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Finding Sheba
     

Finding Sheba

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by H. B. Moore
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781477821428
Publisher:
Amazon Publishing
Publication date:
02/03/2015
Series:
Omar Zagouri Thriller Series
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
967,561
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

H.B. Moore is the USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of more than a dozen historical novels set in ancient Arabia and Mesoamerica. She attended the Cairo American College in Egypt and the Anglican International School in Jerusalem, and received her bachelor of science degree from Brigham Young University. She writes historical thrillers under the pen name H.B. Moore, and romance and women’s fiction under the name Heather B. Moore. It can be confusing, so her kids just call her Mom. Join H.B. Moore’s newsletter list for updates at hbmoore.com/contact.

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Finding Sheba (An Omar Zagouri Thriller) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Alice_M_Batzel More than 1 year ago
A SUPERB MASTER’S CLASS IN WRITING AN INTERNATIONAL THRILLER Deserving of more than five stars, this novel the best I have read in a long, long time. It is captivating to read and is exceptionally well-written. As an international thriller, it is full of mystery, suspense, adventure, in-depth investigation, secrecy, archeological expedition, opposing political factions, religious conflict, murder, greed, love, vivid cultures, and customs both ancient and contemporary, superstition, conspiracy. The saga spans generations of time and crosses numerous geographical boundaries. There are many surprises, discoveries, twists and turns that will keep you glued to your seat and tightly gripping the book. The stakes in this thriller are high, literally life-threatening, as well as the significant potential for the need to rewrite history, even Biblical history, depending upon the archeological findings. This novel is an action-packed, invigorating, mind-stimulating, memorable read. The story combines contemporary and ancient fictionalized characters and events with scenarios that seem plausible as they unfold in geographical settings of Arabia, Egypt, the Red Sea, Yemen, Jerusalem, Ethiopia, Oman, Saba, Eloth, the Frankincense Trail, and Providence Rhode Island. Sheba’s history, secrecy, beauty, courage, leadership, and bravery are intriguing and legendary. Her final resting place is unknown and the contemporary archeological expedition to find the evidence of her existence is complex, intense, and exciting. The novel’s intense investigative hunt takes the reader along on the quest, and the thrill of the hunt is palpable. The magnitude of the expedition is significantly ramped up due to any potential artifacts accompanying her burial site being of value beyond measure. Impeccable research, poetic artistry, and tremendous storytelling talent enrich the pages of this saga. This novel is spellbinding, breathtaking, and a thoroughly captivating adult read. FINDING SHEBA is of the caliber to be a superb master’s class in writing an international thriller. Reading this novel is an intelligent literary experience that a true reading fan will treasure. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND FINDING SHEBA. Alice M. Batzel Published Playwright, Journalist, Freelance Writer
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Finding Sheba - Omar Zagouri Thriller Book 1 Author: H. B. Moore Published: 2-3-15 Publisher: Thomas & Mercer Pages: 418 Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Sub Genre: General Fiction, Historical, International Crime ISBN: 9781477821428 ASIN: B00MR3MWTK Language: Mild Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley . A powerful story told in such a manner that the reader feels that they are participating in the story as it unfolds. With characters that are well rounded and believable and a plot that could be part of the world news in our time, Finding Sheba is a story that grabs the reader's imagination and keeps them involved until the last word is read. Finding Sheba is a story the reader can understand and identify with. It is also a wake up to the reader that although we are all different cultures and beliefs, we can still learn from one another. There are common grounds if we will only take the time to look for it. Ms. Moore also takes the time to build a background for the story plot, rather than just bringing us into it with the action full blown. All in all I found Finding Sheba to be a great story that grabs you and holds you to the very exciting and suspenseful end. I hope Miss Moore continues this story for a very long time.
