The Brotherhood Conspiracy

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Title: The Brotherhood Conspiracy
Author: Terry Brennan
Publisher: Kregel
Published: June 4, 2013
Pages: 368

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Tom Bohannon has just watched in shocked horror as his archaeological find along with the entire Temple Mount was destroyed. Now he questions what it was all for and whether this find was worth the loss of his colleagues. He just wants to forget but outside forces make him remember and the phone call from the president asking for his help doesn’t help with his mission either. Now he must make a decision risk his life again or stay and keep letting his enemy win.

The President needs Tom Bohannon and his team to find something that both Israel and the Muslim Brotherhood are looking for, the Tent of Meeting from Exodus. Israel wants it to make a permanent claim of the Temple Mount the Muslim Brotherhood wants it to destroy it. The President wants it to prevent WWIII and he needs Tom to do it.

Tom is hesitant to accept another mission that puts him, his team, and his family in risk, but with the urging of his friends and colleagues and the adrenaline rush he gets when he even thinks about it, he decides to take his team and put themselves in the crosshairs of the Prophet’s Guard again to yet again change the course of history. If they can manage to stay alive while doing it.

Can Tom and his team manage to stay alive or will their predators manage to catch them this time? Will the Israelis, the Muslims, or Tom and his crew reach the tent first? Will Tom and the President be able to hold off World War Three or will it happen despite their best efforts? Will Tom have to lose another teammate or will he be the one that is lost?
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This book was a book that I picked up on a whim and didn’t really expect much out of it. I didn’t quite get what I had expected as far as plot goes but what I got was full of intrigue and mystery. However, this book wasn’t my style and seemed too unrealistic for it to even be remotely plausible. Also, I think the fact that I didn’t read the first book of this continuation means I spent quite a bit of time playing catch up and was left behind.

For me, the idea that the Tent of Meeting, being close to 2,500 to 3,000 years old, would still be there let alone usable is just ridiculous. The temple under the Temple Mount seems more plausible but still unlikely and that’s what the entire story hinges on, making it difficult for me to get into this story. I just didn’t believe it and that made me wanting to just skip to the end to see what happens.

The characters in this book were at an outrageous number and made it so hard for me to follow because it seemed like each character had two names and had other people with similar names. Not to mention there are people, probably from the first, who just show up and I now have to try and remember them too. All of this made character development and growth almost nonexistent. I didn’t see much change in any of the characters and I was saddened by that because it’s one of my favorite parts of a novel.

The plot, minus an excess of characters and unbelievable target, wasn’t that bad and all the action and mystery would’ve been enjoyable if it weren’t for the target and characters. Although I find it really hard to believe an ordinary citizen could escape a well trained assassin, I will admit that it added intensity and danger to the book and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy the effort. If this author works on his characters his stories would probably be pretty good and enjoyable.

This author failed to capture my interest but that doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy him and his books. I think with a bit of work and growth this author’s books wouldn’t be half bad and I might even be a fan later on. However, right now I’m not, but I will be keeping my eye open for more and seeing if I enjoy anything else by this author.

Overall, not my cup of tea and I had a hard time with plausibility, character development, and plot. I think this is perfect for people who want a different kind of suspense book. I think this book is best left to the adults. I give this book a two and a half out of five.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.*

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