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A triple-a novel that lures its reader into its action, adventure and artifice while keeping her alert after their first gaffe. Along with having history, politics and religion, The Moses Expedition by Juan Gómez-Jurado, engages its reader from the very first page, an opening with a poem by Sam Keen, How To Create An Enemy. Thereafter the quest begins for the unearthing of the Ark of the Covenant! Twenty-three people, chosen strategically, journey through air, sea and desert to ensure the consequence of humanity’s future, making the reader believe that no one is coming out of this quest alive. This is a fast paced read circling round to a calm, final request from Gómez-Jurado, which is to reread the poem at the start.

Alternating chapters between setting the narrative, introducing characters, positioning back-story, and including brief flashfowards, Gómez-Jurado appears to utilize this non-linear writing style to keep the reader engaged and on her toes. The technique works well and definitely makes for an intriguing mystery.

The Moses Expedition is an entertaining and light read. The reader will enjoy the ride and perhaps even be prompted to learn more about the historical events and characters employed within. A recommended read.

I include the poem by Sam Keen, How To Create An Enemy, as I believe it is of unique interest to the novel and its author.

About the Author

Juan Gómez-Jurado is an award-winning journalist. The Moses Expedition and his prizewinning first novel, God’s Spy, have been published in more than forty countries and have become international bestsellers. He is a recipient of the prestigious Premio de Novela Ciudad de Torrevieja.

The Moses Expedition, A Novel

By Juan Gómez-Jurado

Atria Books

August 2010

ISBN: 9781416590644

Hardcover, 372 pages, $24.99


How To Create An Enemy by Sam Keen

Start with an empty canvas.

Sketch in broad outline the forms of

men, women, and children.

Dip into the unconsciousness well of your own

disowned darkness

with a wide brush and strain the strangers

with the sinister hue of the shadow.

Trace onto the face of the enemy the greed,

Hatred, carelessness you dare not claim as your own.

Obscure the sweet individuality of each face.

Erase all hints of the myriad loves, hopes,

fears that play through the kaleidoscope of

every infinite heart.

Twist the smile until it forms the downward

arc of cruelty.

Strip flesh from bone until only the

abstract skeleton of death remains.

Exaggerate each feature until man is

metamorphasized into beast, vermin, insect.

Fill in the background with malignant

figures from ancient nightmares – devils,

demons, myrmidons of evil.

When your icon of the enemy is complete

you will be able to kill without guilt,

slaughter without shame.

The thing you destroy will have become

merely an enemy of God, an impediment

to the sacred dialectic of history.