• "'The intelligent reader's answer to The Da Vinci Code: a big, fat satisfying archaeological puzzle'"

  • "Not just a tightly-plotted, richly-observed, thought-provoking thriller, but one with a soul...The compelling mix of tough, page-turning suspense, archaeology, history and characters caught up in the brutal politics of the Middle East, make this a timely and authentic novel. Paul Sussman builds his story with the meticulous strokes of a craftsman...His storytelling comfortably blends historical mystery with unflinching contemporary suspense, all of it told through utterly convincing depictions of setting and character. Inspectors Khalifa and Ben-Roi are heroes of our age: conflicted, harassed, noble and, most crucially, very human. I hope we see more of them very soon."

    RAYMOND KHOURY, bestselling author of The Last Templar
  • "Another sure fire winner from a gifted storyteller."

    STEVE BERRY, bestselling author of The Templar Legacy
  • "Sussman's brilliant novel...shines a light into a bloody part of the world, where it is hard to tell enemy from friend, and where ancient debts of pain and murder echo to the present. Here is a thriller on a par with the best literature out there. Challenging, shocking, should be required reading during these harsh times"

    JAMES ROLLINS, bestselling author of The Judas Strain
  • "'Ambitious, large-scale adventure...Sussman's fastidious research into the novel's setting grants everything a plausibility...his millennia spanning plot functions as a colourful backdrop'"