The Baljuna Covenant

The Baljuna Covenant

by Tim Pelkey


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The Baljuna Covenant by Tim Pelkey

James Andrews finally appears to be catching a break. After years of searching for Genghis Khan’s tomb, he unearths a bone during a dig on Burkhan Khaldun, Mongolia’s holy mountain. After tests suggest the bone belongs to Genghis Khan, Andrews and his colleague Abbey Conrad follow the strands of the bone’s DNA back through time and begin to unlock the secrets of thirteenth century Eurasia.

Mongolia is in the midst of turmoil. As the world’s superpowers vie for control of it's vast resources and open lands, Andrews’s quest takes center stage. Past and present collide, revealing ancient truths along with a web of deception that tears Andrews’s life apart and pushes the world to the brink of war.

Part historic fiction, part archaeological mystery, and part political thriller, The Baljuna Covenant tells stories of a poor boy’s rise to the heights of world power, of two friends and unimagined betrayal, and of a secret kept for over half a millennia. Most of all it tells the story of a promise between Genghis Khan and his people, a promise kept until this day.


“ . . . This is a fascinating first novel, in great part due to the rich background of Mongolian history as well as contemporary Mongolian political history that the author provides. [Pelkey] deftly works into the novel chapters that follow the rise of the young Temujin—later to be known as Genghis Khan—and his closest allies as they rode the steppes eight hundred years ago to form the greatest empire of the ancient world.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the wonderfully clear and concise explanation of gene sequencing and its use in narrowing down the ancestral line of Genghis Khan, a key plot element. It was so clear that even I could understand it!

Four trowels for ‘The Baljuna Covenant'. . . . With the October 2004 review, we began rating the books on the basis of one to four trowels; one trowel = don’t bother, to four trowels = run right out to your local book store and buy the hard cover! ”

—Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center

The Baljuna Covenant is an engaging and suspenseful read . . . Pelkey has written a rich and captivating novel.

—US Review of Books .

Insightful . . . quick . . . A clever, complex tale that should pique readers’ curiosity about Genghis Khan and leave them looking forward to the author’s next book.

—Kirkus Reviews

Featured Review in March 1, 2017 issue of Kirkus Reviews

Featured in 2017 American Book Fest


2017 Eric Hoffer Award Finalist

Finalist for 2017 11th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards for Political Thriller

Finalist for 2017 29th Annual Independent Book Publisher’s Association Benjamin Franklin Awards for First Novel, Popular Fiction, and Historical Fiction.

Silver Medalist for The Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book: Fiction

Silver Medalist for Popular Fiction

Silver Medalist for Fiction: Historical





Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780996842679
Publisher: SDP Publishing Solutions, LLC
Publication date: 11/01/2016
Pages: 366
Sales rank: 825,638
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Tim Pelkey is married and the father of two. He lives in Michigan. The Baljuna Covenant is his first novel. He is currently working on his second novel, The Ottoman Excursion.

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ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite The Baljuna Covenant by Tim Pelkey is a historical novel that would appeal most to a mixed audience of young adults and adults who enjoy historical fiction thrillers and archaeological mysteries. James Andrews has dedicated years of his life to locating the tomb of Genghis Khan. After years of searching, he finally finds a bone of Genghis Khan’s when on a dig on Mongolia's holy mountain, Burkhan Khaldun. All tests point to the bone truly being Genghis Khan’s; the DNA found on the bone offers just enough information to take James and his collaborator, Abbey Conrad, on a journey to discover the Khan’s secrets. Will the two partners be able to work together to uncover mysteries left untouched since the thirteenth century, or will all their hopes go up in smoke? The Baljuna Covenant by Tim Pelkey is an interesting read with well-developed characters and an intricate plot line. The plot reminded me a bit of the old Indiana Jones movies with how it combines action, history, and archaeology together into a seamless plot line. However, unlike Indiana Jones, I felt that the characters had more individual personality and that their personalities were not merely a byproduct of the plot line. I did have some difficulty distinguishing between fact and fiction in this book as I was unsure how much of the information on Genghis Khan’s life was conjecture, fact, or fiction. That aside, I did really enjoy reading this book and I really hope the author decides to write a follow up novel!