Book Review: The Demon Code (Joe Mason #2) by David Leadbeater

The second book in David Leadbeater‘s Joe Mason series, The Demon Code is set high in the Italian alps, cut off from the outside world, where a chapel sits, battered by winds and icy blizzards. The priests who guard this sacred place have sworn to protect the dangerous treasure that lies within their walls. But when Joe Mason and his team are called to the remote church, they find its ancient stones reduced to rubble, the priests murdered in cold blood and their precious cargo stolen.

As Mason pursues the thieves across continents and dangerous waters, he wonders what incredible secret the priests laid down their lives for… And if he can recover it before it claims more innocent victims, and brings the downfall of civilisation as we know it…


Thank you to Avon for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I read The Vatican Secret earlier this year, not knowing if it was my kind of book. But I ended up really enjoying the fast-paced adventure that it took me on, and was eager to see what Joe Mason and his misfit team would get up to next!

Another exciting thriller, The Demon Code is a speedy, high-octane and twisty action adventure that’s full of energy from start to finish.

I’m not religious but I still found this treasure hunt for religious artefacts and the motive to protect Christianity all very exciting. And I don’t know if any of the facts are true or if any context of the quest could be accurate in any way, but Leadbeater is such a great writer that I didn’t question any of it, and rather went along with the exhilarating ride.

I loved the journey that this adventure takes you on. From Rome to Paris to London, it was great to step in these various cities and get a little insight into some of their histories. The only time I wanted to stop reading was because I had to Google “The Wall Of Bones” which is situated in The Catacombs of Paris, which I found really interesting.

If you like the puzzles and mystery of The Da Vinci Code, and the ruthlessness and likeability of characters similar to Jack Reacher, then I definitely recommend giving this series a go!


The Demon Code by David Leadbeater
Series: Joe Mason #2
Release Date: 15th September 2022
Print Length: 368 pages
Genre: Action Thriller
Publisher: Avon

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