The Khazar Codex, Graham Fulbright

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When fire breaks out during the West End opening of a revival of Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia, not all the spectators are bustled out of The Kemble’s auditorium… The Prime Minister’s son Nigel Hastings, two cast members and seven spectators are taken hostage by New METRO, a group militating in favour of London’s homeless. With the theatre under siege, one of the hostages – a Gulf War veteran – breaks through the theatre basement into a neighbouring vault that houses valuable works of art. But when Nigel and two other captives take up the challenge of cracking the code to an enigmatic casket discovered in the vault, they trigger an unprecedented chain of discoveries. What starts out as a headline-grabbing crisis quickly descends into the discovery of an ancient codex, one which holds explosive consequences for Judaism, Christianity and Islam by purporting to invalidate the very foundations of these three religions.

Publisher: Troubador, January 2015

Reviewer:  Jim Murdoch

What do you get when you mix religion, history, crime and acts of terror against a nation, all set at a west end play? An outstanding read that delivers from the opening curtain, emerge yourself in thrills and spills to the very end.

Author Graham Fulbright has written seven novels as well as three stage plays, but there was nothing scripted about this book. Fulbright delivers a literacy master­class in boasting a strong character build, riddled with sophisticated dialogue.

From the very beginning I could sense the amount of work that went into creating this novel. Mr Fulbright has clearly done some homework, and I got the feeling that I had bagged a chair with some of London’s elite minds. I could almost feel a glass of fine red wine in my hands as I became engrossed in the intellectual conversations I had at my disposal.

I would recommend taking this one on that Easter holiday you’ve had planned, you will not want t0 put this down for a second, and you may as well get that great tan while working up a mind sweat. To begin with there is so much going on that it may get a little confusing. Hold out, because it will all weave together like fine stitching.  Prepare yourself for a pulsating finale, with tense code cracking, edge of your seat velocity.

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