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February 16, 2015

THE BABYLON CONTINGENCY by Clifford Longley

3 STARS





THE BABYLON CONTINGENCY
Archaeology at its Most Dangerous
by
Clifford Longley


INTRO
(from Amazon)
A riveting international adventure-mystery
Investigating a burglary at an English country house, Detective Chief Inspector Robbie Peele comes face to face with one of the most mysterious objects in world archaeology, the Phaestos Disk—and with the Middle Eastern terrorist cell determined to steal it.
The vital clue is a long abandoned Muslim village in Crete, where a Victorian gentleman explorer witnessed horrors that were meant to be secret and recorded what he saw in coded diaries. Seeking the truth about the Phaestos Disk, Peele and his assistant, Sarah Shipton, are on the cusp of solving the mystery when they are caught in an ancient Egyptian burial chamber during an earthquake.
In the end Peele has to ask far harder questions than simply who committed the original burglary. The origins of the Phaestos Disk are inextricably bound up with the Middle East peace process in ways that frustrate and astound him.
Certain to draw readers into a world of ancient secrets and international intrigue, The Babylon Contingency is the first in a riveting new series from experienced journalist and broadcaster Clifford Longley.

Product Details

AUTHOR
Clifford Longley is an author, broadcaster and journalist who has specialized since 1972 in the coverage and analysis of British and international religious affairs. For 20 years he wrote a weekly column in The Times. He now contributes to Thought for the Day (R4) and appears regularly on The Moral Maze.

REVIEW
The Phaistos Disc was recovered from an archaeological site in Crete around the first of the twentieth century.  The disc is a fired clay disk covered with symbols i t unknown stamped in a spiral.  Is there more than one in existence?  If so what would that mean to Judaism, Christianity and Islam?

I somehow had a hard time getting into the book.  I just couldn't get hold of it.  This is a book targeted at British readers.  Christian novel it is not.  although it's distributed in the US by a Christian publisher.  It's also not anti-christian either.    Christians may take offense at some of the content.   Of course we have murders, adultery, same sex relationships, drinking, swearing and blasphemy.  Real, absolutely real in any culture.  No culture is perfect.



i received a complimentary copy of THE BABYLON CONTINGENCY from the author, Clifford Longley and Kregel Publications for my view of the book.

I would give this book 3STARS.



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