When Craig Blackburn, a young, Mancunian, British officer, and three mates take a short cut across the desert to flush out a small group of Sunni insurgents, holed up in a dilapidated house to the north of Basra, only Craig survives. As a massive bomb explodes, killing the three men instantly, Craig is half way up a mound concealing a cave. The impact of the bomb shakes the ground beneath Craig's feet and the side of the mound collapses, plummeting Craig into the cave, where he finds two scrolls. When he decides to take photographs of the scrolls with his mobile phone and leave the scrolls hidden inside the cave, little does he realise the trouble the photographs will cause him. The scrolls could spell disaster for any kind of peace in the Middle East and set not only Arab against Jew but Arab against Arab.
Lionel Ross has written a thrilling page turner that will keep the reader enthralled to the very end, as he depicts life in the war-torn areas of Iraq and the surrounding Arab countries.
Read about the ill fate of Al Qaeda and Mossad members, an Israeli politician, a Jordanian prince, an Iraqi professor, and even an American Baptist minister, who all have a vested interest in securing the scrolls for their own differing reasons.
The Baghdad Declaration is a cracking read that you will not want to put down.