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Abraham's Bones

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  28 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
As political conditions continue to deteriorate in the Middle East, Vatican officials urge archeologist John Christopher to accept the position as ambassador-at-large to the upcoming negotiations. As a former official at the American State Department, he is familiar with the problems of the region, and personally acquainted with many of its leaders. The sudden disappearanc ...more
Paperback, 260 pages
Published October 25th 2007 by
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May 23, 2009 Lacresha rated it it was amazing
This plot was strong, very believable. John Christopher's character is enduring and memorable, and has to face a lot of adversity in his Vatican given role. I've never been into political books, but this one was special, different and very exciting! I found myself engulfed in the story.

I don't want to give out any spoilers, but this book has plot twist after twist, creating a satisfying end. This book has everything in it, characters from all walks of life. It could easily give birth to several
Lincoln Cole
Dec 20, 2015 Lincoln Cole rated it it was amazing
This novel was reminiscent of a Dan Brown novel in that it delved right into the middle of a religious conflict, brought the reader through a great many twists and turns, and had a lot of exciting moments. The only problem I had with the novel was that, while the two main characters were interesting, the side characters were less so. There were simply too many of them, they blended together, and a lot of them were extraneous to the plot.

It sets the stage for a sequel that will be even bigger tha
Jason Reeser
Jun 01, 2013 Jason Reeser rated it liked it
Abraham's Bones is a political thriller set in Israel, centered around the continuing conflict between Muslims, Israelis, and Christians. The novel tries to gather many different characters--politicians, journalists, archaeologists, and even a fourteen-year-old college student--into a web of potentially explosive intrigue. The action skips around from Rome to Tel Aviv and even to the United States. However, despite the fact that each chapter is labeled with the name of the character it will foll ...more
Michael Gallagher
Jun 05, 2013 Michael Gallagher rated it it was amazing
I am glad I read his first book in a series called Abraham's Bones. The characters are very well laid on the page in a story that rarely lets up. I could not put it down. Most impressive, though, for a fellow author of thrillers is Mister Prentis' successful expansion outside the usual constraints of the genre. He finds time inside his fast-paced story to go deeply into the characters he is developing, a bright addition to thriller methodology. As well, the author spices the last 20 percent of t ...more
Darcia Helle
Sep 21, 2009 Darcia Helle rated it it was amazing
Joe Prentis does a masterful job of immersing his readers into the world of archeology and the politics behind it. Abraham’s Bones is filled with mystery and intrigue. The plot slowly unravels and, along the way, takes you down twists and turns you didn’t see coming. Throughout the story, Prentis sprinkles enough details to make you feel like you were dropped into the middle of the characters’ world but never so much detail that you want to skim pages.

Abraham’s Bones has a little bit of somethi
Svetlana Kovalkova-McKenna
Oct 01, 2009 Svetlana Kovalkova-McKenna rated it it was amazing
I would qualify this book as an intellectual thriller in the tradition of Dan Brown. My favorite part of it was that some of the main characters were flawed, like normal living breathing people should be. It added layers to the atmosphere of the book. Definitely a great read. It had welcome ideas about religion for me. Plus, I just love thrillers that use history, science and archeology as a base.
The end of the book is a brilliant cliffhanger, I wonder if the next one is going to be even better
Mar 13, 2012 Luckngrace rated it really liked it
Every book I read on the Middle East just makes me more cognizant that problems there are so many and varied that it will take a miracle to straighten it all out. I did learn about antiquities, spying and politics in Israel. I may read this one again at a more leisurely pace as there is much to glean from this intriguing who-done-it.
Mar 19, 2013 Cathy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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I only got about 40% into this and quit. That's not something I do often. What I read seemed disjointed. I still had no real understanding about what was going on in the story.
Jan 24, 2012 Judy rated it really liked it
It was confusing, at first, trying to straighten out who everyone was. But, I enjoyed it.
Mar 06, 2012 Cathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a wonderful read, I am looking forward to reading his next book The Relic.
Michelle Taylor
Slow read. I have no plans on finishing. Too many people and too political.
Jessie Verino
Just wasn't my cup of tea. The writing was well done, though.
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I cannot remember a time when I was not reading. Books have always been an important part of my life, and I continue to be fascinated by the many wonderful things I discover each time I sit down in my favorite chair and open a book. When I was growing up, we moved frequently, living in cities, as well as in small towns, and on a working farm in a rural area. The sharp contrast of each of these pla ...more
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