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The Sword of Moses

(Ava Curzon Trilogy #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  1,612 ratings  ·  85 reviews

The gripping and bestselling first volume in The Ava Curzon Trilogy that will keep you hooked until the very end

Dr Ava Curzon is Lara Croft meets Evelyn Salt - the first real challenger to Dan Brown's Robert Langdon.
"Rollercoaster crypto-thriller … a ride that thrills and educates … move over Lara Croft!" (Daily Express - Five Star - Pick of the Week)

Paperback, 794 pages
Published December 1st 2013 by Corax (first published August 14th 2013)
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Nov 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As soon as I began reading Dominic Selwood's The Sword of Moses, the first violent scene told me it would be hard to put down. A capable main character kept me engaged while controversial historical enigmas kept me intrigued. The author's seamless blend of historical fact and tantalizing fiction had me mesmerized and consuming the chapters non-stop. This was a very exciting read and worth picking up.

Dr. Ava Curzon thinks the world of her father and followed in his footsteps. They share the same
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my goodness!!!! This book is absolutely fantastic, fanbloodytastic. I had this book downloaded on my Kindle for a few months, and never really thought much about it, till I thought I would give it a go. I'm so glad I did.

The book took me over 6 weeks to read, which is unusual for me, but just having started a new job and reading is the last thing I do at night to relax me before I go to sleep. I have been that tired that even though I was determined to read the book, I was actually falling as
Paula Howard
Jun 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Sword of Moses is one of those rare books that pulls you from the 1st sentence and doesn't let go. It is full of action, really bad bad guys, a determined protagonist and a fantastic mix of fiction, occult, Nazis, Knights Templars,Freemasons, Mossad, religious history and archaeology.

Dr. Ava Curzon is former member of the British M16 turned archaeologist working in Iraq trying to recover lost art from the museum. Her reason for leaving M16 was the unexplained death of her father. All she was
Inês Montenegro
May 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mistério, ac-o
If this is one of the first books of this genres you read, or if you REALLY adore this genre, than the odds are that you will like it. It has what promises: action and mystery, with a good structured plot, and a cocktail of, well, everything: neo-Nazis, tension Orient/Occident, betrayals, Freemasons, Judaic-Christian mythology, secret organizations, long lost treasures, codes, etc, etc.
In my 'reader's frame', however, this book is an 'it was ok'. First of all, because of the exposition. I know a
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A huge tome of a book, over 1800 pages on my e reader and every page was an exciting turner. A search for the ark of the covenant, said to contain the Hebrew treasures from their trek in the desert and an in depth history of the parties interested in finding it. There are neo nazis who think it will give them the start of the fourth reich, The Jewish nation who believe it is the foundation of their history, the Templar knights who were charged with its safety over the centuries even after the or ...more
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Utterly preposterous, semi-enjoyable and far too long.
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book quite a while ago and had forgotten Id got it until scrolling through my kindle in search of something new and from a new author to me and re-found this - it is an excellent read very long some have said too long but I'm undecided. It is full of fascinating facts and the Knights Templar, Ark of the Covenant, the Occult and other things. The heroine is well developed character with a few interesting traits and the other characters are also well developed. All in all it is a wel ...more
Di Worley
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story

Well researched, well plotted and, of course an exciting read. There are many twists and turns in this, which keeps you engaged. It is a big book, but quickly became absorbed into the narrative. It covers the world's most elusive artifact and the possible connections between the Templar Knights, neo Nazis and a malevolent character seeking to harness the alleged power to return the world to the chaos, danger and evil of Nazi ideology. Impressed with our heroine's ability to escape num
Roni Jensen
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Sword of Moses

As I have a pHD in Archaeology, I was afraid this novel would be typical of the genre; all thrills, chills and very unrealistic practices. However, I was pleased to see sound research and conceivable conjectures, along with truly well-rounded characters and an engaging plot. Very well done.
Sep 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok read. Not really a fan of heroes that are always brilliant and survive against all odds. The biblical historical aspect of the story line kept me reading. I thought the ending was sloppy and of course our hero will continue to save the day in the future.

