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The Moses Stone (Chris Bronson #2)

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A clay tablet covered in ancient writing is found by an English couple in Morocco. A day later they are dead, killed in a car crash. But where is the relic they died to protect?

Determined to uncover a secret that's endured for two millennia, Chris Bronson follows a trail of clues that lead him from the hustle of a Moroccan souk to the desert
Paperback, 480 pages
Published July 16th 2009 by Bantam
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I'm sure that the 'Moses', linked to the word 'stone', gives you a fair clue as to what this one is about.

Unfortunately, this is another one that begins well enough, but which could have been much better.Becker decides to slip into an already well-worn formula, even though the other one of his I read previously 'The First Apostle', I remember as being really quite good. Makes you wonder if his publisher asked him if he had a 'Me Too' historical/religious artefact thriller lying about and Becker
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A clay table covered in ancient writing is found by an English couple in Morocco. A day later they are dead, killed in a car crash. But where is the relic they died to protect?
Determined to uncover a secret that's endured for two millennia, Chris Bronson followed a trail fo clues that lead him from the hustle of a Moroccan souk to the deserted caves of Qumran; from the sinister echoes of a water-filled tunnel under the city of Jerusalem t
Sian Wadey
Although technically I am currently reading it, I haven't actually read it for ages, I'm stuck about three quarters of the way in it and I keep getting distracted by other books. It just hasn't got the momentum I would like.

The Moses Stone by James Becker

I have moved house twice since I started this book. There are some things that James Becker does well, especially tension. The parts of the book where Bronson and Angela are running through the steets, followed by armed men are great. I often fo
John M
this is one of the most irritatingly written books I have ever read - the author clearly has greast knowledge of middle east archaeology but should retire from writing novels - interspersed between the childish dialogue of daft US films 'hey, 'wow' 'lets go' you have cardboard one dimensional characters and completely unbelievable baddies. There is more colour and dimension in the Beano. It is a disgrace such writing can be promoted so heavily. The dumbing down of popular literature - notable th ...more
Michael Johnston
Ugh. This is one I would not recommend. It doesn't actually take that much to keep me interested. When I'm not reading non-fiction, I just want a distraction. This one, however, didn't even get to that level. Let me just say that it didn't create any real tension and the characters were one-dimensional (in addition to some unrealistic dialogue). It appears to have been set up as a series with the same characters
Another "action, adventure, thriller, et al" genre novel. People constantly recommend them, and I constantly am reminded that they are not my cup of tea. That said, this is readable and not too over-the-top if one accepts the basic premises of these books - good guy always being out-maneuvered by the bad guys but somehow triumphant in the end. Starts in Morocco (best part of the book for me), moves to London, and then to Israel, where the story goes on to its conclusion. The plot involves ancien ...more


Un buen thriller que engancha desde el principio cuando unos turistas son asesinados porque se apoderaron de una tablilla de gran valor histórico. La novela se localiza igual en Londres, Marruecos y Jerusalem. El detective Bronson es encargado de llevar el caso pero en sus investigaciones se involucra para conseguir el rollo de plata y unos manuscritos de las tablas de Moisés; asimismo se llenará de adversarios que lo
Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)
Published: 16/07/2009
Author: James Becker
Recommended for: fans of fiction historic adventures

This was the first book that I have read by James Becker and it most certainly will not be the last one I read of his! In this book, in the series, we go on an adventure with Chris Bronson and his ex wife Angela to find out the location of the Silver Scroll and the Mosaic Covenant after two British get killed after finding a tablet with part of the location instructions on it. We follow them through Engl
I have to say that I enjoyed this book even more than the first in the series. Perhaps it is because the characters are even more defined. The plot although a little 'convenient' in places moves along at a believeable pace, but it still grips the reader's imagination. What started out with a fatal car accident in Rabat soon takes Chris Bronson on a chase across the globe as he and his ex-wife try to stay one step ahead of various unsavoury characters. If the standards are kept up I ca soon see m ...more
Becker is yet another British author who takes biblical texts or relics as the foundation for an excellent thriller/mystery. His books rank right up there with his UK colleagues, Sam Bourne and Tom Knox, as well as his US counterpart Joel C. Rosenberg, though he keeps from inculcating the reader into the power of being a Christian over all else, unlike Rosenberg’s annoying habit. Becker weaves a wonderful story and, for the most part, keeps it 'real', though one must also suspend some belief (as ...more
Abby Vandiver
This author seems hellbent on disproving the Bible. He also has a problem with continuity.

Becker's books (the three I read) follow a divorce couple who seem to work quite well on cases, and even though they are always in mortal danger they don't stop on their quest to discover whatever the books' title says their looking for. They always seem to escape being killed although every one around them is dropping dead and they never receive fortune or fame for what they discover even though they are
X.W. Kavanagh
Jun 24, 2013 X.W. Kavanagh rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Middle East thriller fans
Shelves: thriller
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A filthy cheap piece of shit of a novel given by a childish pious naïve novelist.

