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REVIEW by Jena: The Shekinah Legacy by Gary Lindberg (@gary_lindberg)

International cable TV journalist Charlotte Ansari and her Asperger’s son are caught literally in the crossfire of history when terrorists, the CIA, Mossad and the Vaticanall converge in a pulse-pounding search for relics that could forever change the balance of power in the world.
Three decades ago,Charlotte’s mother suddenly vanished with no trace. The mystery was never solved. Then suddenly, on the same day thatCharlotte’s home is attacked by terrorists, her son receives an email from the grandmother that he has never known. The coded message catapultsCharlotte and her son on a dangerous mission toIndia andKashmir to find the only objects that can save the old woman’s life. Unfortunately, Charlotte and her autistic son don’t know what they are looking for.

 

I have learned throughout my time reading reviews that it is not a good idea to read through the synopsis information on Amazon prior to reading a book.  The reason I avoid doing this is because a lot of times, the book description includes comments regarding what to compare the book to.  I dont like having that preconceived idea put in my head before I even start reading.  When I started reading The Shekinah Legacy, I knew immediately that I was going to love this book.  See, I am a HUGE fan of authors such as Dan Brown and Brad Meltzer.  If you’re into either of those two authors, chances are, you will love this book too.  I finished the book and went to Amazon to copy the text of the synopsis and here’s what I found in the book description:
 

To define the genre of this book, think of Dan Brown’s The DaVinci Code. To determine whether you will be entertained by it, think better than Dan Brown’s thriller. This is the book that Mr. Brown should have written. It is as an exciting alternative religious history filled with plenty of action and interesting plot twists. It is based on real research, at least as real as Mr. Brown’s, after all the discussion about how authentic his sources were. … I recommend this book to all who like a good thriller. I can’t imagine what Mr. Lindberg will do for an encore. – S. Moore for BookPleasures.com

And…..

The Shekinah Legacy” is a well-written thriller in the style of Dan Brown where long-held religious beliefs are turned upside down and challenged. The story is filled with the twists and turns that make a novel great. The story’s ending is meant to be a shocker and it is, concluding a very well crafted story. – Alice D. for ReadersFavorite.com

These two assessments of The Shekinah Legacy could not be more spot-on.  The writing is phenomenal, giving you an incredibly well written thriller/mystery.  The action comes right out of the gate with some serious fury from page one and it’s non-stop from there.  Don’t let the Dan Brown comparisons fool you though.  The Shekinah Legacy is a 100% unique story line.  There’s no sense of I’ve read this somewhere before when you are reading the book. 
The plot is fast-paced but not at all lacking for detail.  However, it’s also not so detailed that you miss important plot points along the way.  All 350 pages of this book are a perfectly executed thrill ride. 
The characters are also very intriguing.  Charlotteis a character that radiates an admirable strength.  Not something we usually see in a female character in a thriller.  Usually, they are just tucked neatly away in the damsel role.  NotCharlotte. 
I am extremely happy that I was given the opportunity to read this book.  Plot twists left and right mixed with some wonderfully stunning moments.  A definite must read!  I give The Shekinah Legacy 5 stars!  If you love historical fiction/religious thrillers, you will love love LOVE The Shekinah Legacy!
 
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