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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: UK General Books (Nov. 11 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007250886
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007250882
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 3.6 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 281 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #387,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Brenda Pink TOP 500 REVIEWER on Sept. 1 2009
Format: Paperback
The Exodus Quest outlines the story of the race between an archeologist and a group of evangelical Christians to find evidence of the Jewish exodus from Egypt. The hero of the story, Daniel Knox, endures attempts to kill him, framing for the murder of an Alexandrian archeologist and the kidnapping of his partner. In order to set things right he must solve the puzzle of the Pharoh Akhenaten.

This book has lots of suspense, lots of intrigue and a great storyline. My only complaint with it was the multitudes of Egyptian names. Yes, I know that the story takes place in Egypt, however, the author might have simplified things by not delving into the multiple names of each historical character. Perhaps if I were an egyptologist, I'd have been able to keep it straight. Having said that, I still very much enjoyed reading the book and would like to check out more by this author.
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Once I've read a single book by an author, I tend to run through most/all of the author's works. "The Exodus Quest" was originally published under the title "The Moses Quest". I ordered both, not knowing that they were the same novel.

The previous reviewer summarised the plot well but please don't make the error that I did and order both "The Exodus Quest" and "The Moses Quest".
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This was my first Will Adams book and I was quite disappointed. The story was way too predictable. Interesting concepts - albeit far fetched. I would not recommend this book even for reading at the Beach
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9cd2e360) out of 5 stars 28 reviews
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cd50990) out of 5 stars Great Fun! Jan. 27 2010
By Bobby Underwood - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you are looking for a fun read chocked full of ancient Egyptian history this mix of adventure and romance is a rollicking good time. The second book to feature archeologist and adventurer Daniel Knox and his partner Gaille Bonnard by Will Adams is that rare instance where what we read between the binding actually lives up to the fun promised on the cover. When Egytologist Knox comes across a lid being offered in an Alexandrian marketplace it triggers something at the back of his mind which leads to the Dead Sea Scrolls and the mystery surrounding not only the Exodus but so much more it would not be fair to reveal too much here and spoil your fun.

There are plenty of good guys and bad guys, and enough historical proof and speculation to please and enthrall even the layman. Soon Knox finds himself on the run from a bad Egytian Tourist cop named Khaled and a twisted preacher protecting an ancient dig. An Egyptian policeman named Naguib whose wife and child act as his conscience when a young girl's body is found at a dig will try to discover what's going on before it is too late for both Knox, and his love Gaille, who has been abducted. Khaled's character has echos of those 1930's films of this type of adventure, and though set very much in the present, the book also has this feel.

You'll have to read this crackling adventure to discover how Akhenaten, Moses, Nefertiti, Adam and Eve, and a hoax which might have an unexpected basis in truth all play out in an Egypt full of ancient secrets. Knox's pal Augustin is on hand, and might find a romance of his own, while Knox realizes finally that his feelings for his mentor's daughter are much deeper than he'd been aware. There is both excitement and danger here, and just the right dash of romance mixed in to the pot, making this a wildly entertaining book which will have you waiting on the next one. A fun series and a quick read to relax with at home on the balcony or at the beach. Fun stuff!
34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cd5366c) out of 5 stars good book Sept. 1 2009
By Brenda Pink - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Exodus Quest outlines the story of the race between an archeologist and a group of evangelical Christians to find evidence of the Jewish exodus from Egypt. The hero of the story, Daniel Knox, endures attempts to kill him, framing for the murder of an Alexandrian archeologist and the kidnapping of his partner. In order to set things right he must solve the puzzle of the Pharoh Akhenaten.

This book has lots of suspense, lots of intrigue and a great storyline. My only complaint with it was the multitudes of Egyptian names. Yes, I know that the story takes place in Egypt, however, the author might have simplified things by not delving into the multiple names of each historical character. Perhaps if I were an egyptologist, I'd have been able to keep it straight. Having said that, I still very much enjoyed reading the book and would like to check out more by this author.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cd572b8) out of 5 stars A Desert Adventure! April 13 2010
By Elizabeth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The Exodus Quest is an Indian Jones-type adventure for the New Millennium!
I love Will Adams' style of writing, with short sections usually ending in a cliff-hanger, and each section rolling into what is happening in another locale with the other characters. One would think that it would be easy to find a place to stop in such a book, because there's always a good break, but it made me keep reading because I wanted to know how the storyline that had just had a break would play out. This one kept me up well into the night! I also liked all of the ancient Egyptian and Jewish history in the book, comparisons of stories from different mythological traditions, and reading about the objects of daily life that were being excavated and how they might have been used.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cd57678) out of 5 stars Has Promise, But Central Themes Flawed April 24 2012
By OtherWorlds&Wisdom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The fad of archaeological-religious thrillers seems to have hit its high and is on the downward fall. Sure, this is still a popular genre and could yield more winners, but it seems we aren't having many blockbusters at this point. Adams' book has the necessary elements and moves along briskly, a quick escape perhaps, but not overlly compelling and suffers the flaws of some of its bigger counterparts.

