Monday, November 25, 2013

Storm Front

By John Sandford

College professor, pastor, and part-time archeologist Elijah Jones discovers an ancient inscribed stone during a dig in Israel. This stone has the potential to rewrite the history of the Jewish and Christian people as well as the Bible itself. Fearing the implications of this discovery, Jones smuggles the artifact back home to Minnesota. Jones faces many serious problems: people on the dig are aware that Jones is the person who took the stone, there are many unsavory people who are willing to kill him for it, and Jones is in the final stages of cancer and is in a great deal of pain.

Criminal Investigations agent Virgil Flowers becomes involved in tracking Jones down in order to recover the stone to return to the Israeli authorities. A series of errors, some comical , and a colorful cast of characters (the Turks, and "Ma" Nobles and her many illegitimate children) adds a touch of humor to this mystery/thriller.

I am a fan of John Sandford's Lucas Davenport series, but this is the first Virgil Flowers novel that I have read and it is #7 in this series. Davenport is Flowers' boss in both series and, as such, many of the characters intersect. Fortunately, enough background information is provided that I didn't feel lost. I've really enjoyed the plot and characterization in this story and I look forward to reading more books in this series.

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~ Paula

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