Dark Passageby Junius Podrug, Robert Gleason
A strange phenomenon grips the world of today--and yesterday. A shepherd boy appears outside a scientific facility at Los Alamos, New Mexico, babbling in an ancient tongue. At the same time, two thousand years ago, mortal fear grips a queen whose murderous ambitions are boundless, as she entertains her subjects with/i>
It began with a rain of frogs. . . .
A strange phenomenon grips the world of today--and yesterday. A shepherd boy appears outside a scientific facility at Los Alamos, New Mexico, babbling in an ancient tongue. At the same time, two thousand years ago, mortal fear grips a queen whose murderous ambitions are boundless, as she entertains her subjects with screams of the dying men in an arena.
In one moment, time is ripped apart . . . .
Brutal jihad terrorists slip through the hole in time, on a mysterious and deadly quest to change the course of history. To stop them, three innocent people, two men and a woman, are sent back on the most exciting mission in history--to unravel a mystery and stop a killer. Back to a time when the people of Israel chaffed under the heel of Roman legions and a brutal queen used sex and murder in a scheme for empire.
Set against the vivid and violent tapestry of modern and ancient Israel, Dark Passage is an unforgettable saga of war, murder, technology, and high adventure.
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- 5.24(w) x 9.38(h) x 1.49(d)
Meet the Author
Junius Podrug is the author of Frost of Heaven, Presumed Guilty, and The Disaster Survival Bible. He has experienced two major earthquakes, a flash flood, a blizzard of historical significance, a shipboard emergency, and a crazy with a gun. He considers his paranoia to be heightened awareness and habitually checks where the life vests are stored when boarding a ship and where the fire escapes are located before unpacking in a hotel room. He lives in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
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The agents abduct Marseilles prostitute Marie Gauthier and fly on Air Force One to a top-secret laboratory in New Mexico; there researchers are creating the "synchrotron" time machine. Also kidnapped and taken to the same locale is Israeli engineer David Ben-Dor and former CIA agent John Conway. The explanation seems over the top to the trio especially when the Feds and scientists insist that the psychopathic Islamic fundamentalist Zayyad brothers broke into the lab and are going back in time to 30 A.D. to assassinate Jesus. Even less believable is the displacement brought forward that confused the shepherd Isaiah. This four is being sent back to 30 A.D. to prevent the insane fanatics from killing the Son of God. Over the top of Mt. Masada with a zillion subplots from the Land of Enchantment to the biblical land of Salome, Romans, Zealots and a few other rebellious sects, as spins go everywhere in a convoluted way, yet Dark Passage completely grips the audience. The story line is fast-paced even while moving back and forth in time and vivid especially during the biblical era. Fans will want to join the four hunters trying to prevent Islamic fanatics from killing Jesus centuries before the Prophet Mohammed is born. Harriet Klausner
Reading the previous review I am not sure he actually read the book. I found it close enough historically and the story kept me on edge.
Consider the problem of having one automatic rifle with 200 rounds, and attempting to conquer or hold off an enemy like ancient Rome. There is just you and a friend. Well you have problems. For one, a Roman legion has several thousand soldiers; many more than you have bullets. And in close quarters, like a town, you are vulnerable to enemy arrows and spears. Having a rifle does not make you invulnerable. There have been great, classic science fiction stories written starting with such a premise. For example, "Janissaries" by Jerry Pournelle, the Lord Kalvan stories by H Beam Piper, and the Nantucket trilogy by S M Stirling. In all of these, the protagonists soon realise that they must start producing firearms for their allies. And in doing so, they must start with the simplest firearms. In fact, they must recap the Industrial Revolution. This book by Podrug does not address these issues at all. Two Muslim terrorists flee back in time to the time of Christ, intent on overthrowing Roman rule, for their own aims. Their characters are cardboard - the stereotypical Muslim terrorists. Though I grant that to many American readers, that might indeed be plausible. But as far as practical implications of what they are attempting - the book says nothing. The depictions of the Roman rulers and their puppets is right out of 'I Claudius'. Perhaps the author wanted to impress us with his erudition. Or maybe he was just being slack, and took his historical backdrop straight from Robert Graves' work.
Junius Podrug is brilliant at capturing your imagination. Dark Passage is adventuress and exciting. (It's a three alarm.} You just can't put the book down. Just the thought of time travel is exciting. Dark Passage holds your attention and keeps you wanting more. It would make a great movie. L.Rider
Dark Passage is full of adventure and excitment. Constantly taking a new twist that leaves a reader wanting more. To put the book down, that is something you won't want to do. there are very few books that leave a person wanting more, but Dark Passage is one of those books. The discription and imagination that went into the writing of Dark Passage is phenomenal. Mr. Padrug is brilliant at keeping the readers attention. To go back in time! That alone would be something nobody would pass up. Dark Passage: Read it you'll love it.