P.S. The author made his special tribute only to his marketing team and cover designer at the beginning. I couldn't figure out why he didn't mention somebody of knowledge about history nor archeology till late. Seemingly, he owes them his life for marketing such a piece of shit.
Chris Bronson is a police detective and as he speaks some French he is despatched to Morocco to look into the deaths, which at first do seem to be accidental . However, the baddies start knocking off others involved in a quest to get hold of the tablet, alerting him and others that something sinister is going on. When he receives photographs of the clay tablet he asks his archaeologist ex-wife, Angela Lewis, for assistance. She ends up accompanying him to Israel.

An entertaining thriller that pro
More of the same, although an interesting part of the world (Morocco, Israel) and an interesting part of history (it began at Masada) so, again, nothing too strenuous and easy for a weekend afternoon or a commuter trek. I did feel there was a lot of shoot-outs and manly things (dear god, these people escaped death about every 20 pages) so that got a bit tiresome as it begins to feel like filler after awhile ~ and there were a few times that I felt the protagonists had learned *nothing* from thei ...more
Christopher Balf
History with fiction, a great read and the hero is an English copper. Looking forward to reading the other books by this author. This booked gripped me.
good read has a lot of Bible history and theories. Love these types of books.
Jim Trela
Another decent religious historical thriller. I look forward to more from the same author
Nicholas Lee
A no-frills, action-packed book, this novel is great for teenagers interested in historical fiction. However, I found it laconic. It is a distasteful attempt on a 2nd novel after reading "The First Apostle" also by James Becker. The characters lacked substance and the conversations between characters felt as if whoever was speaking was speaking to a wall. Considering that I found "The First Apostle" somewhat intriguing, The Moses Stone is a poor reflection of it's predecessor. Extremely disappoi ...more
A couple is killed after finding a tablet that is a piece of the world's history. When a detective named Chris investigates, he realizes that his job is asking him to bite off a lot more than he can chew. He is forced to delve into the past and try to solve a mystery that pre-dates biblical times. Will he be able to crack the case or will this mystery go unsolved for the rest of time?

This is a thriller through and through! If you like a good mystery with a great plot and likable characters, you
Really good read, lots of interesting facts and page turning storyline. Loved it.
Susan Hutchinson
Thoroughly enjoyed it
Donna Andrus
I feel like I've read this before. There's another book out there which begins very much like it. It goes on to an archeologic dig at that site, rather than tourists getting killed. I enjoyed this on a great deal. A lot of history. Becker provides information about what is "fact" at the end of the book. That also made for some interesting reading. Certainly, much of archaeology is conjecture, based on observation.

Having recently finished Becker's new title Lost Testamenet, I have been inspired to go back and read his earlier thrillers. The Moses Stone did not disappoint at all, in fact I was glued to it! I've become a big fan of Bronson and Angela and I'll very happily continue to read my way through these pageturners. Before reading these books, though, I had no idea how dangerous it was to work at the British Museum...
Another historical treasure hunt story revolving around religious artifacts - this time the stone tablets that Moses gave to the people of Israel at the base of Mount Sinai.

The story is decent and you get some intersting tidbits about some pretty famous religious artifacts. But I don't think I'll remember much of the story a few months from now. There are better books to read than this one...
While slow to start and in many ways seemed to drag on and on, this was a pretty good book. Bronson goes from a stolen clay tablet in Morocco to Israel. The book basicly focuses on the legendary silver scroll mentioned in the Dead Sea Scrolls and leads us to an artifact that could be the Ten Commandments. The author bases most of the book in fact, and does weave a compelling story.
If you enjoyed 'The Davinci Code' you would like this book. It is the second in a series (the first being 'The First Apostle') and there is a third coming out this fall. The story involves a British police detective and his ex-wife who works at the British Museum. They get caught up in a hunt for an important relic and it is non-stop action. Fun to read and would make a great movie.
Have to say, not my favourite style of thriller but enjoyed it nevertheless. If you like religious conspiracy thrillers you'll love it. It was fast paced & appeared to be well researched. Slightly stretched credulity that the body count went up ever chapter but somehow our hero (an ordinary British policeman) & the love interest (a museum researcher!) were still alive at the end!!
Thomas Reighard
This book has cristianity and it is back in ad70 and the war is the romans and the jews
Abbie Ennis
Mr. Becker provides another good book with his characters Bronson and Lewis. Though the relic they were hunting this time was not as gruesome find as the first one there was still enough dead bodies to make this a dark novel that keeps the reader gripped and never putting the book down.

The series in general so far has a great potential.
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James Becker spent over twenty years in the Royal Navy's Fleet Air arm and served during Falklands War . Throughout his career he has been involved in covert operations in many of the world's hotspots; places like Yemen, Northern Ireland and Russia. He is an accomplished combat pistol shot and has an abiding interest in ancient and medieval history.
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