.co.uk and www.dooyoo.co.uk

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cliff

    The blurb about the author tells us that 'Adam Blake' is a nom-de-plume for am 'internationally bestselling author' . Well may he (or she) wish to remain anonymous for this really is a very silly book, presumably written to keep his/her pot boiling. I have given it two stars as I managed to finish it and it is quite well written, certainly better so than D*n B***n. While I can swallow the most unlikely scenarios, this is so full of holes as to make the willing suspension of disbelief impossible. The blurb about the author tells us that 'Adam Blake' is a nom-de-plume for am 'internationally bestselling author' . Well may he (or she) wish to remain anonymous for this really is a very silly book, presumably written to keep his/her pot boiling. I have given it two stars as I managed to finish it and it is quite well written, certainly better so than D*n B***n. While I can swallow the most unlikely scenarios, this is so full of holes as to make the willing suspension of disbelief impossible. It posits a group, the 'Judas People' who have been elected by God to eventually take over the world from the rest of us poor souls, known as Adamites. Quite apart from the totally misconceived theology (As in Adam all died, even so in Christ shall all be made alive), this select group live apart from the world in a cave city. Apparently this volume is a sequel to an earlier one where the protagonists managed to destroy the original city, the vast number of the Judas people moving to another such under New York City. We are not told how this mass emigration went unnoticed but, perhaps, the most security conscious nation on earth. Nether are we told how they manage to survive underground - where does their food come from, for example. They have access to the most sophisticated weaponry, and one schismatic group has been acquiring such and shifting it around the world. Oh yeah? Did no government agency in any country notice that someone unauthorised was buying up vast quantities of munitions. We aren't talking about the IRA here and a few boxes of rifles, but whole warehouses full. Where did the dosh come from to buy all this stuff? For all these reasons and more, the book just did not ring true to me. Ar least, my copy only cost 50p in a nearly new shop, Do people really pay full price for such codswallop?

  11. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    I read the first book in this series some time ago; long enough to feel that The Demon Code works as a sequel or as a standalone novel. This is a stylised action thriller featuring an ex cop, ex mercenary, a security guard and a fanatical religious sect. If you're looking for a real life crime novel I guess you could point out it stretches credibility. That fact suits me. I like tense, tightly driven, entertaining plots but feel no desire to be terrified in my bedtime reading. I prefer a touch o I read the first book in this series some time ago; long enough to feel that The Demon Code works as a sequel or as a standalone novel. This is a stylised action thriller featuring an ex cop, ex mercenary, a security guard and a fanatical religious sect. If you're looking for a real life crime novel I guess you could point out it stretches credibility. That fact suits me. I like tense, tightly driven, entertaining plots but feel no desire to be terrified in my bedtime reading. I prefer a touch of fantasy. This fits the bill. It's well researched without being tedious in detail and both the characterisation and the writing style is very strong. There is clear mystery and tension in the plot line, a couple of twists and a quiet self conscious humour (which reminded me of some of Adam Blake's other books -under his other name). This is a genre novel: it labels that pretty clearly on the blurb: it doesn't try to solve the world's problems but it kept me engaged, touched on some interesting ironies and developed characters Well.. heather Kennedy, Leo Tillman and Diema were all intruiging in their own way whilst Leicester was a suitable place to dump Izzy for most of the novel. Action was fast paced and I felt both cheated and relieved by the resolution, which on balance is probably a good thing.

  12. 4 out of 5

    David Gullen

    This was great. A secret civilisation, a mad prophet, a race to prevent a doomsday. Adam Blake has written a fast-paced, hugely entertaining thriller packed with invention, detail, mystery and excitement. The characters are pretty good too! This was a book I sat down and read in a single day. As I got to know the various point of view characters on all sides I was more and more intrigued, involved - and infuriated. Some of these people really rubbed me up the wrong way and it was satisfying to se This was great. A secret civilisation, a mad prophet, a race to prevent a doomsday. Adam Blake has written a fast-paced, hugely entertaining thriller packed with invention, detail, mystery and excitement. The characters are pretty good too! This was a book I sat down and read in a single day. As I got to know the various point of view characters on all sides I was more and more intrigued, involved - and infuriated. Some of these people really rubbed me up the wrong way and it was satisfying to see them through to their ultimate fates. A small group of ordinary people - a father, an ex-cop, a junior security guard - get tangled up in a global plot to bring about the end of the world. The people who recruit them aren't nice, they aren't even easy to understand in our secular world, but they are at least trying to stop disaster. This is a super book, Adam Blake is at the top of his form. Highly recomended.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ashkin Ayub

