The Witch of Babylon

The Witch of Babylon

by D. J. McIntosh
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The Witch of Babylon by D. J. McIntosh

Dorothy McIntosh's The Witch of Babylon is an international treasure-hunting thriller of lost relics, ancient sorcery, and alchemy set against the backdrop of recent history in Iraq.

John Madison is a Turkish-American art dealer raised by his much older brother, Samuel, a respected Mesopotamian scholar. Caught between Samuel's obsession with saving a priceless relic looted from Iraq's national museum and a deadly game of revenge staged by his childhood friend, John must solve a puzzle to find the link between a modern-day witch and an ancient one. Aided by Tomas, an archaeologist, and Ari, an Iraqi photojournalist, John races to decipher a biblical prophecy that leads to the dark history behind the science of alchemy: Is turning lead into gold possible after all? Against his will, John returns to Iraq, where a treasure trove awaits discovery and where the truth behind a famous story the world believes to be a myth is finally revealed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765369659
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 10/01/2013
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.15(d)

About the Author

D. J. McIntosh's The Witch of Babylon has been sold in nineteen countries. The book was short-listed for the Crime Writers Association (U.K.) Debut Dagger Award and won a Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Award for best unpublished novel. McIntosh is a member of the Canadian Society for Mesopotamian Studies. She is a strong supporter of Reporters Without Borders and the Committee to Protect Journalists.

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The Witch of Babylon 2.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
StevenRigolosi More than 1 year ago
When I got my copy of THE WITCH OF BABYLON, I opened to the first page expecting a historical thriller along the lines of Steven Saylor. But I quickly realized that the book begins in modern-day New York City in the rarefied art world. "Oh, this is going to be good," I thought, and I didn't have time to think after that because I became so quickly drawn into the book, with its heady mixture of antiquities, ancient and modern theft, and present-day murder. I can't think of too many writers who have managed to merge two genres - mystery and thriller - with as much panache as D.J. McIntosh does in THE WITCH OF BABYLON. I always think of thrillers as being strong on plot and mysteries/crime fiction as being strong on character. THE WITCH OF BABYLON is strong on both. McIntosh writes in first person as John Madison, a low-key guy who gets drawn into events way beyond his control. I was touched by John's relationship with his older brother, who'd spent much of his life looking out for John, and it's the memories of this relationship that help John grow as he becomes embroiled in the search for antiquities and the answers to ancient riddles. But, for me at least, McIntosh's major accomplishment is the seamless blending of past and present into a novel with not only immediacy but also heart. The balance between scholarship/history and pulse-pounding story is just about perfect; you learn as you go, without ever feeling that you're being lectured to or reading a history textbook. McIntosh has the soul of an artist and a historian... She moves beyond the politics of the Iraq invasion and subsequent war to express sympathy and understanding for the people who are trying to preserve the culturally significant artifacts of ancient Mesopotamia/Assyria. I'm sure comparisons to THE DA VINCI CODE will abound. I enjoyed that book, too, but as I read it, it remained firmly in the realm of "100% fiction - a completely alternate history - a fast-paced ride with a lot of puzzles to solve." In contrast, when reading THE WITCH OF BABYLON, I sometimes wondered if I was reading nonfiction, because it all seemed so plausible and real, right down to the character of John Madison, who's more flesh-and-blood than Robert Langdon. I understand that a sequel to THE WITCH is in the works. If it's only half as good as THE WITCH OF BABYLON, I'll be more than happy.
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