Friday, February 20, 2015

The Babylon Contingency by Clifford Longley

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.

My review:

   This was a new author to me, but it sounded like a book that was in my preferred reading genre'.

  Outside of some mild language, the book is clean, though not much on the Christian content side. It is an interesting and suspenseful read, though a bit slower than some suspense novels I have read.

  I am not much for first person point of view books, though some are better than others. I think I would have enjoyed this one more had it been in the third person point of view. I did like the main character and the other characters.

  Any book that has historical parts to it interests me, so I enjoyed that part of the book. I liked the book overall, and felt the author brought the story to a satisfying conclusion.

The Babylon Contingency is available from Lion Publishing, part of the Kregel Publishing Group.