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I needed something trivial to read and I was not disappointed. I didn't read the first book, but the background was clearly described quickly and simply. I was disappointed that the Imhotep contection was not explored in greater depth and that the reference to the Templars seemed to refer back to the previous novel. The Cross seems to be an obscure reference to the Vatican bad guys. Not too badly written, but unnecessary violence was dominant and I'm afraid I failed to understand the point of the novel. That Peggy was to be rescued seemed at times to be supplementary to the violence. The characters are generally dull and one dimensionsl, with only one interesting and sympathetic character, who is secondary to the story. I also found the constant product placement irritating.
A much more exciting tale is The Lost Army of Cambyses by Paul Sussman, and one might add, better researched.
I recently updated with the Kobo Touch, which is not quite as user friendly as the older version. To protect the new ereader I bought the case with light because I read in bed at night when I can't sleep. The new case holds the reader by an elastic tape at each corner, not very sturdy! and continues the fault of my old kobo reader case of having an elastic tape covering the on-off button, which is less than satisfactory. Perhaps I should have bought the leatherette version and stuck with the torch, though the light is very good.