The Riddle of Solomon-D.J. Niko

The Riddle of Solomon
D.J. Niko
Medallion, Jul 1 2013, $14.95
ISBN: 9781605425290

British archaeologist Sarah Weston and American anthropologist Daniel Madigan lead the excavation of the state sanctioned dig of the Kindite City Qaryat al-Fau in Saudi Arabian Rub’al Khali Desert. The couple wanders a couple miles away where they make a find only to have a nomadic tribe warn them to stay away or else. However, before the intrusion, they discovered a buried ancient scroll that leads them to believe King Solomon’s mythical treasure is real.

British millionaire Trent Sacks believes he is the last direct descendant of King David. To prove he is the long awaited Messiah, he needs his ancestor’s legendary treasure. When Sacks learns of the find in Saudi Arabia that he spent a fortune and much of his life seeking it, he sends mercenaries to take the scroll and kill anyone who tries to prevent him from obtaining what he knows belongs to him.

The second Sarah Weston Chronicles (see The Tenth Saint) is a taut thriller that uses the modern day religious conflicts as a base to an engaging storyline enhanced by a twisting revelation that if released would shake the world. Readers will not care that the latest “Messiah” claimant is over the top of Mount Meron as the fabulous The Riddle of Solomon pays homage to H. Rider Haggard’s classic late nineteenth century King Solomon’s Mines.

Harriet Klausner

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