Friday, July 26, 2013

The Brotherhood Conspiracy by Terry Brennan - REVIEWED

About the Book: (from Kregel)

Tom Bohannon's discovery of an ancient scroll led him on an international adventure and through mysteries of faith and politics, ending in a place not even he could imagine: the Third Temple of God hidden under Temple Mount in Jerusalem.  But soon after his remarkable discovery, the future of the world changed again.  Tom watched as a chasm tore apart Temple Mount, as new rivers swept through the Kidron Valley and into the streets of Old Jerusalem, their discovery swallowed by an earthquake, crushed under tons of stone and debris.  A biblical prophecy realized.  The final days were upon them.

Wondering how to recover from such a momentous find and such horrendous destruction, Tom's adventures are not over. No one knows how much time is left in these last days—a year? A hundred years? A thousand? Plagued by murderous dreams, Tom fears members of the Prophet Guard—killers who wear the Coptic cross with a lightning bolt slashing through it—are back and looking for him.  But they are not the only threat to Tom and his team.  Forces behind the Arab Spring have sinister plans.  And underestimating their determination would be a fatal mistake.

The same fast-paced, page-turning prose that readers loved in The Sacred Cipher is back in Terry Brennan's eagerly awaited sequel, The Brotherhood Conspiracy.

My Thoughts:
There is no solution to the Mount.  So we make a solution that solves our problems.”  (p.44)

These words were spoken in the Prime Minister’s office in Jerusalem, but they are words that could have been uttered by several groups represented in Terry Breenan’s latest novel, The Brotherhood Conspiracy.  This book opens with a catastrophic event that brings the world to the brink of destruction.  The Temple Mount or Dome of the Rock – the warring point of a centuries long battle between the Jewish and Muslim people – is the epicenter of this event, and thus the story is told from both Jewish, Muslim and American points of view.  The author cleverly takes the reader from one location on the globe to another at an ever-increasing speed so that you are able to understand what each group feels their personal stake is at this point in time.  It seems like everyone on the globe will be impacted to some degree – depending on who is the first to reclaim this holy site.

In addition to following this age-old warring over this site, there are even greater stakes at play – world power.  Also, there are ancient artifacts and hidden messages that are found by the same group from The Sacred Cipher. This time however, the group is reeling from loss and is very uncertain that God has called them back into this very dangerous place during this very critical time.  All of them, including Tom Bohannon, struggle with their faith, their purpose and the role it seems they are destined to play in these global events.  At times, it is rather heartbreaking, because they must face even greater, and more personal losses.

At first, I thought I was going to be reading an end of the world story.  And in a way, I was.  But more importantly, I was reading a story that wasn’t so very far removed from reality. Once again, Terry Brennan takes history and modern day events and blends them with future prophecy that hammers home the truth about the role the Middle East will play in world events until the Lord calls us home.  It is vital that we know what history teaches and the Bible prophesies about this part of the world!  At least that is what I feel when I get to the end of one of Brennan’s stories!

BUT, this is a very fast-paced thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time you are reading!  It is also a story that will impact the way you receive any news coming out of the Middle East. This is a powerful and thought-provoking story, and one that has more yet to be told!!  Not the end….

About the Author:
Terry Brennan has had an extensive career in journalism, winning several awards, including the Freedoms Foundation Award for editorial writing. Terry served eleven years as the vice president of operations for The Bowery Mission in New York City and is currently a management consultant.  

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