The stereotypical religious zealot has been overdone, even though in real life one is hard pressed to find these crazed Christians running around. Or take the snarky comments like (p. 45) about the Bible being intolerant of homosexuality. So disagreeing with something and believing its wrong makes you intolerant? By that reasoning, there are a lot of intolerant atheists out there.

Even the pro-Bible character can't get it all right. He claims the Bible isn't strictly factual. Funny, people have been verifing what it states for centuries (i.e. The Old Testament Documents: Are They Reliable & Relevant?, The Big Book of Bible Difficulties). The Akhenaten theories are nothing new. Was he influnced by the Hebrews? Perhaps. The only similarity between him and Moses is their monothiesm. After that, one has to close thier eyes, make some giant leaps of fancy and ignore a lot of contrary facts to think they were the same person.

Most historians recoginize the Egyptian allusions in Exodus and see it has evidence of Exodus having basis in reality. The novel gets some of that right (though makes some giant fantasies like "Hebrew" being Egyptian), but follows it with a know-it-all character - who is obviously intolerant of the Bible - who ignores all this and shows her ignorance of the Bible.

Though first the supposedly pro-bible guy tries to link all of Judaism with Egypt. This guy must be getting his history from the New Age shelf. No doubt there are similarites, mainly cultural or minor details, afterall no people live in total isolation from their neighbors. The "Judaism stole everything from Egypt" crowd always neglects to discuss the blinding differences (see The Bible among the Myths: Unique Revelation or Just Ancient Literature?). Back to the Bible-intolerant character:

p. 81 "seven day creation" : Doesn't say that, see The Genesis Question. And the original Hebrew only includes certain animals on the Ark (see previous reference). The claim that the Bible is "contradicted by the historical and archaeological record" is also laughably false. Again, see the above references why scholars can easily show it is more than just a "folk history." The claim that the Bible wasn't put together after the Babylonian conquest will have scholars laughing theirselves silly.

I don't know if this was just the character talking (and she is largely proved wrong later), but the author leaves the ending ambigious. That is the problem with a lot of these books. Big build-up to a potentially earth-shattering revelation, but it ends in more of a whimper. Adams can write a good story, but we shall see where he can bring these characters. For a detailed look at the reality of the Exodus, which is actually alluded to a bit later in the book, see The Miracles of Exodus.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cd5775c) out of 5 stars strong ancient historical April 30 2010
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In Alexandria, Egypt Archeologist Daniel Knox walks in a local market place when he notices what appears to be an ancient earthenware bowl. The teenage vendor insists the artifact was given to him by his friend Daniel Knox and once belonged to Alexander the Great. He is amused by the hawker as everyone claims to be his buddy since The Alexander Cipher case. The lad sets prices based on pure supply and demand of how much he perceives the customer can afford, but refuses to reveal where it was found.

Knox visits his friend Omar Tawfiq who lets him browse through his database. He finds a picture of it, but Omar explains it is not a bowl from Ancient Egypt; instead it is a storage jar lid from Qumran, home of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Soon that lead takes the excited Knox to a dig led by Reverend Ernest Peterson and his team of theological students who seek a portrait of Christ that Peterson plans to keep. As a murder of a native archeologist occurs, corrupt cops blame Knox while the beleaguered Egyptologist learns in horror from his cell that his partner Gaille Bonnard was abducted near the ruins of Amarna, several hundred miles away.

With a strong ancient historical base, the latest Knox antiquities thriller is a fast-paced over the top of the Sphinx entertaining tale. Readers will enjoy the hero's hyperactive adventures in which he is a guest of the state, but needs to be in three other places at the same time. First he must rescue himself by proving his innocence, which is difficult to do when you're in a cell; so that he can second rescue Gaille; and third rescue the artifacts being devastated unmercifully by the Reverend. No caffeine for Knox.

Harriet Klausner


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