Book Review: The Tenth Saint by: D.J. Niko


Medallion Press

Publish Date:
March 1, 2012

From Publisher for Review


Cambridge archaeologist Sarah Weston makes an unusual discovery in the ancient Ethiopian mountain kingdom of Aksum—a sealed tomb with inscriptions in an obscure dialect. Along with her colleague, American anthropologist Daniel Madigan, she tries to identify the entombed man and translate the inscriptions. Tracking down clues in Addis Ababa and the monasteries of Lalibela, Sarah and Daniel uncover a codex in the subterranean library revealing the secret of the tomb—a set of prophecies about Earth’s final hours, written by a man hailed by Ethiopian mystics as Coptic Christianity’s 10th saint. Faced with violent opposition and left for dead in the heart of the Simien Mountains, Sarah and Daniel survive to journey to Paris, where they’re given a 14th-century letter describing the catastrophic events that will lead to the planet’s demise. Connecting the two discoveries, Sarah faces a deadly conspiracy to keep the secret buried in order to promote technological advances presently leading toward the prophesied end of the Earth. 

Review: The Tenth Saint is a compelling journey over centuries to find the truth in an ancient hidden prophecy. While digging in Ethiopia, Sarah finds the tomb of an unknown man and receives a warning from a monk to stay away. However, she is unmoved in her desire to find the truth. This will cost her greatly, but she makes a new friend and ally - Daniel Madigan. They race across the globe to figure out the truth while being hunted by an unknown enemy. Interspersed with Sarah and Daniel's story was the story of the Tenth Saint. Overall, The Tenth Saint is a clever and well-written story which piqued my interest and curiosity.  I enjoyed the wicked twist at the end, which I thought brought everything together cleanly. I look forward to more of Ms. Niko's writing!

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