When Miriam Solomon, the love of David Greenberg’s life, phones him at his antiquities gallery in St. Louis, the black hole at the center of his heart shudders. Twenty years earlier, Miriam had inexplicably run off to Israel with his best friend, Solly, a brilliant but nerdy young scientist. Now she tells David that Solly has committed suicide and she needs his aid on a secret research project Solly left unfinished: to acquire the one remaining nail from the crucifixion of Jesus. Is she telling the truth? And why does that nail have such significance?
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Ed Protzel grabs you by the collar and pulls you into the story of David, Miriam, and Solly from page one, then immerses you in a tail of intrigue and mystery involving the cross on which Jesus was crucified and what happened to the three nails used. Every single page has you guessing and analyzing but never quite hitting the mark until the very end. Protzel is a pro at prose and thrilling rides. I highly recommend this as a read and a re-read. Clues are dropped throughout that you will have to piece together, too. Five Star all the way for The Antiquities Dealer! — CJ Loiacono
Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite The Antiquities Dealer by Ed Protzel is a mixture of religious fanaticism and science fiction. Twenty years ago, Miriam Solomon was David Greenberg’s only love. She repaid him by running away to Israel, taking Solly, his best friend, with her. Solly was one of the world's best scientists and now Miriam is phoning to tell David that Solly killed himself. Miriam needs David’s help. Solly was working on a research project that needs to be finished; a secret project to get hold of the last of the crucifixion nails. David can’t be sure that Miriam is telling him the whole truth. What is so significant about that nail? Every person has an agenda in this book and not everyone can survive the consequences. The Antiquities Dealer by Ed Protzel is an interestingly deep story of religion, evolution, and sci-fi. There is no gentle lead-in, we dive straight into the story at the start and we’re off and running on a journey to find what seems to be impossible. There is plenty of depth to the characters, plenty of action in the story, and a very surprising end. Shades of Dan Brown’s books spring to mind with the code breaking and, at the end of the book, we have a neat explanation of the way the code is broken. I enjoyed this story; it was very detailed, with excellent characters that will resonate with most of us. If you enjoy Dan Brown's books, then I guarantee you will enjoy this.