Title: The Witch of Babylon
Author: D.J. McIntosh
Source: ARC from Publisher
Out of the searing heat and sandstorms of the infamous summer of 2003 in Baghdad comes The Witch of Babylon, a gripping story rooted in ancient Assyrian lore and its little-known but profound significance for the world.
John Madison is a Turkish-American art dealer raised by his much older brother, Samuel, a mover and shaker in New York's art world. Caught between his brother's obsession with saving a priceless relic looted from Iraq's National Museum and a deadly game of revenge staged by his childhood friend, John must solve a puzzle to find the link between a modern-day witch and an ancient one.
Aided by Tomas, an archaeologist, and Ari, an Iraqi photojournalist—two men with their own secrets to hide—John races against time to decipher a biblical prophecy that leads to the dark history behind the science of alchemy. Kidnapped by villainous fortune hunters, John is returned to Iraq, where a fabulous treasure trove awaits discovery—if he can stay alive long enough to find it. (from Goodreads)
While the premise of this book intrigued me, I found that I could not get interested in the plot and eventually it just fizzled out and became my first review book that I did not finish.
Elements of this book reminded me of The Rose Labyrinth by Titania Hardie but mostly the book just fell flat. I made it to chapter 13 before finally giving up the book for good.
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