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The Moses Legacy

af Adam Palmer

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When fragments of stone with ancient writings are found in Sinai, the Egyptians call in expert Daniel Klein. But when Daniel's decipherment of the ancient text threatens to reveal the origins of the Bible, others are determined to prevent the truth from seeing the light of day.
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    Foucaults pendul af Umberto Eco (hankreardon)
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    The Mozart Conspiracy af Scott Mariani (Farringdon)
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    Engle & dæmoner af Dan Brown (Farringdon)
    Farringdon: Same genre
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    Da Vinci mysteriet af Dan Brown (Farringdon)
    Farringdon: Palmer's book is shorter (and consequently has slightly more pace) but clearly influenced by Brown. If you like one, you'll like the other.
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'Maybe this could be our Rosetta Stone.'

Ancient languages expert Daniel Klein is called in to help when his old acquaintance, archaeologist Gabrielle Gusack, discovers a collection of stone fragments, covered in Proto-Sinaitic script, on an Egyptian dig. A routine academic expedition, however, soon turns into a treacherous physical and intellectual journey encompassing several countries and thousands of years, with a dangerous assassin close on Daniel and Gaby's trail.

The Moses Legacy is a historical/religious conspiracy thriller in the vein of Dan Brown's popular bestsellers. Like Brown, Adam Palmer is a storyteller and a suspense-weaver, rather than a writer of high literature, but this does not detract from the reader's overall enjoyment of the novel. Indeed, Palmer reveals a solid grasp of the technical skills necessary for his chosen genre. The Moses Legacy is fast paced and its historical mysteries are engaging, while the action of the novel helps to break up the passages of religious and historical explanations with enough danger and excitement to keep less history-focussed readers entertained.

As a protagonist, Daniel Klein is a well-rounded character, but he doesn't feature the annoying perfection that so many leads succumb to. I think Palmer did well to make Klein Jewish, because it links him with the setting and the story through more than just his academic specialty. In contrast, Gusack is a little one-dimensional. This is largely due to the fact that she is generally seen through Klein's eyes, but it would have been nice to learn a little more about her. As a villain who is really little more than a henchman, Goliath fits the general archetype. The reader learns of his motivations, but is not given the chance to really sympathise with him.

Ultimately, I think Palmer delivered exactly what I was expecting from The Moses Legacy. It was a fun read with an interesting mystery to unravel, but it's not the kind of book to change the world or significantly affect its readers. And that's okay. It's entertaining and attention-holding and the perfect read for a plane ride or the everyday commute.

Released: Out now in the UK, and due out on the 15th of June in Canada and the 1st of September in Australia.

Recommended For: Fans of Dan Brown

Source: Received through the First Reads program ( )
  Tara_Calaby | Jun 22, 2020 |
A book I finished feeling I had been running around for ages, which is what the characters do. Fragments of stone are found and only one man, Daniel Klein, can translate them, when he gets involved an assassin pursues him, and archaeologist Gabrielle Gusack, and they are on the run to get the information, uncover the truth and confirm some conspiracy theorists right and some wrong, as well as trying to stop a deadly plague from killing a lot of people.

It felt like it was ticking off thriller boxes to build a Da Vinci Code style thriller. Not badly done but it didn't stand out for me either. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Mar 11, 2014 |
My first thought when I saw this book was that there was an agenda behind it. The author's name looked familiar and a quick online search revealed that "Adam Palmer" had co-written a critique of Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code, from a Christian (and I believe Roman Catholic) point of view. However, names can be misleading and so can the internet. A further check on Adam Palmer's own website revealed that he is not the author of this book. He even noted that there were various other writers called "Adam Palmer" and he went to great pains to emphasize that he should not be confused with any of them. So when I actually started reading this book it was free of the pre-conceptions that would have clouded my judgement.

In some ways - and I stress SOME - the book follows the Dan Brown formula straight down the line. The story starts with a big archaeological find. (I'm not giving away too much if I say that the head of the dig thinks she has found the original Ten Commandments). Then the heroic academic is called in - in this case an expert on ancient languages - and then the bad guys get to work , killing everyone in sight, or at least anyone who gets in their way.

