Imagine a story that's a cross between an Indiana Jones movie and Jack Reacher book, and you've pretty much nailed what Conspiracy of Silence is like. You've got archaeologists discovering Biblical artifacts and unleashing a plague. You've got a bunch of top-notch modern warriors going after lots of scary bad guys who want to weaponize that plague. You've got a female FBI agent who specializes in detecting deception who helps figure out who's lying to the warriors and who truly wants to help them. Oh, and one archaeologist is the sister of one of the warriors, and that warrior's brother used to be married to the FBI agent's sister. Just to tangle everything up more, because more tangling is always good for a thriller.
This was a very engrossing book, one that sucked me in a bit slowly, but then held me fast. Also, the Knights Templar are just always a good time, aren't they? I can't remember any story involving them that I haven't liked, from Ivanhoe to The Maltese Falcon. This is the beginning of a series, so while the central problem is resolved, there are still some loose threads left that will continue into the next book.
Particularly Good Bits:
Some people had emotional baggage. Cole Russell had an entire department store (p. 272).
If This was a Movie, I Would Rate It: PG-13 for a lot of violence. Many, many fight scenes, shootings, deaths, etc.
Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for me to read while judging the INSPY awards. In no way did I agree to review this book in exchange. These are my honest opinions.