This month's Book With Buzz: "The Lying Game" by Ruth Ware
From the instant New York Times bestselling author of blockbuster thrillers "In a Dark, Dark Wood" and "The Woman in Cabin 10" comes Ruth Ware’s chilling new novel. See more
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"Intriguing, Thoughtful and Provacative" - Frontier 2000 Media Group
"Reminiscent of an Alfred Hitchcock thriller... The novel has all the ingredients for a blockbuster movie." - Scottie Dayton, editor/writer
"Imagine The Da Vinci Code Written By A Biblical Scholar" ... The twist is that Struse plays for the other team. He approaches the Scriptures with a bias towards belief, and yet with an open-mindedness and curiosity which leads him to find secrets hidden in these texts in plain sight. - Amram Shapiro, - Book of Odds -
From the Back Cover
Terrorists strike again at the heart of Americancommerce and banking with devastating effect. A twenty-five-hundred-year-oldPersian artifact incites the Muslim world and seriously undermines thecredibility of certain Christian beliefs concerning their Messiah. A newtechnology is discovered which changes the balance of power around the globe.Are these random events or carefully laid plans to change the order of theworld?
Acollege research paper leads to the rediscovery of a biblical code hidden foralmost two thousand years. Its implications reverberate through four thousandyears of history. Its author and his friends ﬁnd themselves sucked into aconspiracy of historic proportions. Will they make sense of events before it'stoo late? An epic battle is waged as powerful interestsfight to control the knowledge of the 13th Enumeration.
I first saw a mention of this book on my Twitter stream back in June. I went to the website and was intrigued by the description and asked the author to let me know when it was released on Kindle. I downloaded last month and recently completed the read.
First, this book is not necessarily a light read. There's a lot of math and you have to be thinking along as you read it. This is not a bad thing. I learned a lot and the necessary math is a crucial part of the intricate plot. The good news is that the "technical" aspects of the 13th enumeration are beautifully crafted and wrapped around the main characters in the book. There are several stories going on all at once and they weave dangerously close to one another and then back off a bit until they crash together towards the end of the book.
While the Psalms references didn't speak to me personally, I know there are a lot of folks who will find these a masterful addition.
I found the setting of Israel to be fascinating and the vivid descriptions whisked me away to a land I have never seen. After reading the 13th Enumeration, Israel is now on my list of places I would love to visit.
This thriller explores the secret plans of Darius Zaridast, CEO of Aquarius Elemental Solutions, who is bent on getting revenge of the murder of his parents. Darius plots his revenge based on evidence accumulated regarding a group known as the Order. The Order keeps the secret of The 13th Enumeration at all costs. Their quest goes back centuries. As part of his plan, Darius manipulates events to create a domino effect in financial manipulation. Consequently, he causes a global financial meltdown, In addition to this revenge plot, Darius has a quest to solve the mystery behind the 13h Enumeration. Struse does a great job with the subplots as well. One such subplot involves an archeological discovery in Capernaum, Israel. This discovery reveals valuable insight to the solving of this mystery—a mathematical cipher. Understanding this cipher directly impacts the understanding of the status of Jesus Christ as the Messiah. However, as in all good mysteries, there are evil forces that do not want this information revealed. Thus, another subplot evolves as the members of The Order conspire to squash this discovery. William Struse leaves the reader wondering about The 13th Enumeration. Highly recommend this book.
William Struse's book the 13th Enumeration is a very interesting book. I love a good symbolism/intrigue story, the genre that Dan Brown made famous, and I mostly enjoyed this tale of whether Jesus was the Messiah according to Old Testament prophesy, but honestly, I was disappointed at the ending. Or rather, the lack of an ending. Be warned that while the 13th Enumeration does answer the main question of the book, but it leaves the more interesting question for a sequel.
This is an exciting story that spans countries, religions and ancient history. I learned so much from this smart author and his fascinating interests, which he incorporated into his characters lives; rock climbing, computers and anthropology, to name just a few. Learning something new by way of a fast-paced, suspenseful novel, is a win-win for me.
There's a nice love story between the two main characters, Zane, a rock-climbing fool of a college student, and Rachael, the concert pianist, anthropologist, rocking-climbing strong, gorgeous, Israeli girl. If these two sound too perfect for mere words, they are on paper which makes them archetypal cut-outs, such as a James Bond, or a Superman. I love people for overcoming their flaws, and if they're flawless, I tend not to relate, or care what happens to them.
Honestly, I'd rather read a book with great characters who do ordinary things, rather than perfect characters doing interesting things. I think the show Seinfeld is a good example.
What I really loved about this story was how the author wove in so many different characters and circumstances to the story and never once, did I feel like he lost the thread of the action. I loved how the author gave so many new takes on ancient knowledge and symbolism. I can't imagine who much Struse is holding back, which I hope he pours generously into his next book.
This is a page-turner, though it did bog down a few times with the large chunks of Bible verses. I felt like I had just finished reading the Bible for a second time. Not that my mother wouldn't think that was a good idea.
And then there were numbers, lots and lots of numbers. We had Pi, the Fibonacci sequence, and some prime numbers just to make my head hurt. While interesting to us non-math geeks, a little bit goes a long way. I would have been happy with a one sentence explanation of what each of them is, but seeing pages of a precious fictional-suspense story filled with math equation stopped my heart for a second.
I thought I was back in Algebra class getting my test handed back and seeing a grade that was way down the alphabet. Too scary in an already heart-pounding novel where people are all secretly for, and against each other at the same time.
If you like a good detail oriented book where you'll be intrigued by the plot, skillfully handled by a fine writer, filled with symbolism and the thoughts of really smart people, The 13th Enumeration is for you. And considering this is the writer's first book, he's done an excellent job and I look forward to the sequel of this novel.
While reading author, William Struse's novel, I found myself wondering how one man could know so much yet phrase it so simply that I could understand what he was saying! The scope of this work rivals the writings of such luminaries as Uris, Mitchner, and others who steeped themselves in every aspect of their characters' lives and the history of their time; whether past present, or future! For many authors this is the praise they seek! However, because Struse intertwined Scripture, international intrigue, and the uncertainty of the times we live in to heighten the tension and keep the reader on the edge of their seat, what is now a book, might one day be an amazing movie!
Always writing about choices and how God can help us change, Paula Rose Michelson wrote the Amazon Best Selling Christian self-help book "How Did We Become Angry?" That book and her three sweet Christian fictions with a Messianic twist and a hint of history: "Beginning Anew: The Naomi Chronicles" and "Casa de Naomi: The House of Blessing, Books One and Two", are available on Amazon.