The author has given us a really fast-paced action thriller, of the type it is best not to read last thing at night, for the simple reason that it is very hard to put down. Many, if not most, of the short chapters end in cliffhangers – so, if you’re planning on getting any sleep, it’s best to read the book over the weekend, when you can feel free to read into the wee hours of the morning, until you finish it (and be warned, the tension and twists last right up to the end).
“The Moses Legacy” is the kind of book that transfers very well to the big screen (I’ve already started casting it, in my mind). It contains all the ingredients for a blockbuster movie, opening, as it does, with a potentially explosive archaeological discovery right in the heart of the Sinai Desert. We quickly discover just HOW explosive, as the scene moves to Washington DC, then to the United Kingdom, Egypt, Israel and Jordan. An international conspiracy unfolds, as our hero and heroine are pursued across the Middle East by a sadistic assassin, who is himself pursued, in turn, by a peculiarly inept (IMHO) Mossad agent.
Along the way, we are offered a generous dose of educational material, concerning Jewish, ancient Egyptian and Samaritan customs, in a manner that is in no way didactic but which encouraged this reader, at least, to search for more information (purely for her own further education, not because it’s necessary for the enjoyment of the book).
An element that I particularly liked in this book was that we are treated to glimpses of Daniel (the hero’s) family life. I greatly enjoyed the descriptions of his interaction with his little nieces. It all helps to make the character so much more believable than those of writers such as Dan Brown (though the book does have similarities to Dan Brown’s style). In short, Daniel is human.
With the summer holiday season almost upon us, “The Moses Legacy” is the perfect companion to take with you to read on the plane, by the pool or on the beach.
Oh – and one more thing. In the spirit of “truth in advertising”, I must admit that I also have a personal reason for promoting this book. Adam Palmer is a pseudonym for David Kessler, who, quite apart from being a great author, also happens to be my brother :-).