    So I haven't really read a thriller book in a while. I found this in the book store and bought it cause the is all magical and demon and shit. But God! What an awful book. Don't we have Witty Dan Brown for horrible novels on cults, witch crafts, unnecessary information on various religions about which nobody gives a fuck? In book, some cunt have access to the most sophisticated weaponry, and one schismatic group has been acquiring such and shifting it around the world. Oh yeah? Did no government So I haven't really read a thriller book in a while. I found this in the book store and bought it cause the is all magical and demon and shit. But God! What an awful book. Don't we have Witty Dan Brown for horrible novels on cults, witch crafts, unnecessary information on various religions about which nobody gives a fuck? In book, some cunt have access to the most sophisticated weaponry, and one schismatic group has been acquiring such and shifting it around the world. Oh yeah? Did no government agency in any country notice that someone unauthorized was buying up vast quantities of munitions. We aren't talking about the IRA or ISIS here and a few boxes of rifles is ok, but whole warehouses full! WTF! This book was utterly disappointing. The only good part of it was the lesbian sex scenes. People need more 50 shades of gray. My Rate: 1.5/5 ‪#‎Thriller‬ ‪#‎NotPorn‬ ‪#‎Disappointing‬ ‪#‎NeededMoreSex‬ ‪#‎BookRanting‬

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    After last year's excellent The Dead Sea Deception (http://forwinternights.wordpress.com/...) I knew I was in safe hands for The Demon Code. It is a sequel and so you are well advised to read The Dead Sea Deception first. Again we are treated to an intelligent thriller with a set of protagonists - good, evil or somewhere in between - who are well worth getting to know and are somewhat different - especially Heather Kennedy. Adam Blake backs up an excellent story with fine writing. My one issue w After last year's excellent The Dead Sea Deception (http://forwinternights.wordpress.com/...) I knew I was in safe hands for The Demon Code. It is a sequel and so you are well advised to read The Dead Sea Deception first. Again we are treated to an intelligent thriller with a set of protagonists - good, evil or somewhere in between - who are well worth getting to know and are somewhat different - especially Heather Kennedy. Adam Blake backs up an excellent story with fine writing. My one issue with The Demon Code is that it is a little too long, especially during the second half. Nevertheless, a great and clever thriller and I can't wait for the next.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ian

    The second in the series (if two is a series, I doubt there will be another since this pretty much finishes the story, plus it probably wasn't as commercially successful as it deserved to be). The writer is actually Mike (MR) Carey, "The Girl with all the Gifts", "Fellside" and the Felix Castor series of urban fantasy novels plus loads of high quality comic book credits, and I think he is just brilliant. On the surface this is a regulation-ish thriller with a hint of Da Vinci Code about it, but re The second in the series (if two is a series, I doubt there will be another since this pretty much finishes the story, plus it probably wasn't as commercially successful as it deserved to be). The writer is actually Mike (MR) Carey, "The Girl with all the Gifts", "Fellside" and the Felix Castor series of urban fantasy novels plus loads of high quality comic book credits, and I think he is just brilliant. On the surface this is a regulation-ish thriller with a hint of Da Vinci Code about it, but read with care and note the subtext, what it has to say about fundamentalism and schism, and the nature of blind faith and the power of upbringing. Well worth seeking out both novels.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Phil Jones

    The adventure of Leo and Heather continues in book two of this much better than expected series. Some time has passed since the events in book one and fate will throw Leo and his assassin daughter together to fight against renegade Elohim who follow an ancient prophecy. Once again the adventure is fast paced and gripping taking in London, Budapest, and New York. It is simply good story telling which makes you want to turn to the next page. The ending sort of wraps up the story but if book3 was to co The adventure of Leo and Heather continues in book two of this much better than expected series. Some time has passed since the events in book one and fate will throw Leo and his assassin daughter together to fight against renegade Elohim who follow an ancient prophecy. Once again the adventure is fast paced and gripping taking in London, Budapest, and New York. It is simply good story telling which makes you want to turn to the next page. The ending sort of wraps up the story but if book3 was to come along their would be no complaints from this reader.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Laurence Bradbury

