The Moses Expedition: A Novel

The Moses Expedition: A Novel

by Juan Gómez-Jurado
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The Moses Expedition: A Novel 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 68 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
During WW II the Nazi Butcher of Spiegelgrund conducted painful deadly genetic experiments on Jewish children. A sibling to one of the young victims managed to escape to the United States. Over six decades later, that escapee now New York billionaire Raymond Kayn finally learns where the Nazi genetic butcher has remained in hiding. He dispatches Vatican secret service agent Father Anthony Fowler (see God's Spy) to Austria to obtain an heirloom from the odious Nazi. The heirloom contains a scroll that locates the biblical Ark of the Covenant in the Jordanian desert. At the same time Kahn hires Spanish journalist Andrea Otero (also see God's Spy) to cover his expedition to obtain the sacred Ark. Huqan sends his terrorist agents into the desert to ambush the outsiders. Although over the top of Raiders of the Lost Ark and lacking a consistent lead as a cast worthy of Cecil DeMille rotate the lead, fans will want to join The Moses Expedition from the armchair as terrorist bombs bursting in air and killer insects attack the team. Loaded with international action on four continents, Juan Gomez-Jurado provides a fun suspense thriller for those who can ignore plausibility. Harriet Klausner
Suspensemag More than 1 year ago
New to the work of Juan Gomez-Jurado, I wasn't certain what to expect. I couldn't have anticipated the fast-paced, nonstop action or gut-wrenching thrill that he masterfully packaged into just a few hundred pages. With its high-octane start, the swell of anxiety caused me to ignore my surroundings as I happily sank my teeth into the search with "The Moses Expedition". Father Anthony Fowler is on the hunt; pursuing a one of a kind, priceless object from the past and he is very good at his job. The gold filigree candle-stolen from a Jewish family many years before-is oddly not desired for its precious metal but instead its interior key to unlocking the location of the Ark of the Covenant and the Ten Commandments. Fowler is unaware that this discovery for the Catholic Church will lead him on an expedition straight into the heart and heat of the Jordanian desert under the assumed control of eccentric billionaire, Raymond Kayn. Surrounded by miles of sand, the dig-already treacherous-takes on a new level of terror as the bodies begin to pile up and Fowler's old-fashioned sense of duty and personal mission are at odds with the terrorists who will stop at nothing to win the final prize. Leaping across the globe, Gomez-Jurado can keep pace with any contemporary thriller writer. "The Moses Expedition" is an unquestionable success. Reviewed by Suspense Magazine www.suspensemagazine.com
ChristysBookBlog More than 1 year ago
The Moses Expedition by Juan Gomez-Jurado is the follow-up to God's Spy featuring Father Anthony Fowler who works for both the CIA and the Vatican's secret service. Reclusive billionaire Raymond Kayn has put together an expedition to find the legendary Ark of the Covenant. Each person selected is traveling for their own reasons: Spanish reporter Andrea Otero needs to prove herself after the loss of her job at a high-profile newspaper and painful break-up from lover Eva, Fowler to serve the interests of the agencies for whom he works, plus several security guards, and some crew. Sparks fly between the different groups immediately, and only their quest keeps them from murdering each other at the outset. The story is told through what's happening with the excavation team, some events back in the US organized by Father Fowler, and documents discovered "after the Moses Expedition Disaster", as well as flashbacks to events from WWII that set the expedition on its path. There's lots of political and religious machinations that make nearly everyone untrustworthy with hidden agendas. The chapters are a bit too disjointed on occasion, and when the big reveal comes, it feels almost anticlimactic with all of the other events surrounding it. The author ratchets up the tension and has included a wide variety of fascinating characters, some of whom survive for a potential sequel.
Grady1GH More than 1 year ago
Juan Gómez-Jurado, author of the very popular GOD'S SPY that became an international bestseller despite the proximity in release time and audience obsession with Dan Brown's 2003 THE DA VINCI CODE book and movie, has the spy thriller/historical suspense genre down to a science. In THE MOSES EXPEDITION he once again ably creates disparate characters on both ends of the spectrum of zeal cum intellectual curiosity cum greed, takes time to allow the reader insight into the various personalities and their reasons for the mad dash to the same goal, and provide enough sidebars of tension, romance, necromancy, religious variations, and examination of obsessions that nearly 'force' the reader to continue with the story until the always surprising end. The book is wisely constructed with very short chapters, each headed by a date and time and place so that the reader, in moments of entering an enigmatic part of the story, can easily backtrack to be reminded of the progression of event. Quite briefly, the story is an unraveling of clues and codes that lead to the discovery of the burial ground of the lost Ark of the Covenant, that centuries old container of the original Ten Commandment tablets Moses brought down from the mountain, an important bit of history to all religions as that was the only time that man spoke directly to God. Caught up in this search is Father Fowler who represents both the Holy Alliance of the Vatican and the CIA, the bizarre, reclusive wealthy magnate Raymond Kahn and his attendant body guards, a Professor Forrester who guides the secret mission to the Jordanian Desert Claw Canyon, Andrea Otero, a lesbian journalist ripe for the scoop of the incipient international discovery coup, a female physician, terrorists, militants, and assorted other characters, many of whom fall victim to what appears to be a curse on the discovery of the site of the Ark's resting place. Gómez-Jurado paces the novel well, creates realistic characters and places, and knows how to manage the tension that is almost constantly present in this story. This reader is unsure if part of the occasional lapse in flow of prose is due to the translation from Spanish to English by AV Lebron: the lyrical flow of the writing at times hits a bump that provides what seems to be an unintended jolt in the narrative. Also, the inclusion of the pen and ink 'illustrations' add little to the book except to make it seem as though the reader cannot visualize the prose. But these are minor flaws. The important fact is that Juan Gómez-Jurado has proved to us that he is not a one-shot success: he obviously will be around with his suspenseful and intriguing books of many years to come. On to Hollywood....Grady Harp
joaninoregon More than 1 year ago
Brilliant! Fine read that you can't put down. You won't be disappointed. Please keep them coming! I'll buy anything you write!
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Great face paced read - good for fans of Steve Berry and Dan Brown.
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Martin Melvin More than 1 year ago
Good story
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