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The 10th Cycle

JC Ryan

A CONSPIRACY THRILLER THE TRUTH ABOUT HUMAN HISTORY IS ABOUT TO BE REVEALED WILL WE BE ALLOWED TO KNOW THE TRUTH? For thousands of years the truth about human history has intentionally been suppressed and exploited. For decades scholars have been saying that the truth about human history will be found inside the Great Pyramid of Giza, but up till now no one has ever been able to find it. Those who tried have been ridiculed and persecuted. Will Daniel Rossler and Dr. Sarah Clarke be allowed to uncover the real and true message? As they come closer to the truth, skepticism out of the academic community is replaced by evil and malicious adversaries, dumping them into a very hostile world where violence, deceit and duplicity become their daily companions. The mysterious Orion Society with its deranged and psychopathic members, the CIA, the Marines, the Mossad and even the President of the United States become involved. Not all of them have good intentions. THE TENTH CYCLE is a full-length novel, a provocative techno thriller about human history, conspiracies and an ancient society with power and money that will stop at nothing to reach their sinister goals.

The Tenth Cycle by JC Ryan should be a book I loved. It's a mystery in the style of Dan Brown. A shadowy organisation which does anything possible to stop people discovering what the Great Pyramid means. Daniel and his fellow investigators are plunged into a world they never imagined when they start to find out about the pyramid. Friends are killed, they are threatened and must go on the run even from their own government.

The base story and the way it's executed are quite brilliant. There's a lot of good facts in the story, obviously professionally researched. A tantalising glimpse of who may have built the pyramid is dangled before our eyes. I love these conspiracy books. They're my secret pleasure, Atlantis, The Holy Grail, ancient civilisations and even aliens. I want to believe that there is actually something there. Yet this book left me a little bemused.

As I say the actual story was great, a promising start to a series. The problem is the sub plot. The romance between Daniel and Sarah read as if it had been lifted from a not particularly good romance book (think Mills and Boon). It grated the way they talked to each other, like sand between the toes. It was too out of sync with the thriller. Without that, or even watered down, this would be a five star winner. As it is I'm conflicted and could only give it three stars. Would I read the follow-ups? Maybe but not for a while.

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Review by
AJ Steel
March 24, 2023

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