Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Review: Tales of the Mossad: The Birth of Chrislam
Tales of the Mossad: The Birth of Chrislam by D.J. Israel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Book Info: Genre: Religious Suspense/Thriller Reading Level: Adult
Disclosure: I received a free eBook copy of this text from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: Rabbi Jacob Levy is a Widower who lives by himself on the shores of Eagle Mountain Lake in Fort Worth, Texas. Jacob Levy unknowingly has become the target of a rogue Cardinal inside the Vatican. Levy has an ancient document in his possession that has been passed down from generation to generation. This document comes from the time of King David and is a record of a land transaction between Avranah the Jebusite and the monarchy of Israel.
Cardinal Emilio Frachetti has a controversial peace plan that outlines his plans for the recognition of Muhammad as the last Prophet of God. Frachetti also wants to include the Quran as the last Testament in the Bible. Frachetti however has another agenda in his plan. He wants the Muslim world to guarantee oil and gas to the European Union for one hundred years at a stable price.
Frachetti becomes furious when he finds out that an obscure American Rabbi has the document that will forever destroy Islam's claims to the Temple Mount. Frachetti, a former member of Mussolini's Secret Police, decides to have Rabbi Levy assassinated and the ancient document destroyed.
David Levy is an analyst for the Mossad who discovers Frachetti's scheme to murder the old Rabbi. During the course of monitoring of Vatican-encrypted communications, David Levy also discovers that Jacob Levy is his paternal Grandfather. David Levy was told by his deceased parents that his paternal Grandparents died during the Holocaust.
Cardinal Frachetti forms an alliance with Muslim extremists resulting in the hiring of a professional assassin to carry out the murder. David Levy knows that the time is short as he journeys to America to save the last member of his Father's Family.
My Thoughts: DJ Israel says this is his most controversial book. Right off the bat, I noticed that it is also rather epic, starting back around 1100 BC with a scene involving King David. I also noticed that the editing is much better than Starry Starry Night and The Mourning Man. Israel says his son did the editing on this one; the latest version is from sometime after April, 2012. There are still a few issues (names changing, the like), but nothing major.
Jacob Levy may be central to the plot, but we actually spend very little time with him in the book. The book revolves more around Frachetti and Capt. David Levy and the vicious cat-and-mouse game being played over, basically, access to oil (similar to Starry Starry Night in that aspect). There are lots of twists and turns in the book, and one has to pay attention to catch everything, although Israel does a good job of keeping secrets and not exposing the answer until the denouement. Then there are the twists within the turns and turns within the twists – it is a tangled mess, but somehow it all works out in the end.
If you enjoy espionage stories, then you will quite probably enjoy this one. I know I enjoyed it!
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