    Much better than his first book "The Dead Sea Deception", almost a 4*. The characters this time are beautifully formed, almost to the point that you can visualise them and hear them. The book is a little too wordy for my liking as it detracts from the pace of a pure thriller. It is not necessary to have read book 1 to enjoy this, but it is advisable to fully appreciate the drive of the main characters. My advice is to plod through book 1 and enjoy book 2. Much better than his first book "The Dead Sea Deception", almost a 4*. The characters this time are beautifully formed, almost to the point that you can visualise them and hear them. The book is a little too wordy for my liking as it detracts from the pace of a pure thriller. It is not necessary to have read book 1 to enjoy this, but it is advisable to fully appreciate the drive of the main characters. My advice is to plod through book 1 and enjoy book 2.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

    If you didn't read the first book you might get a little lost with this one. Heather is at it again fighting the same bad guy that she did three years ago but with different characters. I like the way this book brings everything to a conclusion. It brings an ending to some things that were left hanging in the first book. I also like the way that the main characters, Leo and Heather, aren't infallible. They frequently get their butts kicked If you didn't read the first book you might get a little lost with this one. Heather is at it again fighting the same bad guy that she did three years ago but with different characters. I like the way this book brings everything to a conclusion. It brings an ending to some things that were left hanging in the first book. I also like the way that the main characters, Leo and Heather, aren't infallible. They frequently get their butts kicked

  19. 5 out of 5

    J.F. Penn

    Reads as though there are prequels but that doesn't spoil the fun. Fast paced, high body count, secret religious cult who believe they are separate from the rest of the human race emerge to bring on final judgment. Can they be stopped in time? Some good on location scenes in Hungary which I read while I was there. Reads as though there are prequels but that doesn't spoil the fun. Fast paced, high body count, secret religious cult who believe they are separate from the rest of the human race emerge to bring on final judgment. Can they be stopped in time? Some good on location scenes in Hungary which I read while I was there.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dean Kealy

    Didn't finish, exactly. Read halfway through, until realised this was the second in a series. Might return after reading first book. Good book, regardless. Characters were difficult, because they have already been introduced in previous book. Apart from characters, from what I read, the story was good! Recommend to fans of suspense/thrillers and mysteries with a supernatural twist. Didn't finish, exactly. Read halfway through, until realised this was the second in a series. Might return after reading first book. Good book, regardless. Characters were difficult, because they have already been introduced in previous book. Apart from characters, from what I read, the story was good! Recommend to fans of suspense/thrillers and mysteries with a supernatural twist.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dani

    The back cover is right when it says that this book has a heroine that you won't forget. This is fast paced and unpredictable. A good read. Might read more of Adam Black's books as this was the first of his that I had read. The back cover is right when it says that this book has a heroine that you won't forget. This is fast paced and unpredictable. A good read. Might read more of Adam Black's books as this was the first of his that I had read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I feel there was a lot of backstory that would have made this novel a lot more engaging. The fact that it wasn't as engaging as it sounded is more than likely a fault of mine. Nonetheless, it was somewhat entertaining. I feel there was a lot of backstory that would have made this novel a lot more engaging. The fact that it wasn't as engaging as it sounded is more than likely a fault of mine. Nonetheless, it was somewhat entertaining.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Elinor

    One word AMAZING. This book keeps you on the edge of your seat until the end. And while you are reading you will start to fix the pieces together. This book was action packed and people who love adventures and investigations (CSI) will love this book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

    The Sons of Cain and the Serpent show up again and we learn much much more about them. There are actually more than one faction and each has its' own agenda. Once again Heather and Leo are caught in the middle. This was a well written and fun read that I enjoyed very much. The Sons of Cain and the Serpent show up again and we learn much much more about them. There are actually more than one faction and each has its' own agenda. Once again Heather and Leo are caught in the middle. This was a well written and fun read that I enjoyed very much.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

    enjoyed this the lastest book by this author felt the plot was more fast paced than and characters more developed than the dead sea deception

  26. 5 out of 5

    Chichi

    Very good read. Was more fast paced than the first, Dead Sea Deception.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dede Ofei-okyere

    Kept me hooked till the last page

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    This book was OK. Was expecting more from it from what I read on the back of the book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Shane Malone

    A weak take on Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code, which itself is just copying several books. A weak take on Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code, which itself is just copying several books.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ronald

    great conclusion to the series around detective Kennedy, was left salivating after the conclusion of the first novel.

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