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The Nestorian Alliance (A Jack Trader Adventure Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Michael R. Watson
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The location of Noah’s Ark has been one of history’s most intriguing mysteries. Believed to be on Mt. Ararat, it still eludes all seekers. The year is 1952 and a well worn amulet has been discovered in a collection at the Denver Museum of Natural History with etchings on it’s back indicating the true location of the Ark. Jack, a geologist/archeologist and avid Ark enthusiast, is made aware of the discovery and wastes no time in preparing for an immediate departure to Turkey with his two best friends and partners.

Through a network of agents, Joseph Stalin also learns about the discovery. He is determined to find the Ark first and destroy it. Stalin is still vengeful from being kicked out of seminary school many years earlier. Major Anna Petrova volunteers for the mission to Colorado with orders to retrieve the amulet at all cost.

The Nestorian Brotherhood has been protecting Noah’s Ark for centuries in a location known only to them and they will do anything to keep it safe and hidden. They are well prepared. The man in black is their first defense and possibly their last.

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About the Author

This is the author’s debut novel. He is a writer and self-employed geologist and surveyor, living with his wife in a rural setting near Clearwater, Kansas. Mike is currently working on his second novel in the series. The characters in the series reside in or near Durango, Colorado, one of Mike’s favorite places.

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  • File Size: 386 KB
  • Print Length: 234 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Michael R. Watson; 1 edition (January 1, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005KDNZJ0
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By Elsi
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When an antique amulet shows up in a collection left to the Denver Museum of Natural History, etchings on the pendant appear to point to the location where Noah's Ark came to rest in the mountains of Turkey. A small group of archeologists and adventurers immediately head to Turkey hoping to make the find of their careers. Meanwhile, Soviet soldiers are dispatched to the same area with orders to locate and destroy all traces of the Ark.

This book had quite a lot going for it. The plot was innovative and engaging. The characters had promise. Unfortunately, the final product was weak and didn't deliver on its potential. From time to time, I was distracted by spelling/grammatical errors. In at least two separate locations, "there" was used where "their" was the correct word. And, occasionally the author would lose track of the tense--present or past--and would mix both in the same paragraph.

There were wonderful passages of dialogue which were suddenly interrupted with lecture-like descriptions. And the preface was totally off-putting. In a rewrite, I'd recommend removing it entirely or moving it to the back of the book as supporting documentation.

This was a good book which could become an excellent book with careful editing. I look forward to reading additional books--especially if this becomes a series as "A Jack Trader Adventure" seems to promise. And by the way, get better cover art!

Disclaimer: I was offered this book by a blogger who wanted to give the author more exposure in thanks for his donation to her favorite charity. The blogger asked for a quick read and to post an honest review on I gladly took her up on the offer--not just for the "free" book, but also because I enjoy reading books by independent authors. I wasn't disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Adventurer Named Jack October 3, 2014
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In "The Nestorian Alliance," we have Jack Trader instead of Indiana Jones, Noah's Ark rather than the Ark of the Covenant, and Soviet black hats rather than colorful Nazis, but the action-filled plot is cut from the same cloth as its cinematic counterpart. This is the first in a series of novels telling the story of adventurer Jack Trader, who comes upon puzzles in which the ancient world protrudes into the modern world, or, more properly, the world of a mid-century America gripped by traditional American mores and the Cold War.

Though the book is not without its share of research flaws, such as two people flying in a French plane built for one, or literary sins, misspellings and grammar glitches, its main problem lies in its characterizations, particularly of the Russians...the speech patterns are colloquial American and their villainy is muted to the point that they seem bland and uncommitted to their own evil deeds. Neither the protagonists nor antagonists seem able to push the story along, to be the motivators of events; both are reactive rather than proactive, and when the Russian spy (the most proactive of the characters) does take a hand, it is with reluctance, timidity and regret, negating the venality of her actions. The author also brings in the Nestorians, but not only fails to explore their duality of their theology but does not tell us why or how a Christian cult that did not rise till centuries after the Crucifixion would be the caretakers of an Old Testament relic.

Despite all that, however, "The Nestorian Alliance" is an exciting and fast-moving story that will surely interest and delight those who enjoyed not only the adventures of Indiana Jones but also the small screen's Relic Hunter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars History and Adventure Mesh in "The Nestorian Alliance" February 11, 2015
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With gripping non-stop action and adventure, author Michael R Watson meshes history and thrills into a rewarding mix in “The Nestorian Alliance.”
Noah’s Ark was found and lost again in 1917.
When Lenin seized control of the government and killed the royal family, the true location of Noah’s Ark was lost – along with their lives. Until Michael R Watson’s “The Nestorian Alliance.”
Enter attractive Maxine Jennings, who shows up in Durango, Colorado, and befriends resident Jack Trader after she learns he is in possession of a mysterious amulet. The amulet is inscribed on the back and covered with pitch which carbon dates to 10,000 years ago.
Trader has no reason to suspect Max and is oblivious to the trail of carnage she leaves behind: wounded and hospitalized people who stood between her and the amulet.
Nor could Trader know that she works for Joseph Stalin who is determined to find the ark and destroy it. After Stalin was asked to leave seminary because he had embraced Marxism, Stalin became bitter toward Christians. He persecuted them and seized and destroyed religious artifacts. If he finds the ark first – he will destroy it.
According to the amulet, Noah’s Ark is not on Mt. Ararat, where most people think it is. The amulet identifies “the place of decent” as Mt. Cudi.
Finding the Ark and protecting it turns into a race of epic proportions. The chance of success is smaller than the chance of getting killed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great first novel!!! January 22, 2013
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I thorougly enjoyed this book and getting to know the characters. Several unexpected twists and turns that kept me turning the pages. I can't wait to read the next installment of the Jack Trader series!
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The third novel in the Jack Trader Adventure series, WILDERNESS JUSTICE, is now available. As with the previous books, it is available in both ebook and paperback editions. It brings Vegas to southwest Colorado where the action moves from Durango into the mountainous wilderness north of town. Elements of the story include blackmail, kidnapping, and wilderness survival.

The 2nd in the series, TREASURE OF THE ANASAZI, is now available as an audio book. The story takes place at Mesa Verde, a place in SW Colorado near Durango where the Anasazi disappeared from their cliff-dwellings centuries ago. Jack, geologist and self-taught archaeologist, and Samantha, interim ranger, must stop treasure hunters from discovering the Anasazi village before the 'coyote people' take matters into their own hands.

My debut novel,THE NESTORIAN ALLIANCE, 1st in the series, takes the reader from Durango to the eastern mountainous region of Turkey in search of Noah's Ark. Stalin's henchmen are determined to get there first to destroy it. The Nestorian Brotherhood are prepared to protect the Ark at all cost.

I am a writer and self-employed geologist and surveyor, living with my wife in a rural setting near Clearwater, Kansas. The characters in the series reside in or near Durango, Colorado, one of my favorite destinations. Check out my website for photos of the area at

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