Published by St Martin's Press on 09 January 2007
Genres: Action & Adventure, Contemporary (No Romance Focus), Death & Dying, Espionage, Mystery & Detective, People & Places, Politics & Intrigue, Social Issues, Suspense, Thrillers
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Place(s) Traveled to: New York City, New York // London, England // Israel
First Line: Two men shoveled the sand under cover of darkness.
The premise of this book is simple, into every generation there are 36 pure souls (lamed koviks) that are born who through their existence keep the earth together. If any of these souls die then bad things start to happen – war, famine, earthquakes, etc. Way back when in Biblical times Adam, bright boy that he was wrote down the names of every living creature including who all the lamed koviks in all the coming generations.
As you can guess with all these pure souls running about there are those people who will stop at nothing to destroy them. People who want to disrupt Gods plan and remake the world in their image. They somehow manage to break the code of Adams book of names and start to kill off the lamed koviks. The world slowly moves to turmoil as they do.
Enter the reluctant hero, David Sheppard, who do to an accident in his youth has somehow managed to tap into a higher existence and is somehow able to come up with the names of various lamed koviks. David has no idea at first the meaning of these names that keep coming to him, just that when he searches for some their names many of them have died in weird accidents or unnatural causes and all he really wants is to stop the names from coming. Until one name that pops out matches that of his ex-stepdaughter who he loves as his own child.
Enter beautiful sidekick who helps David to realize the power of the names and just what is happening in the world because someone is killing them off. She convinces David to join her fellow Israeli’s in tracking down the remaining names to try to stop the ultimate evil from taking over.
What follows is a fast paced read about the ultimate battle between good and evil. As David rushes to save his stepdaughter and with her the fate of the entire world a reader can’t help but to swiftly turn the pages to see just what will happen next. This book is right up there with Angels & Demons by Dan Brown and The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell in that its a good read though unrealistic. However, I found this novel to be slightly more realistic then those two previously mentioned books. This books is a fast adventure that I didn’t want to put down – well once I got through the first 20 pages that is. I admit that I almost put it down at first for those first few pages didn’t thrill me…..but I always try to read at least 50 pages or so before turning away from a book and I am so glad that I didn’t.