The Bible of Clay

The Bible of Clay

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Internationally bestselling author Julia Navarro riveted readers around the world with her provocative novel The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud . Now she goes even further, in this electrifying thriller about a biblical discovery in the Iraqi desert--and a deadly struggle on the eve of war to unearth a truth that's waited 3,000 years to be told....

In St. Peter's Basilica, a man sits in a confessional asking forgiveness for a murder he's about to commit. And a young priest begins a desperate journey to stop him.

It's the beginning of a ruthless race to find a rumored cache of sacred texts that could be one of the most explosive discoveries of all time. For as Clara Tannenberg and a team of renegade archaeologists journey deep into an Iraq on the brink of war, another far more sinister group is determined to get there first. Sweeping from the time of the biblical patriarchs to the front lines of the Iraqi conflict, from the horrors of Nazi Germany to the back rooms of Washington, D.C., The Bible of Clay is a novel of unrelenting, thought-provoking, and all-too-plausible suspense.
Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada, c2008
ISBN: 9780440243038
9781400025879
9780385663427
Branch Call Number: NAVARRO
Characteristics: 497 p
Additional Contributors: Hurley, Andrew

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Mar 03, 2011

A story consisting of three strands. The first, and oldest, in pre-Biblical times with Abraham as he tells the stories of the creation and Noah to a young, precocious scribe.
The second strand in Nazi Germany in one of the many concentration camps that dot the landscape of WW II.
The final strand, the weightiest of them all, the one that ties the first two together, the one that is illuminated, bit by bit, by the other two is located in the Middle East, Iraq to be precise, in the days just before the Second Gulf War.
A war criminal from Nazi Germany is virtutally on his death bed. There is a hurried archaeological expedition to find the lost tablets before the war fires up; before the hired assassins kill their prey; before the thieves have their opportunity to steal the treasures. It's a complicated story. But one that contains suspense and drama in equal measure.
You'll be glad you read this book.

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