Saturday, May 27, 2017

The Moses Deception -- Stephen Mertz

Back in the old days I read several books about discoveries that would change the Bible and change the world.  One of them was Robert Duncan's The Q Document, and another was Irving Wallace's The Word.  I like things like that, so I'm the target audience for The Moses Deception, in which a couple of archaeologists, Adam Chase and Lara Newton working along the Turkey/Syria border and are shown a cave that contains the nuclear bomb of all archaeological discoveries: the remnants of the tablets that contained the first version of the Ten Commandments.  The big revelation is that there was an eleventh commandment, and if it's genuine it will indeed change the world.  That is, it will if Adam and Lara can survive bandit gangs and all the other people who are trying to kill them.

Stephen Mertz is an expert action writer, and The Moses Deception is filled with intriguing characters, pursuits, escapes, slam-bang action, and suspense.  Chase's motto is "trust no one," but you have to trust someone now and then.  That can get people killed, and it does.  You never now when someone's going to die, or who's to blame.  It's not surprising to find this in a Mertz novel.  What surprised me was the serious discussion of religion and belief, something that you don't generally find in novels of action and adventure.  This is good stuff and The Moses Deception is a book you'll want to check out for sure.

4 comments:

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

I bought it already. Sounds like fun.

Rick Robinson said...

Sounds great!

Mike Bray said...

An outstanding read.

George said...

You left out the most popular religious conspiracy book: Dan Brown's THE DI VINCE CODE.