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By Edward Whittemore

Sinai Tapestry, the intense first novel of the Jerusalem Quartet, is an epic exchange background of the center East within which the invention of the unique Bible hyperlinks a disparate staff of outstanding humans throughout time and space.

In 1840, Plantagenet Strongbow, the twenty-ninth Duke of Dorset, seven-feet-seven-inches tall and the best swordsman and botanist of Victorian England, walks clear of the relations property and disappears into the Sinai wilderness wearing just a huge magnifying glass and a transportable sundial. He emerges 40 years later as an Arab holy guy and anthropologist, now the writer of a huge research of Levantine sex―and the key proprietor of the Ottoman Empire.

Meanwhile, Skanderbeg Wallenstein has came across the unique Bible, misplaced on a dusty bookshelf within the monastery library. To his amazement, it defies each fact held through the 3 significant religions. approximately a century later, Haj Harun, an antiquities broker who has acted as parent of the Holy urban for 3 thousand years, uncovers the hidden Bible.

Sinai Tapestry is the 1st quantity of the Jerusalem Quartet, which keeps with Jerusalem Poker, Nile Shadows, and Jericho Mosaic.

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