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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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John M
Dec 31, 2009 John M rated it did not like it
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
Feb 02, 2010 Annalee rated it really liked it
From the back of the book:
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
Mar 02, 2010 Bridget rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 04, 2010 Ann rated it really liked it
Moracco, city of history, and mystery. A piece of stone dropped in the courtyard, while a man is being chased, looked interesting enough. But leads to murder, and the mystery is just starting. Bronson, detective solving the MYSTERY, becomes entangled in it. Along with his ex-wife, they set out to find out the REAL meaning of the STONE.
John Hanscom
It was a good adventure story; however, the ending, though honest (and not the "deus ex machina" of some I have read) was no satisfactory. Explaining what I mean would be a "spoiler." At the same time, it was good enough I do not regret reading it.
Jul 12, 2010 Trudy rated it really liked it
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.
Sian Wadey
Jul 15, 2016 Sian Wadey rated it liked it
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
Dec 13, 2010 Ukaissi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime, mystery
This book is among my favourites. It moves you from one city and country to another. From Morroco to the UK to Israel. It is a mixture of history mystery and police action. It contains valuable historical and biblical information that makes you wonder how this world is going to end. In short its great.
Jan 17, 2011 Gary rated it it was ok
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...
Michael Johnston
Jul 27, 2011 Michael Johnston rated it did not like it
Shelves: what-a-bust
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
Aug 12, 2012 Matt rated it really liked it
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
Sep 29, 2012 Speesh rated it it was ok
Shelves: adventure
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
Andronicus Kok
Aug 15, 2012 Andronicus Kok rated it it was amazing
Finished reading James Becker - The Moses Stone. The stone carried by Moses which holds the 10 commandments has been discovered. Suddenly treasure hunters are trying to get their hands on it and linking it to other world treasures. Its up to Chris Bronson to stop them and in so doing uncovers a shocking discovery. :)
Abbie Ennis
Oct 27, 2012 Abbie Ennis rated it liked it
Shelves: three-star
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.
Jan 10, 2013 Ceri rated it it was amazing
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!!
Oct 12, 2013 Russ rated it liked it
A reasonable book, however i feel the potential that the basis of the story offered was not fully developed. Also i found myself frustrated in two or three places by, what appeared to me, to be justifications for certain routes the plot was taking or had taken.
Overall an easy read but could have been better, (in my personal opinion).
X.W. Kavanagh
Jun 24, 2013 X.W. Kavanagh rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Middle East thriller fans
Shelves: thriller
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Abby Vandiver
Jul 22, 2013 Abby Vandiver rated it liked it
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
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.

Nicholas Lee
Oct 13, 2013 Nicholas Lee rated it did not like it
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
Oct 08, 2013 Mieke rated it liked it
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
Nov 04, 2013 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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...
Dec 17, 2014 Stephen rated it liked it
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.
May 10, 2014 Neil rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 21, 2014 Tina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


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
Oct 05, 2014 Vivienne rated it liked it
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
Aug 24, 2014 Bakkar rated it did not like it
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.
Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)
May 20, 2015 Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic) rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
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
Mar 12, 2015 Eugene rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
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
Sep 23, 2016 Lynn rated it liked it
Was good but followed formula of first book. I'm not sure if I will read next books in series.
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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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