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The Topkapi Secret

3.12 of 5 stars 3.12  ·  rating details  ·  17 ratings  ·  8 reviews
On display within the Topkapi Palace Museum in Istanbul lies the Topkapi Codex—an ancient manuscript of the Koran involved in the murder that split Shiite from Sunni. What’s the truth about the Topkapi Codex? Is there blood on it? Are its contents the same as the modern Koran’s? No one knows because the Topkapi Codex is off limits to research. Mohammed Atareek is obsessed ...more
Hardcover, 417 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Prometheus Books
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Lately I've been on a roll, reading more suspense novels this year than I've read in my entire life. From the looks of my books to be read pile this book, The Topkapi Secret will be the last suspense novel that I review until the new year. What a way to finish off the year! While I've seen this book on a lot of Christian fiction sites it's not Christian fiction but rather religious fiction set around the roots of Islam and the Koran. I don't know a lot about the Islamic faith but I have to admit ...more
Predicted to be an international best seller, The Topkapi Secret has been the source of some controversy. I did not enjoy reading this book for many reasons; the main one being that I am most definitely not the intended audience the author was writing for.

Although the initial invitation to review this book interested me because of the subject matter, the further I read the more I realized I would not be able to recommend this book nor give it a positive review.

While reviewers were cautioned th
Evangeline Han
Terry Kelhawk weaved historical facts and the characters’ life stories to produce an average historical-fiction novel. I found the plot engrossing but I thought that the language, grammar, and sentence construction used could be much, much better. When I read the first few chapters, I felt as if I was reading a writing by a 13-year old. Furthermore, descriptions used to connect sentences and portray the author’s thoughts were barely there. I had hoped that this would only last in the first few c ...more
Tabitha Krug
I picked this up because I had just been to Turkey and visited Topkapi palace myself. Unfortunately, just as I found the palace to be a relative bore compared with what else Istanbul has to offer, I also had a hard time getting through this book. It was kinda cool to learn more of the Koran's history, but it got pretty dry sometimes for an adventure novel. It seemed like the author tried to balance the serious dialogs with playful/silly conversations that were really meaningless and weren't conv ...more
Andi Newberry ~Tubbs
I don't know why but I am drawn to books in set in the Middle East or with a Middle Eastern slant. This was a beautifully written book that took me across the country of Turkey, a place I have never been before in person or in a book. This book shed new light on the Koran, I find it sad that Muslims will go to their grave not knowing the truth about what they believe. I highly recommend this book!
I can't recommend this one. The story line would have been okay, but the writing style was...well...silly. I barely managed to get through the book and only because it was so silly I had to laugh.
Enjoyed this one as it reminded me of my recent visit to istanbul
I truly enjoyed this book! It was fast paced, exciting, and educational. This book is fun and thought provoking! Worth reading:-)
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