The Riddle of Solomon
Cambridge archaeologist Sarah Weston and American anthropologist Daniel Madigan are working on the Qaryat al-Fau archaeological site in Saudi Arabia when they uncover a mysterious ancient scroll written in the form of a riddle. As they try to date and decipher the scroll, a number of ills, including a catastrophic fire, befall their expedition and the scroll is stolen.
Sarah and Daniel follow a trail of clues leading to India, Jerusalem, and the Judean wilderness, where they discover the truth about the scroll: it was written by King Solomon as a map to an ancient manuscript containing an astounding revelation.
But Sarah and Daniel are not the only ones intent on finding it. Trent Sacks, a privileged young Briton, has spent years and a fortune looking for this manuscript. The man believes he is the last descendant of the House of David in the line of Solomon, and he will stop at nothing to amass the ancient relics to prove to the world he is the Jewish Messiah. Leaving destruction and a string of murders in his wake, he vows to crush Sarah and Daniel for challenging his quest.
Journeying through the worlds of the occult, corporate greed, geopolitical conflict, Judaic mysticism, and biblical archaeology, Sarah and Daniel race against time and a formidable enemy to uncover the powerful ancient message that could have an explosive impact on modern Israel. But is the world ready for the revelation it contains?
PRAISE FOR THE RIDDLE OF SOLOMON
"D. J. Niko's storytelling carries the grit of desert dust and the seductive scent of incense on every page as Sarah Weston races with a madman to save the treasures that King Solomon left behind."
—Mary Anna Evans, award-winning author of Artifacts and Wounded Earth
"The Riddle of Solomon is authentic and inspiring."
—Laurence O'Bryan, best-selling author of The Jerusalem Puzzle and The Istanbul Puzzle
"Take a dash of Dan Brown, a sprinkle of Raiders of the Lost Ark, and a whole lot of originality, and you've got the recipe for D.J. Niko's latest novel, the second in the spellbinding Sarah Weston saga. For readers who like their adventures steeped in research, authenticity, and nonstop intrigue, The Riddle of Solomon is highly recommended!"
—Ronald Malfi, award-winning author of Floating Staircase and Cradle Lake
"Niko’s writing is top-notch - the pace perfect, the plot well-thought out, and the characters engaging. ... If you like action and adventure, this is a top summer read that will possess you for hours!"
--Erin Al-Mehairi, Oh, For the Hook of a Book blog
"The book’s strength lies in its fusion or blending of historical fiction with modern-day contemporary issues. ... Niko takes this novel up a notch by incorporating the modern-day oil crisis into the novel. Indeed, it is the contemporary problems or issues that fuel the story forward and add dimension and plot to the historical fiction."
--Bitches With Books, Goodreads #5 Best Reviewers
"Detailed, vivid description is among the author's greatest strengths. Whether sketching the ancient marvels revealed by the archaeological quest, the interiors of caves, the colossal machinery developed by demonic Trent Sacks, or the landscape's shifting desert sands, Ms. Niko puts us where her imagination wants us to be."
--Phil Jason, Florida Weekly
"Niko seamlessly weaves together fact and fiction into a fast-paced adventure that is guaranteed to leave readers on the edge of their seats. Cover to cover I was captivated by the twists and turns Niko worked into the plot."
--Erin Davies, Flashlight Commentary
"D.J Niko has written a novel steeped in rich detail and written with care and passion. I am not an expert in archaeology, or the Bible for that matter, but it is a refreshing change to read a novel where the author has done extensive research and has obvious knowledge of the subject in hand."
--Stuart McAllister, Sir Read-a-Lot blog, UK
"Get ready for a thrilling ride through the Near East and its history! This is the first book in a while that I’ve stayed up late to devour!"
--The Lit Bitch blog
"The Riddle of Solomon is full of historical and biblical references while giving us a story so full of suspense that you can’t bear to put the book down."
--Peeking Between the Pages