ARC REVIEW: The Secret Of Heaven – by Felix Alexander @ReadingAlley

Title: The Secret Of Heaven
(Aiden Leonardo #1)
Author: Felix Alexander

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Adventure
First published: 2016
Publisher: ForeverPoetic
Finished reading: August 22nd 2017
Pages: 311

“The truth must be understood. Not solely for the purpose of being accepted, but for humanity as a whole to achieve enlightenment.”

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Reading Alley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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Every once in a while I like to change up genres and read something different. And while The Secret Of Heaven is partly a thriller, it was the promise of adventure and ancient mysteries that closed the deal for me. I love reading about conspiracy theories and secret societies so it is easy to say I was looking forward to this one, especially since I had previously enjoyed one of the author’s stories. Unfortunately things didn’t work out that way. I’m not sure if it just was me reading The Secret Of Heaven at the wrong time, but I really struggled to get a proper feel for this story. There are a lot of different characters involved and this makes it hard to keep up wih the what and who and how everything connects. More than once I had to stop reading and try to remember what the role of a certain character was and this slowed down the pace considerably. The plot also felt pretty chaotic and kept jumping back and forth between characters… Which took a while to get used to. I have to be honest here and say it took me a lot longer than expected to finish The Secret Of Heaven. The writing wasn’t bad and it really shows that the author has taken the time to investigate the historical details thoroughly. The (historical) descriptions are extensive and show just how important the so-called Lost Bible is… That said, those descriptions did also slow down the pace and while I normally love historical elements in a story, they didn’t manage to convince me in The Secret Of Heaven. As for the characters and their actions… I wasn’t really able to connect to them as there are simply too many characters in play in the first place; also, I’m not sure everything that happens in the plot is exactly credible. And while it kind of has that Dan Brown feel and sounds really promising, The Secret Of Heaven unfortunately didn’t manage to blow me away. Such a shame, because the story has a lot of potential!

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Professor of Biblical Studies Aiden Leonardo was the last person to see Lazzaro de Medici before he was murdered, so of course he instantly becomes the main suspect. The thing is: he cannot remember what happened the night before… Although he is certain he would never harm the man that took him in when his mother died. Something more complicated than just a simple murder seems to be at play though and Aiden soon finds himself right in the middle of a conspiracy, a hunt for a Lost Bible and a secret organization known as The Group. What will happen to Aiden and will they be able to find what they are looking for before it’s too late?

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I really thought I was going to enjoy this one and I’m still wondering if I picked it up at the wrong time, but the fact is that The Secret Of Heaven didn’t manage to convince me in the end. The writing isn’t bad and it shows that the historical elements are very well researched, but there were too many characters involved and the pace wasn’t as fast as I thought it would be with the extensive descriptions slowing it down. I normally love historical details so I was really surprised I wasn’t able to enjoy this story more!


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13 thoughts on “ARC REVIEW: The Secret Of Heaven – by Felix Alexander @ReadingAlley

    • I was actually surprised I didn’t enjoy this story better, especially since I normally love historical details and historical fiction in general… Oh well, we can’t like them all I guess.

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    • The research was definitely extensive and it shows! A shame the descriptions slowed down the pace that much… I’m not sure if I will pick up a sequel, but I did enjoy a different book from the same author as his writing is quite engaging.

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  4. Bummer! The premise of the book sure does sound captivating! I was thinking this one to be something i would enjoy due to the conspiracy element but I recall another book that went on a proper lengthy description around historical events and it disturbed the reading pace considerably especially as that historical aspect came into play at a really crucial time towards the end… this book sounds like it has all the elements and potential to be brilliant and maybe with another polish it could be perfected?
    Great review…

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    • I know right? I do love any story with a conspiracy element in it… But the descriptions definitely slowed down the pace way too much to properly enjoy the rest of the elements. It definitely has a lot of potential and is well researched, maybe a better balance between the action and historical elements would have improved the story considerably.

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      • I totally get what you mean.. that balance with the descriptions is so hard to find.. sometimes, it’s the ‘what the author is passionate about’ and the ‘what interest the reader’ can be so hard to make overlap to perfection…

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