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The Moses Expedition

(Padre Anthony Fowler #2)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  2,442 ratings  ·  271 reviews
A lost treasure, a Nazi war criminal, and an expedition to find a legend . . .

After fifty years in hiding, the Nazi war criminal known as the Butcher of Spiegelgrund has finally been tracked down by Father Anthony Fowler, a CIA operative and a member of the Vaticans secret service. He wants something from the Butchera candle covered in filigree gold that was stolen from a
Hardcover, 386 pages
Published August 3rd 2010 by Atria (first published November 30th 2007)
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May 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
You want action? You'll find it in Juan Gomez-Jurado's "The Moses Expedition" (Atria $24.99). The story, told in short chapters (two to five pages), takes readers from Nazi Germany in 1943 to a modern-day high-rise, high-tech company in New York, to the catacombs of Rome and into a hidden canyon in the sweltering desert of Jordan.

Millionaire Raymond Kayn, an aging, ailing industrialist, is financing and leading an expedition to find one of the greatest religious treasures in history: the Ark of
Feb 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Gomez-Jurado has done an amazing amount of serious research for this book giving the reader quite a history lesson to go along with the constant adventure and suspense(truly from start to finsih). He'll take you back in time through the retelling of the story of how the Ark came to be buried in the desert, through the Nazi hunt for Jews - and one very dispicable Nazi doctor, "The Butcher of Spiegelgrund"- to post 9-11 into the chilling minds of terrorists. The short chapters take you back and ...more
May 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
So just finishing up The Moses Expedition by Juan Gomez-Jurado, all I could think of was, 'Wow, that went fast!'. This is a quick read, one best left for a rainy afternoon. From beginning to end, you are kept at the edge of your seat expecting fast turns and a speedy ending.
The story is about a secret expedition to find the Ark of the Covenant. There are many parties involved, for different reasons. The Indiana Jones series comes to mind while reading this. Aside from the tough translation (From
I was talking to a volunteer at the library the other day, and when he found out that I'd been to Jerusalem, he recommended this book to me. I took it home that night and started reading it. At first, I was so-so about the book and questioned the reviews that said things like, "Can't put it down!" etc, because I could have easily put it down at that point.

However, I didn't have much I needed to do that night, so I kept reading, and the farther I got into the book, the more wrapped up in it I
Suspense Magazine
Jun 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
New to the work of Juan Gomez-Jurado, I wasnt certain what to expect. I couldnt have anticipated the fast-paced, nonstop action or gut-wrenching thrill that he masterfully packaged into just a few hundred pages. With its high-octane start, the swell of anxiety caused me to ignore my surroundings as I happily sank my teeth into the search with The Moses Expedition.

Father Anthony Fowler is on the hunt; pursuing a one of a kind, priceless object from the past and he is very good at his job. The
Aug 10, 2010 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: nobody
Ugh. How does stuff like this get published these days? And why do I finish them?

I picked this up because it was featured in the Goodreads First Readers program (I didn't win) and the premise sounded interesting -- Indiana Jones meets the DaVinci Code in a search for the lost Ark of the Covenant.

While the premise held promise, the execution failed utterly. Our protagonist is a Spanish reporter whose career is on the skids and who is brought in to "cover" the ultra-secret search for the Ark.
Aug 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book was a true page turner. I just couldn't put it down. The story follows the expedition to discover the Ark of the Covenant. The characters were so real, I felt like I could actually "see" them. Andrea Otero, the smart mouth reporter who just wouldn't give up; Father Anthony Fowler, the priest with ties to the Holy Alliance and the CIA; Raymond Kayn, the reclusive billionaire that bankrolls the trip; and Dr. Harel, who is so much more than meets the eye, just to name a few. This one kept ...more
Sep 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable end-of-summer read. First book I've won through Goodreads' book giveaway, & it spurred me on to enter again!

