The Aleppo Code
The Jerusalem Prophecies, book 3
Kregel Publications, 2015
“A thousand-year-old manuscript reveals the existence of an ancient sanctuary.
Within that sanctuary lies the most powerful weapon in the history of the world.”
The Aleppo Code by Terry Brennan is the final chapter in the mysteries deciphered from the thousand-year-old scroll and mezuzah found in the Bowery Mission. The scroll’s message, written in demotic text, leads a misfit group around the world and into Jerusalem seeking the “treasure” at the end of a long and treacherous road. Before I go any further, I must digress…
Book 1, The Sacred Cipher - “A secret room has been discovered in the Chapel of the Bowery Mission. And what’s hidden inside reveals a mystery of biblical proportions.
“When New Yorker Tom Bohannon uncovers an ancient scroll containing a dead language that has been lost in the sands of time, he doesn’t fully comprehend the danger that’s about to unfold. Though Tom and his team of ragtag scientists and historians want to decode the ancient text, others don’t want the cipher revealed. And they are prepared to kill to keep it hidden. From a market in nineteenth-century Alexandrea to a library in present-day New York to the tunnels beneath Jerusalem, the secret of the cipher is gradually revealing itself across the globe. And for those in its path, life is about to change – forever.”
Book 2, The Brotherhood Conspiracy – “A secret as old as the prophets lies hidden in an ancient code. That code may uncover an artifact as mysterious, and dangerous, as the Lost Ark.”
The Brotherhood Conspiracy continues with Bohannon’s group realizing there is another mystery on the mezuzah which was not understood in The Sacred Cipher. The groups chasing them will not stop until they have the mezuzah and scroll in their possession. Once again, the group heads out to parts unknown to seek what is hidden. “One step ahead of an ancient gang of assassins, and one step behind the deadline for impending disaster, the team encounters the death of friends and colleagues and maneuvers through a maze of political treachery, religious fanaticism, and traitorous machinations – to the very brink of judgement orchestrated by a force greater than they could have imagined.”
Book 3, The Aleppo Code - “A thousand-year-old manuscript reveals the existence of an ancient sanctuary. Within that sanctuary lies the most powerful weapon in the history of the world.”
“Having chased the secret of the Cipher through a maze of treachery, death, and destruction, Tom Bohannon’s band of explorers seems to be at a dead end. But the discovery of a tenth-century scriptural text holding the final key to the ancient code hurls them right back into the fray.”
As much as I would love to tell you the storyline and its outcome, I cannot – no spoilers in this review. All three books are amazing! Terry Brennan has woven a suspense-filled, theological mystery so real that you can “almost” imagine it happening today. His use of biblical history, archeology and present-day news and political unrest intertwined with the fictional storyline will keep you enthralled to the end!
From the opening paragraph in The Sacred Cipher to the final page in The Aleppo Code, I was pulled into the mystery of the ancient scroll. The characters were everyday people being asked to believe by faith, not by sight. People I can relate to; people who believed the unbelievable. I cheered them on, grieved with them, and peered around the tunnels along with them.
I look forward to many more reads from Terry Brennan!
A huge thank you goes to Kregel Publishing for allowing me to read and review these amazing books!
I received complimentary print copies of The Sacred Cipher, The Brotherhood Conspiracy, and The Aleppo Code from Kregel Publishing for my honest review.