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andlt;bandgt;A lost treasure, a Nazi war criminal, and an expedition to find a legend . . . andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;After fifty years in hiding, the Nazi war criminal known as the Butcher of Spiegelgrund has finally been tracked down by Father Anthony Fowler, a CIA operative and a member of the Vaticanand#8217;s secret service. He wants something from the Butcherand#8212;a candle covered in filigree gold that was stolen from a Jewish family many years before. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;But it isnand#8217;t the gold Fowler is after. As Fowler holds a flame to the wax, the missing fragment of an ancient map that uncovers the location of the Ten Commandments given to Moses is revealed. Soon Fowler is involved in an expedition to Jordan set up by a reclusive billionaire. But there is a traitor in the group who has ties to terrorist organizations back in the United States, and who is patiently awaiting the moment to strike. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;From wartime Vienna to terrorist cells in New York and a lost valley in Jordan, andlt;iandgt;The Moses Expedition andlt;/iandgt;is a thrilling read about a quest for power and the secrets of an ancient world. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;/bandgt;

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andlt;bandgt;Juan Gand#243;mez-Juradoandlt;/bandgt;andnbsp;is an award-winning journalist and bestselling author.andnbsp;andlt;iandgt;The Moses Expeditionandnbsp;andlt;/iandgt;and his prize-winning first novel,andnbsp;andlt;iandgt;Godand#8217;s Spyandlt;/iandgt;,andnbsp;have been published in more than forty countries and have become international bestsellers.andnbsp;In 2010, Juan celebrated reaching 3 million readers worldwide.andnbsp;He is a recipient of the prestigious Premio de Novela Ciudad de Torrevieja. Gand#243;mez-Jurado lives with his family in Madrid, Spain.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;u1:pandgt;andlt;/u1:pandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;u1:pandgt;andnbsp;andlt;/u1:pandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;u1:pandgt;andlt;/u1:pandgt;

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Grady Harp, August 27, 2010 (view all comments by Grady Harp)
Juan Gómez-Jurado Strikes Again!

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
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781416590644
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Gomez Jurado, Juan
Author:
Gomez-Jurado, Juan
Author:
Jurado, J.G.
Publisher:
Atria Books
Subject:
Journalists
Subject:
Ark of the covenant
Subject:
General
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Political
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Contemporary Thrillers
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20100803
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1-C designed endpapers; 13 bandamp;w ill
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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