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by Juan Gómez-Jurado and A.V. Lebrón, trans.
Atria, August 2010
384 pages
ISBN: 1416590641

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THE MOSES EXPEDITION has its start during World War II, when a Jewish couple gives their most prized possession to a Nazi doctor in the hope of rescuing their son. For close to fifty years, Dr. Heinrich Graus has been in hiding carrying, unbeknownst to him, a secret and historic artifact, one that will lead people to one of the most elusive prizes in archaeology—the famous Ark of the Covenant. An expedition is organized once the object has been retrieved and it is here that the book begins to get up steam.

Father Anthony Fowler is a CIA operative and a member of the Vatican's Secret Service and he has been embedded inside of an expedition financed by reclusive multimillionaire Raymond Kayn to participate in this quest. For many it would be a coup to make this amazing discovery but there are outside forces that do not want it to succeed. There is also a traitor in their midst and Fowler may be the only one able to foil him.

THE MOSES EXPEDITION is not unique when it comes to a story about the search of the Ark of the Covenant. All one has to do is watch an Indiana Jones movie. The book bills itself as an action thriller, but it is a bit weak. Most of the characters in the expedition are unlikable as well as forgettable. No one in his right mind would have agreed to this quest due to the Draconian rules of its organizers. It is a surprise that there is almost no cursing amongst this group.

As the book progresses, members of this dig start getting killed one by one and the other characters are slow to notice what is going on. There is more to this quest most have been told. The danger element has been heightened and yet no one decides to quit or go home. Gómez-Jurado may be able to tell a story, but he is not selling it. The only thing this book has going for it is Fowler's character. He is an interesting hero when he was first introduced in GOD'S SPY. However that is not the case here. He behaves more like an observer than a doer in this book, and other characters are more able to get the upper hand over him than he is able to thwart them. Not sure where to go from here. Consider yourselves warned.

§ Angel L. Soto is an equal opportunity reader and a book editor at a New Jersey academic publisher.

Reviewed by Angel L. Soto, August 2010

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