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The Tenth Saint (The Sarah Weston Chronicles #1)

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  176 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Cambridge archaeologist Sarah Weston makes an unusual discovery in the ancient Ethiopian mountain kingdom of Aksum—a sealed tomb with inscriptions in an obscure dialect. Along with her colleague, American anthropologist Daniel Madigan, she tries to identify the entombed man and translate the inscriptions. Tracking down clues in Addis Ababa and the monasteries of Lalibela, ...more
Paperback, 438 pages
Published January 25th 2012 by Medallion Press
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Contemporary mysteries and thrillers aren't my usual stomping ground, but I've been know to sample the genre when an author builds their story on a foundation of historic fact which is what led me to D.J. Niko's The Tenth Saint.

Despite being one of the oldest Christian communities in the Middle East, I knew next to nothing about Coptic Christianity when I began reading this book and though religion is not the primary theme
PART THRILLER, PART HISTORICAL NOVEL - "The Tenth Saint" is a thriller, as written on the spine, but it is also a thinking person's novel. It is comprised of two separate plots that start to intertwine midway through the book. One taking place in ancient times through deserts, nomadic tribes and the days of early Christianity in Ethiopia, and a modern day quest to unravel a mysterious find that leads the protagonists deep in the bowels of Coptic Christianity's monastic life and the churches of L ...more
Donald Baker
This book is just plain bad.

Silly plot

Dumb and predictable twists

Lousy dialogue

Big dose of the authors far left politics

All of which makes for a terrible book.

I read a little over half before I started skimming to find out what the predictable ending would be.
Katie Dooley
This book was only 266 pages and it still took me a week to read. I am a fast reader and can normally polish off an 800 page book in a couple of days. It seemed almost painfully slow moving for me. I had to keep putting it down and forcing myself to come back to it. There were enough interesting details that it made me want to read through to the end however I kept wishing that they would get to the point faster.

Even more frustrating was the fact that this book is not really suited to read in
Cambridge archaeologist Sarah Weston,the daughter of an Amerian actress and a British lord, wants to make it on her own. She's trying to do that on a dig in Ethopia, looking for the lost city of Aksum when she learns of a tomb covered in obscure writings rumored to belong to the tenth saint of Coptic Christianity--but it is a reality or just myth? Deep inside a cave, Sarah, along with her colleague anthropologist Daniel Madigan, both determined to find the truth, stumble upon ancient, Nostradamu ...more
Marika Charalambous
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A very interesting read, a mix of archaeologycal mystery, apocalyptic novel, bit of Indiana Jones adventure, historical novel, and time travel mixed in. And while such a varied mix might just confuse the readers in other books, the author has really pulled it together well.

The book has actually two main parts, the present and the past. The story told from the present is full of action and suspense, while the past is beautiful, lyr
The Tenth Saint was a winner. The author's rich, descriptive language painted an intriguing story carefully unfolded. Early in the book, I was thirsty for more of Gabriel's story and genuinely shocked as it was revealed. I would have never anticipated the manner in which the plot pivoted, but found it to be a fascinating juxtaposition with the rich history and traditional lifestyle of the Bedouin people portrayed throughout. I knew very little of Coptic Christianity before reading The Tenth Sain ...more
I really enjoyed this book. To feel completely immersed in a novel can be quite rare at times, but D.J. Niko wrote The Tenth Saint quite nicely that gripped me from the very first page. Unlike other novels that have information that you are required to understand to fully the grasp the story, The Tenth Saint doesn't pile the information on heavily. It slowly fleshes out details to let them simmer and allow you to think about it before new information is presented. I especially enjoyed reading Ga ...more
Without doubt, one of the most well-written and well-researched mystery thrillers that I've read in a long time. The story is excellent, and the heroine appeals, but the real strength of The Tenth Saint is in the author's depiction of Ethiopia and Arabia. You can almost feel the desert sand and rock under your feet. I'll be buying and reading the second novel, The Riddle of Solomon, straight away.

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Disappointing. I really wanted to enjoy this book. It had some thrilling moments and an interesting premise, but, honestly, if I need more left-wing preaching about global warming and evil corporations, I'll watch MSNBC. I wish it were possible for an author to write a book without putting their personal politics into it.
An archeological find in the Ethiopian desert turns into a discovery with global implications in this fast-paced and engaging novel. What I thought would be a historical conspiracy-theory turned into an apocalyptic prophecy involving time travel. But it worked. I thought Niko did a great job weaving the story of ancient Ethiopian Coptics with the future environmental decline of the planet. What archeologist Sarah Weston finds in a desolate cave leads her to a controversial plot with a science fi ...more
The Tenth Saint by D.J. Niko will take you on an adventure and will surely have you turning the pages quickly as it did me. The Tenth Saint is the first in the Sarah Weston Chronicles and I’ve actually done things a little backwards this time as I read the second in the series before this one but it made no difference. The Tenth Saint had me enthralled from the first pages to the last and I have to say that this series has me hooked. I love the characters and the fast paced story line with plent ...more
Apr 18, 2014 Diana rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Four Stars
I have to confess that I would have probably not picked up The Tenth Saint (The Sarah Weston Chronicles #1) by D.J. Niko because it’s not the type of story that I am usually drawn too. But since I was given this opportunity to review it I’m very glad that I did! For me this story was a mix of Indian Jones meets Laura Croft. I absolutely loved Sarah Weston. To say that she is gutsy is a
Even though this book comes in at 464 pages it was a quick read. The chapters are not too long and usually ended with a little cliffhanger, which just made me want to read more and 3 days later I was finished. Weaving back and forth in time, the author wove a very interesting story that I enjoyed and thought was original.

