The Bible of Clay

The Bible of Clay

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The Bible of Clay by Julia Navarro

A compelling new novel that combines past and present in a riveting search for the source of the Book of Genesis itself.

In her provocative second novel, Spanish author Julia Navarro takes readers on an exhilarating journey across centuries and continents, as an upstart archeologist and a murderous group of conspirators vie for a treasure that will rewrite history–an explosive account of the world’s creation recorded millennia ago by a humble scribe onto the legendary Bible of Clay.

Moving back and forth through time, from the tense months preceding the contemporary war in Iraq, to ancient Mesopotamia, to the atrocities of the last century, this tale of vengeance, obsession, and the wholesale plundering of the ancient world’s most priceless treasures is populated by an international cast of political opportunists, ruthless killers, and unsullied seekers of truth. The Bible of Clay is historical fiction at its richest, a sweeping saga that challenges at once both conventional geopolitics and the very foundations of modern religion.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385339636
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/25/2008
Pages: 512
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Julia Navarro is a Madrid-based journalist and political analyst for Agencia OTR/Europa Press, and a correspondent for other prominent Spanish radio and television networks and print media. Her first novel, The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud, was an international bestseller.

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Bible of Clay 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an edge-of-the-seat thriller set in one of the worlds headline "hot spots" with an exciting and believable plot line. The characters are strong and well formed, a cast of evil doers and political manipulators who are sometimes the same!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Am thoroughly enjoying this book. Although I have not read her other book - Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud - it will be on my reading list. This book has just enough cyncism to keep it interesting.
joaninoregon More than 1 year ago
Absolutely excellent read!!! More plot twists and turns and beautifully written. I was disappointed when I reached the last page and wished there were more.
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Convoluted plot and boring, but angst-ridden characters. Don't waste your time our money.
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Bible of Clay is a wonderful book, very well written, the translation from Spanish to English is excellent... it had me glued to it until I finished, woke up my curiosity about the craddle of the civilization, and archaeology. Alfred Tannenberg was an SOB, cold, withouth any kind of feelings for his own family, or anybody, but somehow I liked the old man's character, since he joined the Nazi Party, I can imagine how he was back then... Loved Clara, I even can feel the love he had for his grandfather, her career, and the pursuit of the bible of clay... It was sad to me to find out she was murdered at the opening of the clays, never expected that she would be finally track down by this old woman - Mercedes. Anyway, it is must read book, very well written, interesting facts, great plot, etc. LOVE IT!!! The same author had a previous book 'The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud,' another great reading!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Much too wordy. I usually read a book in one to two nights. This took four. I have the first book Julia Navarro wrote & will see how that one goes. In the meantime, editing must be more detailed.
michael1 More than 1 year ago
a bit wordy, slow, disjointed, sad ending!!!
harstan More than 1 year ago
President Bush has put a clock on Iraq so that if Hussein fails to cooperate by handing over his weapons of mass destruction a regime change will follow. Meanwhile Iraqi archeologist Clara Tannenberg makes a startling announcement at a Mesopotamia cultural panel. She talks about the finding of two cuneiform text clay tablets scribed by an apprentice that references a pair of tablets that tell the Abraham¿s version of creation etched a thousand years before the papyrus version that serves as the basis of the Old Testament.----------- As the invasion nears, several adversarial groups search for the biblical First Patriarch¿s story because each understands what this mean in terms of present day religion and power. Meanwhile Clara¿s husband Ahmed Husseini, head of the Bureau of Archeological Excavation in Iraq, is irate with her for telling too much and for her insane reverence of her renowned grandfather, who he believes is a nasty sort. However, as Clara realizes her call for help has backfired with so many interested in absconding with the first BIBLE OF CLAY for either personal profit on the black market or to conceal the truth, she finds herself reassessing her family especially her idol, her grandfather who has fallen off the pedestal.------------ Although there are too many players at the beginning that clutter the story line, once Julia emerges as the lead, THE BIBLE OF CLAY becomes an exhilarating religious artifact race thriller. The premise is engaging as the biblical past impacts the present yet fascinatingly the entire tale occurs around the time of the Bush invasion. This tale starts off slow and is hampered by a cast out of a De Mille movie, but once it gets going, patient fans will appreciate the changing perspectives and opinions on finding Abraham¿s original oldest testament.--------------- Harriet Klausner