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In Pursuit of Abraham [Kindle Edition]

Francine Fuqua
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Book Description

When bombardments force Dr. Georges Moncel from his position as distinguished university president in France, he begins to research and write a historical novel–one that ultimately incites the suspicion and wrath of the SS. In 1943, against the adamant wishes of his wife Suzanne, Moncel escapes France with the help of the French Resistance and travels to the Middle East.

In order to complete his manuscript, Moncel plans to retrace the path taken by Abraham almost 4,000 years ago. His journey takes him from the abject misery of occupied France in World War II to exotic Egypt and its archaeological wonders to the world of Abraham and Sarah three millennia earlier.

While trying to pacify Suzanne back in France and come to terms with the arrests of his friends and colleagues by the Nazis, Moncel encounters espionage, danger, betrayal, and a controversial love. But it may all be worthwhile when he makes a remarkable biblical discovery.

Praise for In Pursuit of Abraham

“In writing In Pursuit of Abraham, Francine Fuqua has seamlessly blended ancient and more recent contemporary historical fictive tale of suspense, intrigue and romance. The characters and situation in this story evoke every human emotion, and all the reader can do is hang on for the ride.” Harvey Stanbrough, Author, Editor, Writing instructor.

“From war-torn France during World War II’s brutal Nazi occupation to the chaotic excitement of the Middle East during the same period, Fuqua takes us back to the biblical Abraham’s time and the history that ties both her contemporary and ancient characters together. Filled with fast-paced action and stunning description, In Pursuit of Abraham is a magnificent read to be enjoyed again and again.” Ellen Phillips, “Consumer Watch” columnist, Chattanooga Time Free Press and author of two books.

“I was so held by this fascinating story of adventure, intrigue and romance in the exotic setting of the Middle East during one if the most dangerous periods of history, the Nazi’s conquest of Europe.” Renee Ford, Ph.D. – Professional Editor.

Full of history, deceit, love and heartbreak, In Pursuit of Abraham is a gorgeous showcase of thrilling adventure and emotional voyage – a beautiful and engaging read.” Sandra A. Boehnlein.

“This is a spirited book on the vein of Raiders of the Lost Ark and Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade, replete with archaeological explorations in the Holy Land in pursuit of information on the Jewish heroines of the Old Testament and with background events in WWII France, with its many-tentacles German occupiers.” – Dr. Paul Barrette, Professor emeritus, University of Tennessee.

Product Details

  • File Size: 900 KB
  • Print Length: 294 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Francine Fuqua (May 6, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #561,300 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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"in Pursuit of Abraham" had a unique plot. I've never read anything quite like it. And I enjoyed reading it. However, I am a little surprised by the high ratings. The style left something to be desired. For instance, a situation was often presented entirely by conversation with little help from the narrator. This led to long and unrealistic dialog. In fact, the dialog throughout was somewhat stiff and unbelievable. Also, It's a little hard to understand why someone who believes the Old Testament to be mythical would devote so much time and money, to say nothing of risking his life, to write a novel about its characters. Supposedly Georges Moncel is writing about Biblical people and events, but what he writes, for example about Sarah, flatly contradicts what the Bible says. Then there is his "research" for his novel. He travels under difficult and dangerous circumstances to the historical locations for his story, and when he arrives, he tells his guide what happened there using traveler's guidebooks. He didn't need to leave home to do that kind of research. Still, the writer shows familiarity with exotic locations, giving good descriptions of people and settings, all with the events of WWII as the background, so it makes a good read.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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I have lived in Egypt and I am also a Bible reader. The two put together drew my first attention to the book.

Then the author suppressed the read by starting this adventure in France during the war. This added even more to the book. Complications in the family with a both husband and wife... I won't tell everything but I consider this a very good read for I feel as if I understand what people go through in hard times and the drive to accomplish a dream.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for Archaeologists and History Buffs August 29, 2014
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During WWII Dr. Moncel secretly leaves Paris to escape arrest by Germans who suspect him of being a Jewish sympathizer because he is researching the Old Testament. He endures hardship to reach Geneva, then Cairo. He is determined to finish his book about women of the Old Testament. His wife refuses to go with him citing her emerging career, calling his project insignificant.
The book is a study in cultures, human nature and friendship. There is adventure, romance and danger. Archaeologists and Biblical history buffs will enjoy this book.
Perhaps Mrs Moncel would have not have stayed in Paris if she had known one of her husband's team was a beautiful college girl.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One-of-a-kind novel. A great read! February 1, 2015
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I usually don't read historical fiction books, but I decided to give this one a try. I was intrigued by the detail put into the history behind many of the scenes in this book. I often found myself impressed by the author's knowledge on biblical and geographical history. While the book has historical roots (the "co-author") the added conflict Francine throws in makes for a great novel. After reading this book I also really want to visit Cairo, haha. It's a lively story with many intense scenes and interesting characters. I never found myself bored when reading this and once the story gets going it's hard to want to put the book down. Great job Francine.
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4.0 out of 5 stars interesting history August 31, 2014
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The title caught my attention right off the bat. This was an interesting fast paced novel with 2 lines of history beautifully intertwined. I did not know much about France and what happened there during WW II so I found this very interesting. Things do not always work out wonderfully in life so this novel felt more like real life, especially during and after a war.

