Genre: Fiction, Historical Mystery
Publication date: July 10, 2019
Wow! The amount of research that has gone into this book is mind-blowing. The detail-oriented writing reminded me of a travel book by William Dalrymple called From the Holy Mountain: A Journey Among the Christians of the Middle East.
I enjoy the Dan Brown style of historical mysteries, where an erudite professor dashes off to various places of historical interest, deciphers codes and symbols using cryptic clues, and throws himself into danger despite not being fully equipped to handle it just because history must be preserved and the truth must be revealed.
This book is all this–with a good dose of philosophical discussions about the intersection between religion and technology and the consequences of the friction caused by it.
It may not appeal to everyone, especially if you’re looking for something fast-paced. But if you have the patience and the interest to wade through the wealth of information given in the first half, you will be able to understand the thread of the story.
The latter half of the book picks up pace; more action happens and there is greater focus on the mystery itself. The star of the show is Aiden Leonardo, professor of Biblical studies, although his wife, Miriam, does give him a helping hand later on in the story.
My favorite character is Pakistani code breaker Nagi–smart, suave, and a bit cheeky.
Even though this is Book 2 in the Aiden Leonardo series, it works fine as a standalone novel. You have enough context about Aiden’s past to understand the motivations of the various characters. It also makes you want to pick up Book 1 (The Secret of Heaven) to know more about what happened with Aiden’s brother and father.
Go for it!
An ancient prophecy. A devastating revelation. The Holy Land on the brink of war.
When a theoretical physicist is found dead on the steps of the eastern triple arched Huldah Gates of the Temple Mount hours before a technological summit in Tel Aviv is set to begin, Professor of Biblical Studies Aiden Leonardo is sought for questioning in connection to the murder. But what begins as a simple inquiry about Aiden’s meeting with the victim on the previous night erupts into a race against the clock to prevent the unthinkable from occurring in Jerusalem.
Tension in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has reached its peak. With rumors about a “Jewish Plan” to destroy the al-Aqsa mosque and build the Jewish third temple on its remnants, and growing resentment in the hearts of Palestinians toward their Israeli neighbors, a technological summit threatens to push the conflict beyond its tipping point with Artificial Intelligence presenting a philosophical perspective that will change our view of religion forever.
Religious extremists hold Jerusalem hostage when a message reveals that bombs are scattered throughout the Old City. The United Nations convene as militaries around the globe prepare for war. With time ticking away, Aiden joins forces with a chief inspector of the Israel police force, and a director of the technological summit well-versed in religious history to locate the and disarm the bombs.
They embark on a frantic hunt through the catacombs of the ancient city, sacred sites, and forgotten tombs, using scripture and the Dead Sea Scrolls to reveal their enemies and prevent Armageddon from occurring as the prophets had foretold. Their only hope lies in the words that remained unchanged for 2,000 years, but could threaten the validity of the most revered faith on earth.
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About the Author
Felix Alexander (1976-Present) is a Mexican-born, American-raised novelist, and poet of Mexican and Puerto Rican descent.
Acclaimed by readers for his poetic prose, his indie releases include:
* Dear Love: Diary of a Man’s Desire, a collection of love letters and poems
* The Romantic: A Love Story
* Shadows of Time: The Amulet of Alamin
* The Secret of Heaven
*The Secret of Scripture
*The Last Valentine (A Labyrinth of Love Letters novel)
*The Last Love Letter (A Labyrinth of Love Letters novel, book 2)
*Her Punishment (an erotic novelette)
*Her Awakening, an erotic romance novel
*A Uniquely Portable Magic, An Order of the Scribes adventure.
Being third-generation military, after a grandfather and uncle who served in the Korean War and Vietnam War, respectively, Alexander is proud of his service in the U.S. Army, and grateful for his experience.
After his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army, he embarked on the long and arduous journey of a writer. Having made a name for himself during his tenure, serving his country, he vowed to himself and his fellow soldiers that he would answer his true calling.
He recently moved to South Elgin, IL—to be closer to his children—a son and daughter. He volunteers to promote literacy among youth with Villament Charities and the VM Mag (vmmag.org).
In the evenings he journeys through the portals of his extensive, personal library. When he returns, he immerses himself in his writing, and pursues the scent of his muse.