Sunday 7 April 2013
Book Review: The Moses Legacy by Adam Palmer
by Adam Palmer
Available in ebook and paperback
When fragments of Stone with ancient writings are found in Sinai, the Egyptians call in expert Daniel Klein. But when Daniel’s decipherment of the ancient text threatens to reveal the origins of the Bible, others are determined to prevent the truth from seeing the light of day.
Framed for murder, Daniel and the beautiful Viennese archaeologist he is working with, find themselves pursued across Sinai by a deadly female Mossad officer and a ruthless killer from a shadowy organization in Washington DC. But as they try to stay one step ahead of their pursuers and follow the trail of clues, they are forced to ask themselves how many more secrets are waiting to be discovered?
The trail leads them all the way back to the Samaritans – an ancient sect who claim that they are descended from the true Israelites – and a sacred mountain shrine that may hold the answers… or cost them their lives.
I admit it, I have a very soft spot for religious/conspiracy type thrillers ever since I read the Da Vinci code by Dan Brown. It's a standing joke in our house that I only read books with red crosses on the front, those referring to the Templars.
Despite having no Templars or secrets or codes about them. The Moses Legacy is still just as interesting and intriguing. The pace of the story is lightning-fast with barely a breather before the characters are onto the next discovery or next place putting them in even more danger.
The author has perfectly blended history, conjecture, thrills and spills to take you on a roller-coaster ride of a book. With short, snappy dialogue and just enough description to set the scenes, the pages seem to turn themselves. There are twists and turns to keep even the most jaded mystery fan happy and I kept reading well into the night just to see what happened next.
Daniel Klein was the most fleshed-put character in the whole book and we got glimpses of his family and home life before he's embroiled in the adventure, which made him seem so much more human and more relatable.
There was information on different customs, from the Beduoins of Egypt, to Daniel's modern Judaism and the anceint sect of the Samaritans. It was all very interesting, but flowed within the narrative, it wasn't just dumped on the reader.
In short, I loved it.
Reviewed by Annette Gisby
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