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In Pursuit of Abraham [Kindle Edition]

Francine Fuqua
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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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: 583 KB
  • Print Length: 294 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Francine Fuqua (May 6, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KO8UNWI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,165 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By BJ
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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 In Pursuit of Abraham August 28, 2014
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From war-torn France during World War II’s brutal Nazi occupation to the chaotic excitement of the Middle East during the same period, Francine 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 it is page turning and held my attention till the end - when is the sequel out?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great summer read July 3, 2014
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A great summer read, this one! The characters are described well, allowing me to picture them and feel their emotions on several levels. The author combines the Biblical and world history using a story within the story, which made for an interesting and informative way to educate the reader as well as add depth to the plot. Settings, food, and events are descriptively colorful and detailed, combined with just enough suspense to keep me turning pages to the very end!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read June 30, 2014
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This is a good book. The Old Testament history and geography was fascinating. How soon will part two be available?.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 2 hours ago by Blizzy
2.0 out of 5 stars No fighting chance
I downloaded this book on my Kindle because it had good reviews and was categorized as "Inspirational" and "Historical Fiction", two of my favorite labels. Read more
Published 19 hours ago by Love2Learn
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read!
For those who love Bible history and learning about the land of the Bible, this is the book for you! I enjoyed the fictitious side story ,as well. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Rose Ann Dupree
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing, suspenseful, and an interesting introduction to cultures...
I found it a little slow to start, but it wasn't long before I was intrigued. Upon finishing the book, I read the first chapter of her forthcoming one and was very disappointed... Read more
Published 11 days ago by GardeningGranny
4.0 out of 5 stars A Timely Story
I was so sorry to come to the end of In Pursuit of Abraham and am delighted that Fuqua is writing a sequel. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved the combination of familiar places (from travels), interests and bible.
Published 16 days ago by KC
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the book from beginning to end
I enjoyed the book from beginning to end. I loved the many historical references that made the story even more real. Romance, History and intrigue made me want to keep reading. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Linda DeCarlo
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
An exciting story full of history, heart felt and moving events. You feel like you are part of the story. Hard to put down!!
Published 22 days ago by wigirl
3.0 out of 5 stars mediocre
Interesting and different plot. However, not great writing. Also, muslin instead of Muslim and a reference to modern Israel which wasn't formed until five years after this story... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Abbi Easter
4.0 out of 5 stars Francine is an excellent writer that draws you in with her...
A riveting book. I kept turning the pages to see where it would go. Francine is an excellent writer that draws you in with her storytelling.
Published 26 days ago by George D
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More About the Author

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 http://francinefuqua.com 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: Francine@francinefuqua.com. Thank you.


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