I have to admit, when I saw the title of this novel by D.J. McIntosh, I was thinking it would be of the supernatural variety. (Which, honestly, wouldn’t have been a bad thing as I like that genre!) But upon reading The Witch of Babylon, I was very pleasantly surprised. Comparable to the style and genre of Dan Brown and Steve Berry, McIntosh’s book is a mystery, immersed in the world of ancient art, artifacts and mythology.
Book One in the Mesopotamian Trilogy, McIntosh weaves a tale of treasure-hunting and puzzles in a setting that is quite foreign to me. We follow John Madison, a New York art dealer, as he works against the clock to solve puzzles and hunt down a piece of historic artifact that’s gone missing. He unwillingly gets immersed in a plot that threatens his life, from the people who also want to retrieve the item.
I was completely entranced in this book, finding myself wondering what the described artifacts & locations actually looked like. McIntosh’s novel is so well-researched and well-written that I feel like I was running alongside John Madison, solving the mystery with him; the Indiana Jones or Robert Langdon of the art world. And, actually, there are puzzles that are printed in the book – so that you can see what Madison is also wracked with having to solve. Want to try it yourself? Check out the Babylon trilogy website to play the Babylon Square game!
I can’t wait for the next two installments of this trilogy. This book is a fantastic read, and it’s hard for me to not say too much without giving it anything away (I hate spoilers!) so it’s best for everyone to just read it and experience it for yourself.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ (4/5 stars)
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The Witch of Babylon has also just been named one of Amazon.com’s Best Books of June!!