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    D.J. Niko

ISBN: 9781605425290

The Riddle of Solomon

by: D.J. Niko

Book 2 in the Sarah Weston Chronicles

Cambridge archaeologist Sarah Weston and American anthropologist Daniel Madigan are working on the Qaryat al-Fau archaeological site in Saudi Arabia when they uncover a mysterious ancient scroll written in the form of a riddle. As they try to date and decipher the scroll, a number of ills, including a catastrophic fire, befall their expedition and the scroll is stolen.

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D.J. Niko is the pseudonym for Daphne Nikolopoulos, an award-winning journalist, author, editor, and lecturer who has spent her entire adult life traveling the world. As a former travel writer and zealous adventurer, she has visited remote spots on six continents, many of which have inspired her archaeological thriller series, The Sarah Weston Chronicles. She was born and raised in Athens, Greece, and now resides in Florida with her family. Niko is currently at work on a historical novel set in tenth-century BCE Israel. Photo credit: LILA Photo
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Overview

Cambridge archaeologist Sarah Weston and American anthropologist Daniel Madigan are working on the Qaryat al-Fau archaeological site in Saudi Arabia when they uncover a mysterious ancient scroll written in the form of a riddle. As they try to date and decipher the scroll, a number of ills, including a catastrophic fire, befall their expedition and the scroll is stolen.

Sarah and Daniel follow a trail of clues leading to India, Jerusalem, and the Judean wilderness, where they discover the truth about the scroll: it was written by King Solomon as a map to an ancient manuscript containing an astounding revelation.

But Sarah and Daniel are not the only ones intent on finding it. Trent Sacks, a privileged young Briton, has spent years and a fortune looking for this manuscript. The man believes he is the last descendant of the House of David in the line of Solomon, and he will stop at nothing to amass the ancient relics to prove to the world he is the Messiah. Leaving destruction and a string of murders in his wake, he vows to crush Sarah and Daniel for challenging his quest.

Journeying through the worlds of the occult, corporate greed, geopolitical conflict, Judaic mysticism, and biblical archaeology, Sarah and Daniel race against time and a formidable enemy to uncover the powerful ancient message that could have an explosive impact on modern Israel. But is the world ready for the revelation it contains?

Details

ISBN: 9781605425290
Publisher: Medallion Press Inc.
Publish Date: 2013
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“Like a sandstorm roaring out of the Judean Desert, The Riddle of Solomon rips readers out of the familiar world, dropping them breathless in a place where ancient kings still keep their secrets. D. J. Niko’s storytelling carries the grit of desert dust and the seductive scent of incense on every page as Sarah Weston races with a madman to save the treasures that King Solomon left behind.” Mary Anna Evans, award-winning author of Artifacts and Wounded Earth

"The Riddle of Solomon is authentic and inspiring." ~Laurence O'Bryan author of The Jerusalem Puzzle

"Take a dash of Dan Brown, a sprinkle of Raiders of the Lost Ark, and a whole lot of originality, and you've got the recipe for D.J. Niko's latest novel, the second in the spellbinding Sarah Weston saga. For readers who like their adventures steeped in research, authenticity, and nonstop intrigue, The Riddle of Solomon is highly recommended!" ~Ronald Malfi, author of Floating Staircase and Cradle Lake

“If you like adventure books in which you can help solve a mystery through subtle clues, this book is for you! Niko will thrill you throughout the novel and completely surprise you in the end. Just when you think you might have it figured out, you’ll be slapping your palm to your forehead.” ~Hookofabook.com

“It is no coincidence that this piece has been compared to Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Da Vinci Code. Niko seamlessly weaves together fact and fiction into a fast-paced adventure that is guaranteed to leave readers on the edge of their seats. Cover to cover I was captivated by the twists and turns Niko worked into the plot.” ~Flashlight Commentary

“With summer coming, I am putting a list of reads together for my audience and I am happy to suggest The Riddle of Solomon for anyone taking their Kindle or a paperback to the beach. It is rich in detail, has a fast-paced plot, and I give it 4 CROSSES!” ~Sir Read-A-Lot

“If you are looking for something new and exotic to sink your teeth into this summer, then this is the series for you. Suspense, archaeology, and history make this series one to watch and not to be missed!” ~The Lit Bitch

“The book’s strength lies in its fusion or blending of historical fiction with modern-day issues. As a sort of academic thriller, readers are treated to the usual wild chase whilst the two heroes muddle their way through history, cryptic clues, and dead languages.” ~Bitches With Books

“Detailed, vivid description is among the author’s greatest strengths. Whether sketching the ancient marvels revealed by the archaeological quest, the interiors of caves, the colossal machinery developed by demonic Trent Sacks, or the landscape’s shifting desert sands, Ms. Niko puts us where her imagination wants us to be.” ~Phil Jason, Fort Meyers Florida Weekly

“Ancient history has never been more exciting. With the pace of Indiana Jones and the intelligence and puzzle solving of The DaVinci Code, this book is a true keeper that readers will enjoy again and again. Stepping away from the norm when it comes to archaeological digs, usually set in the Valley of the Kings, this tale offers new locales, new looks at the old world, and an adventure of mammoth proportions. After reading this one, fans will be begging for book three.” ~ Amy Lignor, author of 13, The Sapphire Storm, and The Hero’s Companion

“If you are looking for a truly outstanding read, The Riddle of Solomon is definitely one to check out. You do not have to have read book 1, The Tenth Saint, to be up to speed, but I’d recommend picking it up if for no other reason than that it, too, is a great read.” —Love Romances & More