Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Riddle of Solomon by D.J. Niko

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Read: June 24, 2013

Cambridge archaeologist Sarah Weston and anthropologist Daniel Madigan team up for another expedition and adventure in this second book in the Sarah Weston Chronicles. While working on the Qaryat al-Fau archaeological site in Saudi Arabia, the pair uncovers a mysterious ancient scroll composed as a riddle. As they attempt to date and decipher the scroll, a flurry of ills befalls their expedition and the scroll is stolen. A trail of clues leads to India, Jerusalem, and the Judean wilderness, where the two discover the scroll was written by the enigmatic King Solomon as a map to an ancient manuscript. Meanwhile a privileged young Briton, Trent Sacks, has invested years and a fortune looking for his manuscript. Believing he is the last descendant of the House of David in the line of Solomon, Sacks will do whatever it takes to amass the ancient relics which will prove he is the Jewish Messiah. Leaving a string of murders in his wake, Sacks vows to crush Sarah and Daniel for challenging his quest. Journeying through the worlds of the occult, corporate greed, geopolitical conflict, Judaic mysticism, and biblical archaeology, Sarah and Daniel race to uncover the powerful ancient message that could have an explosive impact on modern Israel.

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Given the four star rating I obviously enjoyed D.J. Niko's The Riddle of Solomon. Not having read book one of The Sarah Weston Chronicles, I can't speak for the series as a whole, but book two certainly left me with a positive impression. 

It is no coincidence that this piece has been compared to Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Da Vinci Code. Niko seamlessly weaves together fact and fiction into a fast-paced adventure that is guaranteed to leave readers on the edge of their seats. Cover to cover I was captivated by the twists and turns Niko worked into the plot. 

Another noteworthy aspect is how Niko embraced the present day conflicts in the Middle East and used biblical and ancient history to bring these events into the fold of her story. I think that took a lot of courage in the current political climate and appreciate that her instinct for storytelling was not deterred by potentially touchy subject matter. 

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You will wait for eternity. Take my body, if you must. It means nothing. Only th soul matters, and that you cannot extinguish with your gun. The secret you seek, you're not worthy of. Therefore, you cannot buy it - at any price."
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Check out all the stops on D.J. Niko's The Riddle of Solomon Virtual Book Tour

Monday, June 24
Feature & Giveaway at Passages to the Past
Wednesday, June 26
Review at Oh, for the Hook of a Book!
Interview at Bibliophilic Book Blog
Thursday, June 27
Review & Giveaway at Sir Read-a-Lot
Review & Giveaway at Flashlight Commentary
Friday, June 28
Review & Guest Post at The Lit Bitch
Monday, July 1
Review at Bitches with Books
Wednesday, July 3
Interview & Giveaway at Oh, for the Hook of a Book!
Thursday, July 4
Feature & Giveaway at So Many Precious Books, So Little Time
Monday, July 8
Interview at A Bookish Libraria
Tuesday, July 9
Review at Overflowing Bookshelves
Wednesday, July 10
Review & Giveaway at Peeking Between the Pages
Monday, July 15
Review at Jenny Loves to Read
Review at A Writer’s Life: Working with the Muse
Thursday, July 18
Review & Interview at From the TBR Pile
Friday, July 19
Review & Giveaway at Broken Teepee

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