This book was a mix of mystery, action, historical, suspense, archaeological and romance along with time travel. In the 1600's we have a man named Gabriel, you know that there
Lori McD
3-3.5 stars

I wasn't keen on the back-and-forth between Sarah's story and Gabriel's story. It felt like I just got into Sarah's story - understood what was going on amongst all the archaelogist and sociologist jargon and geographic references, and BOOM - suddenly, I'm in Gabriel's story. The first switch was the most jarring, since there was no transition and no explanation; it's entirely up to the reader to the reader to figure out the connection between the two stories.

The author certainly has
The Lit Bitch
I actually started this series a little backward by reading the second book first but that didn’t spoil the series for me in the least! As I said before in my review of the second book, this is a thrilling ride through the Near East and its history!

The only thing that was a little different in this book for me was the pace. I felt like the pace in the second book was much faster…this one was a little bit thick with the back story and there were a couple of parallel stories happening which bogged
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Rating actually 3.5 stars

This book was a pretty fast read for me. I had to stop towards the end for a bit, but only to catch up on some other books that I needed to finish up.

Overall I really enjoyed this novel. It did get slow in parts, namely the parts devoted to Gabriel's story. I did find it picked up again as soon as the action started, or when another piece to the puzzle was found. The last 50 pages really sped by on this story, as suddenly it all unfold
Cathy Cole
The Tenth Saint had several hooks that drew me to reading it: the archaeology, the less well-known setting of Ethiopia, ancient prophecies, and modern technology are just a few. The story, told in alternating chapters and timelines-- from the fourth century story of a tall, mysterious white man traveling with nomads in the desert to the modern-day tale of Sarah and Daniel-- is a little bit Indiana Jones and a little bit Da Vinci Code. However, the familiar plot elements are more than made up for ...more
Lisa Katsiris
Did it seem like you could easily picture it becoming a movie, yes. Was it predictable in spots, yes. However it was still enjoyable.

There were a few spots where it seemed like there could have been more character or plot development but there were enough twists to keep things interesting.

I have to say there was a turn in the plot that caught me off guard. I was thinking it was a mistake and would ruin the story, it did turn the story into something I hadn't expected but it worked out.

The book d
Great book...until the author decided to spend the last quarter of the story preaching about how the Earth and oceans are dying if we don't change how we live, blah, blah, blah.
Not to mention the ridiculous sci-fi plot twist.
However, it did keep my attention and I will check out the second installment and keep an open mind.
My advice for you is: don't take it too seriously.
Working in mountainous Ethiopia, an archaeologist discovers a sealed tomb with inscriptions in an obscure dialect. She tracks down a codex and translates the inscriptions into a set of prophecies about Earth’s final hours, written by a man hailed by Ethiopian mystics as Coptic Christianity’s 10th saint. Of course, she runs into danger from mysterious people trying to keep her from learning the truth.

I enjoyed learning a little more about the Coptic Christian history of Ethiopia, though it would
Katy H
Un-put-down-able! I'm not kidding. I literally had to force myself to stop reading this (usually around 4 a.m.) just so I could get some sleep. Absolutely fascinating and (obviously) insomnia-inducing. Among the best books I've read - and it was a FREE nookbook! It did take me longer to read this than some other, much longer books I've read recently, but I'm attributing that to 1. the amount of content contained, despite the relatively short length, 2. the fact that I'm not feeling well, 3. the ...more
Bill Wehrman
The Tenth Saint is a very fast read, partly because it is a page turner with short chapters, but more so because the story is gripping. While I'd like to see a little more character development in the next book in the Sarah Weston series, I suspect Ms. Niko's editor scaled it back in this book to keep parallel stories moving quickly and the reader riveted. The geographical, archaeological and church history details normally would have taken the book off my reading list, but Ms. Niko wove them in ...more
Mark Spivak
This is a terrific story. One of the best things about it is the pacing, which draws in the reader in such a way that the book is very difficult to put down. The distinctive atmosphere of the Ethiopian desert comes across almost as a separate character. The author has a genuine feel for the customs of the Bedouins, and weaves the details of their culture into the parallel stories of Gabriel (the Tenth Saint) and the archaeologists (Sarah Weston and Daniel Madigan). It's a fascinating read, and h ...more
I must admit it took me a while to settle into this book, but once I persevered, I enjoyed the concept of it and the storyline.

Two stories are told in parallel, occurring at different points in time. Personally, I found the historical story the most interesting.

If you enjoy a book with a mix of history, archaeology and corporate espionage, I'd recommend this...
A mixture of archaeology, scf/fi, mystisism, ecology and religion all rolled into a thriller. A great read for a rainy day or quite weekend. The characters are well developed athough the plots begin to drag slightly towards the end with global warming issues. It definitely had lots of plaot twists and turns. I would read other books by D.J. Niko in the future
I enjoyed this story very much. I felt it was quite the page turner, although I had to turn the pages back once because I thought I missed Sarah and Danny's escape from handcuffs, only to realize they gathered wood, started a fire, killed and cooked their food while still bound. Despite that, I found the story thought-provoking and would recommend it highly.
Interesting story line but it seemed like chunks of the story were missing. There is no development of the friendship between Sarah and Daniel, not much background to the rocky relationship between Sarah and her father and some events are presented almost in retrospect. Probably won't be recommending it to the group who borrow my books.
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D.J. Niko is the pseudonym for Daphne Nikolopoulos, a journalist, author, editor, and self-proclaimed modern nomad who has spent the better part of two decades 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 novels. She has a particular passion for deserts and the nomadic way of life and has spen ...more
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