The Tenth Saint
Overview - Cambridge archaeologist Sarah Weston makes an unusual discovery in the ancient Ethiopian mountain kingdom of Aksum--a 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. Read more...
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Cambridge archaeologist Sarah Weston makes an unusual discovery in the ancient Ethiopian mountain kingdom of Aksum--a 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 tomb--a 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.
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In the pseudonymous Niko’s undistinguished thriller debut, archeologist Sarah Weston, who’s on a dig in Aksum, Ethiopia, doesn’t welcome the arrival of celebrity anthropologist Daniel Madigan, sent to assist by her antsy funders eager for results. When the pair find some human remains in a coffin bearing an ominous warning that a curse awaits anyone removing them, the Ethiopian ministry of culture’s director believes that the bones belong to the so-called 10th saint who spread Christianity in his country, “according to Coptic mysticism.” The discovery, of course, places Sarah and Daniel in danger, but even the threat of starvation while stranded in a remote canyon can’t stop the two from engaging in the sort of banter that’s more convincing on the big screen than on the page. The complications of the plot’s development could have been intriguing, but end up a muddle. And would Scotland Yard really send a rescue helicopter all the way to Ethiopia? (Mar.)