Hi everyone! I am excited to be today’s tour stop for Children of Sinai by Shelley Clarke, which is hosted by the lovely Anne over a Random Things Tours.
Children of Sinai
Author: Shelley Clarke
Publication Date: 07 March 2019
How would you feel if you got caught up in a secret so vast it threatened everything the world had come to believe?
That’s what happened to John Milburn, computer science lecturer, orphan, husband and father, who lived an ordinary life in Haverhill, Suffolk, England.
That is, until the dreams started…
From the idyllic calm of Cambridge, John Milburn is drawn to the dust and the heat of Jericho. Thrown into danger and intrigue, he discovers more than he’d bargained for.
‘A wowser of a tale that is exciting and thought-provoking with a cast of characters you’ll fall in love with. Inspired by Biblical events, historical finds, theories and the author’s own strange imagination.’
A story set in present day that is dictated by the prophecy of Ancient Egypt? Umm, yes please!
This book was part sci-fi, part apocalyptic thriller, and part historical fiction, which made for an imaginative story full of mystery and intrigue.
John is your quintessential loving father and husband. Everything in life proceeded on it’s mundane course as to be expected until him and his daughters start to have vivid, prophetic dreams.
Following a sudden death, some old forgotten paperwork sheds light on the death of John’s parents. The kicker? This paperwork is worth killing for…and it’s located in his house alongside him and his family.
Reminiscent of Dan Brown, Clarke has written a deliciously addictive story that blurs fact and fiction when it comes to religious historical fiction, which I savored. While the story was a bit of a slow-burn at first as the point of the plot was made clear, I enjoyed being fully engrossed in this story. The plot maintained a relatively steady pace, and the characters were well developed.
I’m already chopping at the bit for the next read.
Thank you to Anne for my tour invite and providing a copy for review. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.
Shelley Clarke was born into a naval family in Kent in 1958, and consequently moved house a lot as a child. She had ambitions to follow in her father’s footsteps and join the Royal Navy, and to become a carpenter, but these were not female occupations at that time. So she learned to type… which has come in jolly handy for putting her stories first onto paper, and now onto screen.
Shelley is a keen painter, poet, and karaoke enthusiast; she loves mad family get-togethers, hates olives, ironing and gardening, and currently lives in Devon with her husband Kev, and their two Tibetan Terriers Nena and Pepi, who make them smile every day.
Shelley often forgets she is a grown-up.
Children of Sinai is Shelley’s debut novel. The story had been bouncing around her head for many years, and putting it down on paper has been the hardest thing she’s ever had to do. She certainly could not have got through this experience without a lot of cursing and chocolate!
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