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The Kabbalistic Murder Code: Mystery & International Conspiracies (Historical Crime Thriller Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Nathan Erez , Ora Cummings
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Book Description

The Kabbalistic Murder Code is an original and innovative Israeli thriller that was written for all those having an interest in Kabbalah. It incorporates two seemingly unconnected elements: a string of strange murders and the deciphering of ancient Kabbalistic texts, along with their hidden and mystical meanings.

A professor from Jerusalem, an expert in decoding ancient Hebrew manuscripts, is hired to carry out a mysterious task, one that sends him to three continents. He becomes entangled in a web of murders that leave him deeply puzzled. However, he quickly discovers that if he does not succeed in deciphering the enigmatic manuscripts, through his in-depth knowledge of Kabbalah, the lives of many people - including his own family - will be endangered.

Interwoven within this exciting tale are curious passages reviewing the many conquests that the city of Jerusalem has endured during its long history. Their relevance and significance become clear only at the end of the book.

The Kabbalistic Murder Code is an exciting and fast-paced thriller. Thanks to its unique structure and enriching subject matter (the secret wisdom of Kabbalah), you simply cannot put it down. The drama’s surprising solution integrates Kabbalistic elements and weaves the whole to a magical picture, leaving the reader almost breathless. It has been translated to date into four languages.

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From the Author

My inspiration stems from my interests in Kabbalah, in Jerusalem's history, and thriller novels. Three issues are not necessarily related, but they have a lot in common.

Why are so many people today interested in Kabbalah? Its books? Its ideas? Its scholars? Despite thousands of years, technological developments, social changes and scientific discoveries, Kabbalistic texts still sound fresh, intriguing and secretive - as if they were written recently.
I think most people believe that beyond the everyday life we live, it is necessary to put life on another element, based on real and more spiritual. Kabbalah is actually the nature and essence of humans chasing after that elusive element.

There are facts we did not know at all three thousand years and learned about three hundred years ago (the structure of the solar system, for example). There are events that we never thought were possible three hundred years ago, and now they are happening today (from heart transplants to walks on the moon). There are things we don't know now, but we might know about them in three hundred years; there are phenomena we might not know or understand even after another three thousand years .

Kabbalah is a real courageous attempt to try and understand what is behind the screen. We are trying to grab what cannot be perceived, understand what cannot be understood, and see and hear what cannot be heard or seen. And despite the difficult Sisyphean goal, we are still trying to achieve reception in every generation. It is a source of attraction and probably will remain so for many years to the future as well.

I was interested in Kabbalah since I was young. All my studies in this subject took place in Jerusalem, a magical and challenging city that most people on the globe have heard of. I always wondered why all monotheistic religions admire Jerusalem. Is it a coincidence or not? And why was it easier to conquer Jerusalem than to control it? Why have no conquerors managed to shape the city (though many have tried)? And to this we have to add the largest question of all: how and why has the city shaped the current spiritual world?

Thriller novels always grabbed me simply because the subject matter. Quality thrillers are not only interesting and stimulating, but they encourage readers to think in ways and directions they didn't even know of.  And the better the literature, the more fascinating and intriguing the questions are. Altogether, what could be more intriguing than questions about the nature of Kabbalah and the uniqueness of Jerusalem?

The combination of all these created this book.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Kabbalistic Murder Code April 30, 2014
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I honestly had no idea what the Kabbalah was before reading this novel, but my friend highly recommended The Kabbalistc Murder Code. Once I started reading it I realized why she so highly recommended it.

A fast paced thriller with murder and mystery, what's not to love? It doesn't stop there as it is also a great source of the history of the Kabballah as well. I always love it when I can learn something new in a painless way.

It all begins when the main character, Elijah, accepts his dream job not realizing that it will change his life in more ways than he bargained for.

Loved it!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced international thriller April 29, 2014
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I’ve had a keen interest in the Kabbalah for years. Several years ago I traveled to Chicago for weeks to attend classes on the topic and when I saw the title of this book I was intrigued. When I read a bit of the description and saw it was an international thriller read, I grabbed it and put it on my Kindle.

Our main character, Elijah, is hired to decipher an ancient document. The details of the project are vague, if not non -existent but Elijah accepts the position. Shortly after he finds out the magnitude of the project and that it surrounds an ancient manuscript, so ancient that the deciphering would be a world class discovery. This is the type of project he has dreamed of and to make matters even better, the pay is extremely good.

Unfortunately, things don’t go as smoothly as he thought they would. The author takes us on a good run with twists, turns and suspense throughout.

No spoilers given but I was more than pleased with the story. It kept me engrossed and was well written.

At the beginning of each chapter (called spheres by the author) we are also treated to periods in Jerusalem history. This was a great addition and perfectly complemented the story.

