The Witch Of Babylon: Book One In The Mesopotamian Trilogy by D J McintoshThe Witch Of Babylon: Book One In The Mesopotamian Trilogy by D J Mcintosh

The Witch Of Babylon: Book One In The Mesopotamian Trilogy

byD J Mcintosh

Paperback | June 7, 2011

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Out of the searing heat and sand storms of Baghdad's infamous summer of 2003 comes a gripping tale rooted in ancient Mesopotamian lore and its little-known but profound significance for the world.

John Madison is a Turkish-American art dealer raised by his much older brother Samuel, a respected Mesopotamian scholar. Caught between Samuel's obsession with saving a priceless relic looted from Iraq's National Museum and a deadly game of revenge staged by his childhood friend, John must solve a puzzle to find the link between a modern-day witch and an ancient one.

Aided by Tomas, an archaeologist, and Ari, an Iraqi photojournalist - two men with their own secrets to hide - John races against time to decipher a Biblical prophecy that leads to the dark history behind the science of alchemy: Is the notion of turning lead into gold possible after all?

Against his will, John returns to Iraq where a fabulous treasure trove awaits discovery and where the truth behind a famous story the world believes to be a myth is finally revealed.

D.J. (Dorothy) McIntosh left her professional job to carve out a career as an author. It took almost ten years to research and write her debut novel, The Witch of Babylon, shortlisted for the Crime Writer Association’s Debut Dagger Award and winner of an Arthur Ellis Award for best unpublished crime novel. The Witch was an instant hit,...
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Title:The Witch Of Babylon: Book One In The Mesopotamian TrilogyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 9 × 6.25 × 1.1 inPublished:June 7, 2011Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143175726

ISBN - 13:9780143175728

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent Book This book was okay. I had never heard of the author before, but thought it sounded interesting. The book was a bit predictable at times, but was entertaining nonetheless.
Date published: 2015-08-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Historic Adventure I read this book because I recieved the sequel from a Goodreads Giveaway Contest. I think the best way to describe this book is like Dan Brown's book, but with a less respectable and educated hero and lot more violence. There is plenty of action as this story is spread out over a month rather than the one day for a Dan Brown book. I foumd this story to be very action driven. I did not feel the character development was that strong. I did not feel much empathy for the main or any character. Ther were many double crosses and mistrust amoung the characters to make the story interesting. In the end, you did not know who to trust. Actually, you trusted no one. I am not sure 100 per cent of the historical accuracy of this book, but if this author was as big as Dan Brown, thre would be a slew of vooks pointing out the mistakes. I think there is enough correct information in this book to give it credibility. The rest is artistic licence on the author's part. It was an entertaining book.
Date published: 2013-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly Recommended There are books you read and forget about. There are books you read well into the night. And there are books that have you fidgeting, eyes red-rimmed, spewing plot twists to strangers in line at the bank. These are the books that hook you deep and hold on for days, weeks, months. These are the stories you want to read over and over for years to come. The Witch of Babylon is one of those books. Buy it.
Date published: 2012-06-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quick-paced suspense. I managed to get an advance review copy of The Witch of Babylon and it's a fast-paced and surprisingly hard-edged crime novel with lots of genuine twists and turns. Art dealer hero John Madison is forced into being a sort of reluctant detective with shades of Travis McGee and even Robert B. Parker's Spenser . He tries to come to grips with the recent death of his brother as he searches for a priceless loss artifact, avoiding some highly-unpleasant competitors along the way. Author DJ McIntosh packs in lots of detail and background from the worlds of both history and art in a way that brings to mind Umberto Eco, which is quite an achievement. She also has a real flair for poetic and evocative description. This was the winner of the 2008 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Unpublished Crime Novel and I think most crime and mystery fans would agree it deserved the honour.
Date published: 2011-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Action-packed thriller! This is an action-packed blend of fact and fiction that kept me turning pages late into the night. While the story begins in New York, its roots lie deep in ancient Mesopotamia where fabulous treasures lie buried in the sands of time. It's a modern tale of deception that pits an unscrupulous art dealer driven by greed against an Iraqi determined to preserve his homeland's history. Caught between them is John Madison, who must play a dangerous game to save his life. Given an opportunity to read a review copy, I was hooked on the story’s many twists and drawn through to its satisfying conclusion. It's imaginative, informative, and exciting!
Date published: 2011-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An outstanding read! Last week I received my review copy of The Witch of Babylon with great excitement. I was not disappointed. From the opening chapter, this is an international thriller of depth and magnitude, presented by a talented new voice in the Canadian fiction scene. Meticulously researched, The Witch takes the reader on a chilling race, exposing grand scale corruption and the near-total destruction of ancient cultural relics. New York antiquities expert John Madison gets more than he bargained for when he sets out to uncover a treasure. The on-location scenes in Turkey are exceptional, the action is believable and the character is truly compelling. I can't wait to see what author DJ McIntosh brings us next in this trilogy!
Date published: 2011-02-17

Editorial Reviews

A book so good, everyone should buy it twice. - National PostMcIntosh combines stellar research with superb writing skills. This book is the first of a planned three featuring Madison and Mesopotamia. I can't wait for the next two. - The Globe and MailA sinuous barnburner of a story, steeped in reams of fascinating Mesopotamian history and conjecture but not derailed by it. McIntosh has taken on the (largely American) arcane masters, and beaten them at their game. Good on her. - Winnipeg Free PressSoaked in the blood of centuries, yet as fresh as tomorrow's headlines. D.J. McIntosh is articulate, literate, and scary. - Alan Bradley, bestselling author of The Sweetness at the Bottom of the PieIs D.J. McIntosh the next Dan Brown? - The Globe and MailFrom Iraq, ancient history and alchemy combine to terrorize us in this stunning historical thriller. A terrific read. - Louise Penny, NYT bestselling author of Bury Your DeadWith a plot that moves like a racetrack pickpocket and a hero who has more lives than a cat and uses them all, D.J. McIntosh's The Witch of Babylon is one terrifying ride. Connecting the recent looting of antiques in war-torn Iraq with Mesopotamian conspiracy contrived almost three thousand years ago, the plot ingeniously weaves the two, keeping the reader on edge and guessing to the very last page. Full of an equal amount of mayhem and erudition, this novel marks a remarkably inventive and lively debut. - James W. Nichol, bestselling author of Midnight CabAn impressive debut. The first of a projected trilogy, The Witch of Babylon is a well-crafted novel that will appeal to readers in search of fast-paced action thrillers. Containing puzzles within puzzles, plot twists and complex characters, it will appeal to fans of The Da Vinci Code - though in fairness it is much better written. - The Sherbrooke RecordThe Witch of Babylon is hard and gritty, with enough satisfying twists and surprises to please the most ardent thriller fan. - Quill & Quire