Monday, March 12, 2012
The Book of Names by Jill Gregory & Karen Tintori
Within every generation, there are 36 righteous souls, whose existence holds the key to the fate of the world. Now someone wants them dead...
An ancient religious text known as the Zohar claims that the Book of Names, an operating manula for creation, does exist. The Gnoseos, a power-hungry elite who want to get rid of mankind and remake the world, are desperately trying to locate this mystical script.
But one man stands in their way. David Shepherd, a professor who has been haunted by the sacred names in the book since a near-death experience as a child. He must find the book before the Gnoseos in order to save mankind.
Based heavily on the Jewish belief that at any generation, 36 righteous souls in the world that balanced any evil in the world and when these souls are killed, the scale would tip towards eventual destruction of the world as we know it. In this book, more than 30 of such righteous souls known as the Lamed Vovniks have already been killed by the Gnoseos.
One of such righteous soul is Stacy, the step daughter of David Shepherd who is now bent towards stopping the Gnoseos but how can one person stop an entire troupe of such warriors. This is very much similar in context of David from the old testament (who is also a shepherd :) vs Goliath. Assisting David is Yael HarPaz, an Isrealite who is extremely knowledgable in this area and it helps that she's pretty too.
I didn't think I would enjoy this book but I did. The storyline is not new. I read something similar in The Righteous Ones written by Sam Bourne but this is slightly more interesting and certainly more intriguing.