Patricia B Leahey
Excellent the authors knowledge on biblical and Chirch history makes this a great read.
Marilyn Buehler
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A no-put-down till done. Exciting, characters were believable and fascinating, plot was ingenious. Luved every part of it. Even though it was a long story, I just couldn't stop reading. ...more
Bob Wint Jr.
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An exciting ride for your mind

As a fun to read political thriller, as well as a source of academic thought and cultural study, this is a great read.
This book was 400 pages too long. I only ended up finishing it because of a book club challenge where you got more points for a book you DNF. No plans to read the next one!
Kate Love
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

I love a long novel. Characters are interesting. And I learned some historical facts woven through the story. My favorite
Susan Freeman
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this story plot and the book was well written, although it was long. Look forward to reading the next in the trilogy.
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Well written, fun and most of all splendidly vivid. An excellent read with memorable characters who many will be eager to join in their next adventure. Bravo!
Ryan Hillis
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great thriller about the Ark of the covenant. Ava Curzon's finds the truth about the ark and it's safe location. ...more
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
Some cultural knowledge to be gleamed from a simply flimsy plot. Not my cup of tea.
Robert Hinder
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Really enjoyed this book goes into great depth about historical artefacts but kept the pace of a great thriller also moving straight on to book 2
Greg Donald
Mar 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Great story. Terrible plot. I was willing to give four stars, right up until:

***** SPOILERS AHEAD *****

the antique Roman spear in the head part
Brian Irons
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
It was long. 937 pages. Having said that, it was worth it. The story was intriguing and full of rich history.
Mich Jones
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Dan Brown meets Indiana Jones in a fairly unoriginal plot. A fun read but I am suprised by the gushing reviews. I really enjoyed the scene setting until he began describing England very inaccurately which made me doubt the rest. Some scenes were a little laughable - we've only got seconds left so we will stop to admire the architecture and discuss the art work.

For all its faults I really did enjoy it.
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I do enjoy religious novels and this certainly did not disappoint, from start to finish it kept me hooked. Full of facts, theories and great characters. It has twists and turns throughout, superbly written and the author certainly does their research to deliver a top class novel. I am now half way through the second instalment and again I am gripped.
David Halpin
Mar 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Interesting historical research but in dire need of a more ruthless editor. This novel is padded with needlessly long and patronising descriptions.
I was also disappointed with the damp squib ending. After all the teasing the payoff was a letdown.
Jun 01, 2014 rated it liked it
For an adventure, I would give this book five stars. I read about half of it before I saw how long it was. however, on some of the religious aspects and content, I would give it a one. After awhile, I felt there was an agenda other than telling a story. I felt that the author was attempting to disregard God and those who chose to follow him. Where the author saw mysticism, occultic practices, and ceremonies involving the worship of other "god's", I see that God will not be denied. We as humans m ...more
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
As a lover of books by the likes of Dan Brown, Sam Bourne and Chris Kuzneski I enjoy all things about historical artifacts and the various ways and reasons people hunt for them. This book had the lot, in spades. From the Knights Templar through to Freemasons and Nazis Mr Selwood has obviously done his research well. Although very long I found this book riveting, a real page turner.

The characters, from the amazing Dr Curzon, a cross between Lara Croft and Robert Langdon, right through all the sup
Graham McGhie
Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gripping archaeological action thriller:
This is an action packed thriller right from the start. Similar in style to the "Da Vinci Code". It is crammed full of classical and medieval historical and religious facts guaranteed to increase your General Knowledge. The author, Dominic Selwood is an expert on this theme and it clearly shows. The main characters all have depth and the story is narrated from different perspectives which ensures your interest doesn't wane. The plot is devised to keep you
S.M. Lowry
Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A friend of mine told me The Sword of Moses was similar to Dan Brown’s novels, and I was not disappointed. Although the book is a little lengthy for my tastes, Dominic Selwood weaves history, religions, politics, and magic together seamlessly in this book, creating a world of mystery, intrigue, and conspiracy that is hard to put down and equally as hard to guess what will happen. The rich historical and religious details added to my enjoyment of the novel, although occasionally I felt some of th ...more
Julian Adams
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am a fan of fast paced action novels. Matthew Reilly and Lee Child are two of my favourites. Dominic Selwood has just joined this group.

From start to finish, this book kept me guessing, wondering what was going to happen, where we would be transported to next, and how the subsequent sticky situation was going to pan out. The book flows well and is very exciting.

The thing that sets it apart for me, is the obvious knowledge of history and detail that has gone in to writing this book. It was fasc
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Dominic Selwood is a bestselling author, journalist and historian.

His latest bestselling book, Punctuation Without Tears, is out now. 'A powerful little book: sure-footed, simple, feisty, funny, and profoundly helpful' ***** (The Independent)

Dominic is the author of the international #1 bestseller The Sword of Moses, 'a rollercoaster crypto-thriller, a ride that thrills and educates’ (Daily Expre

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