If you have any knowledge of the Bible, there are quite a few biblical artifacts that simply come to an end. Their stories end through various books of the Bible, much like the famed Ark of the Covenant and Noah's Ark. Yet have you ever wondered if there might in fact be more biblical artifacts that the world simply has not considered searching for? What one biblical artifact would you love to search for and find? This isn't one of those Indiana Jones type adventures but Terry Brennan has really opened my eyes to some of these artifacts that if discovered may in fact be quite life changing. In the Jerusalem Prophecies series, Terry takes readers into uncharted waters throughout the Middle East in a search for what one group of people known simply as the Prophet's Guard want to keep hidden in the second novel of the series, The Brotherhood Conspiracy.
Just returning from his previous adventure, Tom Bohannon has attempted to settle into some sense of normalcy since discovering the Third Temple located beneath the existing Temple Mount in Israel. With it's discovery, it opens up Bible Prophecy to a whole new level and has created much anticipation from the Jews to begin sacrifices in the Temple of God once again. However the Muslims aren't about to allow that to happen. It flies in the face of what they have longed believe that Jesus was not the Son of God. Now with the entire Middle East on the verge of war, the President of the United States once again has need of Tom's expertise. Not only in uncovering the clues left behind on an ancient scroll which revealed the location of the Temple, but in his faith with God helping him get there and back against all odds. The President believes that Tom can find the next artifact that has every group in the Middle East looking for it.
Tom and his team have been asked to locate the Tent of Meeting, the portable tabernacle that Moses used when the Israelites crossed the wilderness and carried the Ark of the Covenant. It was where God resided as fire by night and a pillar of smoke by day. If Israel can find this artifact, they will gain complete control of the Temple area and drive the Muslims out of the area. It will take everything the team has to pull this one off, but the President firmly believes that Tom is the only one who can lead the team and find the artifact before anyone else does. It just might be the catalyst to ignite World War 3 on many levels.
I received The Brotherhood Conspiracy by Terry Brennan compliments of Kregel Publications for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation, aside from a free copy of this novel, in exchanged for my honest review. I loved the first novel The Sacred Cipher in this series, overall more than this one. It took me quite a while to get into the characters even though I had just finished the previous novel before picking this one up. You just honestly never know who the good guys or bad guys are in this group and why certain Prophet's Guard members just show up in the the most unlikeliest of places taking out more of our favorite characters. However, this is certainly an adrenaline laced series and now I am more than happy to dive into the third novel because just like each consecutive one before it, it gives you a teaser of what they will be hunting for this time and the stakes only increase. I would rate this one a 4 out of 5 stars in my opinion.
An ancient Coptic monastery, a hidden desert hideout, the Oval office, and Jerusalem's Temple mount â€” these are a few of the stops in Terry Brennan's latest whirlwind novel. From Lebanon to Ireland, New York to the Suez, The Brotherhood Conspiracy weaves an intricate web of secrecy, espionage and discovery.
The sequel to Brennan's earlier debut novel The Sacred Cipher, this book continues the adventures of Tom Bohannon and his motley crew of archaeological detectives. Having already discovered a hidden Jewish temple built on the Temple mount but below the Dome of the Rock, an even more outlandish prize lures the frazzled team back to the dangerous quest of discovery.
Once again the author pursues a relentless pace using a staccato rhythm, moving the story one bite-size portion to the next. That approach may be wearisome to some readers, and is frustrating in the earlier portion of the book for those readers who didn't just put down his earlier book before beginning its sequel. The plot keeps one guessing as the potential of an end-times return of Christ cannot be dismissed, even as the role of a **spoiler alert** newly rediscovered Tabernacle **end spoiler**, doesn't seem to fit any popular end-times Christian fancies.
Brennan appeals to the amateur archaeologist with his mention of cartouches (Egyptian hieroglyphic ovals), discussions of Demotic and Coptic languages, and his historical treatment of the Crusaders and Jewish history. Occasionally, I found some errors in his historical facts which stood out glaringly against the overall historical emphasis in the tale. 1 Maccabees is mentioned as a book that the Council of Trent removed from the Bible (in fact it was the Protestants who removed it and Trent affirmed its canonicity), and the prophet Jonah is mentioned as having preached 40 years (instead of days) to Nineveh. The story itself stretches credulity, but the first book's miraculous find of a centuries-old Jewish temple sets the stage for anything being possible. Brennan's masterful character development and ability to draw out a wide range of emotions from virtually all of his characters keeps the story tethered enough to reality, that the reader goes along with the incredible â€” and happily at that.
