Title: Finding Sheba
Author: H. B. Moore
Series: An Omar Zagouri Thriller
Publisher: StoneHouse Ink
Release Date: Aug 15,2013
An ancient legend is reborn . . . One that might prove the Bible false.
For centuries, historians have theorized the Queen of Sheba as only a seductive legend, and scholars have debated over the legitimacy of King David or King Solomon. When undercover Israeli agent, Omar Zagouri, stumbles onto a tomb in Northern Jerusalem he unknowingly finds the final clue that threatens to overthrow government claim to the Holy Land, pits wealthy collectors against one another, and sends ruthless archaeologists scrambling to find the queen’s secret burial place. An assassination attempt on the Coptic Pope, His Holiness, Patriarch Stephanus II, is only the first in the chain of lethal crimes. Omar must find a way to prevent the greatest discovery of the century from becoming the most deadly.
I always love Heather Moore’s characters and storytelling. “Finding Sheba” was no exception. She weaves a beautiful tale full of adventure and romance. I also really enjoy learning about history from Heather. She helps me understand what different cultures, times, and places are like.
I did feel a little lost some of the time though. I think that is because I knew almost nothing about the Queen of Sheba before I started reading this book. Most of the other historical fiction I have read by Heather is based on scripture stories that I am very familiar with. I know just when we have moved away from known history and into possible fiction. Her telling of the story helps me see the story from a different perspective, which I love.
In “Finding Sheba” I kept asking myself which parts were historical and which parts were fiction. I really didn’t know. I found myself doing internet searches to find the answers. Sometimes I could figure it out, but usually I ended up with more questions.
I just read Heather’s comments about writing “Finding Sheba” on goodreads. This cleared up a number of things for me. I wish I had read the comments before I read the book. It helped confirm a thought that I had previously. I wish she had chapter notes explaining where her ideas came from and what is truly history. Her comments tell me that we really know very, very little about the Queen. So – maybe all I needed was an intro clarifying that for me.
Even with my struggle to figure out what we really know about the Queen, I still really enjoyed the book. I learned a great deal and fell in love with the characters. As always, I look forward to more books by Heather B. Moore.