The Aleppo Code by Terry Brennan

Book description:

Will the code reveal history’s most powerful weapon for destruction―or humanity’s only hope?
The living members of Tom Bohannon’s band of adventurers gather again in Jerusalem―physically battered, emotionally exhausted, spiritually challenged, and in various stages of shock―to examine a copy of the tenth-century Aleppo Code, the oldest complete text of Jewish scripture. What the clues inside reveal could lead to the reuniting of the Ark of the Covenant with its true source of power, a weapon that could lead to victory for this ragged bunch trying to save the world.
Hunted by the relentless assassins of the Prophet’s Guard and caught in the web of an international conspiracy plotting the conquest of Europe, Bohannon’s team searches the ruins of Ancient Babylon. Their search lands them amid the chaos that engulfs western Iraq, but they must press on to accomplish one of the most pivotal pieces of end-times prophecy. This intrepid group will uncover secrets that require them to risk everything for their faith, their country, and the peace of all mankind.
Unfolding against the backdrop of an Israeli/U.S. strike against Iran and the planned economic overthrow of the European Union by the sinister, secret head of the international Muslim Brotherhood, The Aleppo Code is a heart-pounding race. Brennan takes an epic story on a grand scale and tells it primarily through the eyes of one man who is desperately trying to save the world as he follows God’s purpose for his life.

My review:

I began this book and was overwhelmed by the amount of details and characters. Brennan referred to past events with the characters and I had no idea what was going on. There was a nice list at the beginning of the book that explained the relationship between characters and touched on past events, but I was overwhelmed with the amount of information and found myself flipping back and forth between the story and the list, trying to get a handle on the story.

However, Kregel Publications was kind enough to send me the first two books in the series. I took a break from The Aleppo Code and started over from the beginning of the series with The Sacred Cipher. What a difference! After reading the first two books, I had a much clearer picture of what was happening in The Aleppo Code.

With that being said, my recommendation for this book is to read the first two first. With some series of novels, you can start with any one of the books and catch on. However, Brennan provides such detail and history that it is difficult to understand what is happening without the previous two books, in my opinion.

This is not to say that the books aren’t great. It is almost that they are too well written and researched. In fact, The Jerusalem Prophecies series is one of the best-researched series that I have read in a long time.

This is not a book that you can sit down and read in one sitting. It is one that you have to take your time and actively think about what is happening to understand. If you are a fan of intellectually stimulating novels, you will enjoy this one. I just recommend reading from the beginning of the series to make it easier to catch on.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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