True Raiders

The Untold Story of the 1909 Expedition to Find the Legendary Ark of the Covenant

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Pub Date 21 Sep 2021 | Archive Date 05 Oct 2021

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True Raiders is The Lost City of Z meets The Da Vinci Code, from critically acclaimed author Brad Ricca.

This book tells the untold true story of Monty Parker, a British rogue nobleman who, after being dared to do so by Ava Astor, the so-called “most beautiful woman in the world,” headed a secret 1909 expedition to find the fabled Ark of the Covenant. Like a real-life version of Raiders of the Lost Ark, this incredible story of adventure and mystery has almost been completely forgotten today.

In 1908, Monty is approached by a strange Finnish scholar named Valter Juvelius who claims to have discovered a secret code in the Bible that reveals the location of the Ark. Monty assembles a ragtag group of blueblood adventurers, a renowned psychic, and a Franciscan father, to engage in a secret excavation just outside the city walls of Jerusalem.

Using recently uncovered records from the original expedition and several newly translated sources, True Raiders is the first retelling of this group’s adventures– in the space between fact and faith, science and romance.

True Raiders is The Lost City of Z meets The Da Vinci Code, from critically acclaimed author Brad Ricca.

This book tells the untold true story of Monty Parker, a British rogue nobleman who, after...

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True Raiders by Brad Ricca is an excellent book that is the cumulation of facts, stories, documents, historical accounts, first-person narratives, publications, and so on of a retelling of the infamous Parker Expedition. I loved this!

Being a life-long and passionate fan of archeology, I instantly grabbed up this book to see what could be made of the famous and mysterious Parker Expedition that took place in the early 20th century. Boy, I am glad I did!

Headed by Monty Parker, amongst many other players (in which the author presents at the beginning in a Who’s Who list, and in alternating viewpoints, this archeological dig/expedition/quest involved the ultimate goal of locating, unearthing and deciphering the location and contents of the biblical (and at times mystical) Ark of the Covenant. (For movie fans...does Harrison Ford and Raiders of the Lost Ark ring any bells?)

We get to meet all of the unique, fascinating, and fabulous players within this group, and the author is beyond impressive in weaving a narrative that is based on all the above research into what feels like a smooth, intriguing, and easy fictional novel. Alternating viewpoints are used to help round out the information that has been gathered from the plethora of sources to help weave the storyline into place.

It was gripping, fascinating, intriguing, entertaining, and fantastic. It just makes me love history and archeology even more so. I am in love with this book!

5/5 stars

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