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The Tenth Saint

(The Sarah Weston Chronicles #1)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  304 ratings  ·  75 reviews
Cambridge archaeologist Sarah Weston makes an unusual discovery in the ancient Ethiopian mountain kingdom of Aksum—a sealed tomb with inscriptions in an obscure dialect. Along with her colleague, American anthropologist Daniel Madigan, she tries to identify the entombed man and translate the inscriptions. Tracking down clues in Addis Ababa and the monasteries of Lalibela, ...more
Paperback, 438 pages
Published January 25th 2012 by Medallion Press
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Feb 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
PART THRILLER, PART HISTORICAL NOVEL - "The Tenth Saint" is a thriller, as written on the spine, but it is also a thinking person's novel. It is comprised of two separate plots that start to intertwine midway through the book. One taking place in ancient times through deserts, nomadic tribes and the days of early Christianity in Ethiopia, and a modern day quest to unravel a mysterious find that leads the protagonists deep in the bowels of Coptic Christianity's monastic life and the churches of L ...more
Nov 08, 2013 rated it liked it
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Contemporary mysteries and thrillers aren't my usual stomping ground, but I've been know to sample the genre when an author builds their story on a foundation of historic fact which is what led me to D.J. Niko's The Tenth Saint.

Despite being one of the oldest Christian communities in the Middle East, I knew next to nothing about Coptic Christianity when I began reading this book and though religion is not the primary theme
William Baker
Apr 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book is just plain bad.

Silly plot

Dumb and predictable twists

Lousy dialogue

Big dose of the authors far left politics

All of which makes for a terrible book.

I read a little over half before I started skimming to find out what the predictable ending would be.
Katie Dooley
Mar 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book was only 266 pages and it still took me a week to read. I am a fast reader and can normally polish off an 800 page book in a couple of days. It seemed almost painfully slow moving for me. I had to keep putting it down and forcing myself to come back to it. There were enough interesting details that it made me want to read through to the end however I kept wishing that they would get to the point faster.

Even more frustrating was the fact that this book is not really suited to read in
Dec 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
When Sarah Weston, a Cambridge archaeologist leading a dig in Ethiopia, stumbles upon a seemingly untouched tomb, she realizes that her find could be historically significant. As Sarah works to uncover the identity of the tomb's occupant, she quickly learns that there are those who will do anything to keep the truth hidden. Determined to carry on with her work in spite of threats, Sarah joins forces with anthropologist and TV personality Daniel Madigan. Working together, Sarah and Daniel learn t ...more
Apr 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Cambridge archaeologist Sarah Weston,the daughter of an Amerian actress and a British lord, wants to make it on her own. She's trying to do that on a dig in Ethopia, looking for the lost city of Aksum when she learns of a tomb covered in obscure writings rumored to belong to the tenth saint of Coptic Christianity--but it is a reality or just myth? Deep inside a cave, Sarah, along with her colleague anthropologist Daniel Madigan, both determined to find the truth, stumble upon ancient, Nostradamu ...more
Mar 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Tenth Saint was a winner. The author's rich, descriptive language painted an intriguing story carefully unfolded. Early in the book, I was thirsty for more of Gabriel's story and genuinely shocked as it was revealed. I would have never anticipated the manner in which the plot pivoted, but found it to be a fascinating juxtaposition with the rich history and traditional lifestyle of the Bedouin people portrayed throughout. I knew very little of Coptic Christianity before reading The Tenth Sain ...more
May 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. To feel completely immersed in a novel can be quite rare at times, but D.J. Niko wrote The Tenth Saint quite nicely that gripped me from the very first page. Unlike other novels that have information that you are required to understand to fully the grasp the story, The Tenth Saint doesn't pile the information on heavily. It slowly fleshes out details to let them simmer and allow you to think about it before new information is presented. I especially enjoyed reading Ga ...more
Marika Charalambous
Jun 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
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A very interesting read, a mix of archaeologycal mystery, apocalyptic novel, bit of Indiana Jones adventure, historical novel, and time travel mixed in. And while such a varied mix might just confuse the readers in other books, the author has really pulled it together well.

