I must say that I found “The Golden Crystal” interesting on several levels. The opening brought to mind “The Lost Symbol” with the hidden meaning in the building of Washington, D.C. and the hiding of a valuable artifact. The story started out slowly but the action was fast-paced. It was a well thought out thriller but some parts were a bit choppy. Overall, it was a very enjoyable read.
I like history so I enjoyed the back-story of the crystal and the work that was done to keep it safe from people who would use it for the wrong reasons. The scientific research also interested me and it was good to see the moral compass or the lack of that compass in some of the story’s main players. One of the things, however, that really rather threw me was the lesson about the pyramids. While interesting, it did not add much to the story and it seemed to be filler more than anything. In addition, if you are not a fan of action involving killing, I am not sure how you would take this novel. I am an action movie fan so it did not bother me but YMMV.
Overall, it was an enjoyable read. The tie-ins with the past and the present make this an intriguing story and I think anyone who is interested in thriller or science fiction would find something to enjoy. Mr. Thacker did a good job and I would be curious to read more by him.
I received a free Kindle version of this book from Story Cartel. All opinions are my own.