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Hunting the King

by Peter Clenott

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Disappointing. Does have some of the same feel as the DaVinci Code, but I didn't feel it had the same energy. Others have liked it so it's probably just me. I'm reading a lot of non-fiction at the moment and perhaps the basic premise struck me as somewhat preposterous. ( )
  ecw0647 | Sep 30, 2013 |
This was a very good book.Adventures of the biblical nature always fascinate me.If you are a fan of Dan Brown and Chris Kuzneski, you will love this1 ( )
  TriciaDM | Jul 14, 2011 |
Hunting the King, by Peter Clenott, is set in modern Iraq after the US coalition forces overthrew Saddam Hussein's regime. The blurb on the book's cover is "The race to uncover the most prized archaeological find of all time: the tomb of Jesus Christ."

This is Dan Brown light. Fast action, fast paced, details are not in-depth, the story facts are woven in with the real facts for a seamless, believable, whole. It is a good, easy read with mystery, dreams, visitation from the past, and puzzles. It is believable enough for you to wonder how it happened (You need to read the book for the 'it'!). Clenott, like real archeology, does not provide all the answers. So in my few quiet times, I can ponder back on the story line and wonder about meanings and futures. ( )
  judithkaye | Aug 14, 2008 |
Peter Clenott has written a Da Vinci Code for the discerning reader. There's plenty of suspense, action, and more than a few plot twists, but this tale of religious intrigue is a lot less dense and convoluted. To put it another way, I felt Dan Brown stuffed Da Vinci with a little too much padding--Clenott gives you the essential good stuff without any fluff.

The heroine of the piece is Molly O'Dwyer, an American archaeologist who discovers a long-lost burial mound in ancient Babylon on the eve of the American invasion of Iraq. What's particularly refreshing about her is that Molly is a fully-developed character with completely believable personal problems and beliefs that affect her reactions to the situation in which she finds herself. The story hinges on her efforts to discover whose remains are in the tomb and how it relates to the mysterious Gospel of Hannaniah, which is the story of the alleged daughter of Jesus. Since her discovery can undercut the foundations of the church and leave billions of believers with no basis for their faith, Molly's got her work cut out for her.

No tale of international religious intrigue would be complete without a cast of spies, slightly mad scientists, and secretly evil church hierarchy and Clenott doesn't disappoint in that department. To it he adds a setting that couldn't be more contemporary--the Middle East about to plunge into war--and an intriguing plot that holds you through the final riveting revelations.

Hunting The King is an intellectual thriller with overtones of a historical novel and enough action and intrigue to please even the most discerning fan of the genre. ( )
  davedonelson | Jun 3, 2008 |
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"Explores the existence of the Gospel of Hannaniah, the alleged daughter of Jesus in the form of a thrilling fictional thriller that explores the Middle East against a backdrop of scandal, schemers, spies and scientists who seek to obtain the greatest prize the world has ever seen"--Provided by publisher.… (more)

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