The Moroni Code

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Reviewed by Dayna Davis, Staff Writer

The Moroni Code by Jack Lyon. Published by Deseret Book.

FBI Agent David Hunter is given a special assignment. The Church is being blackmailed. He needs to decipher a code on a mysterious letter from Joseph Smith, or no one will be able to stop the letter from going public, which could cause dangerous repercussions to everyone.

Like most of the country, I've read "The Da Vinci Code" by Dan Brown. The name "The Moroni Code" implies a similar adventure by Jack Lyon. I was thinking that I would be reading a well-thought out, complicated adventure, that leaves one staggered at the end with the author's assumptions. But "The Moroni Code" is not at all the same.

"The Moroni Code" is for those interested in church history. The information on different types of codes, including the pigpen code, was truly fascinating. But, to be honest, this was not my favorite book. The characters were confusing, with many loose ends, and I was at a loss to understand what messages the author was trying to convey through most of the book. I think that if I was more interested in puzzles, codes, and translating the Book of Mormon, I would have been captivated. The author is obviously talented and well researched. I was just a little lost as to the purpose.