The Lost Codex: Alan Jacobson
The Dead Sea Scrolls are at the heart of this historical fiction novel. When Aaron Uziel learns about the missing manuscripts he asks to be part of those trying to uncover them. Half the manuscript goes missing while being sent from Syria and when other manuscripts are found they are later stolen. With the Vatican keeping what was found under lock and key and when Uziel learns the history behind a manuscript that was uncovered the course of history just might be changed. From the foothills of the Dead Sea where the ancient scroll is found and stolen to 60 years later these manuscripts and parchments stand at the heart of what has been unleashed when a terrorist attack on US soil takes place and we are under attack what recourse does the President have and why would he want to keep the attack silent? Just which group is taking responsibility has to be decided as FBI profiler Karen Vail is out having a romantic evening with her fiancé Robby and finds herself embroiled in something so dangerous that every step of the way and every single choice and decision could not only change the course of history but that of the U.S. too.
With more attacks on the city America faces more than just a terrorist attack. With the President hesitating to raise the threat level and Karen Vail, Special Forces Hector DeSantos and Aaron Uziel pair up to find not only the person behind the attacks, the group responsible but startling link to the codex that is at the heart of the attacks. Just when they think they are stymied something leads to a Rabbi who just might have the answers to finding not only who is behind the attacks, the history between Israel and Palestine and the reasons why peace in the Middle East seems like a total impossibility and why. The research related by author Alan Jacobson is extensive as we take a trip back in time to 930 B.C. and learn just where these documents originated and where they might be now.
Their mission: Find the stolen documents and capture—or kill—those responsible for unleashing a coordinated and unprecedented attack on US soil. Getting the understand the rationale behind how these missions are carried out is quite interesting added in the author shows how difficult it is to delineate which terrorist group or groups are behind the attacks. Karen Vail is placed in a tenuous position not being able to divulge to her fiancé what she is working on and having to leave her duties at the BAU to adhere to what Director Knox and Secretary McNamara require of her and others.
The analysis of the events and the possible culprits bring to light several names and then we meet two men whose names were chosen by them who are Dempsey and Prideux (Aliases) who allow readers to hear the rationale and reasoning behind what they have planned and why they think that we are not hearing their warnings and that we are fools. Will their plan work? Let’s hope not but only time will tell as we learn more about the mission and those involved.
From excavating the Dead Sea Scrolls to relating back to Uziel’s assignment in 1947 where a Bedouin shepherd came upon a handwritten copy of the Old Testament penned thousands of years ago where we meet Uziel as he plans to blend into the scene with the archeologists and learn more. The Bedouins who found these scrolls sold them to “private antiquities dealers.” But, as you will read in the prologue they wound up in the custody of the Vatican and when another was found in a pot what is said on the last page of the prologue is just the beginning as the past and the present need to be tied together.
Vail, Santos and Uziel travel the globe to find the missing Codex but not before the author shares its history, the reason why it must be found and who at this point has it in their possession and why.
Before readers can fully understand why the Codex was so valuable and why Vail, DeSantos and Uziel would risk it all to find the missing pages the author shares with readers through Uziel’s father and a well known Rabbi the history of the document.
As the story continues we learn that efforts were made as we see within this novel to find the missing pages of the Codex or to reconstruct what was written. When the terrorist threat becomes more real and those involved have to decide whether to take them out or find the missing documents decisions are made and the end result will surprise readers.
Trust, faith, betrayals, forgiveness, understanding and fear are just some of the issues and emotions that are brought to light in this complex and multilayered novel by author Alan Jacobson. At times readers might question the reasons behind what the President does or does not do but this becomes clear at the end. It is up to you the reader to decide whether the American President acted in the best interest of the American people or you think he should have taken a stronger stand.
As Vail, DeSantos, Uziel and Mohammed Fahad join forces to take down the terrorists a cloud or veil of concern falls over one as to whether he can be trusted as his heritage and family might cause them to have doubts about his loyaltiesAdded in we learn about this codex in the 1950’s, the Qumran caves and the fact that some of the “scrolls are manuals of the beliefs and practices of the Essenes, who were free thinkers.” The author continues with the history of the documents in Chapters 24- 30.
As the pieces of the puzzle fit together choices have to be made by the team to decide whom to trust. The danger is real. The terrorists are on the rise. The body count is not falling and when they come face to face with the man who is in charge of it all a starling revelation will leave readers wondering about the loyalty of some and the truths behind the words that are spoken by many.
As the final gun is drawn and the end just might be near who will get the Codex or will it remain missing forever? Who can be trusted and what happens when they find out just how many terrorist attacks are planned but will they be able to stop them and will they be able to locate where? An ending that lets you know that this team has much more to explore as Karen Vail, relentless, persistent and often takes the lead in many instances just might return but I hope that Robby will play more of a role next time. In the acknowledgements the author relates something about the facts and when he felt is necessary to deviate from the truth.
Who wins? Who loses? Just where is the Codex? Find out the dramatic heart stopping ending when you read this outstanding novel.
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