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Reviewed by Caleb Shadis

The Tenth Saint was a bit of a surprise to me. I was expecting a little bit of an Indiana Jones/Robert Langdon cross over, but it turned out to be closer to a Laura Croft story. The storytelling was absolutely wonderful, and it had a few good surprises in it.

Sarah Weston is an archaeologist from Cambridge who is working at a dig in Ethiopia. This is her first opportunity to be the leader of the dig. She has a lot riding on this, especially since Cambridge rarely allows a woman to lead this kind of foray. She’s been working at the site for about five months, not finding anything spectacular – but plenty of encouraging signs they are in the right area – when she has a chance encounter.

Sarah has a meeting with a local who offers to show her where to find a good stash of ancient artifacts. There are some caves in the hills overlooking the dig site. She has a feeling about this one and so agrees to go with the man for a look. She has an accident and finds strange stones that look like someone closed off a cave. What she finds behind them could change the world, though she might figure it out too late.

There are also some rather violent men who are bent on keeping anyone from bringing the find to light. On top of all this no one wants to believe Sarah has found anything more important than a thorn in her fathers side.

This was a very well written book and I enjoyed it a lot. There were two intertwining stories that would take turns and I kept wanting to know how they were related. After a little while I was pretty sure, but then I’d have questions, ‘if this…’ then ‘that should be…’. Every time I thought I found a reasonable hole or flaw in the story (like a Dan Brown book), a few chapters later the author would fill it in with a very good piece. The whole thing was thought out well and I was very impressed. This is the first in a series and I do have to wonder where this series will lead. It seems hard to top the surprise in this one.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Caleb is a software engineer and amateur woodworker living in southern Minnesota. He has more hobbies than he has time or money for, and enjoys his quiet time reading.

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