The book has actually two main parts, the present and the past. The story told from the present is full of action and suspense, while the past is beautiful, lyr
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Without doubt, one of the most well-written and well-researched mystery thrillers that I've read in a long time. The story is excellent, and the heroine appeals, but the real strength of The Tenth Saint is in the author's depiction of Ethiopia and Arabia. You can almost feel the desert sand and rock under your feet. I'll be buying and reading the second novel, The Riddle of Solomon, straight away.

Erika Schmid
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
There is something compelling about religious mysteries that has me coming back again and again, no matter how terrible they end up being. While, in the grand scheme of things, this novel was not as bad as other's I have read, it also wasn't my favorite.

Sarah Weston is an archaeologist digging in Ethiopia when Daniel, a TV archaeologist, comes to her site the same time she subsequently finds a hidden tomb. What ensues is an adventure that involves finding out the mystery behind the individual b
Jun 18, 2013 rated it liked it
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Mary Sc
Jan 01, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a quick, entertaining read, though I had some issues with some of the phrases the author used to describe characters of color. It also suffers from the "white people ruin indigenous cultures/artifacts/etc" that so many archeology books do.

I enjoyed it despite these flaws, and will definitely be looking into finding the sequels to this book. The plot moved fast. The characters were relatable. Overall, worth the time to read it.
Dee Renee  Chesnut
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, ebooks
This ebook has been in my Nook library since 2012 when I downloaded it for free from Barnes and Noble.
I enjoyed the stories of Gabriel and Sarah, and finally realizing how these story lines fit together. I learned a bit more about archeology work in the African country of Ethiopa. It was a fun and entertaining read.
Deborah Letow
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
While on an archaeological dig in Ethiopia, Sarah Weston, stumbles on a mystery connecting the future with the past. She and college Daniel Madigan, they risk their lives to solve.
This mystery thriller is well written , kept my attention and had a lot of suprises. This is the first of three.
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another author I am delighted to have discovered. On something of a mystery, suspense and detecting path at the moment and this is a good story.
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An unexpected turn!

Well written page turner, with an unexpected turn. One glaring mistake — they never removed the bindings on their wrists!
Mar 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: history, archaeology
Review also posted at The Owl Review

Rating actually 3.5 stars

This book was a pretty fast read for me. I had to stop towards the end for a bit, but only to catch up on some other books that I needed to finish up.

Overall I really enjoyed this novel. It did get slow in parts, namely the parts devoted to Gabriel's story. I did find it picked up again as soon as the action started, or when another piece to the puzzle was found. The last 50 pages really sped by on this story, as suddenly it all unfold
Mar 04, 2013 rated it liked it
The arid, unforgiving desert of Ethiopia plays host to the majority of D.J Niko’s thrilling novel. The Tenth Saint follows the work of Sarah Weston, an Oxford trained archeologist too independent for her own good. While on a dig, Sarah uncovers a tomb filled with perplexing finds. A tall, white man with good and advanced dentistry dating to the 4th century? An obscure dialect carved into the walls? Sarah, driven by a wish to learn and share the past, dives into an archeological mystery that will ...more
Nov 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Tenth Saint by D.J. Niko will take you on an adventure and will surely have you turning the pages quickly as it did me. The Tenth Saint is the first in the Sarah Weston Chronicles and I’ve actually done things a little backwards this time as I read the second in the series before this one but it made no difference. The Tenth Saint had me enthralled from the first pages to the last and I have to say that this series has me hooked. I love the characters and the fast paced story line with plent ...more
Jan 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Four Stars
I have to confess that I would have probably not picked up The Tenth Saint (The Sarah Weston Chronicles #1) by D.J. Niko because it’s not the type of story that I am usually drawn too. But since I was given this opportunity to review it I’m very glad that I did! For me this story was a mix of Indian Jones meets Laura Croft. I absolutely loved Sarah Weston. To say that she is gutsy is a
Lori McD
3-3.5 stars

I wasn't keen on the back-and-forth between Sarah's story and Gabriel's story. It felt like I just got into Sarah's story - understood what was going on amongst all the archaelogist and sociologist jargon and geographic references, and BOOM - suddenly, I'm in Gabriel's story. The first switch was the most jarring, since there was no transition and no explanation; it's entirely up to the reader to the reader to figure out the connection between the two stories.

