Dark Passage

Dark Passage

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by Junius Podrug, Robert Gleason
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
When a pair of freelance terrorists slips through a hole in time that leads to the Israel of the Roman Empire, three uniquely qualified individuals follow them to prevent them from interfering with the most significant event in Western civilization-the Crucifixion. The author of Frost of Heaven and Presumed Guilty spins a fast-paced, action-filled tale of time travel and suspense that ranges from a research laboratory in New Mexico to the court of Queen Salome. Appealing characters and faithful attention to the period make this a good choice for most libraries. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Another over-the-top but oddly effective adventure from Podrug (Presumed Guilty, 1997, etc.), this one sending a motley band back in time to stop two terrorists from killing Christ. In Marseilles, prostitute Marie Gauthier is kidnapped by special agents and flown on Air Force One to a top-secret laboratory in New Mexico, where scientists are working on a "synchrotron" (a.k.a., time machine). Also hustled to the lab under duress are David Ben-Dor, an imprisoned Israeli engineer, and John Conway, a CIA operative turned actor. Why are they there? Because the Zayyad brothers, nominally Islamic fundamentalists but basically just homicidal maniacs with a grudge, recently shot their way into the lab and headed for the time of Christ, bringing at least one gun along and apparently aiming to bump off the Son of God. For convoluted and improbable reasons, Marie, David, John, and a young shepherd named Isaiah (accidentally plucked by the synchrotron from biblical times) are declared the perfect team to stop the Zayyads. Once back in a.d. 30, the group tries to blend into a landscape of unbelievable harshness, cruelty, and fanaticism. Not one to flinch on details or turn an eye away from the gruesome or sensuous, the author throws depraved Cleopatra-wannabe Salome into the mix, along with Zealots, Sicarii (fanatical assassins at war with the Romans and the Zealots), and an obese Roman slave trader specializing in debauchery. As ridiculous as it all is, Podrug somehow manages to take this kitchen-sink approach and make it work . . . most of the time. He delights almost as much in describing the hideous punishments meted out by Salome and the Romans as they apparently did in thinking them up, and thecopious sexual material hovers between the salacious and juvenile. Readers' heads may spin trying to follow the plots, counterplots, and back stories, but there's little chance they'll stop reading before the whole bloody mess comes to an end.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312875145
Publisher:
Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
Publication date:
10/04/2002
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
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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Dark Passage 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.