Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Brotherhood Conspiracy

Title:  The Brotherhood Conspiracy
Author:  Terry Brennan
Pages:  360
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Kregel Publications
                The Brotherhood Conspiracy is the follow-up novel to The Sacred Cipher.  It could be read as a standalone novel, but readers would gain greater enrichment and enjoyment if they read The Sacred Cipher first.  This first novel lays the groundwork for character relationships and the story in the second novel picks up after the events picks up where the first one left off.
                Tom Bohannon is home in the United States after barely surviving the adventure of a lifetime and making a discovery that changed the face of the Middle East…for a month.  He has seen the Temple Mount collapse via television and begins to wonder why God would call him on such a mission as it appears to have a seeming waste of time with loss of life.  Tom just wants to get back to a normal life, but then he receives a call from the President of the United States.  The President wants him to find another ancient Jewish treasure to help preserve Jerusalem.  Can Tom and his colleagues ignore a “request” from the President of the United States?  Are they really ready for another dangerous mission so soon after the other has just ended in which they survived by the skin of their teeth?
                While Tom and his friends deal with this issue in the USA, other forces in the Middle East are at work to prevent a restoration of Jerusalem.  Instead of rebuilding, the Brotherhood calls for jihad.  The imam in control wants revenge for what he views as Israel’s destruction of the Dome of the Rock and the Muslim temple that were on the Temple Mount.  He sends men after these Americans to kill them for their interference.  Israel’s leader also has his agenda he is pursuing.  Who will accomplish their mission first?  There is much political maneuvering and deception involved.  Who can be trusted?
                It was great to reconnect with these familiar characters in another adventure with dangerous consequences to the characters, their families and their countries.  I liked how the author placed a subtitle heading when he changed locations; it really helped keep all the characters and the geography straight.  I enjoyed the historical information presented and learned some new things.  Just as in the first novel, the action, mystery and suspense kept me turning pages quickly to find out what would happen next.  The story was captivating and entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable. 
My rating is 5 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457

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