Silver Medal for Fiction
2014 Nautilus Book Awards
Bronze Medal for Historical Fiction
2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards
The Cairo Codex is a riveting novel that portrays the unique bonds between two powerful women separated by millennia. Their relationship foreshadows a seismic shift in the Egyptian landscape. A splendidly researched and original historical novel that evokes the beautiful prose and exotic setting of The Red Tent.
-Jeffrey Small, Bestselling Author of The Jericho Deception and The Breath of God
This page-turner will keep you on the edge of your seat!
-Arab Vistas Today
The 2013 USA Best Book Awards; Fiction: Historical
Lambert’s life in Egypt was the stimulus for this multi-layered historical novel. The Cairo Codex combines the three great religions of the Middle East with modern and historical characters, suspense, and the challenges of life and politics in present day Egypt. This creates an altogether fascinating narrative that is hard to put down!
-Dr. Waguida El Bakary, Professor Emeritus, American University, Cairo
The most rewarding experience for any author is to know that you have written a great book and that perceptive readers will be able to share your story and enjoy your talent. Such is The Cairo Codexa spell-binding novel of Egyptian history, religion, romance, and politics.
-David Appleby, composer, author of Bravo Brazil! and Music of Brazil
I loved The Cairo Codex. After reading the Prologue, I was hooked and immediately felt propelled into Cairo. The writing is strong, as are the characters and story. Bravo! I'm looking forward to the next adventure of Justine Jenner.
-Paul Williams, archaeologist, U.S. Department of Interior
The Cairo Codex takes us into two worlds, one of an ancient time when one notable woman began to influence history, and another when Dr. Justine Jenner discovers a connection between that world and her own. Readers gain insight into the world of archaeologya world that, to the uninitiated, may seem a quiet, interesting and ordered world of discovery and scholars. Instead, we find the intrigue and thrill of a more sinister underworld where individuals will do almost anything to either steal the glory of a new discovery or hide a truth that may change the way we think forever. Is anyone right to trust anyone? The Cairo Codex can’t be put down until the end of the last page and leaves you wanting more.
-Baroness Miranda Taxi, Il Pero, Arezzo, Italy
The Cairo Codex merges the past and present into a brilliantly original story. Through an accident of fate, Justine finds herself with a stunning primeval text bound to disrupt the sensitive balance of religion, politics, and history. Lambert deftly weaves ancient and modern Egypt into a novel of intrigue, love, and adventure.
-Diane Zimmerman, author, The Power of the Social Brain and the forthcoming Cognitive Capital
In this compelling novel, the lives of two women, two thousand years apart, become intertwined when the ancient diary of one is found by the second, a young archaeologist, during a violent earthquake in a crypt in Old Cairo. Among the incendiary words contained in the lost diary is an indication of the impact of Buddhism on what would become Christianity and Islam. An original and splendidly researched work of fiction, The Cairo Codex encompasses religious and political intrigue in a riveting historical novel.
-Jacquelynn Baas, author, Smile of the Buddha and The Mind of the Buddha
With Egypt very much high profile in world events these days, The Cairo Codex is especially apropos, and Linda Lambert’s impeccable credentials for writing such a story include being a former U.S. State Department envoy to Egypt. Indeed her command of historical and cultural detail is most impressive. But she wears her learning lightly as she tells a good story that balances thriller, romance and historic plotlines with a sure hand.
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