Fans of archaeological fiction, in the vein of Paul Maier (A Skeleton in God's Closet) and Don Hoesel (Elisha's Bones), will enjoy this latest offering from Terry Brennan. Those looking for a fast-paced read with characters striving to follow God's leading in their lives even as they battle against Islamic assassins and try to evade Israeli intelligence â€” on a mission for the President of the United States, no less â€” will also enjoy this intriguing work. I recommend the book and look forward to the third (and final?) book in this series.
Disclaimer: This book was provided by Kregel Publications. I was under no obligation to offer a favorable review.
Terry Brennan in his new book "The Brotherhood Conspiracy" Book Two in The Sacred Cipher series published by Kregel Publications gives us another thriller with Tom Bohannon.
From the back cover: A secret as old as the prophets lies hidden in an ancient code. That code may uncover an artifact as mysterious, and dangerous, as The Lost Ark.
Jerusalem's Temple Mount has been obliterated. The Dome of the Rock and the most astounding archaeological find in two thousand years are engulfed in a smoking crater.
While Israel schemes for permanent control of the Temple Mount by resurrecting a structure as sacred as the Temple and as old as the Exodus, a legendary Islamic iman steps from the shadows of history to wrest leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood and forge Islamic unity.
American Tom Bohannon and his loose-knit cadre of archaeologists and historians race against time to decode new clues from eleventh-century artifacts and uncover a global conspiracy that could trigger the annihilation of the Middle East.
One step ahead of an ancient gang of assassins, and one step behind the deadline for impending disaster, the team encounters the death of friends and colleagues and maneuvers through a maze of political treachery, religious fanaticism and traitorous machinations-to the very brink of judgement orchestrated by a force greater than they could ever have imagined.
Prophecy, intrigue, and terrorism saturate "The Brotherhood Conspiracy". The Sacred Cipher still has messages left within it and Bohannon and his team are in deadly danger as they try to decipher the new message and fulfill what it reveals. All the while trying to escape the groups that are out to destroy them. "The Brotherhood Conspiracy" is almost a non-stop action thriller. Mr. Brennan has put in so many twists and turns in his story that it would make a roller coaster envious. Tom, Doc, Joe and Sammy are wonderful characters that we care about, want to see escape the danger that they find themselves in and want them to succeed. Terry Brennan has given us a unique thriller that will keep you on the edge of your chair as you read and flip pages as fast as possible. I recommend this book highly and look forward to the next book in the series!
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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.
"There is no solution to the Mount. So we make a solution that solves our problems." (p.44)
These words were spoken in the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem, but they are words that could have been uttered by several groups represented in Terry Breenan's latest novel, The Brotherhood Conspiracy. This book opens with a catastrophic event that brings the world to the brink of destruction. The Temple Mount or Dome of the Rock - the warring point of a centuries long battle between the Jewish and Muslim people - is the epicenter of this event, and thus the story is told from both Jewish, Muslim and American points of view. The author cleverly takes the reader from one location on the globe to another at an ever-increasing speed so that you are able to understand what each group feels their personal stake is at this point in time. It seems like everyone on the globe will be impacted to some degree - depending on who is the first to reclaim this holy site.
In addition to following this age-old warring over this site, there are even greater stakes at play - world power. Also, there are ancient artifacts and hidden messages that are found by the same group from The Sacred Cipher. This time however, the group is reeling from loss and is very uncertain that God has called them back into this very dangerous place during this very critical time. All of them, including Tom Bohannon, struggle with their faith, their purpose and the role it seems they are destined to play in these global events. At times, it is rather heartbreaking, because they must face even greater, and more personal losses.
At first, I thought I was going to be reading an end of the world story. And in a way, I was. But more importantly, I was reading a story that wasn't so very far removed from reality. Once again, Terry Brennan takes history and modern day events and blends them with future prophecy that hammers home the truth about the role the Middle East will play in world events until the Lord calls us home. It is vital that we know what history teaches and the Bible prophesies about this part of the world! At least that is what I feel when I get to the end of one of Brennan's stories!
BUT, this is a very fast-paced thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time you are reading! It is also a story that will impact the way you receive any news coming out of the Middle East. This is a powerful and thought-provoking story, and one that has more yet to be told!! Not the end_.