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Finding Sheba (An Omar Zagouri Thriller #1)

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An ancient legend is reborn . . . One that might prove the Bible false.

For centuries, historians have theorized the Queen of Sheba as only a seductive legend, and scholars have debated over the legitimacy of King David or King Solomon. When undercover Israeli agent, Omar Zagouri, stumbles onto a tomb in Northern Jerusalem he unknowingly finds the final clue that threatens
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Paperback, 438 pages
Published August 15th 2013 by StoneHouse Ink (first published August 5th 2013)
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Jacob Proffitt
Aug 23, 2013 Jacob Proffitt rated it really liked it
Shelves: lds, action
After reading about Omar and Mia in A Timeless Romance Anthology: Autumn Collection, I expressed a desire to read more of these two characters. Shortly thereafter, I received an offer from the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Safe bet on their side, I suppose, as I already liked those two a great deal.

The book got off to a slow start for me, however, though that may be a perceptual issue on my side. The book has a number of viewpoint characters (including one f
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So, I Read This Book Today
Feb 06, 2015 So, I Read This Book Today rated it it was amazing
How a thriller SHOULD be written The world we see that seems so insane is the result of a belief system that is not working. To perceive the world differently, we must be willing to change our belief system, let the past slip away, expand our sense of now, and dissolve the fear in our minds. – William JamesThe history of the Jews has been written overwhelmingly by scholars of texts – understandably given the formative nature of the Bible and the Talmud. Seeing Jewish history through artifacts, a ...more
Casey ~Kaleidoscopic Killer of the Deep~
A solid 3

I went into this book with zero knowledge of the historical significance or stories relating to the Queen of Sheba. Heard of her, yep, but that's about it. As such, I cannot speak to the potential historical accuracy of the book so my review is based entirely on how much I personally enjoyed it.

I never read The Da Vinci Code, but I did see the movie, and Finding Sheba felt like watching The Da Vinci Code. There were even fade to black moments. The different POVs brought the story togeth
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Melanie
Aug 26, 2013 Melanie rated it it was amazing
WOW!! I loved this book! Three different storylines are woven into one. It's basically a race to find the tomb of the Queen of Sheba. We first meet Omar Zabouri, who is an undercover Israeli agent. His story intersects with Mia, his ex-girlfriend, and Alem, who meets Omar in Yemen.

Next we meek Nicaula, the Queen of Sheba, in 964 B.C. in Southern Arabia. We learn her story throughout the book and it's fascinating. (I wish there had been footnotes so I would know what part of her story is factual.
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Tressa (Wishful Endings)
Sep 04, 2013 Tressa (Wishful Endings) rated it really liked it
When I finished reading the first chapter, I knew this was going to be good and well-written. There are three different points of view that we follow throughout the book. I thought the author did a really good job in organizing these so that it was easy to follow what was going on. I also liked the way she paced her information. At the beginning I was wondering why it would be such a big deal to know exactly where Queen Sheba was buried and then her character asks the same thing and gets her ans ...more
C.J. Anaya
May 26, 2015 C.J. Anaya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finding Sheba focuses on different nations fighting to discover the final resting place for the queen of Sheba. Omar and Mia, two Israeli operatives are trying to find the culprits responsible for the attempted assassination of the Coptic Pope while Jade and Lucas, are hot on the trail of clues to the Queen's resting place. The story follows several different characters who all meet up in the end with their own pieces of the puzzle adding to the bigger picture, which is, in my opinion, pretty da ...more
Jessie
Feb 01, 2015 Jessie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, arc
3 1/2 stars
It's hard to know where to start on this book, because there were so many characters involved. We have Mia and Omar who work intelligence for the Israeli government, French archeologist Lucas Morell, and American grad student, Jade, and then the Queen of Sheba, King Solomon, and their contemporaries. The story focuses on archeologist, governments, and modern-day pirates all searching for the tomb of the Queen of Sheba, in order to verify her existence and that of King Solomon.
There wa
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Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Aug 29, 2013 Aimee (Getting Your Read On) rated it really liked it
Wow, this book was packed full of interesting things. I want to call it a historical thriller but it wasn't really fully historical because obviously it's fiction and it wasn't really a thriller because it wasn't scary or anything but it thrilled me. :) Hum, is that clear as mud? Historical Thriller.

At first I was a bit confused because there are quite a few different characters, all in different places doing different things. It took me awhile to get to know the characters enough that I felt li
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Cheryl
Aug 12, 2013 Cheryl rated it really liked it
I always love Heather Moore's characters and storytelling. "Finding Sheba" was no exception. She weaves a beautiful tale full of adventure and romance. I also really enjoy learning about history from Heather. She helps me understand what different cultures, times, and places are like.

