This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Exodus '95 by Kfir Luzzatto
Genres: Action, Adventure
Release Date: May 1, 2017
Publisher: PINE TEN
Format: ARC, E-book
Purchase at: Amazon ◊ Barnes & Noble ◊ Google Play ◊ Kobo
Claire, a young graphic designer, learns a secret that her dying New York neighbor has kept for twenty years: the whereabouts of Moses’ Biblical staff.
Claire needs the help of an Israeli engineer and the money of a Russian oligarch to recover the staff before her body betrays her. But first she needs to stay alive in a race with fanatics, who will do anything to keep the staff from coming to light.
Then the LORD said to Moses: Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground.
Exodus ‘95 has the main protagonists searching for a long lost religious relic of significance but this is not a “religious” book. It is actually a thriller that takes you on a ride filled with espionage, murder and betrayal. This is a fast-paced story that will entertain you from start to finish.
Claire Williams is an ordinary woman who happens to befriend a lonely old man named Jack. Jack is sure that his life is almost over and does not want his secrets to die with him. Jack is an ex-KGB agent who had come up with a creative way to hide away the staff of Moses from those who would wish to have the relic for themselves. Now that he is facing his own mortality he wishes to pass on his knowledge to Claire in hopes that she can sell it to one of the interested parties who has been searching for it.
Now that Claire has the knowledge that she needs all that is left is to involve Dan Ze’evi, an Israeli engineer. Dan has no idea that his strings are being pulled or why Caire and a Russian business man have interests in purchasing his company. The only stipulation they have is that he completes one task, then they will sell him back his company. What this one task is he does not know, as Claire is very tight lipped about the whole deal. He is on a “need to know” basis only. Intrigued and a little frightened of Claire, Dan gives into the pressure and accepts the terms. What follows will take Claire and Dan on a journey across countries and time as they seek to unravel the mystery that began decades ago.
This story has some serious twists that are just on the outside of believable. I was definitely not expecting where this story went and found that I liked it. It made my assumptions of where this story was going to go sit up and take notice. The characters were interesting and well developed. There is some romance but it is not a huge part of the story. If anything, it adds some humor. It also gives explanation for why Dan would even consider this adventure filled with danger, intrigue, and hmmmm, more danger.
Since this is a story that has its roots in history, the background information is told past to present transitions. The dialogue is realistic and there are no overly complex or convoluted plot points. Once I started this book I did not want to set it down and when I had to I wanted to get right back to the story. It will absolutely engage your interest. The ending was not what I was expecting but it was a great ending. There are no great emotional highs or lows in this book. It is a straight forward action thriller that will appeal to most readers.
*Thank you to NetGalley & Kfir Luzzatto for this eARC of Exodus ‘95*