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It is impossible to read Brad Kelln's novel and not immediately begin to draw comparisons between it and The Da Vinci Code. Both center around a little-known (or little-understood, as is the case in Brown's work) aspect of Biblical history and the controversies and coverups caused by these supposed "myths."In Tongues of the Dead, the story follows the myth of the Nephilim, children of angel and woman, who have been forsaken by God. Their secrets are supposedly recorded in the Voynich manuscript, written in a language that no one can decipher... except Matthew (annoying called "Little Matthew" throughout the story), an autistic elementary school foster kid.Though Kelln's book is a page-turner, no doubt, it falls short of its goal with flat writing and characters. The characters do not develop as the story unfolds; what is more, they are introduced and then left to disappear for chapters on end, making a miraculous re-appearance later on in the story. Even worse than flat characters, though, is that all of the characters-even the children-speak in the same voice.Sadly, what could have been an excellent story is seemingly lost in the author's mind: the story is inconsistent, often confusing and there are several bits left unexplained or forgotten about. My best guess is that this made sense in the imagination of the creator, but was "lost in translation" when recorded, as it were.Overall, if you are a fan of Church-cult fiction such as The Da Vinci Code, In Tongues of the Dead is an entertaining read and is sure to entertain for an evening or two (it's not a long book). But if you're looking for believable characters or something a bit more substantial, I'd take a pass.
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