The Sleepwalker Legacy

The Sleepwalker Legacy

Fiction - Mystery - Historical
440 Pages
Reviewed on 05/01/2017
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Author Biography

Author Christopher Hepworth has been a professional negotiator for over thirty years, with some of the largest and best-known companies in the world. He has won numerous prestigious awards in his chosen profession of procurement and developed many of the strategies and techniques that are now widely used across the industry.

Born in the UK in 1961 and raised in Zambia in central Africa like his hero, Wilbur Smith, Christopher Hepworth now lives in Sydney, Australia with his wife, Anne and four children.

The exotic characters in his books reflect his fascination with the charismatic and proud, but often maligned warrior nations around the world, whose stories are screaming to be told. In his books, Christopher Hepworth’s desk-bound corporate warriors come face to face with those proud peoples, who have suffered the misfortunes of fate and history but their dignity and aspirations remain intact.

Christopher Hepworth has created a new brand of hero for the twenty-first century. Like James Bond, or the lawyers of John Grisham’s thrillers, Sam Jardine must use his occupational skills to thwart the ambitions of ruthless villains who seek to subordinate the world with their depraved sense of moral values. Armed only with a sense of justice, respect for ancient warrior cultures and an extraordinary talent for negotiation, can he win the day or will he be engulfed in the cesspit of corporate politics? For the sake of world peace, let’s hope Sam Jardine is up to the task.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Alyssa Elmore for Readers' Favorite

The Sleepwalker Legacy by Christopher Hepworth is an intense historical mystery novel. The legend of the horrific Sleepwalker sickness that leaves its victims with an incurable mental illness has been all but lost in time after nearly two hundred years of inactivity - save for a few rare cases passed on from generation to generation - until a greedy CEO decides to sell the secret formula to the highest bidder. When Sam Jardine finds himself in a compromised position, he hastily agrees to take a job with a highly regarded international pharmaceutical firm. As Sam begins to get comfortable in his new job, strange things start to happen. A deranged warning, suspicious employees, and cautionary meetings from a covert "Deep Throat" all send Sam searching into the company's two-hundred-year-old history. What he uncovers is appalling, and he suddenly finds himself thrown into the midst of corporate espionage, murder, and a century-old government cover-up. Will he survive? Will Sam, after two hundred years, be able to put an ancient curse to rest? Or will he be consumed by it?

The Sleepwalker Legacy by Christopher Hepworth is a powerful historical mystery novel artfully blending the past with the present. I appreciated how the author brought the legend of the Sleepwalker Legacy to life in such a realistic manner. The herbal aspect, along with the Native American details, kept me well-entertained. This novel is peppered with intrigue, suspense and a touch of romance in such a way that, once I started reading, I had to finish it one sitting! I would recommend this book to those that like reading suspense novels enhanced with history similar to James Rollins' books.