Book Review

Children of Sinai – Blog Tour

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How would you feel if you got caught up in a secret so vast it threatened everything the world had come to believe?
That’s what happened to John Milburn, computer science lecturer, orphan, husband and father, who lived an ordinary life in Haverhill, Suffolk, England.
That is, until the dreams started…

From the idyllic calm of Cambridge, John Milburn is drawn to the dust and the heat of Jericho. Thrown into danger and intrigue, he discovers more than he’d bargained for.

‘A wowser of a tale that is exciting and thought-provoking with a cast of characters you’ll fall in love with. Inspired by Biblical events, historical finds, theories and the author’s own strange imagination.’

Book Details
Paperback: 375 pages
Publisher: Independently published (4 April 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1798931206
ISBN-13: 978-1798931202

Purchase Link

Amazon UK

My Review

This was an amazingly creative and obviously well researched, theologically speaking, book.

I really enjoyed the plot and idea of this. It reminded me a bit of The DaVinci Code in that it makes you kinda second guess what you’ve been taught because it’s so well presented, but also it reminded me of The Atlantis Plague a book where it’s just like conspiracies and mystery organizations are covering up way more than you could ever even imagine.

I thought this was a fun read, and found it again, so well researched that I admired and enjoyed the historical and past sections the most. I also like the idea of such a nice blending of religions, or rather the possibility to come together due to a deeper truth.

My biggest issue with this novel was the pacing, it tended to be so erratic at times that key moments were turned anti-climatic, more than once and I think she may have been able to do this over two books. The ideas would have carried it out nicely over two versus one, but, Clarke gives you a satisfying ending and it’s worth a look if you enjoy fiction novels such as The DaVinci Code.

It’s plot-driven, not character-focused, just to let those know who may not enjoy that.

Overall a good read with an intriguing plot. 3 out of 5 cups of coffee from me, thanks so much to Anne Cater and the Author for a copy of this in exchange for my honest opinion as part of the tour.

About the Author

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Shelley Clarke was born into a naval family in Kent in 1958, and consequently moved house a lot as a child. She had ambitions to follow in her father’s footsteps and join the Royal Navy, and to become a carpenter, but these were not female occupations at that time. So she learned to type… which has come in jolly handy for putting her stories first onto paper, and now onto screen.

Shelley is a keen painter, poet, and karaoke enthusiast; she loves mad family get-togethers, hates olives, ironing and gardening, and currently lives in Devon with her husband Kev, and their two Tibetan Terriers Nena and Pepi, who make them smile every day.

Shelley often forgets she is a grown-up.

Children of Sinai is Shelley’s debut novel. The story had been bouncing around her head for many years, and putting it down on paper has been the hardest thing she’s ever had to do. She certainly could not have got through this experience without a lot of cursing and chocolate!

Author Links

Facebook | Twitter | GoodReads

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The Rest of the Tour

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By TheCaffeinatedReader

A Caffeinated Reader and Musician, destined to write lacklustre book reviews with the over-ample amount of free time.

4 replies on “Children of Sinai – Blog Tour”

Hi Haley, thank you so much for being on my book blog tour and for such a lovely, detailed review for my debut novel. I very much appreciate all your comments and will keep them in mind for the sequel. I read the ‘The DaVinci Code’ many years ago and loved it, the ‘Atlantis Gene’ I have only read this year (on a recommendation) and loved that too. So for any comparison to those books (however small) I take as a huge compliment. Once again, my thanks to you for taking the time to read and review. Kind regards. Shelley

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I am really a character driven reader but I recently read a plot driven book and could enjoy it too. I always appreciate when novels like this are well researched and know their stuff. A shame about pacing though because it can truly make or break an experience for a book and it seems a bit of a dealbreaker here…

Olivia-S @ Olivia’s Catastrophe

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