Book Review: The Babylon Contingency

The Babylon Contingency 
Archaeology at its Most Dangerous
By Clifford Longley 

Investigating a break-in at an English country house DCI Robbie Peele comes face to face with armed burglars seeking some of the strangest objects in the world archaeology, ancient clay disks inscribed with an unknown alphabet. A Middle Eastern terrorist cell determined to steal them. Why? And why are Mossad involved?

The vital clue is a long abandoned muslim village in Crete where terrible things happened witnessed by a Victorian explorer who left coded diaries. But Crete poses as many puzzles as it solves. What do the disks say, in what language and who made them> And why is the answer stirring up the Middle East? This is archaeology at its most intriguing - and most dangerous. 

Clifford Longley is an author broadcaster and journalist specializing in British and international religious affairs. For twenty years he wrote a weekly column in The Times. He now contributes to Thought for the Day on BBC Radio 4, and appears regularly on The Moral Maze. 

Normally when I'm going to read a history related book I prefer them to be nonfiction like The Invisible Front or to be a romance like A Triple Knot. I just couldn't pass up The Babylon Contingency though. It's dramatic well written and keeps you guessing until the end. 

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