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By Edward Whittemore

Sinai Tapestry, the bright first novel of the Jerusalem Quartet, is an epic exchange historical past of the center East during which the invention of the unique Bible hyperlinks a disparate team of exceptional humans throughout time and space.

In 1840, Plantagenet Strongbow, the twenty-ninth Duke of Dorset, seven-feet-seven-inches tall and the best swordsman and botanist of Victorian England, walks clear of the relations property and disappears into the Sinai barren region wearing just a huge magnifying glass and a transportable sundial. He emerges 40 years later as an Arab holy guy and anthropologist, now the writer of a huge examine of Levantine sex―and the key proprietor of the Ottoman Empire.

Meanwhile, Skanderbeg Wallenstein has came upon the unique Bible, misplaced on a dusty bookshelf within the monastery library. To his amazement, it defies each fact held by means of the 3 significant religions. approximately a century later, Haj Harun, an antiquities broker who has acted as parent of the Holy urban for 3 thousand years, uncovers the hidden Bible.

Sinai Tapestry is the 1st quantity of the Jerusalem Quartet, which maintains with Jerusalem Poker, Nile Shadows, and Jericho Mosaic.

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Yell it back why no longer. No sturdy, Stern. Do it your self for a metamorphosis. I’m no butcher. Take your bloody reason for a nation come and shove it up your arse. Chase it, dream approximately it, do no matter what you will want with it yet I’m no longer there. I’m now not operating for you or anyone else ever back and I’m no longer killing back, ever. listen that, Stern? any longer you and the opposite fucking generals can do your individual bloody killing. pay attention it, Stern? Flames within the sky, a person extraordinary out of a development, burning. now not a guy or a lady now, only a heap burning after strolling 1000s of miles to get the following, strolling all these years simply to get right here of all locations, yet you then couldn’t see that a long way quite, now not right here, you couldn’t see greater than ten yards yet after all you didn’t need to, right here the universe used to be ten yards vast and there has been not anything extra to work out after that. Stern picked up the knife, Joe watched him do it. He watched him take the little woman via her hair and pull again her head. He observed the skinny white neck. The rainy knife clattered at the stones beside him and this time he didn’t search for. This time he didn’t are looking to see Stern’s eyes. now not all of the urban used to be burning. Neither the Turkish area nor the normal Oil enclave used to be touched through the hearth, which the Turks claimed later were all started through the chickening out Christian minorities. however the American executive argued that the hearth used to be an twist of fate, because the English policies held by way of American tobacco retailers in Smyrna didn’t hide acts of battle. From the marina overloaded little boats carried Greek and Armenian refugees out to the overseas warships that have been there to guard and evacuate their nationals, yet no longer approved to evacuate a person else lest the Turks be angry. after they got here along the English warships and threw ropes over the rails, the ropes have been minimize. quickly the few boats had swamped and sunk. humans have been driven off the jetty and drowned. Others jumped in to devote suicide. nonetheless others swam out to the warships. The English poured scalding water at the swimmers. The Italians, anchored a lot farther out, took on board someone who may perhaps swim that some distance. The French launches getting into the marina took on board someone who might say in French, irrespective of how badly, I’m French, I misplaced my papers within the hearth. quickly teams of youngsters have been huddled round Armenian lecturers at the quay studying this magical word. The captain of an American destroyer grew to become away teenagers on the quay, shouting merely americans. A small Armenian woman from the internal heard the 1st English phrases of her existence whereas swimming beside the HMS Iron Duke. NO NO NO. From the decks of the warships the international sailors watched the bloodbath via binoculars and took photographs. The military bands performed overdue and phonographs have been arrange at the ships and aimed toward the jetty. Caruso sang from Pagliacci all evening throughout a harbor choked with bloated corpses. An admiral going to dine on one other send was once overdue simply because a woman’s physique fouled his propeller. At evening the glow of the fireplace may be noticeable fifty miles away.

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