Book Review: “The Babylon Contingency” by Clifford Longley

February 23, 2015 at 12:31 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Clifford Longley in his new book, “Babylon Contingency book coverThe Babylon Contingency” published by Kregel Publications introduces us to Detective Chief Inspector Robbie Peele.

From the back cover:   Investigating a burglary at an English country house, Detective Chief Inspector Robbie Peele comes face to face with one of the most mysterious objects in world archaeology, the Phaestos Disk—and with the Middle Eastern terrorist cell determined to steal it.

The vital clue is a long abandoned Muslim village in Crete, where a Victorian gentleman explorer witnessed horrors that were meant to be secret and recorded what he saw in coded diaries. Seeking the truth about the Phaestos Disk, Peele and his assistant, Sarah Shipton, are on the cusp of solving the mystery when they are caught in an ancient Egyptian burial chamber during an earthquake.

In the end Peele has to ask far harder questions than simply who committed the original burglary. The origins of the Phaestos Disk are inextricably bound up with the Middle East peace process in ways that frustrate and astound him.

I like the archeology stories. I am so impressed that a discovery now and the subsequent understanding of that discovery can affect the religious beliefs and understandings of the centuries. And that is exactly what is happening within these pages. “The Babylon Contingency” is filled with tension and many twist and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Mr. Longley is highly talented and keeps the story moving at a very high level of quality, though every so often it does slow down a touch. I do have to let you know in advance that there is “R” rated language in this book and some sexual situations that I didn’t find necessary.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Kregel Publications.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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