The thrilling new novel in the #1 New York Times–bestselling series.
In Israel, a man clutching a backpack searches desperately for a boat. In Minnesota, Virgil Flowers gets a message from Lucas Davenport: You’re about to get a visitor. It’s an Israeli cop, and she’s tailing a man who’s smuggled out an extraordinary relic—a copper scroll revealing startling details about the man known as King Solomon.
Wait a minute, laughs Virgil. Is this one of those Da Vinci Code deals? The secret scroll, the blockbuster revelation, the teams of murderous bad guys? Should I be boning up on my Bible verses?
He looks at the cop. She’s not laughing. As it turns out, there are very bad men chasing the relic, and they don’t care who’s in the way or what they have to do to get it. Maybe Virgil should start praying.
Thriller Award winner Sandford ventures into Da Vinci Code territory in his clever, quirky seventh Virgil Flowers novel (after 2012 s Mad River). When an archeological dig in Israel turns up a stele an inscribed piece of stone with the potential to shake the roots of Biblical faith, Elijah Jones, a college professor who fears he s dying, steals the precious artifact and flees home to Mankuto, Minn. Virgil, a Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Investigation agent, at first simply attempts to recover the stolen object, but soon finds himself trying to outwit mercenary Turks as well as agents of the Mossad, Hezbollah, and Texas gazillionares, all of whom want the artifact for their own purposes. Despite the bloodthirsty fanaticism the participants display, the quest for the stone provides many opportunities for cross-cultural verbal confusion and violent slapstick. Though attracted to a sexy local criminal who s become Jones s accomplice, the exasperated Virgil mainly tries to stop the commotion before anyone gets seriously hurt. Unusually good-natured intrigue distinguishes this outing.
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Typical Sandford novel. Good pace. Good story line. Central character acts as expected. Normal plot twist near the end. Virgil gets his girl - you just never know which one.
I'll buy the next book too! Decent book
Another Virgil Flowers gem!!!
When I read the lead in to the book, I was all 'Jerusalem, hieroglyphics & Minnesota'. Not interested at all! However, because of my absolute adoration for all John Sanders novels & the fact he has NEVER left me disappointed, I bought it & dove it. What a ride! It was another masterpiece that only John Sanders can create. Don't be foolish & think this might just be a 'skip' & move on to the next in the series. You'll be sorry if you do!!!
Flowers Has Met His Match
Virgil Flowers has finally met his match with 'Ma' Nobles. I truly enjoyed Storm Front as another Flowers adventure but what I liked most was the
development of the character 'Ma' Nobles. She is perfect as on going character to give another dimension to Virgil's lie. I only hope that author John Sandford will keep the character alive in Virgil's world. I can't wait for the next Flowers novel.