I did feel a little lost some of the time though. I think that is because I knew almost nothing about the Queen of Sheba before I started reading this book. Most of the other historical fiction I have read by Heath
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Heather
Aug 09, 2013 Heather rated it it was amazing
For every novel I have written, there is a story behind the writing, and there is also a story behind the publication. Finding Sheba has extensive stories on both accounts. I’m a “discovery writer” or a “pantser writer.” This means I often don’t know what will happen next in the story. I’ll sit down to write and read the pages I wrote the day before and hope (crossing fingers) that I can pick up where I left off and come up with something interesting.

Finding Sheba will be released in August 201
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Julie
Aug 26, 2013 Julie rated it it was amazing
When I started reading Finding Sheba it was like Heather Moore had blended her talent with historicals and contemporary all into one book. We have a story thread of the Queen of Sheba and what's going on in her life after her father dies and she goes on a mission to avenge his death. I was so fascinated with the way she was portrayed and the theories that were put forward on her life and what could have happened. The research was impeccable and I really was pulled into wanting to know more about ...more
Rachel Devaughn
Jul 16, 2013 Rachel Devaughn rated it it was amazing
“Finding Sheba” by Heather Moore is a romantic, tragic, thriller book all rolled into one. I can’t imagine how many months it took the author to gather historic information about Queen Sheba and the Middle East to make it seem as accurate as possible. It took me a couple chapters to really get into the story line because it kept jumping from character to character and their particular story. However, by the end of the book the characters all came together so it made more sense why the book was w ...more
Kathleen Dixon
I was sent this book as part of a blog tour hosted by I am a Reader, not a Writer, and I offered to read and review it. The blurb about this book had me most interested. I like thrillers, I like books that promise to be a series with a named 'star', and I'm interested in biblical history. There was no reason not to enjoy it.

And enjoy it I did! Occasionally I found the dialogue a little unlikely, and the romances were predictable, but the author draws excellent descriptions of the places we trave
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Alisa
Aug 01, 2013 Alisa rated it it was amazing
I took notes while reading this book, and I can't find them - Yikes! So I will come back and update this review when I find those notes...

I almost got lost in the first three chapters of this book... We went from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island to North of Jerusalem to Southern Arabia in 964BC. But I'm glad I stayed with the book because it was a great, great story!

Omar Zagouri is an Israeli intelligence officer working undercover. He works for the same company as his ex-girlfriend
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Lindzee Armstrong
Aug 09, 2013 Lindzee Armstrong rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
This was an international thriller that kept me guessing the whole book. I'm a historian, and the history in Finding Sheba absolutely fascinated me. I actually don't know a lot about the Queen of Sheba, and I loved learning more about her and the legends surrounding her. Now I want to go research the Queen and find out what was fact and what was fiction in this book!

My favorite thing about this book is that it alternated between modern day and the tenth century, when the Queen of Sheba reigned.
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M R
Mar 13, 2015 M R rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Moore delivers a heart-pounding race through ancient landscapes and modern intrigues as an epic hunt for the Queen of Sheba’s final resting place leads to the truth behind the legends. The discovery of a hidden tomb leads to the attempted murder of the Coptic Pope and pulls a diverse cast of characters into a quest across the deserts of Saudi Arabia in order to find clues they hope will prove the existence of key historical figures mentioned in the Bible. Along the way, they face death, desert p ...more
❀Aimee❀ Just one more page...
Parts of this book were amazingly written. I was on edge, reading feverishly through the thrilling moments. Who doesn't love an archaeology thriller?

There was a character I just couldn't stand. I can't tell you how many times the college student glanced at her mood ring to figure out how she felt. I was ragey every time she did it. She was an idiot when it came to understanding modesty and basic safety in Egypt.

I loved the POV from the Queen of Sheba, the constant adventure, and all in all I enj
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J. Kahele
Feb 03, 2016 J. Kahele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: maxine
This was different than anything I have ever read. The author took three different POV’s and cleverly wove it into the book like it was of second nature. This is not an easy task, but the author did it brilliantly. The plot surrounds the tomb of Queen Sheba. We meet Omar Zabouri, an Israeli agent, then we meet the Queen of Sheba, herself, Nicaula, finally we meet Jade an intern from Cairo.