I appreciated that the author did not use foul language and also did not go into steamy sex scenes. The descriptions of the Middle East were well done without being overdone.

All in all I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.
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4.0 out of 5 stars World War 2 History not on the battlefield June 24, 2014
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Thiis is a cozy well written historical novel that shows what life was like for the French population. The population tries to survive in France while the war came on the radio and food came by rations or blackmarket. The story follows Georges who is suspected of being a Jew sympathizer so he flees to Egypt. The reader gets insights on life as it was before Israel was created and why the problems that exist today are so deep rooted. It was a quick easy entertaining read that gave me new insights. I will read the next version which the author teased us with by giving the first chapter now being written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Blend of History and Drama September 22, 2014
In Pursuit of Abraham is a compelling blend of history and drama. Set during the brutal WWII Nazi occupation of France, Dr. Georges Moncel comes under suspicion when he begins researching the Old Testament for a historical novel he is writing. His actions lead the German SS to believe he is a Jewish sympathizer. He flees to Cairo and continues his work and eventually makes a ground-breaking discovery.

Fuqua's book takes readers along on Moncel's journey to the Middle East. She weaves history, danger, betrayal, and a controversial love affair into her absorbing storyline. Bravo!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great story February 1, 2015
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The combination of the author's story with her grandfather's writing in a previous era makes an interesting read. Characters are interesting and believable. The end of WWII in France is well portrayed. I would have liked to see some form of retribution for the friend's betrayal of information shared as girl talk confidence. The ramifications of that betrayal were severe and also all too true.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This was a wonderful book. very intriguing and I can't wait for the sequel.
Published 4 months ago by DDL
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for ancient history lovers
I loved this book had many of my favorite things in it ancient history ,Egypt,, forward to the next book.
Published 4 months ago by noreen nerten
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
I totally enjoyed this book and found the characters very interesting and would like to read a continuation of this book.
Published 5 months ago by Clara Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it.
This was so interesting. Following the footsteps to find where Abraham had come from, more then just a historical novel, much more. I enjoyed it.
Published 5 months ago by Nina LaQuino
5.0 out of 5 stars I felt like I was with the characters on every step of ...
I just finished reading this book. I was mesmerized! I don't know how to express all of the emotions I felt reading it. So many twists and turns, unexpected events. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Terzia
3.0 out of 5 stars Where's the Geheime Staats Polizei
I don't know what was expected when reading this book. Perhaps, it was a Dan Brown, Steve Berry, or Raymond Khoury type thriller: a lost or stolen artifact and a tension filled... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Donald F. Kaminski
5.0 out of 5 stars A Hidden Gem of an Author
This story gives a fascinating look at another perspective of World War II. The book is well written, the characters fluidly developed, and the plot solid with enough intrigue and... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ernest Dempsey
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Romp From Paris To Egypt
"In Pursuit of Abraham" was so good I could hardly put it down! The author wove a wonderful tale of adventure, danger, love, and exotic locales - all great elements that... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Michelle M. Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, spellbinding ,leaves you wanting more.
The intrigue, historical backdrop from ancient times to WW2,and the whole gamut of human interaction makes for a novel difficult for me to put down. Read more
Published 7 months ago by kathleen p childress
3.0 out of 5 stars It was okay.
Some parts of the book kept my interest more than others, but I guess I was expecting something a little different. Not sure if it deserved so many 5 star reviews. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Blizzy
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I am a native of France, born in the city of Nancy, in Lorraine. I was a little girl in WWII but retain vivid memories of those horrible days. At age 19, I married an American GI and followed him to America. We had two sons but the marriage ended in divorce. I worked as an accountant for many years, then as a realtor. My minor in school was Art and Interior Design so, being a Gemini, mixing accounting and art was no problem.

I now am very happily married and live in Ooltewah, TN, a stone throw from Chattanooga. My husband Kevin, a foundry engineer, and our little Yorkie Lucas, enjoy our home in this beautiful city.

I have always loved history and writing, so of course the first novel I have published is an historical novel,entitled "In Pursuit of Abraham." It is actually based on the true story of my grandfather.
Idled by the war he decided to write a novel about the Jewish heroines of the Old Testament. His research lead him to synagogues in Paris, and the German SS thought he was a Jewish sympathizer and began to pursue him.
For his and my grandmother's safety he decided to leave France and go to the Middle East to complete his research. He actually did follow the footsteps of Abraham and his clan, and left me his never published manuscript.I have translated and incorporated several pages of the book he wrote in 1943 into my novel. Of course the protagonist in my story encounters a much different experience once in the Middle East.
I am so happy that now, 70 years later, some of my grandfather work is being published. Pretty neat having a co-author who wrote 70 years ago, on a different continent and in a different language, don't you think?

This is not a religious book, but as you follow the life of Abraham and Sarah
you are reading the exact words written by my grandfather.

I'm now working on a sequel, not yet named. I've also published several blogs on the internet, and published a short story in a book entitled "Projects Keepsake."

When not writing, I enjoy painting in several media (visit my website to see some of my art work. I also enjoy cooking (French cooking, of course.)and knitting, traveling, and interior design. Love my life!
I am also a pilot and love languages.

Please visit my website and look at some of my blogs. A very popular one is the one I have written about the history of French cooking. While there, take a look at my art page where some of my art is showcased. I welcome your comments: Thank you.

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