Monday, March 9, 2015

The Babylon Contingency By Clifford Longley

I received this book from Kregel Publications for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this book. The opinions expressed here are my own.

Book Description: 

A riveting international adventure-mystery

Investigating a burglary at an English country house, Detective Chief Inspector Robbie Peele comes face to face with one of the most mysterious objects in world archaeology, the Phaestos Disk—and with the Middle Eastern terrorist cell determined to steal it.
The vital clue is a long abandoned Muslim village in Crete, where a Victorian gentleman explorer witnessed horrors that were meant to be secret and recorded what he saw in coded diaries. Seeking the truth about the Phaestos Disk, Peele and his assistant, Sarah Shipton, are on the cusp of solving the mystery when they are caught in an ancient Egyptian burial chamber during an earthquake.
In the end Peele has to ask far harder questions than simply who committed the original burglary. The origins of the Phaestos Disk are inextricably bound up with the Middle East peace process in ways that frustrate and astound him.
Certain to draw readers into a world of ancient secrets and international intrigue, The Babylon Contingency is a riveting read from experienced journalist and broadcaster Clifford Longley.

My Thoughts: 

The Babylon Contingency is the first book I have read by Clifford Longley and his first fiction novel. Detective Chief Inspector Robbie Peele investigates a burglary at a country house, thinking it would be a simple investigation but it is anything but. As the investigation gets under way they become face to face with a room full of archaeology finds that a Middle Eastern terrorist cell is trying to steal. The only clues are the ones written in a journal that is in code by a man who is dead. As DCI Peele and his team works to solve this burglary they find themselves involved in more than meets the eye. 

Clifford Longley is an experienced journalist and broadcaster who has been writing for years, mainly non fiction. I liked this book, it is a mix of mystery, suspense, and history. At first I had a hard time getting into this book, but I am glad I stuck with it because I found that as I read it got better and better. This book really taught me a lot about archaeology, the history of Crete, and history of different religions/beliefs.  I liked all the characters in this book but I really enjoyed Sarah Shipton, DCI Peele's assistant in this investigation. I enjoyed her honest banter and her integrity throughout this book.  Once I got into this book, I found it hard to put down and it kept me guessing all the way to end. As a side note, this book did have some language and sex in it so if that is not your kind of book, you might not like this one. I did like this book and hope to read more from Clifford Longley in the future. I give this book 3 STARS. 

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