The Watchers Chronicle Book I
by Evan Braun and Clint Byars
“Don’t you understand? Everything we know about the ancient world is on the verge of staggering change.”
In the wake of a discovery that rocks the archaeological world, three strangers meet for the first time in the mountains of central Switzerland. Under a cloak of secrecy, they’ve been gathered together by a ruthless billionaire whose goal is to harness unspeakable power by unearthing an artifact more ancient than civilization itself.
Their mission soon finds them on the chase of a lifetime. From the Great Pyramids of Egypt through the wilds of Antarctica, they circle the globe on the heels of a mystery thousands of years in the making, pursued by forces intent on their destruction, proving once and for all that there are some mysteries in this world too dangerous to be solved…
For in the dark waits a terrifying menace.
I’m a sucker for books that start firmly rooted in history and then use all the holes in our knowledge to weave together cool tale. That’s what this book does. I love the sense of wonder of discovery when Emery Wortlich the archeologist, Sherwood Brighton the math genius and Ira Benyamin the Rabbi work together to piece together an ancient (and I mean ancient!) mystery. Of course, they don’t all have the same motivations and that leads to some interesting problems.
I have to say that of all the characters in the book, the one who intrigues me most is the mysterious French billionaire, Raff Lagati.
A very enjoyable read, and it works as a stand alone novel. That said, there are some big questions left unanswered, so I’m looking forward to book II!
“His novel has rounded characters. His sentences have careful cadence and thoughtful diction. Most of all: his chapters have girth. There are no 250-word cheap, built-for-the-bus chapters here. This is a book one stays at home with because it is legitimately engaging and meaty.”
-Winnipeg Free Press
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