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The Ezekiel Code [Paperback]

Gary Val Tenuta
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clever, Thought-Provoking, and Entertaining Aug. 27 2009
By Debra Purdy Kong TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
When homeless shelter manager, Zeke Banyon, begins seeing patterns of numbers everywhere in his life, he wonders if this is merely coincidence or whether something weird is going on. With research help from his assistant, Angela, Zeke slowly realizes that he's onto something big; something that could change the course of the world, let alone what we believe about our history and evolution.

The Ezekiel Code is an clever, thought-provoking story of one man's journey to save the world, whether he believes he can or not, and he often doesn't. When Zeke eventually locates an ancient scroll and key, the suspense escalates into an exciting game of cat and mouse between Zeke, a mysterious group called the Brotherhood of the Nine Pillars and their enemy, the Illuminati.

Normally, I don't read 675-page novels, but since the cover describes this book as a metaphysical, mystery, adventure, thriller, I couldn't resist the combo of genres. And the growing romance between Zeke and Angela is a bonus. Gary Val Tenuta's plot captured my interest from page one, and despite the many numerical discussions that often went over my head, I kept turning pages to see what would happen next. Occasionally, the editor in me wanted to take a pen and cut dialogue in places, yet The Ezekiel Code truly is an interesting read, so settle in and enjoy.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable! March 15 2008
By Neko
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This has to be the least believable novel I have ever read. The plot is full of unlikely co-incidences (although the characters maintain there is no such thing as a co-incidence) which makes it a very difficult book to take seriously. The story follows the adventures of Zeke, a failed priest who runs a shelter for the homeless in Seattle. According to an ancient prophesy, he is the "chosen one" who will save the earth from a comet using alien technology left behind in the times of the biblical character Ezekiel. The result is a weird combination of "the Da Vinci Code" meets "E.T", with lots of mathematical nonsense thrown in for good measure. Like "the Da Vinci Code", this novel involves secret catholic organisations and contains religious half-truths, but whereas Dan Brown's book seamlessly merges fact and fiction, "The Ezekiel Code" made me laugh out loud at some of the supposedly controversial plot points. I read this book through to the (totally bizarre) end, but it was more out of morbid curiosity than genuine enjoyment.
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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars There are no Coincidences Nov. 11 2008
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
After taking over as director of a homeless shelter, seminarian dropout Ezekiel "Zeke" Banyon stumbles upon a mysterious document listing a strange series of phrases and numbers in his predecessor's office. He and Angela Martin, a recently hired employee of the shelter, become fascinated with the odd phrases and codes. They set out on a journey which leads them to believe that the English Alphabet may in fact be a cipher of some kind; that built into the very fabric of the language itself are coded messages that have been there for centuries. But where did this code come from? What message does it contain? What are the implications to humanity?

Zeke and Angela soon find they are not the only ones interested in discovering the secret of the code. Other more nefarious and conspiratorial organizations' power and future are in Zeke's hands. Some want to protect him while others want him destroyed.

Gary Tenuta's Ezekiel Code has elements of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code as well as the adventure of Preston and Child's The Ice Limit. Mostly, however, this novel is like an entire season of the X-files packed into one book. Tenuta covers a lot of ground and topics including: acoustic levitation, out of body experiences, area 51, ancient Catholic Church and Jesuit secrets, Mayan calendars and predictions, Isis and the great pyramids, Gematria, parallel universes, the Illuminati, conspiratorial organizations, parallel universes, electronic voice phenomenon, and more. This requires a fairly high suspension of disbelief factor by the reader and Tenuta does a good job integrating these diverse concepts into the story.

While English Gematria, which is the assignment of numerical equivalents of words usually associated with Hebrew, is the main concept driving the Ezekiel code, the pace of the novel can occasionally be interrupted by its frequent appearance. Regardless, I found myself engaged throughout the story and googling a number of the curious and fascinating concepts raised in order to learn more about them. Gary has clearly done considerable research in writing this novel. Fans of the X-files will enjoy The Ezekiel Code.
29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HIGH-CONCEPT ADVENTURE, AN UNFORGETTABLE BOOK Nov. 6 2008
By Rai Aren - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The Ezekiel Code is one of those rare books, that once you read it, you will never see the world in quite the same way - a mark of excellence in storytelling. It changes you because it opens a portal to so many fascinating concepts, some of which are right before your eyes, laced throughout our lives and history, and others, which exist just beyond our general understanding, that it will keep you thinking and wondering about what it presents long after you've read it.

