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Finding Sheba

An Omar Zagouri Thriller
Narrated by: Bon Shaw
Series: Omar Zagouri Thrillers, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
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Summary

For centuries, historians have speculated that the Queen of Sheba is nothing more than a seductive legend; but when undercover agent Omar Zagouri finds a tomb in a tunnel beneath Jerusalem, he unearths cryptic clues that may lead to the queen's final resting place.

This discovery, if authentic, could throw into question the governmental claim to the Holy Land - and prove the Bible false. Wealthy collectors, ruthless archaeologists, and officials from Egypt, Ethiopia, Israel, and Yemen scramble to find and lay claim to the secret site.

Dr. Richard Lyon of Brown University, the world's leading expert on the queen, is found murdered in his office, setting off a chain of deadly events. Omar desperately works to piece together the puzzle to locate the queen's burial ground, fearing another assassination will take place. He teams up with one of Lyon's protégées as well as with his ex-girlfriend, agent Mia Golding, in order to unravel the truth about the queen, expose a murderer, and reveal a timeless story of love, revenge, and sacrifice.

©2014 Heather B. Moore (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • Kingsley
  • 24-04-15

Well researched historical thriller

Find Sheba is an enjoyable, well researched book. Switching between current times and 1000BC the book tells the story of Solomon and The Queen of Sheba (of Biblical fame) and then those searching for her tomb. As multiple nationalities claim her as theirs and her resting place the discovery of where she is buried, and if in fact the story of David and Solomon is true, has implcations for the powder keg that is the modern middle east.

Moore works well with the different nationalities, building tension between them. The swapping between the two timelines compliment one another as relations in one foreshadow or echo revelations in the other.

Bon Shaw is enjoyable to listen to as a narrator, although not highly memorable. The deep voice makes for easy listening. Characters aren't greatly differentiated, but emotion and inflection are there to help build the story. Wouldn't hesitate to pick another book narrated by Shaw.

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  • Donna Burcham
  • 14-06-16

loved it!

Loved this book, lots of twists and turns. loved how the author takes you back from the times past and then back to the present. there was no foul language, just a good story.

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  • Sally Jo Daniels
  • 05-07-16

Oh ick!

Firstly, this is a ROMANCE. If your favorite genre is mindless and sexless silly stories, this is for you! "Finding Sheba" bears as much resemblance to ancient history and modern archaeology as "Finding Dory" does to mental health issues and marine science. The bad guys belong to a group called "Ancient World Piracy". Really!! And the characters are interchangeable cardboard cutouts. A true waste of time and money.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-08-15

Great Story Effectively Narrated!

If you could sum up Finding Sheba in three words, what would they be?

Adventurous, Devotion, Contemplative

What other book might you compare Finding Sheba to and why?

None other. This book was engaging with regard to an entertaining, thought provoking perspective of a piece of history that is treasured by societies throughout the world.

Which scene was your favorite?

I favored Nicola's resolve to be a queen despite her insatiable passion to drink from the "forbidden" fountain of love.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Lucas' discussions regarding the potential chaos that would accompany the actual location of the queen's final resting place was most interesting. I was also heart broken near the end and tearfully reminded that life experiences can sometimes be so harsh that we feel victimized by the natural and innocent flow of events.

Any additional comments?

I seldom write book reviews. However, this one was well deserving of the thought to do so. It was truly entertaining with descriptive passions that drove each character toward their goal. I found myself looking for more of H.B. Moore's work and that of the gifted narrator, Bon Shaw. I sincerely hope that Moore continue to produce the quality of work demonstrated in this outstanding piece of literature. I also look forward to hearing Mr. Shaw tell me another story.

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  • Angela
  • 21-04-15

Discoveries!

This was a fantastic story! In all honesty this story isn't my typical genre but I am extremely happy that I was fortunate enough to listen to it. I must say that the author H.B. Moore doesn't disappoint. I love that the story has the mystery it holds. I believe it was really smart that the author includes the Queen of Sheba, The life she lives, family, love, secrets, betrayal, heartache, and the life she led that are centuries old. I loved listening to the queen as she fought challenges. I really enjoyed the good characters like Omar and Mia. But as mentioned previously, I enjoyed how The author switched the story from present day to days of old. When places become unearthed to find the Queen of Sheba's final resting place the action, mystery, and treachery begin to unfold. It seems that if the tomb is authentic then many things come into question. Some people will do anything for the truth not to be revealed. This is a wonderful story and it's most definitely worth the credit.

The narrator Bon Shaw was magnificent in his telling of this story. His distinguishing accents of each character was perfect, even the women's voices. He brought life into this story and I will be looking for stories that he's narrated before. I am now a fan of his work by listening to only one story he's done. Overall, a magnificent story with a very talented performer. I highly recommend you get this story today. I hope to find other of this author's stories as well. A perfect 5 star rating! I received this audio in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Kellie R.
  • 23-01-17

Fun read- Hard to stop listening- superb reader.

This book was a great kittle nevel to get lost in. Engaging characters and relationships, exotic Arabia and history. perfect escapist combination.

My thanks to Bon Shaw for a suberb job as the narrator. He was so careful with voices, amd a consistent boice fornprose. Just great work.

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  • greenheart1964
  • 10-08-16

Brilliant marriage of past and present

I enjoyed both stories and found it easy to hands state's as the author switched back and forth. Had some mystery, some action, and some romance.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 15-07-16

Entertaining

I kept interested throughout this adventure. Only one jarring note in the performance: wiggle has no "r" in it! Great thesis.

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  • Rabih Tayyem
  • 14-07-16

Good Book that is so close to being great.

If you could sum up Finding Sheba in three words, what would they be?

Thrilling, captivating, fun

What did you like best about this story?

Everything related to the history part. Despite the fact that the author is not trying to hide the fact that the history line is fictitious, it makes you rethink what you know and drives you into researching the real history.

What does Bon Shaw bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

It took me some time to accept the "old radio tone" of the voice but once that happened, I was very pleased with the performance. I like how he doesn't over-do the accents and the voice changes but are subtle enough to make the narration dynamic.

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Good book. The only reason it's not a 5 star (at least to my taste) is because there is simply a little too many love stories. That didn't bother me a lot, yet I felt it's weird for a book of this genre.

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  • Allen Anthony
  • 13-07-16

History+fiction well blended

H.B.Moore wrote a good story that connected an ancient story cloaked in mystery, and a second modern story about discovery that loosely parallels the life of The fictionalization of Sheba.
The story about the relationship between Solomon and Sheba and the secretive switch with her sister was really interesting. And in the modern day story the discovery of Sheba's burial chamber was equally well done.
The story moves right on along, with very few slow or boring periods, and I salute the author for his talent and skill 😎

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