I had read "God's Spy" with bookclub, which was a hands-down hit, so I went into this book with great expectations. They were almost, but not quite, met. Plot was engaging and kept me guessing, and I always like the return of a leading character so was glad to see Father Fowler. I didn't much care for Andrea Otero as the lead character; too many times, her behavior left me
Aug 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
WOW!! This was my first book by this author and I was lucky enough to receive it through the Goodreads giveaway program. I was hooked on the very first page and it kept me guessing until the very end. If you like historical thrillers I can't recommend this book enough but I have one warning...once you start reading you will not be able to put it down. Right now I am on my way to search for other books by this author and you can bet any new books will be on my pre-order list. Thank you so much ...more
Jill shure
Mar 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A dynamic adventure with a staggering number of twists and turns. An enjoyable read if you liked the DaVinci Code, you will enjoy this novel, too.
Aug 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
I won a copy of this book from a Goodreads giveaway. And not just the usual preview but the real version. The book itself is beautiful. Of the beauty that you cannot get with a digital copy as it simply isn't possible to get the touch, feel, the same cover or maps in digital form.

A harmless looking old man is traced down by a priest, and his past of being a notorious doctor-monster in an Austrian hospital during the WWII is uncovered. The men strike a deal, exchanging an odd candle to the
Aug 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This book grabs you from page one and doesn't let go! The author's fast-paced, engaging style reminded me of Dan Brown's works. The subject matter of terrorists manipulating the political climate of the Middle East is chillingly relevant, and the specific concept of a search for the Ark of the Covenant and the religious significance such a find would have makes this novel come alive. Gomez-Jurado did his research, going to the Jordanian desert personally, and describes the challenges of ...more
I thought the book was well researched, authentic, exciting, and not as far-fetched as some thrillers can be. The quick pace and plot twists and turns kept the pages turning.

The character of Father Anthony Fowler was intriguing and I am interested to read more about him in Gomez-Jurados previous book Gods Spy.

Anyone who is even remotely aware of current world events would understand the implications of such a discovery as the Ark of the Covenant and how this quest motivated the various members
Oct 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Interesting book, will read sequels if any are developed.
Krys Hammond
Jan 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
I received this book in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway, which was definitely cool. :o)

The Moses Expedition by Juan Gómez-Jurado combines archaeology and conspiracy theory with the Holocaust. Overall, it's a fun yarn with decent pacing (though it's a wee bit slow for my liking at the beginning), multiple POVs, and a somewhat complex plot. I have never read the Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, but I should imagine that if you liked that book, you would like this one, too.

Unfortunately, I had a number
This book starts in Vienna in 1943, two parents are attempting to find out if their eldest son is still alive after he was taken to a hospital by the Nazis. To try and get information from the doctor they offer him a gold filigree covered candle, the doctor claims that the boy is already dead and then when the parents leave the hospital he informs the SS. The parents leave behind another young son.

The story then shifts to the present day, the doctor has been hunted down as a suspected war
Christy Lockstein
Jul 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
The Moses Expedition by Juan Gomez-Jurado is the follow-up to God's Spy featuring Father Anthony Fowler who works for both the CIA and the Vatican's secret service. Reclusive billionaire Raymond Kayn has put together an expedition to find the legendary Ark of the Covenant. Each person selected is traveling for their own reasons: Spanish reporter Andrea Otero needs to prove herself after the loss of her job at a high-profile newspaper and painful break-up from lover Eva, Fowler to serve the ...more
Paul Pessolano
Feb 22, 2011 rated it liked it
If you like Steve Berry, James Rollins, and Matthew Reilly, you will not be disappointed in "The Moses Expedition".

