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The Amen Heresy

Author: W.H. Muhlenfeld
Publisher: Bascom Hill Books
Genre: Fiction / Suspense
ISBN: 978-0-9820938-4-9
Pages: 340
Price: $15.95

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Dvir Gottlieb was about to disclose a secret that would stun the religious community. But fearing his untimely demise, he sent word to two of his closest colleagues to be sure his message would not die along with him. Jack Fisher and Sami Salaa are both mystified by the unusual message Gottlieb sent them, but they join forces, along with Ariel Hadar, in solving this ancient puzzle.

Gottlieb had discovered an ancient scroll which would reveal that the Egyptian Pharaoh, Akhenaten, had been the first monotheist, and that he had in fact been the founder of the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faiths. But religious leaders in Israel are determined to squash this information before it undermines their hold on their people. And a wealthy Egyptian wants this scroll for himself, so he can start his own cult of worship.

As Jack, Ariel, and Sami search for the copper scroll, they are hunted by those who seek to keep the knowledge secret, or use it for their own gain. Their adventure is fraught with danger and intrigue, but as they get closer to their goal, there’s no longer any option to turn back.

One can’t help but admire these three unlikely seekers. Jack Fisher is an ex-priest and a man with a painful past. Sami Salaa is a Palestinian boy of the streets, with keen intelligence and loyalty. And Ariel Hadar is a beautiful woman who’s tired of men who love her and leave her, and wants something more satisfying and permanent.

The Amen Heresy is well-written and fast-paced, drawing the reader in and hooking him quickly. The plot is interesting and plausible, though one can’t help but wonder if Akhenaten’s religion was actually influenced by Joseph, rather than the other way around. Only your own faith will provide the answer.

Reviewer: Alice Berger