The Destiny Relic
by Ed Mitchell
Pub Date 27 Dec 2018
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Hank Cameron, cousin to a U.S. Senator, is the most hated and most hunted man in the Middle East. Framed for stealing a religious relic that could inflame or end warfare around the world, he is isolated in Jordan. A dead or alive bounty has been issued for his capture. Agents of the Vatican, the Israeli Mossad, and Muslim terrorists, all want what he has. Where to hide? Who to trust? Can he survive? Will the world?
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Donovan’s Bookshelf January 2019 - Recommended Reading (Ms. Donovan is also the California Books editor at Midwest Book Review) http://donovansliteraryservices.com/january-2019-issue.html
“Hank is a graduate student whose main claim to fame is that he's suspected of stealing an ancient religious relic in the Middle East. This piece could start or end wars, and despite the fact that Hank is innocent, he's had to flee to Jordan with virtually every force in the world on his tail, from the Vatican to Muslim terrorists.
There's only one way out of his dilemma; but his further involvement with the relic promises complexity and more dilemmas (if such is possible) in The Destiny Relic, a thriller armed with more intrigue in its first chapter than most competitors feature in their entire book.
The first strength to note about this vivid story is that it's the fourth book in the Gold Lust series. While it supports prior action and events, it serves as a standalone thriller and opens with a list of characters divided by country and group to help newcomers get up and running.
Speaking of getting quickly into the story, Hank provides an assessment of his latest archaeological challenge that captures both his youthful enthusiasm for his chosen profession and why his pursuits differ from the norm: "This is not your grandfather’s archaeology expedition. We’re not looking for a city or a religious site mentioned in the Bible, or an old church or even a Roman battlefield. No, we’re doing what no one else has ever tried. We’re looking for the buried wealth of merchant clans strung across the Middle East 2,000 years ago. These clans were some of the richest and most influential in the region. They accumulated their fortunes by guiding camel caravans between Turkey and Egypt, and from the Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf.”
The sense of anticipation powering The Destiny Relic is thus driven not just by unfolding events, but by Hank's own perceptions of the possibilities of and threats to his mission.
As circumstances carry Hank from an archaeologist's dream job to a foreign visitor's nightmare, clashing with political and terrorist forces, they successfully immerse readers with a combination of high-octane action, the promise of treasure and deadly danger, and undercover missions and encounters.
From surveillance missions and political clashes to Hank's efforts to survive, another big plus to this story is that it takes time to build a vivid atmosphere which brings readers directly into the Middle Eastern environment: "A green refuge of date palm trees and vegetable gardens filled the wide floor of the semicircle shaped canyon. Nearby, dozens of birds flew among the trees. Above the orchard, the walls rose two-hundred-feet, stripped with wavy bands of yellow, pink, and tan stone. Despite being protected by high cliffs, a steady breeze sank into the canyon and flowed out the entrance crack, keeping the oasis warm without being uncomfortably hot as in the scorched valley the men had left."
From issues surrounding the preservation and ownership of sacred texts to hacking and cyber-emergencies, . . . The Destiny Relic is loaded with observations that lend insights into real-world forces, conflicts, and ideals.
This thriller embraces not just political but religious struggles, sacrifice, and belief systems. Its injection of an unexpected romance that somehow manages to blossom against the backdrop of continual life-threatening controversies creates a story that is dramatic, realistic, and hard to put down.
Imagine Indiana Jones-type action with more of a grounding in real-world events and a dash of religious inspection added into the conflicts, to get a sense of the gripping politics and plot of The Destiny Relic, a satisfying foray into Middle East affairs that is hard to put down.”
This award-winning author is writing again after illness and deaths in the family forced a long break after the 3rd book in his Gold Lust series of thrillers. Now he is releasing the 4th book in 2019 and a 5th in 2020. Ebook versions of the three previous works are already in digital stores. Go to https://books2read.com/u/bxZV0q
To help new readers affordably read the series he has released The Gold Lust Series 3-in-1 Bundle (eBook) at https://books2read.com/u/boYgY1 You can read the first chapter and praise of each of his books on his website.
Autographed Hardback (Gold Rush 2000) and Trade Paperback versions of his other thrillers are sold on the Author's & Publisher's websites https://booksbyedmitchell.com http://www.calcoastpub.com.
He began his career winning the "National Publishers Award for Best New Fiction in the US. and Canada" issued by the American Self-Publishers Association. At the launch of his hardback Gold Rush 2000 he included a gold coin contest for buyers. He plans another gold coin contest with the release of his next thriller. But now, fans need to read Gold Fire (book-3), The Destiny Relic, and then book-5 scheduled for release in 2020.