The Genghis Code

Fiction - Mystery - Historical
335 Pages
Reviewed on 09/20/2021
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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

The Genghis Code by Richard and Lucy Lipari is a compelling novel with shades of mystery, sleuthing, history, and adventure. A secret society is poised to dominate the world and the key to unraveling the mystery of this group is in treasures stolen during the Iraq War. Jake Preston, a retired New York firefighter and CID Officer, teams up with Professor Valentina to unravel the mystery. Follow these characters on a journey that takes them across countries as they follow the clues from New York City to Minsk, Moscow, Warsaw, Beijing, and Ulaanbaator. They encounter more than they had expected in this pulsating quest and threats to their lives that no one saw coming.

This is a wonderful story and what immediately caught my attention is the authors’ ability to write historical events with detail, capturing the conflict in the Middle East with wonderful descriptions and imagery. The characters are multidimensional and well-crafted. Professor Valentina is a stunning woman and a well-explored character. I enjoyed how Richard and Lucy Lipari use her to create suspense in the narrative, creating suspicion in the minds of readers as they follow her. Dr. Song, a nuclear scientist from Wuhan, China, is another interesting character and I loved the way his role in the story is developed. The descriptions are terrific, the writing is gorgeous, and the plot is as twisty as can be. Overall, The Genghis Code is a mesmerizing, fast-paced, and action-packed thriller that will entice fans of mystery and adventure.

K.C. Finn

The Genghis Code is a work of fiction in the historical and cross-contemporary fiction, mystery, and intrigue sub-genres, and was penned by author team Richard and Lucy Lipari. Written for adult reading audiences, the work contains some occasional explicit language use and very moderate references to sex, making it an appropriate and accessible mystery read for most readers. The central pairing for this thrilling story is Jake and Valentina, a CID officer and a mysterious professor with links to some very dangerous people indeed. As Jake searches for his former army buddy who has been captured by a dangerous cult, the mystery unfolds into the roots and descendants of the dangerous Genghis Khan.

Author team Richard and Lucy Lipari have crafted a highly engaging contemporary mystery rooted in some very bloody history indeed, and fans of works like The Da Vinci Code will find themselves engrossed from cover to cover. The plot structure follows several strands, many plot and character-based threads which come together beautifully as the tale progresses, and offer plenty of opportunities for the reading audience to put clues together themselves without everything being spoon-fed. This makes the work both intellectual and emotive in its quieter moments, which only serves to enhance our empathy for Jake all the more when he finds himself in increasingly dangerous circumstances as the fate of the world hangs in the balance. Overall, I would highly recommend The Genghis Code for mystery and thriller fans looking for international, historical, and cultural flavor in their reads.

Gobi Jane

If you are looking for an enjoyable story that is filled with mystery, then The Genghis Code by Richard and Lucy Lipari reserves a lot of surprises for you. It follows Jake Preston, a New York City firefighter and CID officer, and a stunningly beautiful woman, Professor Valentina, on the quest to solve a mystery. The survival of the world might depend on their success. A secret code indicates that a secret society intends to ascend to world domination, and this society might have strong roots and a mysterious trail. Apart from unraveling the truth behind the code, Jake Preston also has to solve the kidnapping case of his army buddy. But there is more as the characters race across countries, from New York, Minsk, Moscow, Beijing, and other places. While they struggle to solve the enigma, there is an even greater threat to humanity looming ahead.

This is a story that is pulsating and action-filled. The scenes are well-written and focused, from the descriptions of the conflict-infested areas of Samarra, Iraq, to the thoughts and actions of the characters, the story features details that enrich the narrative and fill it with a strong sense of realism. The plot is complex, and I enjoyed its unpredictable nature. The unpredictability in the plot and the depth of character — and I loved the mystery that is written into Valentina — create the suspense that compels readers to keep on reading. While The Genghis Code is a perfect read for fans of historical and mystery, it has strong elements of a well-crafted thriller, with sophisticated characters and a tightly written and cleverly developed plot.

Jose Cornelio

As a strong fan of mystery and adventure, I found The Genghis Code by Richard and Lucy Lipari to be a wonderful piece of entertainment, a fast-paced adventure that has strong historical hints and good doses of action. New York City firefighter and CID officer Jake Preston and Professor Valentina are on a mission that takes them across the world to unravel a code discovered in treasures stolen during the Iraq War. The code contains the key to unlocking a sinister plot for world domination by a secret society. Jake has a lot to deal with, including uncovering facts about the kidnapping of Charlie, his army friend, by an ominous cult with deep links to the legendary Genghis Khan. With the help of Dr. Song, a nuclear scientist from Wuhan, can they solve this mystery and can Valentina be fully trusted?

The Genghis Code is a tale filled with mystery and plot twists, and the international setting is so skillfully written that the authors capture the social and political realities across the different locations with uncanny brilliance. The writing is littered with historical elements, intrigue, and conspiracy. The key characters travel the world from New York City to Minsk, Moscow, Warsaw, Beijing, and the very place of origin of Genghis Kan, seeking to unravel clues. I loved the writing that is hugely descriptive, the deft handling of character, the suspense, and the action that fills the pages of this novel. I also felt that the novel was well-researched and written expertly. It is an enthralling page-turner.

Christopher Anderson

In The Genghis Code, authors Richard and Lucy Lipari start the story with events that took place in December 2003 in a city 25 kilometers north of Bagdad, where Charlie O’Shea, a 22-year-old sergeant and squad leader, innocently bought some trinkets from someone he thought was just an ordinary Iraqi man. Now Charlie at 38 is honorably discharged from the Army and heads to New York to look up his old military buddy, Jake Preston. Charlie has decided to try to sell the trinkets from Bagdad and intends to share the money with the men who were fighting alongside him when he bought them. He goes to look up his old comrades but finds them dead. When Charlie goes missing, Jake sets out to discover what has happened to him and why. He is accompanied by Valentina, an alluring professor with her own connections to the Russian mafia. The story takes us back in time to the era of Genghis Khan and how the trinkets are tied in with current events.

Richard and Lucy Lipari write in a style that gives lots of background information in an exciting way to helps you, the reader, understand the different characters and their personalities, the historical events, and to tie them in with events happening now. This is a fast-moving story that takes you into parts of the world that Genghis Khan had an influence on. The authors write about relationships that develop between some of the main characters. Interwoven in this story are gangland members and the violence they portray, along with secret societies and government agencies, and how sometimes these agencies can work together for the common good. All the way through the book there are twists and turns that take you down different avenues so you are kept interested. A book that will appeal to historians, romantics, or anyone who enjoys thrillers and adventures. All in all, a good read.