As a story, The Ezekiel Code quickly became a `place' I wanted to escape to every day. I grew attached to its main characters, Zeke and Angela, and accustomed to being a part of their world, and I didn't want it to end. The characters are alive, fully formed people that seem very real, in richly detailed surroundings. They start out in the most ordinary of circumstances, but are drawn, through many twists and turns, through synchronicity, into a captivating mystery that begins to surround them and take over their lives. Their path is a dangerous and winding one where dark and light continuously battle for supremacy. Slowly, subtly, the main characters, and you, the reader, are taken down the rabbit hole, and you will wonder over & over again, could many of the things the author presents, be real, be true? There is a great deal of evidence to say that yes, much of it could be, and that only enhances an already engaging and compelling story. Indeed, this book is so loaded with mysteries & intriguing theories that a reader could then proceed to spend the next twenty years studying them with immense interest & zeal. Note: The Ezekiel Code could very well be the beginning of many an addiction to uncovering hidden truths, deep mysteries, secret societies, metaphysics, ancient knowledge, quantum physics, (and many other sciences and theoretical concepts that I will not mention for fear of giving too much away) - you have been warned!

I was struck by the breadth of knowledge and passion the author obviously has for his subject matter. In fact, this is one of those instances where I am as fascinated by the author, who embodies his work, as I am the story. Loads of research went into crafting this book. There are many novels that will *razzle-dazzle* you with technology, weapons, and smart, sophisticated "super-people" that none of us could ever relate to. These can be formulaic and forgettable. They may be good reads at the time, but they don't stay with you, simply blending into a sea of similar stories. The Ezekiel Code transcends this, because it is at once relatable, yet so dense in what it offers, that you will find yourself bringing things up that you learned from this book in conversation with your friends & family, and engaging in absorbing and lengthy discussions for a long time to come.

The Ezekiel Code is high-concept fiction, with great action & adventure, and is a completely unique story with a powerhouse ending. An unforgettable read!

Rai Aren
26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing Sept. 9 2010
By Nicole M - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was so excited to see that this book was available for a great price on Kindle, and it didn't take me long to figure out why.

Don't get me wrong; I love this theme. Anything where you pull in history, religion, mythology, scavenger hunts to save the world or locate some ancient artifact definitely appeal to my tastes. I love codes and mysteries and ideas along that line for books. When I read the synopsis for this book, I thought that this was right up my alley.

The premise is a good one; Numerology is fairly interesting, and finding patterns within certain words and texts definitely made an effort to draw me in. Why the one star, then?

I couldn't get past the rather simplistic and borderline offensive writing style that the author employs. The overall tone of the book appeared to me to be on the shallow side, and several times I felt as though the author was trying to lead me by the nose to his conclusions rather than trusting me to make those leaps of logic on my own. What was worse was, it wasn't hard to draw those conclusions in any case. I managed to make it through seven chapters before I finally deleted it off of my Kindle. I couldn't take reading about the main characters coming across like love-shy teenagers who made numerology connections after six pages when I had made them in six lines.

In short, great potential, even greater disappointment. :(
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One of the worst ever April 15 2010
By Thomas M. Boumil - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I could write a book about why this book is so bad, but don't worry, I'll keep it short.
1. My 12 year old could write better dialog. "Oh, wow. That's pretty interesting and wierd!"
2. The author's idea of building suspense involves telling you that the main characters are being discussed in a dark room by men that mean them no good.
3. The main character went to school, but was never exposed to a computer. At one point the author has him try to use the CD tray as a coffee cup holder (gee, never heard that one before). Of couse, 15 minutes later he surfing the web and researching his "code" obsession.

I was going to keep going, but I think you get the idea and I did promise to keep it short. I only wish the author had made the same promise.

Note: If I could have givine this book less than 1 star, I would have.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fiction Based on Reality Nov. 22 2008
By Susie Sunshine - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Though this book is considered fiction, one can see reality on most of the pages. If we look at our world with awareness, we will see it in the pages of The Ezekiel Code. A must read!
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