The Witch of Babylon

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The Witch of Babylon

Format:  Hardcover,

398 pages

Publisher: St Martins Pr

Publish Date: Oct 2012

ISBN-13: 9780765333667

ISBN-10: 076533366X

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Out of the searing heat and sandstorms of the infamous summer of 2003 in Baghdad comes "The Witch of Babylon," a gripping story rooted in ancient Assyrian lore and its little-known but profound significance for the world.

John Madison is a Turkish-American art dealer raised by his much older brother, Samuel, a mover and shaker in New York's art world. Caught between his brother's obsession with saving a priceless relic looted from Iraq's National Museum and a deadly game of revenge staged by his childhood friend, John must solve a puzzle to find the link between a modern-day witch and an ancient one.

Aided by Tomas, an archaeologist, and Ari, an Iraqi photojournalist--two men with their own secrets to hide--John races against time to decipher a biblical prophecy that leads to the dark history behind the science of alchemy. Kidnapped by villainous fortune hunters, John is returned to Iraq, where a fabulous treasure trove awaits discovery--if he can stay alive long enough to find it. International thriller-writing sensation D. J. McIntosh makes her American debut with "The Witch of Babylon."

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Publisher: St Martins Pr
Publish Date: Oct 2012
ISBN-13: 9780765333667
ISBN-10: 076533366X
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 398
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.34
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.5 x 9.5 x 1.5

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Review by Library Journal (2012-10-05)

Fabricated around the real events surrounding the looting of Iraq's National Museum in 2003, McIntosh's debut thriller is the first of a planned trilogy. Mesopotamian scholar Samuel had always been more father than brother to art dealer John. After Samuel is killed, John's life begins to fall apart. Simultaneously he becomes an unwitting player in the revenge scenario of a childhood chum and caught between opposing forces seeking to find a now missing Iraqi relic safeguarded by Samuel. Whom should he trust? When John discovers that the relic is related to alchemy, he believes that New York-based witches may be involved in the theft.

Verdict: McIntosh, a member of the Canadian Society for Mesopotamian Studies, gives readers a tutorial in ancient history, art, and religion while weaving a plot thrilling enough to keep them captivated as they learn those lessons. Her thriller, which was short listed for Crime Writers Association Debut Dagger Award and won a Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Award for best unpublished novel, will appeal to readers who enjoy artifact-seeking adventures in which the author, with obvious and abundant supporting research, provides a great deal of infotainment set against a backdrop of towns familiar from the nightly news.

-Laura A.B. Cifelli, Ft. Myers-Lee Cty. P.L., FL

(c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

Out of the searing heat and sandstorms of the infamous summer of 2003 in Baghdad comes The Witch of Babylon, a gripping story rooted in ancient Assyrian lore and its little-known but profound significance for the world.

John Madison is a Turkish-American art dealer raised by his much older brother, Samuel, a mover and shaker in New York's art world. Caught between his brother's obsession with saving a priceless relic looted from Iraq's National Museum and a deadly game of revenge staged by his childhood friend, John must solve a puzzle to find the link between a modern-day witch and an ancient one.

Aided by Tomas, an archaeologist, and Ari, an Iraqi photojournalist—two men with their own secrets to hide—John races against time to decipher a biblical prophecy that leads to the dark history behind the science of alchemy. Kidnapped by villainous fortune hunters, John is returned to Iraq, where a fabulous treasure trove awaits discovery—if he can stay alive long enough to find it.

International thriller-writing sensation D. J. McIntosh makes her American debut with The Witch of Babylon.

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