Friday, January 30, 2015

Finding Sheba Review

For centuries, historians have speculated that the Queen of Sheba is nothing more than a seductive legend; but when undercover agent Omar Zagouri finds a tomb in a tunnel beneath Jerusalem, he unearths cryptic clues that may lead to the queen’s final resting place.

This discovery, if authentic, could throw into question the governmental claim to the Holy Land—and prove the Bible false. Wealthy collectors, ruthless archaeologists, and officials from Egypt, Ethiopia, Israel, and Yemen scramble to find and lay claim to the secret site.

Dr. Richard Lyon of Brown University, the world’s leading expert on the queen, is found murdered in his office, setting off a chain of deadly events. Omar desperately works to piece together the puzzle to locate the queen’s burial ground, fearing another assassination will take place. He teams up with one of Lyon’s protégées as well as with his ex-girlfriend, agent Mia Golding, in order to unravel the truth about the queen, expose a murderer, and reveal a timeless story of love, revenge, and sacrifice.

My Review:

Moore delivers a heart-pounding race through ancient landscapes and modern intrigues as an epic hunt for the Queen of Sheba’s final resting place leads to the truth behind the legends. The discovery of a hidden tomb leads to the attempted murder of the Coptic Pope and pulls a diverse cast of characters into a quest across the deserts of Saudi Arabia in order to find clues they hope will prove the existence of key historical figures mentioned in the Bible. Along the way, they face death, desert pirates, scheming men set on making sure the truth is never found, and loss of their very heritage and beliefs in a journey that spans across thousands of years.
I loved, loved the way history and mystery collided in this book! The details provided about the fascinating areas and their historical significance captivated my imagination, and added a touch of possible reality to this work of fiction. Even though the Queen of Sheba remains veiled in semi-myth, I felt the events of her life as they unfolded in this book could have happened. I came to adore her strength of character, and her ached for her sufferings as she attempted to lead her people at such a young age.
It speaks a lot about the queen's power that she is able to capture so much attention thousands of years after her death. The cast of characters that come together to try to piece together the story of her life were each fascinating in their own right—from the student attempting to find evidence to support her thesis to the special agent with an attitude problem. Their different storylines expertly wove in and around each other throughout the book. When they all converged, things exploded in surprising ways. The entire book was a poignant combination of reflecting on the beauty of the past and longing for hoped for futures. The murder, intrigue, and constant ducking and dodging death all added elements that kept me riveted. The ending made me cry a bit, which I've never done with a thriller before. Excellent read!

Man, it is so hard to write this review without spoiling anything. It is great! If you enjoy political thrillers, ancient mysteries, and spicy love stories, this blends all three. Enjoy!

*I received a free kindle copy from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review*

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