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After selling his Silicon Valley company, Alex Kalman spends two years wondering what to do with his life. Then a deathbed request from his estranged grandfather sends Kalman on a quest that takes him from Washington’s corridors of power to ancient passages under Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. Finally, Americans, Arabs, and Israelis agree on something – the need to stop Alex Kalman.
"A terrific battle of wit and wills. Highly recommended for fans, like me, of action, history, secrets, and conspiracies." Steve Berry, the New York Times bestselling author of The Lincoln Myth and The King's Deception
"Tightly woven, lightning-paced, and touching the heart, Temple Mount tells a story as old as time and as current as today's headlines." Cara Black, the New York Times bestselling author of the Aimée Leduc Series
"Is it possible that the Ark of the Covenant is still somewhere under Jerusalem, waiting for discovery? Temple Mount made me believe. Silicon Valley meets Raiders of the Lost Ark--a sharp, pacy thriller that's also a perfect armchair escape." Joseph Finder, the New York Times bestselling author of Suspicion and Paranoia
I enjoyed the Quest for the Ark. However, a bit unrealistic depicting Rivka as a practicing Jewess who will not flick a light switch on on The Sabbath, but has no scruples fornicating on it. It would have been better to have both main characters honoring that tenet on the Sabbath as well. I'm surprised the Editors and proofreaders did not catch that faux pas. Other then that a good read.
No Classic, No Suspense
Raffel may have sat as a counsel on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, but he either did not grasp and certainly does not convey much understanding of it. Jerusalem scenes, potentially a source for vivid descriptions of a timeless land, are flat There is no build up of tension here. The author attempts to rely on instant insertions of drama that don't quite come off (Adam Hall had it mastered). Maybe it's a beach novel. But I've been to Israel, worked in intelligence, this is not how either looks or feels.