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
I don't always like modern and historical stories interwoven- I usually find one boring and distracting to the other, but not in this case! I loved the viewpoint of Nicaula, the legendary Queen of Sheba, eagerly anticipating her next account and discovering where her passionate story led. The modern viewpoints are chock full of action and intrigue- switching from one character to another to give a well-rounded perspective of the puzzle pieces that seem random but work their way together by the end. Omar is a cross between Indiana Jones and James Bond; Mia a female version of that in her own right as an amazingly skilled agent. Their missions overlap and they end up rescuing each other, uncover corruption in several high-ranking officials, and gather evidence to solve the mysteries of the tombs. Omar is full of angst over their recent break-up which brings some humorous tension between him and his boss, her new boyfriend that he suspects stole Mia from him. I also enjoyed the perspective of Jade, an American graduate student who studied under Dr. Lyon who traveled to the Middle East to gather research for her thesis, and Alem, a Ethiopian seeking to validate his family's relation to the royalty of the Queen. There is a reasonable amount of violence, a couple mild swear words, and a reference to Omar and Mia living together when they had a relationship. I highly recommend this book to fans of The Da Vinci Code and similar ancient historical thrillers. (Thank you to Ebooks For Review for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
UndercoverBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Once I started this book and learned the characters and the line of the story, it was much easy to follow and then was harder to put down. The story takes in you in places beyond imagination especially when it a place you have never been. H.S. Moore did a great job in structuring you mind to wrap around the story! *Received for an honest review*
lilacqueen75 More than 1 year ago
Sometimes the thought of writing a book stresses me out, even if I'm not the one doing the writing. That's exactly how this book was, mainly because so much research had to have gone on to put this together and the fact that there are a couple of different stories going on, some modern and one way in the past, and they all intertwine to weave together. That takes some serious talent! There were several characters, all trying to find the truth surrounding the Queen of Sheba. Some were good and some weren't. There were times when I wasn't sure who was on which side, but it was interesting to see the way all of these characters were introduced and the paths they all took to discover the information. One part of the story followed the Queen of Sheba and I wasn't sure how that tangent was going to all play out and what answers these characters would find. The setting was interesting--the Middle East. I don't know a lot about that area and felt that a pretty good picture was painted of what life is like there. If you like a story with historical elements, adventure, and mystery/suspense, you're sure to enjoy this one! Content: Clean romance (kissing, some innuendo that is clean for an adult); mild language (a few mild words); moderate violence (a fairly graphic sacrifice, and a few other events); some religious elements (ancient religious customs, etc). Clean for a more mature reader. *I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*
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MontanaQuilter More than 1 year ago
I don't know the actual history of Sheba, but had just watch the old movie about Solomon and Sheba before  reading this book. It was a little confusing at times because there were 3 stories going on throughout the  book. I found them to all be facinating. Well written and kept my interest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a bad book at all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Captivating, Intense Read Finding Sheba by Heather B. Moore was an unexpected thrilling adventure. I expected the novel to be historical and entertaining. What I didn't expect was the ever present intrigue and danger that surrounds historical excavations today. Moore expertly and consistently intertwines the historical story of the Queen with the present search for her mysterious tomb. It seems as I read and had more questions about the Queen of Sheba, Moore would take her readers from the present and answer my forthcoming questions as we returned to the Queen's story just as my curiosity was piqued. That approach was an effective and deft handling of the past and present storylines than could have easily got bogged down in details. Moore's characters were strong and believable. I was particularly touched by the story of the maid servant Azhara. I liked Jade's reactions to everything. It made it seem very believable for readers who have not traveled in the Middle East. I had expected Omar Zagouri to be the main character though. Even though the novel opens with Omar, and he weaves in and out of the story, it seems that as the novel progressed Lucas and Jade steal the attention as the most prominent characters. The action became more intense as the novel progressed and was definitely not a novel to fall asleep by. However, what happened with Jade and Lucas at the end of the book seemed a bit anticlimactic. Overall though, I felt Moore introduced me to a new world of fast-paced archaeological discoveries and history and I enjoyed it. I received a complimentary copy of Finding Sheba to review.
