The Sword of Moses

The Sword of Moses

by Dominic Selwood

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ISBN-13: 9780992633202
Publisher: Corax
Publication date: 12/01/2013
Pages: 794
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.58(d)

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The Sword of Moses (Sneak Preview) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Tzelibooks More than 1 year ago
As soon as I began reading Dominic Selwood's The Sword of Moses, the first violent scene told me it would be hard to put down. A capable main character kept me engaged while controversial historical enigmas kept me intrigued. The author's seamless blend of historical fact and tantalizing fiction had me mesmerized and consuming the chapters non-stop. This was a very exciting read and worth picking up. The Sword of Moses hooked me in as a reader through a great story premise and a great main character. Historic facts on the Ark of the Covenant are obscured by the illogical emotions that Christians and Christian Fundamentalists have for stories of the Bible, the explosive political symbolism of a war-torn Middle East, and a true paucity of actual documents and supporting artifacts. The premise of taking the actual Ark out of hiding and into the modern socio-political climate caused all sorts of political and cultural prejudices to bubble forth and made for many options on how the plot would thicken. Throwing into the mix organizations with historic mystique - the Freemasons, the Knights Templar, and Nazis who weren't the garden variety White Supremacist bigots - escalated the suspense. Adding the possibility of an Alistair Crowley-esque practice of black magic compelled me to read through and see if something dire yet magical happened. At this point I was completely into the intricate plot, so the well done integration of historic data with literary license made me see everything as provocative fact - icing on the cake that kept me fully in the story and easily suspended my disbelief. I also enjoyed Dr. Ava Curzon's character - she carved her own niche among the intrepid archeologists of pop culture and media. She doesn't have the vast resources and near-invulnerability of Lara Croft, but she has the same steely determination. She has the can-do nature of an Indiana Jones or an Allan Quatermain, but showed more care and regard - and an almost geek-like fan love - for the archeological artifacts she witnessed. Her MI6 background is not as polished or superhero-like as James Bond or Elektra Assassin - she is fallible, as they rarely are. It made for a character who risked a lot and pushed the envelope so much that she just as easily fell into damsel-in-distress situations without lessening her skills in 'taking care of herself'. She ended up knocked out, bound, gagged, or compromised in many ways, but never in a formulaic manner - it helped me accept her authenticity and made me want to see how she could get out of the latest mess she was in. Between Dr. Curzon herself and the convoluted predicament she found herself in, The Sword of Moses will pique many readers' interest. I wish Dominic Selwood a wide circulation and vast readership so many more enjoy this excellent tale. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely fascinating . A lot of different history. Hope for another Great writer.
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Croter More than 1 year ago
I liked the book but felt the characters weren't really developed as much as they could be. The story was interesing but at 800 pages, I think it could've been told in a lot less pages. Overall it was a decent read but I'd like to see more character development in the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These two chapters really suck you in. The setting is real, contemporary but with just that edge of the arcane to add a real sense of mystery. The characters we've met are appealing and we want to know more about them. This has all the ingredients to make it a best seller. Bring on the rest!
Flybyter More than 1 year ago
From the very first page this excellently written and fast paced novel not only brings to life a gripping story with a brilliant central character, but with so much factual information, it is, at times, difficult to distinguish the fiction from the history. One of the best stories I have read.