Keith Raffel tells us he suffers from career ADD. I think he has a keen intellect and is curious and brave enough to want to experiment.
Keith is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Oxford. One of his first jobs was serving as “counsel to the Senate Intelligence Committee overseeing the secret world of the CIA, NSA, and other clandestine three-lettered agencies.” Then he started a company in Silicon Valley and sold it to Siebel Corporation which was then swallowed up by Oracle. After that, Keith turned to writing thrillers. The first two books were centered in Silicon Valley and were traditionally published. The second two books were self-published e-books, which relate more to his work in the Government.
All four books have been successful. I reviewed the last two “Drop by Drop” and “A Fine and Dangerous Season” and raved about them. Both made it onto my yearly best books for book club list.
For Keith’s fifth book, he decided to try something new, Kickstarter. With 193 backers contributing $18,746. His latest book, Temple Mount was just published November 2, 2014.
As “Temple Mount” opens, Alex Kalman has sold his Silicon Valley company and is wondering what to do with his life. Then a deathbed request from his estranged grandfather sends him to find the Ark of the Covenant under Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. The result is a captivating thriller with a little romance as well.
The book would have been fantastic, if that was all that it was. But what makes Keith Raffel’s books so special are the layers that exist. I saw the book as a philosophy book, which looks at religion. Once again with his book, I have highlighted many passages that I want to remember and to consider.
The passage that I believe is the thesis of the book occurs when the rabbi, quoting from the Talmud, tells Alex that the world is sustained by peace and truth. When those two are in conflict, judgment must decide. While that situation exists in Temple Mount, I couldn’t help but wonder whether this book was a metaphor for many other situations facing society today which place truth and peace at odds.
This story reminded me in different ways of three authors that I enjoy. If you like Faye Kellerman, Daniel Silva or Dan Brown you should also enjoy Keith Raffel. I strongly recommend this book.
Five stars out of five.
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