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The Isis Covenant [Kindle Edition]

James Douglas
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Book Description

AD 64 - Roman centurion Marcus Domitus leads an expedition to find the mythical treasure hidden deep inside Queen Dido's temple.

AD 1945 - In the confusion and chaos of a burning Berlin, two high-powered Nazis disappear, and so does a precious object.

AD 2009 - Two families are brutally tortured and murdered in Boston and London, the crimes linked by a single name and a shared history.

Art recovery specialist Jamie Saintclair receives a call from a Boston detective, asking for his help to investigate a brutal murder. She believes Saintclair might hold the key to solving the crime through his detailed knowledge of specialist Nazi units. But as they delve deeper into the sinister world of the occult, they uncover a dark secret that men have lusted over for more than two millennia. Long ago, in the ancient temple of Isis, something was stolen, and the repercussions have resonated through the centuries. Saintclair must discover the truth before the curse claims more victims, and finally catches up with him.

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Book Description

The new action packed historical adventure from the author of The Doomsday Testament

About the Author

James Douglas is the pseudonym of a writer of popular historical adventure novels. This is the second novel to feature art recovery expert, Jamie Saintclair.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1480 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (2 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552164828
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552164825
  • ASIN: B008PU97WE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,447 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars May you be cursed by the gift of long life 8 Aug. 2012
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The first outing of Jamie Saintclair had me singing his praise as the new man on the block in the world of mystery/thrillers and i was looking forward to The Isis Covenant to move on to greater heights and boy did we fly high.Once again James Douglas uses his passion and quality research to again weave a tale that had me page turning into the early hours of the morning.Saintclair is once again on the trail of a long lost artefact, The Crown of Isis,that was once part of the Treasure of Queen Dido of Carthage, that was reputed to grant its wearer immortality.Saintclair receives an unexpected phone call from Brooklyn detective Danny Fisher.Two families have been brutally murdered,one in New York,the other in London.The only link is a shared name,that of a German art theif who disappeared at the end of war.As Saintclair and Fisher will discover,for the promise of eternal life there are those who would kill and kill again.With The Doomsday Testament James Douglas set the bar high,but with The Isis Covenant he has just raised it again and i for one can not wait to see how high the next Jamie Saintclair adventure will go.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars quite good fun 4 Sept. 2012
There are a few authors who are known for a series or genre but also like to have fun in another area. Douglas Jackson produces excellent novels set in Roman times, but here with a tweak of his name he is having some fun in the ancient relic escapade game.

The tale here is about an ancient relic, The Eye of Isis and it's alleged powers that someone wants to get hold of. Cue dodgy Nazis, an ancient sisterhood, a sinister murderer and so on. Our hero Jamie Saintclair joins up with a female (of course!) FBI agent to avoid various killers and track down the Eye.

The author is having fun here and it would be rude not to just jump on for the ride. Yep you have to suspend belief a little but you do expect to and yes, Saintclair is a little too clever and talented, but there is a plot here and some very good backstory set in WW2 Berlin. Initially it felt very much run of the mill but the backstory kind of saved it and drew me in to keep turning the pages. Reminded me a bit of James Becker's stuff which is quite similar and it's a style and book that you have to go with the flow on, and just enjoy.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sooooo Very Good 1 Aug. 2012

The second in this series of books based around art recovery expert Jamie Sinclair. Book one the Doomsday testament The Doomsday Testament was a massive and wonderful surprise. There are so many thrillers of this type on the market but so many fall short of being a great thriller. Something of the quality of an early Jack Higgins WW2 thriller. Doomsday Testament was an equal to those books and doubly so because it was a debut thriller.
Great debuts are always a double edged sword, is it a flash in the pan? can it be equalled or beaten by book two?
Thankfully for me, you and James Douglas yes he can equal it, in fact it beats book one for suspense, action, adventure, intrigue and story.

As in doomsday testament, the Isis Covenant blends the modern world with World War 2, add in a nice dose of Ancient history with the central aim being the recovery of the Crown of Dido. A legendary item hunted by Tyrants through the ages for its alleged ability to hold the answer to life/ Death.
Our Hero Jamie has a price on his head, is it from his recent past and his butting heads with the remnants of the Nazi Regime? Who is the evil force killing people in such a gruesome fashion? What are they looking for? will they find it? and if they do what terrifying outcome will come to pass? I'm not giving away the plot, you need to buy the book to find out. But its Sooooo worth doing so.

As with book one the characters are so well written, so real and alive and this is no surprise because James Douglas is the pseudonym of one of my favourite historical writers none other than Douglas Jackson. Writer of so many fantastic books.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Jamie and the Magic Crown 6 July 2014
The Nazi preoccupation with mythic artefacts and places is a genuine historical fact and an endless source of inspiration for thriller writers. When done well..."Raiders of the Lost Ark" is a standout example..this can be a rich vein for storytellers. And Nazis are ready made villains. Sometime the sheer bizarre oddness , and of course the genuine evil, of the real life events and characters are difficult for fiction to match.

In this fast moving and entertaining book, an English academic (Jamie Saintclair) teams up with a US detective (Danny Fisher) to investigate modern day murders connected to two Egyptian magical relics, the Crown and Eye of Isis, the Nazis looted in WW2.

The historical settings are well researched and the story hangs together and retains the reader's interest. The two main characters are not especially memorable but the fast pace ensures the book's 470+ pages don't drag.

There is a rather reactive sense to the adventure as a whole with the two heroes reacting to events somewhat. The closing scene, where Saintclair just happens to mention the word "brother" is an example of this. Surely a stronger ending would have involved Saintclair or Fisher investigating the villain, finding out about his family etc and then talking to him about his brother by judgement rather than luck ?

Part of a series of adventure books, but this one is self contained (more or less.)
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