Steve Berry is the poor man's Dan Brown or even poor man's James Rollins. I like the inclusion of history into the plot and it was kinda cool to see a location off the beaten trail added in Samarkland. However, I didn't like the action and it was too wordy. Also, I don't really like the characters. He could have also developed some more into the Venetian League. I've read three of his books now and won't be reading any more.