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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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Sarah lives on a beautiful half-acre full of beloved trees. She shares her space with three dogs, a snake, and lots of outdoor critters. She is an animist who has studied Druidry, paganism, religions, and metaphysical subjects for 20 years. She has also studied anthropology, history, and mythology academically. She believes firmly in living a spiritual life, not just in having a spiritual practice. She uses her knowledge to help women live a meaningful life they love by aligning with their soul.

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