September 23, 2021

#BookReview: True Raiders by Brad Ricca

Synopsis: True Raiders is The Lost City of Z meets The Da Vinci Code, from critically acclaimed author Brad Ricca.

This book tells the untold true story of Monty Parker, a British rogue nobleman who, after being dared to do so by Ava Astor, the so-called "most beautiful woman in the world," headed a secret 1909 expedition to find the fabled Ark of the Covenant. Like a real-life version of Raiders of the Lost Ark, this incredible story of adventure and mystery has almost been completely forgotten today.

In 1908, Monty is approached by a strange Finnish scholar named Valter Juvelius who claims to have discovered a secret code in the Bible that reveals the location of the Ark. Monty assembles a ragtag group of blueblood adventurers, a renowned psychic, and a Franciscan father, to engage in a secret excavation just outside the city walls of Jerusalem.

Using recently uncovered records from the original expedition and several newly translated sources, True Raiders is the first retelling of this group's adventures- in the space between fact and faith, science and romance.


Rating: 2 Stars
My Review: I was beyond excited for this book but sadly this one was a jumble for me.  I felt like it told you a lot of things vs. showing then to you.  And there was just WAY too much talking.  I think that this one would have made a better idea to watch as they could have visited the sites and talked and showed you all at once.  Fans of Indiana Jones will feel left with wanting. 


"True Raiders proves that the best stories are often the true ones. Filled with a compelling cast of characters, Brad Ricca's book unfolds like the best adventure novels. Prodigiously researched, it's a rollicking, riveting ride and a fascinating read."
―Buddy Levy, Bestselling Author of Labyrinth of IceConquistador and River of Darkness

"Grounded in historical accuracy, this marvelous story of the true raider of the Ark of the Covenant is fascinating, vivid and suggestive as gold lit by torchlight." ―Eric Zala, Director of Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation, the shot-for-shot remake of the original film.

About the Author

BRAD RICCA is the author of five books, including the Edgar Award-nominated Mrs. Sherlock Holmes and the award-winning Super Boys. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio with his family.

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