Father Anthony Fowler, a Catholic Priest, is an agent for the CIA and Holy Alliance. He is being asked to joun a very secret expedition to the Al-Mudawwara Desert in Jordan. The expedition is financed and headed by Raymond Kayn, a multimillion dollar Jewish industrialist. The expedition includes both achaeologists and security forces. Kayn Industries has received permission to
Austin Robertson
May 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I read God's Spy last year and I found it to be so exciting so I just finished reading The Moses Expedition and, oh boy, was that a good book it took me a couple of days to read it. I really had a hard time putting it down. So 5 thumbs up for The Moses Expedition!
J.M. LeDuc
Mar 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
I liked it so much I searched amazon for a copy of his first book, "God's Spy". Both excellent. I like when history gets mixed in with a good thriller, especially if it's well researched but doesn't sound like a research paper. Gomez-Jurado did it right.
The Moses Expedition is part The Da Vinci Code and part Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. An eccentric (to say the least) billionaire business man draws from his childhood as a Jewish refugee in World War II to set out in search of perhaps the most sought after religious artifact ever: The Ark of the Covenant. Using closely guarded secrets that have been passed down for generations in his family, he assembles a team of scientists, religious experts, and mercenaries for an expedition in the ...more
Feb 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: thrillers, fiction
Fr. Anthony Fowler and journalist Andrea Otero return in this sequel to GOD'S SPY. After a slow and uneven start, things settle in nicely at around the 75 page mark, or when a pivotal expedition really gets underway. What follows is an enjoyable (but not terribly original) religious thriller with nothing short of the Ark of the Covenant as its objective. Where the protagonists are concerned, I continued to enjoy Fowler immensely (even though there's not much further character development for him ...more
Annette Chidzey
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes how you are feeling and what situation you find yourself in, shapes your reaction to what you randomly select to read. This is in part why 'Contract with God' by Juan Gomez-Jurado struck such a chord with me when I came across it quite by chance recently. However the novel has much more going for it than mere lucky timing. Gomez-Jurado's writing is punchy, fast-paced and engaging. He is able to draw together several storylines simultaneously and keep the narrative moving quickly. I ...more
Sandy Klocinski
Feb 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Juan Gomez-Jurado has provided us a suspenseful story that will make your mind whirl and your hand restless to turn the page. He genuinely had me enthralled from front to back. The story was a bit unbelievable but the characters were sufficiently appealing to make the book merit reading. Father Anthony Fowler is on the hunt; chasing a one of a kind, invaluable item from the past and he is extremely good at his job. The Moses Expedition is an enjoyable and easy read. The reader will take pleasure ...more
Jan 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: ad-his-mys
I just finished this book today. The main story line I really liked, about the quest for one man for religous power. He begins an archeological trip for an ancient artifact. I liked the main characters, although one, the reporter has a lesbian relationship that I was uncomfortable with. As long as the main storyline was followed it was a good read. Shocking ending. There were a lot of twists and turns between good and evil, involving terrorists and priests. Overall I liked it. I'd give it a 3 ...more
Judy Chessin
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book would get a one star... did not like, except the plot had potential. Three faith groups vying to find the Ark of the Covenant. The problem for me was that I disliked the characters. the female lead, around whom the plot revolved mystifyingly, was absurd and her gratuitous lesbian love affair seemed to be added just to sell books. Characters dropped like flies and I didn't care at all.

Love Biblicaly related archaeology plots, but not this one! The characters ruined an interesting
Sep 21, 2010 rated it liked it
I received a free copy of this book through Amazon and Great Reads (First Reads). I was very excited to receive the book. I found this to be an average book. It took too long to establish all the characters. The time juxtaposition was difficult to follow at times and I found it difficult to see how it all fit together. Some of this difficulty may be because of the translation. The topic and location are very timely, but could have used a better story line. After reading the initial story set in ...more
Perry Reed
Nov 25, 2010 rated it liked it
Largely forgettable, but entertaining. Full of action and intrigue, yet another story of the search for the Ark of the Covenant. It takes itself seriously enough that none of the characters even mention the obvious relation to "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (a far superior story).

Still, it is enjoyable and reasonably good. Worth reading.
Lisa Martin
Apr 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
The journey from WWII Nazi Germany to the present-day Middle East was filled with many surprises and revelations. Fast-paced and compelling, it was hard to put this one down. This would make a fantastic movie, along the same lines as the DaVinci Code. I enjoyed this author's style and will read more of his books! A great find!
Fredrick Danysh
May 02, 2016 rated it liked it
After Father Anthony Fowler recovers a treasure map from a Nazi war criminal who has hidden out for fifty years, an American Jew industrialist mounts an expedition to the Middle East in search of the Ark of the Covenant. Unknown to the group, they have an Islamic terrorist in their midst. A decision will have to be made as to wether finding the Ark would benefit or hurt the world.
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Juan Gómez-Jurado (December 1977 Madrid, Spain) is an award winning journalist and bestselling author. He is one of the three most successful contemporary Spanish authors along with New York Times bestselling authors Javier Sierra and Carlos Ruiz Zafón. In 2016, Juan celebrated the mark of 6 million readers worldwide.

Juan is the author of six international bestselling novels: GODS SPY, THE MOSES

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