In this incarnation of the Dan Brown ghost, the "albino monk" is a giant with a chip on his shoulder after his wife left him. But behind him there is the proverbial SECRET ORGANIZATION that has big - and dirty - plans. This gives rise to some good set pieces such as a trip down the Nile in a "Felucca" with a charmingly quirky Nubian fisherman, a camel trip across Sinai disguised as bedouin and - most "Hollywood" of all - a speedboat chase in the Gulf of Aqaba culminating in a perilous swim underwater as the sea is raked by bullets.

What elevates this book to a higher level, however, is that the author not only seems to know a fair bit about ancient Egypt and Jewish history, but manages to avoid the pitfall of putting in everything, indescriminately. All too often one gets the impression that writers, having done voluminous research, are desperately anxious to wave their arms in the air and say to the reader "Look how much I know!" In this case, one learns only as much as one needs to know to understand the story (with perhaps some minor caveats to that observation). What the book does put, however, is quite interesting. Indeed, there are times when the book seems almost too clever in the way that it links the Biblical narrative to ancient Egypt.

As far as an agenda is concerned, my initial suspicion that I was going to be subjected to Christian propaganda proved unfounded. It is obvious that the writer is an atheist, or at least an agnostic. But reading between the lines, it is equally clear that his origins are Jewish and that he is attached to his former faith by his upbringing. One sees that in his hero Daniel Klein, who is introduced at a Passover "seider" telling his nieces all about Moses and the Israelites. Palmer returns to this theme at the end when he refers to "Daniel's childhood memories." It is perhaps these human touches that are the nicest feature of the book, reminding us, when we most need to be reminded, that the characters in this book are real people and not just props to drive the story along. ( )
1 stem Farringdon | May 26, 2011 |
The unprecedented success of Dan Brown has given rise to a spate of imitations; some better, some worse than their inspiration. Although clearly no Umberto Eco, Palmer has written quite a "clever" thriller here. It starts in a fairly standard way, for thrillers of this genre, with archaeologists discovering what they think to be the remnants of the tablets of stone containing the Ten Commandments. Yes it HAS been used before. But in this case, it is the original tablets that Moses purportedly smashed (according to the Bible), not the second lot that the Israelites took to Canaan/Israel.

And this is the real (and rather ingenious) starting point for Palmer's narrative Because according to Palmer, the Ten Commandments are not what we think they are. Instead, the argument goes, the "real" ten commandments are to be found a few chapters later in the Bible and contain only three of the ten that those of us of a certain age learned in Sunday School. This is not an entirely original theory. It is a well-established part of the Documentary Hypothesis about the origins of the Bible - or at least the Pentateuch.

But what Palmer has cleverly done here is weave this theory into his narrative, turning the discovery into the starting point for the hero to translate other documents - i.e. a number of ancient papyri written in "Proto-Sinatic" script. And it is these ancient papyri that make up the thriller element of this story. Because one of these documents apparently contains references to the Ten Plagues and the possibility that at least one of them can make a resurgence in the modern world. This at least is the belief of the hero's mentor. And a shadowy organization is interested in these documents, or at least the information they contain - for reasons that become clear later on in the story.

Then there are all the other standard thriller elements for a story of this kind: the mossad, a crusty old Egyptian head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (who seems like a bit of a caricature of Zahi Hawass) and a tall, sexy Austrian female archaeologist, who has known the hero since her teens and had a bit of an adolescent crush on him. In short, all the elements of a good "Dan Brown" style thriller.

But do not be put off by the idea that this book might be "standard fare." It is fast-paced, with snappy dialogue, convincing characterization and gets the balance right between factual data and the story. While I was reading it I found myself constantly wondering how much of what the author referred to was "real" . Assuming that the Wikipedia is a reliable source (duh?), quite a bit. What particularly stood out was the way in which Palmer drew parallels between Jewish legends and real Egyptian artifacts. Indeed if Palmer is to be believed, one of the Biblical legends about Moses is described, albeit in somewhat different form, in an ancient Egyptian papyrus at the British Museum.

Don't expect a complete course in Egyptology here. But what you will get is a fast-paced thriller with some juicy tidbits of information that made me want to reach for the remote control and switch on to the National Geographic channel in the hope of learning more. ( )
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