The Tenth Saint
By D. J. Niko
(Medallion Press, Paperback, 9781605422459, 464pp.)
Publication Date: March 2012
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Cambridge archaeologist Sarah Weston makes an unusual discovery in the ancient Ethiopian mountain kingdom of Aksuma sealed tomb with inscriptions in an obscure dialect. Along with her colleague, American anthropologist Daniel Madigan, she tries to identify the entombed man and translate the inscriptions. Tracking down clues in Addis Ababa and the monasteries of Lalibela, Sarah and Daniel uncover a codex in the subterranean library revealing the secret of the tomba set of prophecies about Earth’s final hours, written by a man hailed by Ethiopian mystics as Coptic Christianity’s 10th saint. Faced with violent opposition and left for dead in the heart of the Simien Mountains, Sarah and Daniel survive to journey to Paris, where they’re given a 14th-century letter describing the catastrophic events that will lead to the planet’s demise. Connecting the two discoveries, Sarah faces a deadly conspiracy to keep the secret buried in order to promote technological advances presently leading toward the prophesied end of the Earth.
D.J. Niko is the pseudonym for Daphne Nikolopoulos, a journalist, author, editor, and self-proclaimed modern nomad who has spent the better part of two decades traveling the world. As a former travel writer and zealous adventurer, she has visited remote spots on six continents, many of which have inspired her novels. She has a particular passion for deserts and the nomadic way of life and has spent time among various tribes in Africa and Asia. She was born and raised in Athens, Greece, and now resides in Florida with her family.
"A new writer worth reading!" Stephen Mertz, author, Dragon Games
"The characters are lively, and the story is fast-paced and exciting, especially for inveterate fans of the genre." —David Pitt, Booklist (January 2012)
"Interesting, intricate, and intriguing, The Tenth Saint is an archeological puzzle the reader can't wait to solve." —James O. Born, author, Burn Zone
"Like The Da Vinci Code, The Tenth Saint takes you to a place you have never been, creating an adventure you will not soon forget." —Laurence Leamer, author of New York Times best-selling The Kennedy Men and The Kennedy Women
"It's a familiar story, but familiar doesn't necessarily mean bad. The characters are lively, and the story is fast-paced and exciting, especially for inveterate fans of the genre. A sequel seems clearly indicated, and if Niko could find some slightly fresher things to do with the historical–conspiracy formula, she could really have something." —David Pitt, Booklist