The author certainly has
The Lit Bitch
Nov 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually started this series a little backward by reading the second book first but that didn’t spoil the series for me in the least! As I said before in my review of the second book, this is a thrilling ride through the Near East and its history!

The only thing that was a little different in this book for me was the pace. I felt like the pace in the second book was much faster…this one was a little bit thick with the back story and there were a couple of parallel stories happening which bogged
Karyn Palmer
Mar 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebooks
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Even though this book comes in at 464 pages it was a quick read. The chapters are not too long and usually ended with a little cliffhanger, which just made me want to read more and 3 days later I was finished. Weaving back and forth in time, the author wove a very interesting story that I enjoyed and thought was original.

This book was a mix of mystery, action, historical, suspense, archaeological and romance along with time travel. In the 1600's we have a man named Gabriel, you know that there
Cathy Cole
Nov 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Tenth Saint had several hooks that drew me to reading it: the archaeology, the less well-known setting of Ethiopia, ancient prophecies, and modern technology are just a few. The story, told in alternating chapters and timelines-- from the fourth century story of a tall, mysterious white man traveling with nomads in the desert to the modern-day tale of Sarah and Daniel-- is a little bit Indiana Jones and a little bit Da Vinci Code. However, the familiar plot elements are more than made up for ...more
Lillian Cummings
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Do we believe in time travel? Is it possible? Sarah is about to find someone that could change the future of the world. The thing is that Gabriel has been died for a very long time but there are still people out there who will protect him and his legacy. Sarah has been working so hard on this latest dig but she hasn't had any major breakthroughs but that is about to change. She is shown a secret cave and that is where she finds a coffin with strange wording and drawings.
Sarah knows that she has
Jan 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, fiction, hf-tour
An archeological find in the Ethiopian desert turns into a discovery with global implications in this fast-paced and engaging novel. What I thought would be a historical conspiracy-theory turned into an apocalyptic prophecy involving time travel. But it worked. I thought Niko did a great job weaving the story of ancient Ethiopian Coptics with the future environmental decline of the planet. What archeologist Sarah Weston finds in a desolate cave leads her to a controversial plot with a science fi ...more
Lisa Katsiris
Jul 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Did it seem like you could easily picture it becoming a movie, yes. Was it predictable in spots, yes. However it was still enjoyable.

There were a few spots where it seemed like there could have been more character or plot development but there were enough twists to keep things interesting.

I have to say there was a turn in the plot that caught me off guard. I was thinking it was a mistake and would ruin the story, it did turn the story into something I hadn't expected but it worked out.

The book d
M.B. Earnheardt
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Consider me the newest Niko fan. The Tenth Saint is a fascinating ride through exotic landscapes and, well, time. I appreciated the structure of alternating perspectives, between the amazing archaeologist, Sarah (she's a female Indiana Jones, buy way cooler), and the "subjects" she is investigating. Quite honestly, I wasn't expecting the twists. Sure, I thought I'd read one or two (it's a sprawling, suspenseful thriller, after all). But the way Niko masters the plot, revealing important twists a ...more
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D.J. Niko is the pseudonym for Daphne Nikolopoulos, a journalist, author, editor, and self-proclaimed modern nomad who has spent the better part of two decades traveling the world. As a former travel writer and zealous adventurer, she has visited remote spots on six continents, many of which have inspired her novels. She has a particular passion for deserts and the nomadic way of life and has spen ...more

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