The Aleppo Code

The Aleppo CodeThe Aleppo Code by Terry Brennan
Series: The Jerusalem Prophecies
Genres: Suspense
Published by Kregel on October 27, 2015
Pages: 378

 

About The Aleppo Code (from the back cover):
A thousand-year-old manuscript reveals the existence of an ancient sanctuary.  Within that sanctuary lied the most powerful weapon in the history of the world.  Having chased the secret of the Cipher through a maze of treachery, death, and destruction, Tom Bohannon’s band of explorers seems to be at a dead end.  But the discovery of a tenth-century scriptural text holding the final key to the ancient code hurls them right back into the fray.

“Hunted by the relentless assassins of the Prophet’s Guard, Bohannon’s intrepid squad struggles to stay one step ahead of their enemies.  Amidst the chaos and conspiracy engulfing the Middle East, they doggedly comb the ruins of ancient Babylon in pursuit of this crucial element of end-times prophecy.  Bohannon and his team risk everything in a desperate attempt to save the world from destruction.”

The fast-paced, action-packed, world-wide scope of this book seems almost too much to comprehend, but author Terry Brennan does a fantastic job of telling this story.  His imagination is large, to be sure, but so is his understanding of the global and spiritual prerequisites for such a scenario to occur.  Making these events seem completely plausible and reasonable, he spins his tale with mastery.  Even weaving in Biblical accounts and characters, nothing seems out of the author’s reach in this novel.

The fast-paced, action-packed, world-wide scope of this book seems almost too much to comprehend, but author Terry Brennan does a fantastic job of telling this story.

One aspect of the book which I especially enjoyed was the vignette of Biblical characters.  The historical aspect of these was accurate and clear, and although certainly fictional, it was fun to imagine what Jeremiah and Daniel may have dealt with.

One aspect of the book which I especially enjoyed was the vignette of Biblical characters.

Tom Bohannon was a character of contradiction to me.  This book is the third in a trilogy, and I readily admit that I have not read the first two books.  But he seemed confused, at a loss, never wanting to take leadership or authority.  Maybe that was the point, so that God could be the leader of this exploration team.  But in some cases, Tom’s wife, Annie, took that role.  It seemed awkward to me when that occurred, but sometimes you have to tell the story as it comes.   Then near the end, suddenly Tom was the evident leader.  The transition back and forth seemed forced and without a clear cause.

The plot really makes this book.

The plot really makes the book.  It is a tale of constant action, frequent danger, spiritual significance, and so much more.  You will never be bored while reading The Aleppo Code.  Although I don’t believe any human being knows how God will bring about the end of time, these types of stories always make me long a little more for heaven and the complete knowledge that God will grant believers when He takes us home.

If you’re looking for a book that will entertain while provoking your thoughts and testing your Biblical knowledge, The Aleppo Code is for you.  It will not disappoint.

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