Review of The Babylon Contingency by Clifford Longley

Leah Courtney
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The Babylon Contingency is a mystery/suspense. When I first began reading, I thought I wasn't going to be very impressed. But as I read along, I was glad I had given the read a chance. The action and suspense kept me interested, and the ending was a twist that kept me guessing.

From the book's description:

A riveting international adventure-mystery
Investigating a burglary at an English country house, Detective Chief Inspector Robbie Peele comes face to face with one of the most mysterious objects in world archaeology, the Phaestos Disk—and with the Middle Eastern terrorist cell determined to steal it.
The vital clue is a long abandoned Muslim village in Crete, where a Victorian gentleman explorer witnessed horrors that were meant to be secret and recorded what he saw in coded diaries. Seeking the truth about the Phaestos Disk, Peele and his assistant, Sarah Shipton, are on the cusp of solving the mystery when they are caught in an ancient Egyptian burial chamber during an earthquake.
In the end Peele has to ask far harder questions than simply who committed the original burglary. The origins of the Phaestos Disk are inextricably bound up with the Middle East peace process in ways that frustrate and astound him.
Certain to draw readers into a world of ancient secrets and international intrigue, The Babylon Contingency is a riveting read from experienced journalist and broadcaster Clifford Longley.

The book is written in first person from Robbie- the detective's- perspective. This was a little difficult at first- especially because there isn't lots of character development, just much of him relating the things that are happening. But as I read, I began to like it. It's a Sherlock Holmes sort of book. The British detectives, the who-done-it style. I was drawn in.

As I said, I didn't really get to know any of the characters very well. Even Robbie doesn't talk much about his feelings or personal life. And I typically don't like a story where the characters aren't developed. But the fast moving, action and suspense story line kept me interested.

One note: Kregel is a Christian publishing name from the UK. This book isn't a Christian read. Robbie is pretty much an atheist, and his opinions are backed up by the archeology research in the story. At the end, he's coming to a sort of peace with religious types. That's about the sum of the Christian message. And another of the main characters has come to the realization that whatever religion he wants to be is all about the same. If you're not looking at it for a Christian worldview, it's a pretty "clean" story. There is some indication of characters' who are committing adultery, but there isn't a huge focus on this and, of course, no particulars.

I give this one a PG-13 because of the action violence. And I give it 4 stars for readability.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own, and I was not compensated in any other way.

You can find The Babylon Contingency on the Kregel website here or on Amazon here:Kregel Amazon Page. This week you can get the digital book for $1.99.

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