I hope to see more from this author.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Educational! April 30, 2014
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The Kabbalistic Murder Code is a fast paced and action packed murder mystery thriller that seamlessly weaves together historic and religious nonfiction with exciting and rich fiction for a thoroughly entertaining and enriching tale.

Author Nathan Erez has provided an engaging and informative look at Kabbalah and the history of Jerusalem. The nonfiction aspect of this book has furthered my knowledge of these things in an illuminating and entertaining way.

The fiction aspect of this story is edge of your seat thrills that illustrates the true talent of Author Nathan Erez. The puzzles, suspense, murders and urgency all coalesce to bring about an exciting climax that absolutely satisfies. I highly recommend it!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Kabbalistic Murder Code May 1, 2014
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The Kabbalistic Murder Code is a suspenseful mystery novel following Elijah in his efforts to decode an ancient file, but without giving away any spoilers, conflicts arise to make Elijah's job even harder. I enjoyed the way the plot unfolded and surprised me and especially uncovering the history of the Kabbalah as I read! This was my first time reading an international thriller, but boy, what a great place to start! Having been burned out on reading for a while this was just the thing to kick-start my interests again and give me a fun new genre to explore. I appreciate the way the author made this an action-packed adventure when other authors might have let the drama take up too much of the time resulting in a dry read. But not here! The author really knows how to pull it together in an intriguing way.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mystical Disappontment October 23, 2014
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There are two books here. The history of Jerusalem is seen through its conquerors. It's where the author's strength lies, until it is conquered by one of his (or the translator's) major weaknesses: the inability (or refusal) to proofread. The mystery story begins with a complex but interesting premise that stretches kabbalah legend to the breaking point. Add the author's inability to flesh out characters, an irresistible need to begin far too many paragraphs with, "Suddenly..." along with a preposterous beat-the-clock 007-ish ending, and you have a bit of a mess.

The writing itself is so awkward one wonders if the author ever re-reads his work. Some of it falls to the translator who cannot be faulted for Mr. Erez's lack of craft. Dialogue is stilted, descriptions are general rather than specific, and those history lessons are never incorporated into the story proper. An intellectual work of crime fiction would be delightful. This book ranks as a pretender.

My interest and involvement in kabbalah, along with my love of a good mystery, brought me to this book with anticipation. I had to force myself to finish it. Mr.Erez would be well-served by a critically-oriented writing workshop where he would have to learn his craft.

The author has several doctorates, and refers to holding a "classified service position for the State of Israel." He also holds black belts in various martial arts disciplines. His author photo hides his face while he looks out over Jerusalem. Is this supposed to add to his "mystique"?
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Mystery May 10, 2014
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. If you're a fan of mystery novels, "The Kabbalistic Murder Code" is definitely the next book to add to your list to read. It is full of excitement, it has some well thought out surprises and twists.

As a bonus, there is a ton of historical information on Kabbalah, which I also found fascinating. I really liked that the author took the time to take parts of Jerusalem's history and begin each chapter with various lessons from it.

The book is written well, it is very easy to read and follow, the descriptions are wonderful, the book is very well developed and put together, as I said, I completely enjoyed reading this book.

I highly recommend.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I loved all the facts that was given and the timeline.. I like the way the author took history and blended it into the story which made everything so real. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Creations of Dreams
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating
Very interesting read. At times difficult to understand all of the text if you do not know the history of Israel and Jerusalem. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Specialized murder mystery
Loved it! But doubt if anyone without knowledge of Jewish history and religion could really appreciate it. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Michele Burns
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Not a fan of this book.
Published 27 days ago by Anita Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars I kept wondering what could possibly happen next to enplane ...
I kept wondering what could possibly happen next to explane the challenges. that would allow the characters to survive. It ended in a really fascinating and unexpected way. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Windspiritjan
5.0 out of 5 stars Good starting book for Kabbalah
This is a very powerful book. Not sure where fiction begins and history ends. I remember some of the details from my father but there there was lots of new material, also. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sheli A. Lulkin
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good read. Not too predictable. Interspersed historic facts are a nice touch. Different plot from the usual thriller.
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Published 1 month ago by Rita Schmidt
4.0 out of 5 stars ... about the various conquests of Jerusalem along with a great...
A neat way to learn more about the various conquests of Jerusalem along with a great mystery.
Published 2 months ago by Karen Reed
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
OK, but author is way too wordy, get on with the story/plot.
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More About the Author

Nathan Erez is a scholar of Jerusalem who is interested in many disciplines. He was born and raised in Israel. At the age of twelve, he was sent to Jerusalem to study, and since then he has lived there. He has many degrees (including a doctorate) in mathematics, computers, law, criminology, and humanities, from leading universities worldwide. In addition, he studied nine years in a Yeshiva (Rabbinical College).

He served in the IDF Armored Corps as a Tank Commander .
Erez has been involved for many years in martial arts and has a black belt in several systems.

In recent years, he has worked in a classified service position for the State of Israel.

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