WendyID More than 1 year ago
FASCINATING STORY! I gave this a five star rating because this is one of my favorite books read lately.  I loved learning more about the middle east and an historical person so talked about but so little known of her. This also has a good relationship element to it. H.B. Moore is one of my favorite historical authors and I would highly recommend this book.
erinzachjj1 More than 1 year ago
I have never read a book that dared to take you back to the days of the Bible, but this not only takes you back, it excels at it! There are two very different different stories all taking place in a very different part of the world than we live in. The first is the story of the search for the tomb of the Queen of Sheba. Now if you are like me, you might find this to be a subject I have never been interested in. But Moore really finds a way to bring archeology to life. I had no idea that the search for tombs could be so dangerous and exciting. The second part of the story is about the Queen of Sheba herself. I can't even imagine how Moore did her research, but she was able to make me feel like I was there. I was able to feel the pain of the Queen as she dealt with the death of her father. And the terror during the hunt for the killers. It was truly a wonderful telling of the story from the Bible. I suggest this book to all readers who want a great historical mystery, with a hidden romance! I loved it!!
LAWonder More than 1 year ago
Finding Sheba is a great story which successfully combines four tales into one! Three of the tales include separate groups united by one excavation.  The fourth, a group who lived in ancient history. H.B. ties them together in a manner that is not confusing to the reader. She adeptly describes each scene and event, riveting the reader into a feeling of actually being there. This is about an group of various people in diversified careers brought together through an archaeological discovery. The adventure begins  with a brief reflection pertaining to how each of the key individuals became a part of this experience. It continues to include new events and characters. Once the reader passes the first few pages, he/she is hooked! After that, it is very difficult to put the book  down until the very end. The characters were created in a way one felt one knew them.  as, stated earlier, the events were vivid and the picture was created in one's mind as clearly as on a movie screen. This was a thrilling adventure from start to finish, yet somehow it lacked the emotional effect H.B. often impacts the reader with. There were emotions stated but not totally felt by the reader. This is the ONLY negative I discovered in the whole book.  It was very well-written and edited. The cover is appealing and depicts the storyline well. For this reason alone I review this book with a Four and a Half Stars rating. I am a huge fan of H.B.'s writings and she graciously sent this for an honest review, of which I have given.
WishEnd More than 1 year ago
When I finished reading the first chapter, I knew this was going to be good and well-written. There are three different points of view that we follow throughout the book. I thought the author did a really good job in organizing these so that it was easy to follow what was going on. I also liked the way she paced her information. At the beginning I was wondering why it would be such a big deal to know exactly where Queen Sheba was buried and then her character asks the same thing and gets her answer. Perfect timing. The plot was pretty well paced. There were a few lulls for me and a few places where some of the information felt a little unnecessary to me. Besides these though, there were some fairly intense and suspenseful moments, but it wasn't tense the whole time, which was also nice. Sometimes I can get a little stressed out reading and this didn't do that to me. I wasn't exactly sure who each character could trust all the time and who was actually going to turn out to be a love interest. I also wasn't sure exactly what would be found about Queen Sheba in the end. I love when stories can surprise me, or at least keep me guessing. I really liked all the characters. I liked how each one was introduced into the story and their back story. I wasn't quite sure how much each character was going to be involved, who would end up together, and who would make it out at the end. It was definitely suspenseful in that regard. If you're looking for a good Adult Suspense novel, then I would definitely recommend picking this one up! Content: Clean, except for some innuendo and violence. Source: Tour host, which did not affect my review in any way.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
5 STARS This is my first book that I have read of Heathers but not the last. I had a hard time putting the book down last night. Read until I couldn't anymore. Boy was it exciting and fascinating to read about the area. I would love to read more of Heather's books. Finding Sheba tells of a race to find Queen Sheba's casket. That different religions and different nations believe she lived or did not live in certain countries. Some wanted the truth out and others did not if it was against what they wanted found. (I want to find out more facts about the things and events mentioned, countries.) It weaves the storylines of three groups till they meet and merge again coming up to understanding or finding more about Sheba. I loved it. Omar is a spy for Israel but he hates his boss and even though he pretend to be different people from different cultures and religions. He likes and respects most of them. While he is pretending to be Palestinian and help build a tunnel beneath the Israeli border they break into a tomb with lots of writing on walls. He is ordered to take the cameras he has already hidden in the tunnel and get back across the border. When Omar is taking out the cameras in the middle of the night he goes into the tomb and takes pictures and looks at the walls. He is sent on another mission right away into a different country. He gives his two notice. It also at times goes back to 900 AD and follows Queen Sheba and we slowly learn her story. The other line it follows is Jade who is writing her thesis on Queen Sheba and is doing an internship with Dr. Lyon's about Queen Sheba but he is murdered. She still travels to Egypt to work on her thesis meets with Dr. Lucas Morel who was working with Dr. Lyon and they work and travel looking into different leads into Sheba's life. There is so much drama and action in this novel. It has murder, spies, conspiracies, different religions even cannibals. You are never sure who to trust. I wish I was a writer and could do a better to express how much I liked getting lost into this book. It is a fun clean read. I was given this ebook to read and asked in return to give honest review of it when finished on their blog tour.