There was a lot of action in this book and I learned a lot of historical facts, I never knew existed. Great
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Nikki Lewis
Aug 16, 2013 Nikki Lewis rated it it was amazing
“Finding Sheba” is such an amazing book! I definitely give it 5 stars and recommend it to all! It is a suspenseful romantic thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat while you flip page after to find out what will happen next. Although this book is written from multiple views, it is interesting to learn everyone’s stories and see them all come together in the end. I LOVED how you get so sucked in that it is very hard to put down, which is what killed me about this book because I was h ...more
Julie
Oct 11, 2013 Julie rated it it was amazing
In this race to find the missing tomb of the queen of Sheba, history comes forward to contemporary times. Moore weaves emotion and life into every word so that I feel like I am part of the story rather than just reading about it.
Finding the tomb means many things to many different factions. It could be the discovery of a century. But some people would do anything to keep the tomb hidden. The backstory of this ancient queen is heartbreakingly beautiful and is woven so well into the tale that you
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So, I Read This Book Today
The world we see that seems so insane is the result of a belief system that is not working. To perceive the world differently, we must be willing to change our belief system, let the past slip away, expand our sense of now, and dissolve the fear in our minds. – William James

The history of the Jews has been written overwhelmingly by scholars of texts – understandably given the formative nature of the Bible and the Talmud. Seeing Jewish history through artifacts, architecture and images is still a
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Taffy
Jan 06, 2015 Taffy rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
FINDING SHEBA is a mix of intrigue, adventure, history, romance and a mysterious queen. Moore writes in a way that weaves history into the plot without taking the reader out of the story. And she writes in such a way that I almost believe I am in the scene, from the smells to the sounds to the sights. Very well done!

Thanks to netgalley for the read!
Mindy
Sep 08, 2013 Mindy rated it it was amazing
Heather has proven time and time again what an amazing author she is. This book is no exception to her talent. The characters are engrossing and I loved the way Finding Sheba is told.
A.L. Sowards
3.5 stars, rounding up. I like history and I like suspense novels, so I thought this one would be a good fit for me. The main plot revolves around searching out the Queen of Sheba’s tomb, a find of historical significance, and something several groups are willing to kill over. I liked the beginning and I liked the end. The middle was OK. I was surprised that Mia and Omar had lived together, unmarried. There weren’t any details, but since the author writes lots of clean romance, I was a little di ...more
Erika B. (SOS BOOKS)
Aug 19, 2013 Erika B. (SOS BOOKS) rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, pg-romance, moauthor
I am fast becoming a Heather B. Moore fan! The more I read books written by her the more I find I like them! She offers romance and adventure! What more could you ask for?! :D
Zoe Shelley
Mar 24, 2016 Zoe Shelley rated it really liked it
Although it's taken me a while to read this, I quite enjoyed it. It's been a while since I've read a historical/mystery book and this has made me remember why I like them so much.

Before reading this I didn't actually know much about Queen Sheba and that period of history. The majority of this book may be fictional but it made me interested.

Dramatic, fast-paced and brilliantly written, I quickly got wrapped up in the suspense. Although I found it difficult to understand who was who, it was easy
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Michelle Ryles
May 14, 2016 Michelle Ryles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: galleys-read
I do have a keen interest in ancient history, particularly Egyptian and Roman, so I always like to read fiction books involving archaeology and hidden treasures. Finding Sheba definitely fell into that category and H.B. Moore cleverly added a thriller element to it which made it a very quick read as I absolutely raced through the pages.

There are three interconnected stories in the book as all of the characters pair up: Nicaula & Batal, Omar & Mia and Jade & Lucas. Sometimes the balan
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Bea
Religion, history, a mystery, and a conspiracy- all of that is my catnip so I had to read this book. Unfortunately, it didn't quite live up to my expectations.

Archaeologist Lucas Morel invites grad student Jade Holmes to intern with him on a dig that may reveal information about the Biblical Queen of Sheba, who is the subject of Jade's masters thesis. There is little factual evidence to support the Bible's claims of her existence or that of King Solomon or his father King David. But, several cou
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Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
I don't always like modern and historical stories interwoven- I usually find one boring and distracting to the other, but not in this case! I loved the viewpoint of Nicaula, the legendary Queen of Sheba, eagerly anticipating her next account and discovering where her passionate story led. The modern viewpoints are chock full of action and intrigue- switching from one character to another to give a well-rounded perspective of the puzzle pieces that seem random but work their way together by the e ...more
Katie W
Sometimes the thought of writing a book stresses me out, even if I'm not the one doing the writing. That's exactly how this book was, mainly because so much research had to have gone on to put this together and the fact that there are a couple of different stories going on, some modern and one way in the past, and they all intertwine to weave together. That takes some serious talent!

There were several characters, all trying to find the truth surrounding the Queen of Sheba. Some were good and som
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