Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Qumran by Jerry Amernic

by Jerry Amernic

Publisher: Story Merchant Books (April 5, 2015)
Publication Date: April 5, 2015
Genre: Suspense | Mystery | Thriller
Print Length: 350 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

David Marr, archeologist and world authority on the Romans, has spent his life studying the Holy Land with all its violence and unrest that go back to the time of the scriptures. While teaching in Jerusalem, he makes the most dramatic discovery of his life just off the shore of the Dead Sea near the site of the ancient monastic settlement at Qumran. It is something that could have huge repercussions with the potential to turn the world on its side.

David first whet his appetite as a student when he played a crucial role in the 1947 discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. His later adventures with the Holy Grail and Holy Shroud brought him to the forefront of the maelstrom that develops whenever science confronts religion. The backdrop to these experiences was always war--Israel's War of Independence in 1948, the Six Day War in 1967, the Yom Kippur War in 1973. Throughout it all, he has carved a career of widespread renown, but has seen so much evidence of man's brutality to man that he is spiritually disillusioned.

As he begins to unearth clues about what he has found, he and those closest to him--his Jewish-American wife Gita, the brilliant Egyptian pathologist Jamil Hassad, and his Israeli research assistant Robbie Schueftan--all find themselves in danger. Now David the scientist, whose life has always be ruled by logic and reason, isn't certain about anything and he won't rest until he finds the truth.

Qumran by Jerry Amernic

QUMRANIf intriguing suspense and ancient relics with mysterious backgrounds are your thing, take a look at this gem from Jerry Amernic. QUMRAN brings the secrets of the past into the world of the present in a land where religion is said to have been birthed. David Marr’s discovery will also bring renewed chaos between Muslims, Christians and Jews as each believes they have the right to the find, either to bury it, twist its meaning or use it as a statement pertaining to the who the Holy Lands truly belong to.

David, a seasoned archeologist, renowned expert on the Roman era, Judaeo-Christian history and student of science finds an ancient body that is so well preserved, it was hard to believe it belonged to a man from two thousand years ago, a man crucified on a cross. Who is this man? What was he to the history of the area? Why is having him becoming deadly for David?

Will the truth set the world free to believe or not believe in their religious up-bringings or will religious factions seek to keep the body as their own? Ethics will be questioned, religious zealots will come forward and professional rivalries will be tested. Sadly it may be the worship of the almighty dollar that will end this emotional ride of science versus religion and faith.

Start to finish, these painfully flawed characters, this ancient body and the race for possession and fame make for a riveting read that asks, what if our ideas of religion are not correct? Well-researched, well written and right up there at the top of my gem pile!

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