Brookes_Books More than 1 year ago
I love how I can't define the genre of this book.  It is an adventure, a thriller, historical fiction, a romance...this book has so much! This book follows three story lines.  I like getting all the views of what is going on.  However, there were times that it got a little bit confusing.  It wasn't enough to upset me, but I did occasionally have to go back and re-read.  During the last third of the book all of the story lines converge and the story accelerates.   I like the characters, good and bad.  There are several main characters and lots of secondary characters as well.  I like that sometimes I can't tell if a character is good or bad.  I like the settings, happening in several different countries, some in cities, some at archaeology sites.  I like the subject matter.  I don't know much about the Old Testament in the Bible and this caused me to dust it off and look for the references myself.  I appreciate that I was drawn in to this story and got emotionally involved. Overall, I love archaeology and all things related, I love the action/adventure, and I love the romantic  ties.  I joked once that this book was going to be like reading an Indiana Jones movie.  Well, it was like that, but even better.   Warnings: murder, some graphic battle scenes, but not a lot. I would let my 15 year old read this book.  I even recommended it to my husband, but we'll see if he reads it or not.
VonnieR More than 1 year ago
I was captivated with this book after reading the title. The Queen of Sheba was a mysterious woman who might have existed or not, and her history/mythology has always fascinated me. Thus, I was looking forward reading this book. Finding Sheba was a fun read because it had a mixture of adventure, romance, and suspense, as well as historical facts. The book had a very interesting plot: the fight over where Queen of Sheba ruled. I was captivated to read how the Sheba played a role with the Middle Eastern conflicts over land ownership. Different groups worked in their power to keep the truth behind the Queen secret, and they made sure to go to all lengths to preserve the secrecy. This lead to very exciting scenes in the book, which had me guessing back and forth of who the bad guy was. Along with that, it was great to learn more facts about Sheba and the cultures of the countries that Sheba affected. I'm not sure how much of it was exactly true, but I came to have a different understanding of the Middle Eastern cultures. It also inspired me to further look more into these facts. There were many characters that were introduce in the book. My favorite was Sheba herself. I liked reading her chapters because the story was transported to the past and I came to see what a remarkable woman she was. I also enjoyed reading the other characters like Jade and Lucas, but Nicaula (aka Sheba) caught my interest the most. As much as I enjoyed reading this, I have to admit that I was confused many times while reading. In the beginning, there were many characters that were introduced and each chapter followed a different character. There were different stories being told, but they were all connected to finding the truth behind Sheba. It took me a bit to get used to the constant transitions, but when I did I was able to speed through the book. As a whole, I quite enjoyed this book. My favorite aspect about the book was the historical information that I learned.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Heather B. Moore is adept at taking her extensive research and creating an interesting story around historical figures. Her latest "Finding Sheba" based on the Queen of Sheba, has intrigue, romance and a few surprises. As a fan of her previous works, I was not disappointed.