The Tower of Babel is set in the Middle East just before the Six-Day War in June, 1967. The novel opens as an Israeli man on a tractor is killed by an exploding mine as he crosses a narrow demilitarized zone into Syria. The Israelis suspect such incidents are trying to provoke them into military […]
The plot of The Gabriel Hounds is one that Catherine Morland would have loved, had that Jane Austen creation lived in the 1960’s drug culture. Christy Mansel is on a package tour of the Middle East when she bumps into her second cousin, Charles, who’s on a business trip. The Gabriel Hounds by Mary Stewart […]
In The Black Rose novelist Thomas B. Costain takes readers back into the Dark Ages with a romantic tale that sweeps from England to China. The bastard son of a Crusader, Walter of Gurnie hopes to make a fortune in the Far East so he can come back to England and be somebody. The Black […]
To say James A. Michener’s whopping 1965 bestseller The Source is an historical novel both understates and misleads. Into a narrative about a contemporary archaeological dig at Makor, a man-made mound in Israel, Michener weaves a chronological series of short stories about key people and events in Makor’s history. Through this complex literary device, Michener […]
The Egyptian is Mika Waltari’s fictional memoir of the life of a physician in the days of the pharaohs. Readers will find a new interesting historical bits in this novel, but it’s entertainment value is nil.
Exodus is an unsatisfactory novel but an intriguing introduction to the history of present day Middle East conflicts. The story is about an American nurse working among refugee children in the Middle East after World War II. Kitty is attracted to Ari Ben Canaan, a handsome Jewish leader, but Ari seems cold and unfeeling, capable […]
In The Big Fisherman, Lloyd C. Douglas explores the rise of Christianity in a complicated story tangled around the figure of Simon Peter.