This book starts in Jerusalem in 586 BC. The Kingdom of Judah is caught up in a violent war with the Babylonians. During the ensuing chaos the prophet, Jeremiah, tries to save the sacred Ark of the Covenant. The scene then switches to the third millennium in the Middle East. An Egyptologist, William Blake, is called in to oversee the find of an unusual ancient Egyptian tomb located a number of miles from the Valley of the Kings. The site of the tomb is in a highly sensitive area both politically and militarily. What Blake discovers threatens to destroy the balance of the modern world.
As far as I am concerned this novel is gripping from start to finish. Not only is it fascinating archaeology, (and I am partial to mummies), but it is absorbing reading. I read the blurb, which said it was, ‘masculine’. Don’t let this put you off. It has the usual politics and terrorists, but I don’t see that this should be the deciding factor. The Biblical figures, Egyptian tombs and cataclysmic happenings should appeal to anyone who likes a good adventure story. Exciting and well worth reading.