I received a free ebook of The Riddle of Solomon from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for my honest opinion.
About the Book:
Publication Date: July 1, 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.
About the Author:
D.J. Niko is the nom de plume of Daphne Nikolopoulos, an award-winning author and journalist. Her first novel, titled The Tenth Saint, was released in March 2012 to rave reviews by both readers and the trade. In March 2013, it was awarded the Gold Medal for popular fiction in the prestigious, juried Florida Book Awards. An archaeological thriller embroidered with historical motifs, The Tenth Saint takes readers on an adventure across the globe: Ethiopia, the Syro-Arabian Desert and Abyssinian Empire circa fourth century, London, Paris, Brussels, and Texas. The Tenth Saint is the first book in The Sarah Weston Chronicles series. The second, titled The Riddle of Solomon, releases July 1, 2013.
Daphne is now at work on a historical novel set in tenth century B.C.E. Israel. The epic story details the collapse of the United Monarchy and the glory and fall of the empire built by King Solomon. It will be released in early 2015.
As a former travel journalist, Daphne has traveled across the globe on assignment, or for personal discovery. She has been to some places most of us don’t realize are on the map, and she has brought them to life through her writing for various magazines, newspapers and websites on an international scale. Her travel background and rich experiences now bring authentic detail, color, and realism to her fiction.
She also is the editor in chief of Palm Beach Illustrated magazine, a 62-year-old luxury-lifestyle glossy. She also is the editorial director of Palm Beach Media Group, and in that capacity oversees 11 magazines and 3 websites.
She is the mother of twin toddlers and, in her spare time, volunteers for causes she believes in—literacy, education, child advocacy, and the advancement of traditional and tribal arts from around the world. Born in Athens, Greece, she now lives with her family in West Palm Beach, Florida.
The Riddle of Solomon is a fascinating thriller/suspense novel featuring compelling characters in both the present day and the Biblical past. Sarah Weston and Daniel Madigan are and archaeologist and anthropologist working together in Saudi Arabia when they stumble upon the half buried remains of a lost caravan that dates back to Biblical times and gives clues to the legendary Solomon. Before they can figure out what they have found their camp is attacked but they learn of a man who is trying to steal what they have found. This man is the son of a British member of Parliament who seems to think he has a great destiny. A destiny he will do anything to secure.
I found this to be very enthralling tale with lots of twists and turns as Daniel and Sarah try separately and together to find out what the great secret is behind the artifacts they found. They are thwarted by a very, very evil character – Trent Sacks – as he tries to reach his goal. Trent is determined and slightly mad, but he makes for that perfect bad guy.
Modern issues tie into this fast paced book using the legend of King Solomon as a starting point for a page turner that kept me wondering until the very end.
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Disclosure: I received a free ebook of The Riddle of Solomon from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for my honest opinion. I received no compensation for this post.