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The Iranian Conspiracy [Paperback]

Greg Fisher
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Sept. 1 2011
When archaeologist Andrew Thorpe hears about the chance discovery of a new Latin inscription at a remote volcano in southern Syria, he is drawn into a web of intrigue rooted in one of the greatest mysteries of the ancient world. Andrew realises that he has stumbled across evidence for the location of the lost tomb of Iran's most famous emperor, Shapur the Great, and, after the sudden and violent death of a long-time colleague in Damascus, he becomes determined to uncover the secrets embedded in the inscription to prevent a sinister and shadowy Iranian nationalist group, the Sons of Cyrus, from reaching their goal. Together with help from Rachel Campion, a journalist who has had her own brush with the Sons of Cyrus, and Rachel's brother Jack, a British diplomat, Andrew embarks on a quest which takes him to some of the most secretive and spectacular archaeological sites of the Middle East. From the forgotten city of Madain Salih in Saudi Arabia to the rose-red Syrian city of Palmyra, and from abandoned Roman fortresses on the Euphrates to the ancient church of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Andrew and Rachel battle unseen forces to prevent an international catastrophe which threatens to destroy the prospects for peace in the Middle East once and for all. Greg Fisher is Assistant Professor of Greek and Roman Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. He is the author of Between Empires. Arabs, Romans, and Sasanians in Late Antiquity (Oxford University Press, 2011). The Iranian Conspiracy is his first novel.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great start for new author Sept. 26 2011
Format:Paperback
This is the first book by this author - a fast-paced and well-researched story of an academic who becomes involved in a conspiracy group who will stop at nothing to acheive their aim. Andrew Thorpe is a likeable and intriguing character who is at home in the various places this involvement brings, from Syria, Saudi Arabia to Oxford - obviously places the author knows well which gives this story a strong sense of place. His relationship with his partner in all this grows slowly but credibly and leaves the reader wanting to know more both about Rachel and Andrew in (hopefully) the next story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun and engaging read. Sept. 23 2011
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Format:Paperback
I really enjoyed this novel. If you love a good action packed story set in some really cool places all over the Middle East, this novel is for you. The two main characters, Andrew and Rachel, solve a fascinating set of historical riddles which brings to life the compelling mystery at the center of the book. If you like books by Dan Brown and Steve Berry, you will love The Iranian Conspiracy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Does the author get copyright royalties on comma usage? April 19 2012
By Tiwi67. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Please learn how to use punctuation. I disliked this novel not because of its content, but because of the ridiculous overuse of the comma. Fast pace, more like a sprint to make me run out of breath through hyperventilation. One early sentance had the joiner 'and' flanked by commas on 3 occasions. Loved the topic, loved the story, enjoyed the development.... hated the punctuation. A great idea let down not by the execution, but by the author having a sticky comma key. Please get an editor who will tell you how to edit.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun fast paced adventure with a fine historical back story May 12 2013
By David Lloyd - Published on Amazon.com
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Thoroughly enjoyable. A fast paced adventure set in the contemporary middle east. If you liked Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade or the Jack Hunter films give this a try. The author's expert knowledge of the pre-Islamic Arabs in the C7th AD provides an fine historical mystery and back story. The author borrows from his first hand knowledge of key archaeological sites for his settings (including the incomparable Saint Sophia in Istanbul). The plot is well done and maintains suspense and pace. The author is stronger on plot than characterization, though he does achieve the essential ingredient of getting the reader to care about his protagonists. I look forward to reading the sequel.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, fast-paced novel Sept. 13 2011
By a - Published on Amazon.com
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The Iranian Conspiracy is an exciting thriller that draws you into the world of Sasanian-Roman-Arabian relations in the centuries before Islam. It blends historical and archaeological records into an entertaining, fast-moving thriller that you won't be able to put down! If you are interested in Roman and Middle Eastern history, but still want an engaging, exciting novel, this book is for you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fun and engaging read. Sept. 12 2011
By p - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed this novel. If you love a good action packed story set in some really cool places all over the Middle East, this novel is for you. The two main characters, Andrew and Rachel, solve a fascinating set of historical riddles which brings to life the compelling mystery at the center of the book. If you like books by Dan Brown and Steve Berry, you will love The Iranian Conspiracy.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Iranian Conspiracy a Ho Hum novel Sept. 16 2013
By Marshall Estes - Published on Amazon.com
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I just could not finish this novel. If the reader is a biblical archeological student, this novel might be exciting. The scenes descriptions were well done but the constant switch between dry archeology and mediocre action scenes just did not do it for me. The other main drag was the poor punctuation and run on sentences. I suspect the author's first language is not English from some of the sentence construction and grammar or the book was not edited by a professional. That alone was a one star deduction for me.
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