If you loved the National Treasure movies, you will definitely be a fan of The Lost Journal. Join a 30 something dude, his slightly demented grandpa and a young neighbor as they hunt for their pot of gold burning a trail through Philly’s historic landmarks. All this while trying to evade a bunch of goons on their tail.
Seth Layton is shackled with cleaning up his grandpa’s house before it is sold off. He finds an old key in the attic and takes it to Grandpa, suspicious of some rough looking characters looking for antiques. Grandpa is all excited looking at the key. The key leads to a bank vault, friendly bank employee girl and a book that’s falling apart with age. Seth and gang solve the puzzle only to find it leads to another clue. Thus begins a treasure hunt that will take this motley crew from monument to monument, gun toting pursuers notwithstanding. There is a matter of national security and several forces want what’s at the end of the trail. Will the amateurs manage to solve a centuries old riddle and hold on to their lives?
The Lost Journal feels very familiar, maybe because I have read similar stories or watched movies that show this kind of a chase. The characters seem unlikely and are average people with no background in defense or armed forces, symbology, history etc. How do they manage to crack the code based on what they learned in grade school? Frankly, I never thought of this because the plot kept me engrossed. It is after all a work of fiction. Remember to keep that perspective, and you are sure to be shocked when the secret is finally revealed.