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Review of The Sword of Moses by Dominic Selwood

Sword of Moses

Genre: mystery/thriller


Ava is a not-so-typical archaeologist living in Baghdad when she is summoned by the government to help them determine if an ancient Biblical artifact is genuine. Unfortunately, things don’t go as planned because the Ark of the Covenant is wanted by governments, elusive groups, and a man who wants it to perform a bloody ritual. Ava soon finds herself on a hunt for the missing Ark of the Covenant – a hunt that leads her and her partner, Ferguson, down a dangerous path of conspiracy and deadly beliefs. Ava is surrounded by people who need her expertise, but they hold secrets that Ava must discover if she is to learn where the artifacts are and what the people want them for, so she can bring to light some of archaeology’s most valuable ancient treasures.


A friend of mine told me The Sword of Moses was similar to Dan Brown’s novels, and I was not disappointed. Although the book is a little lengthy for my tastes, Dominic Selwood weaves history, religions, politics, and magic together seamlessly in this book, creating a world of mystery, intrigue, and conspiracy that is hard to put down and equally as hard to guess what will happen. The rich historical and religious details added to my enjoyment of the novel, although occasionally I felt some of the details detracted from the action scenes. I loved the main character, Ava. She is a woman who can hold her own and settles for nothing less than the truth about everything. This book was equally as enjoyable as Dan Brown’s novels, and I would recommend The Sword of Moses to fans of Dan Brown and to those who just want a thriller rife with history, religion, and conspiracy.


About the author

Dominic Selwood

Dr Dominic Selwood is an author, historian, lecturer, and barrister. He is passionate about everything historical, especially medieval.


He started his career as a criminal barrister in London, appearing in serious cases including kidnapping, murder, contract killing, and terrorism. He is now a specialist in the Middle East, and lives in London with his wife and two children.


He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in recognition of his original research, has a degree in English and French law from Cardiff and Poitiers, a masters in Byzantine and Near-Eastern Christian history from the Sorbonne, and a doctorate in medieval history from New College, Oxford.


He has been awarded numerous commercial and academic scholarships, has taught and lectured on warfare, religion, heresy, the Templars, and all the fun medieval stuff at universities in Oxford, Paris, London and elsewhere in the UK, France, and Italy.


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Stories in the Works and More Reviews Coming Soon!

So, I’ve been absent on here for a while. I’ve been busy with school, writing, and life in general. I have two books I’ve been trying to get read and reviewed for quite some time now, and hopefully, will have them done soon!

I recently finished a short story, and I’m getting started on a novella, The Spiral Staircase. I also have decided to try out the Magic Spreadsheet that author Jen Ponce has been going on about. (If you haven’t checked out her website or her books, go do so! I will be reviewing one of her books, Blood Curse, on here soon.) With any luck, the competition of the Magic Spreadsheet will keep me writing everyday!

Speaking of writing, that is what I am off to do. I will leave you with a little blurb about The Spiral Staircase:

Morgan is a powerful witch, but this time, she’s in over her head. After buying a piece of property on a whim, Morgan discovers a strange underground staircase. But this staircase is not just a forgotten piece of architecture; it’s a portal to the Otherworld. Morgan’s curiosity creates a rift in the veil between worlds, spilling the war from the Otherworld into this one. Morgan must find a witch with extraordinary power to help contain the war and seal the gate. But can two witches and an untried king stop a war of magic and might before it destroys both worlds?


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A Sense of Place

Some wonderful tips on writing settings by M.A. Ray

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Setting puts flesh on your stories. The way it’s described can work for you or against you, and it can be the difference between bringing the reader into the story and leaving him or her out in the cold.

Here are a few things I’ve learned about building delicious descriptions of setting. I hope you all find them helpful.

  1. Use vivid words. I’ll use southwestern Oklahoma as an example, since I live here. I could say, “It’s flat with occasional hills, and very windy and dry.” But so what? Does that convey the feeling of being there? Not at all, and it’s a little boring, too. What if I said this? “The stinging wind whips hair and dust around my face.”
  2. Choose telling details. What am I going to see here that I wouldn’t see anywhere else? Near where I live, it’s a bizarre mix of…

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