The Witch of Babylon

The Witch of Babylon

Book - 2012
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Baker & Taylor
A tale inspired by ancient Mesopotamian lore and Baghdad's infamous summer of 2003 finds Turkish-American art dealer John Madison caught between his brother's and friend's respective agendas at the same time he is compelled to decipher a sinister biblical prophecy.

McMillan Palgrave

Out of the searing heat and sandstorms of the infamous summer of 2003 in Baghdad comes The Witch of Babylon, a gripping story rooted in ancient Assyrian lore and its little-known but profound significance for the world.
John Madison is a Turkish-American art dealer raised by his much older brother, Samuel, a mover and shaker in New York's art world. Caught between his brother's obsession with saving a priceless relic looted from Iraq's National Museum and a deadly game of revenge staged by his childhood friend, John must solve a puzzle to find the link between a modern-day witch and an ancient one.
Aided by Tomas, an archaeologist, and Ari, an Iraqi photojournalist—two men with their own secrets to hide—John races against time to decipher a biblical prophecy that leads to the dark history behind the science of alchemy. Kidnapped by villainous fortune hunters, John is returned to Iraq, where a fabulous treasure trove awaits discovery—if he can stay alive long enough to find it.
International thriller-writing sensation D. J. McIntosh makes her American debut with The Witch of Babylon.



Baker
& Taylor

A tale inspired by ancient Mesopotamian lore and Baghdad's infamous summer of 2003 finds Turkish-American art dealer John Madison caught between his brother's and friend's respective agendas at the same time he is compelled to decipher a sinister biblical prophecy. 30,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Forge, 2012
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780765333667
076533366X
Branch Call Number: Fiction McIntosh
Characteristics: 398 p. ; 24 cm

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forbesrachel Feb 27, 2015

A thoroughly researched thriller that revolves around an ancient mystery, and the treasure that it hides. John doesn't have the greatest of lives, but it is more or less stable thanks to a good job, and the help of his step-brother. Unbeknownst to him though, his brother sent something of immense value to him, and there are people that want it. People John thought he could trust turn out to be far less reliable than he hoped as the true shape of their relationships are revealed. It is only because of mutual need, that they are willing to work together to solve these riddles. A handful of illustrations are included for our benefit, this means we get a first crack at the puzzles, and while this is an amusing novelty, only those that are good at this sort of thing will have much luck. With so much intricacy to such ancient history, the author must explain a lot so that we can understand. Unfortunately, this is exactly how it comes off as. It is often inserted into dialogue, rather than emerging through natural conversation. Some characters do feel a bit unrealistic, but John himself makes for a honest, although a bit gullible, narrator. A good debut.

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SarahZee
Nov 14, 2012

This book reminded me of a very poorly written Da Vinci Code though relating to an entirely different culture. The characters have no substance, and the plot line was completely all over the place and weak. This book held so much promise but it fell extremely short. I wouldn't recommend it.

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readingchick
Jan 08, 2012

Although this book kept my interest, and I read it in one day, there were too many "rolled eyes" moments. The plot was fast paced but so unbelievable as were the characters. Good for a fast read and an escape but not notable.

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JackandPearl
Dec 31, 2011

A real page-turner, with an important difference - the characters are fully formed, the plot is realistic, and the setting makes us feel we are there. The author's strength is writing scenes in exotic settings that really draw readers in. Tons of research has made this a historical thriller that's actually plausible. I had trouble connecting with the protagonist, and the first person point of view didn't work all that well for me, but after the first few chapters the story drew me in and I didn't care. A great first novel by a Canadian author. I would definitely read the next in this thriller series.

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Mommies2
Oct 05, 2011

A great read with lots of action. I learned alot about art history in a very interesting way. Can't wait for the next one.

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shelleyg
Sep 24, 2011

Couldn't get into this book. Plot holes abound. Unsympathetic characters.

* Alta Vista Sep 20, 2011

DJ McIntosh will be reading from The Witch of Babylon at the Sunnyside Library, 1049 Bank St on Saturday October 1st 2011, 2:00-3:00. Not to be missed!

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ravensview
Jul 28, 2011

Reviewed in Citizen. First of a trllogy. Looks good at first glance. No time over Christmas, but do want to read it - later

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Hughson4
Jul 23, 2011

Absolutely outstanding read. The research on this book is amazing and the characters really well developed. DJ McIntosh is Canada's Dan Brown. I can't wait for book number #2!!

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