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Title:  The Scrolls of Tora Bora

Author:  Demi Kaeffer

Publisher:  BroadSword Press

Reviewer: Jeff Edwards Ė AAA member

The Scrolls of Tora Bora is a high-octane thriller that explodes off the page!

A pair of U.S. Marines stumble across a vault hidden deep in the caves of Afghanistan, and unwittingly trigger a chain of events that will shake the pillars of heaven. Their orders are to gather documents left behind by the terrorist cell thatís been using the caves as a base of operations. In the search for up-to-the-second intelligence information, the old ceramic urns at the back of the vault donít seem very important. The Marines report their discovery, and return their attention to the search for clues about the weaknesses and intentions of Al Qaeda. They have no idea that their accidental find will rock modern Islam to its very core.

The urns contain religious scrolls of great antiquity, and Professor Antonin Brezjvic has barely begun to unravel their mysteries when his laboratory is ransacked. He turns to Conner Havvick, a disgraced ex-Navy SEAL whoís not afraid to play rough with the bad guys. When the professor is brutally attacked, Conner finds himself on the run from misguided police agencies, terrorists, and ruthless religious fanatics who will stop at nothing to keep the truth buried.

Readers should be aware that this novel raises serious questions about the history and ongoing agenda of the Islamic faith. A note near the front of the book announces that Demi Kaeffer is a pseudonym, selected to conceal the authorís true identity from angry Muslims. By way of example, the note refers to the violence surrounding author Salmon Rushdie in the nineteen-eighties, whose book The Satanic Verses caused Muslim leaders to threaten him with death.

Before reading The Scrolls of Tora Bora, that comparison seemed a bit melodramatic. Having finished the book, the authorís caution no longer seems exaggerated. This novel is going to make some readers very angry. If you think the Catholic Church got spun up by The Da Vinci Code, wait until you see how Islam reacts to The Scrolls of Tora Bora.

If youíre not afraid of a strong dose of controversy, this book is a thriller in its purest form.

Winner of the 2008 American Authors Association's Honorable Mention Award!

 


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