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  • Mass Market Paperback: 463 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reissue edition (Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765369656
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765369659
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.9 x 17.1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,005,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Fascinating and thrilling! 22 Jun. 2011
By Evie Seo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Witch of Babylon by D.J. McIntosh is an exhaustively researched page-turner about ancient myths, precious artifacts, alchemy and hidden treasures. The originality of the plot, amazingly accurate research, and ability to catch the reader's interest from the get-go and hold it until the last word in the last sentence of the last page, make D.J McIntosh an exceptional author. I'm truly grateful for the chance to read and review her book!

John Madison is a 32-year-old Turkish-American art dealer from New York. He lost his parents in a mining accident at the age of 3 and was raised by his much older brother, Samuel, who helped John get started in the art business. When we meet Madison for the first time he is recovering from a car accident in which he lost his brother. Before his tragic death, Samuel made a sensational discovery. During his stay in Iraq he found an ancient artifact of great significance. This stone tablet is one of the greatest finds in all of Iraqi history. Protecting it became an obsession for Samuel. To save it from looters he smuggled it out of Iraq into the US. After Samuel's death the artifact was stolen by his childhood friend, Hall Vanderlin. Before Hall managed to sell it, he was murdered. Now, John Madison finds himself caught in a deadly game staged by Hall. To save his life, he must solve the puzzle and find the tablet. With members of Alchemy Archives, a deadly secret society, pursuing him, John Madison is about to set out on a dangerous, yet fascinating journey through time and space.

The Witch of Babylon is a great book for a number of reasons. It's a very engaging and entertaining yet essentially light read. It's also filled with fascinating bits of information about the history of Iraq and a myriad of other related topics including art, Mesopotamian mythology and religious symbols and ideas.

D.J. McIntosh mastered the art of suspense and action thriller. Thanks to her extensive and impressive knowledge, this action-packed story has a fabulous historical and mythological background. What I liked the most, though, was the way McIntosh managed to skillfully intertwine all the myths and historical facts into the plot, creating a perfectly balanced novel. Thanks to her smooth writing style the information we were given throughout the novel did not come across as boring or overwhelming.

In the end, The Witch of Babylon became an obsession, a book I couldn't put down because it intrigued me so. It is a brain teaser, a book that engages the mind in a quest to figure out the codes and solve the puzzles before the characters do. It fueled my curiosity to know more about both the ancient civilization of Mesopotamia and the modern-day Iraq. I found myself absolutely engrossed in the plot, after all, who doesn't like solid mystery novels involving a treasure hunt? I admit, in the beginning I wasn't very fond of the main protagonist, but overtime, as I learned more about him and his past, he kind of grew on me and I now can't wait to get my hands on the next book in the Mesopotamian Trilogy.

The bottom-line is, anyone with an interest in ancient history and mythology will enjoy this book. It's a fantastic mystery novel comparable to Dan Brown's bestsellers. Go get yourself a copy, you won't regret it!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Fascinating and spell binding 15 July 2012
By Teresa Pagnutti - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I don't often read thrillers or crime stories, but I have to confess I was unable to put "The Witch of Babylon" down! It is a perfect summer read - seductive and riveting. Rich in plot and character, I was completely immersed by Chapter Two. I felt as though I was in John Madison's head. Learning about Assyrian culture and history was fascinating and the backdrop of international art dealing and antiquities added exotic and elegant elements. The depth and detail of historical, cultural and art knowledge McIntosh displays is mind-boggling. Great storytelling and smart prose. When's the movie? In the meantime, I look forward to the second in the trilogy.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Top Notch Thriller 19 July 2012
By Vicki Delany - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
he Witch of Babylon is a top-notch thriller. An engaging and likeable protaganist who is no superman, lots of ancient lore but never too much, puzzles and ancient carvings. Highly Recommended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Bewitched by Babylon 7 April 2012
By martísima - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A truly formidable book! I started reading it, and by midnight every time I came to the end of a chapter I thought of stopping and continuing the next day. Could not do it. Had to finish it. And so I was confronted by quite a turn of events throughout the book, and then even more towards the end.

In addition to a well structured and suspenseful plot, the characters are exceptionally well portrayed. The description of all the places is masterful. It makes the reader feel like being there. And sometimes like not wanting to be there... But there are no true 'witches' here - only the ones we are familiar with and that do exist.

And then, there is much important information on the cultures of the Mesopotamia, its origins and developments. It makes us aware of so much we did not know or do not remember. It is so well integrated in the text that it is not at all intrusive.

In all, this is an original and superb first book. Let's just hope that they don't start comparing it to The Da Vinci Code or any other like it. This book is all its own in every respect -- themes, characters, locations. I am now waiting for more!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Doesn't Add Up 8 April 2013
By DojoDiva - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
There's a lot to like here, well-written descriptions of locales, fascinating history and a lot of action. However, it doesn't come together as a consistent whole for me. Character development is rudimentary. In particular, there's no emotional connection with the protagonist and no reason for me to want to read a sequel. Long, unlikely conversations are used to resolve gaps in the illogical plot. It reads as though it's written for easy conversion to film. Hopefully a script-writer edits it for coherence.
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