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The Third Caliph A holy war An ancient scroll lost in historyuntil nowDuring a dig in Morocco archaeologist Annja Creed and her companions are nearly buried alive when the khettara ceiling collapses revealing a 1300 year old corpse But when Bedouin bandits raid the camp Annja barely escapes with her lifeand half of a scroll in ancient Kufic script Her companions' survival now depends on herThe scroll dates back to 656 AD when Muslim raised sword against Muslim and the assassination of the third caliph left no clear heir to Muhammad's teachings It's a coveted find Annja uickly finds herself caught between a devious terrorist whose family honor depends on destroying what she possesses and a ruthless CIA team Both believe the end justifies the means And that Annja cannot allow Probably my least favorite of the series so far I've been reading the series off and since the first book Destiny It took me about three tries to get into it last summer and I finally finished it Too many enemies good guys and to me I still didn't get some of the plot I enjoyed other books in the series much It was only after I got it home and did some research that I realized that this book is one of a mega series I had never noticed It didnt make too much difference as the premises are outlined but perhaps I might have benefited from some familiarity with the main characters if only to facilitate bondingwhich did occur but not immediately THESE CHARACTERS ARE A BIT OVER THE TOP and they kill when they see the needThe opening few chapters are clumsypacking in a lot of information and intrigueand if it werent for some tantalizing references to early Muslim folklore I might not have continued The middle part does improve and there were some corners of history that were made accessable as incidental to the plot Sadly the end of the book is less coherent and the conclusion spun out until the very end seemed hastyJust in case it appears that this review suffers from the same kind of hasty conclusions I will give away here what I have figured out fuels this series This is the premise that the main character in this particular book Annja Creed archaeologist and pop culture hero with her own tv showhas achieved her expertise by her possession of the mystical sword of Joan of Arcwhich remains in another dimension until she calls for itHer relationship with the two immortals connected with this secret is to be sure complicated and I have a feeling that there might be some gems in the series that might focus on this Fortieth in the Rogue Angel urban fantasy series revolving around Annja Creed independent archeologist and avenger of wrongs My TakeAnd again a conflict and a separation in the faith caused by greed and a desire for power It’s the same thing today when Almodarresi confronts Thabit about his operations This story is an elaborate set up with lots of layers just so the CIA can get the bad guys I do love how surprised MacKenzie is with Annja when they get into their first kerfuffle I can feel Annja’s pain when the raiders rip artifacts out of the ground It’s never been about the monetary value of what she finds but always about what those artifacts and where they are found in the ground that can reveal the secrets about their pastI love the images this line pulls up“Taken all together the caravan looked as if it had marched through time and sucked in travelers from across the centuries”I found it disconcerting that when Annja finally gets to a phone and gets through to Doug that she never once mentions the Bedouin Although Doug’s obsession with the skeleton being a zombie cracked me up He is such a kid with a need for the sensationalIt’s black ops action tagine and baklava along with history and Moroccan culture Rescues chases and ambushes galore wait’ll you get to Fes I swear the population must have doubled with all the different covert ops teams in town I don’t blame Annja for not trusting either side The sound of that vampire club in Berlin was pretty interesting as well Hmmm good point about not trusting a man trying to buy you off after he’s already tried to kill youAnd we get even of Garin’s back historyOh too funny With all the technology satellites etc that the CIA and MI6 has they find Annja through tweets and blog sightings lolThe StoryIt’s a cave in that reveals an unexpected burial that leads to slavery and deaths It also brings a troupe of Bedouin raiders into the camp and sends Annja fleeing with a grappling hook She’s between a rock and a hard place with the police who won’t go after the kidnappers but won’t allow anyone else to rescue them eitherThe CharactersAnnja Creed is an independent archeologist and a co host for the television show Chasing History’s Monsters which gives her the freedom to join other people’s expeditions She also carries the reconstituted sword once carried by Joan of Arc and she’s starting to think the sword has a mind of its own Bart is a police friend of Annja’s who is based in New York CityProfessor David Smythe is heading up a dig in Morocco Theresa Templeton is a grad assistant from Harvard Cory Burcell is a BBC cameraman filming the dig There are a number of muannis Moroccan irrigation diggers including the fifteen or sixteen year old Souad Nadim’s sonDoug Morrell is the producer of Chasing History’s Monsters Samir is the man who gives Annja a lift Inspector Khouri is with the Moroccan police in Erfoud Dr Ernest Woolcot specializes in Middle Eastern history at Harvard He’s hoping to co author a paper with Annja Miriam is Woolcot’s very patient wife Houssine is an informer looking for the highest price Dr Khadija Zayd is an historian at Aligarh Muslim University’s Centre of Advanced StudyThe CIA and associatesCIA Section Chief Brawley Hendricks has been after Thabit for years Craig Morley is the CIA liaison reporting to Congress and the Joint Chiefs Swan Team is a handpicked group sent after Thabit Special Agent Paul Gentry a bright kid with a wife Heather and their newborn baby JennyThe Curtain Bar is where Hendricks finds Sophie an off the books operator Rafe MacKenzie is one of her people and a bit psychopathic please people read up on the Word Confusion Psychopath versus Sociopath; I reckon Rafe is sociopath Yahya is a South African orphan MacKenzie took in and trained Felix Rallison is MI6Garin Braden was one of Jeanne d’Arc’s protectors along with Roux the knight he served as a suire When Joan was burned at the stake and her sword broken the two became immortal Both will do what they can to keep Annja safe Inga is Garin’s personal assistant Eniko is an about to be ex girlfriend Sepp Walker is one of Garin's primary researchers Chandra is a rhythm and blues singer who takes up with Garin urtubi is his father’s son in every respect DragonTech is Garin’s private security teamMustafa is the leader of the Bedouin raiders Habib ibn Thabit is a terrorist with an ulterior motive covering up a family mistake He gets around in Shabanna his yacht which is captained by Abu Sanjay is his driver Abdul Saidi of the Polisario Front is a man with whom he’s doing business Rachid is a chief source of information Mirza Almodarresi seems to be one of Thabit’s backers Hamez leads the team that is after Annja Rasool Bahanor has been with Thabit the longest and tries to bring him to his sensesAbdelilah Karam is the author of the scroll a famed historian in the Ridda Wars aka the Wars of Apostasy which had been headed up by Abu Bakr Muhammad’s father in law It’s said that Karam knows the secret that can reunite IslamUpon Muhammad’s death a battle arose for the caliphate his third and favorite wife Aisha bint Abu Bakr wanted to appoint her choice and many believed her claim to the true teachings of Muhammad were legitimate than Ali ibn Abd Munaf a cousin and son in law to Muhammad who becomes the fourth caliph The battle between them sparked by the assassination of Uthman ibn Affan would be the first in which Muslims fought Muslims and would eventually give rise to the Shiites and Sunnis Ali ibn Abi Talid assumed the caliphate and was killed by Abd al Rahman ibn Muljam a Kharijite assassin I can’t tell from the story what the timing is Muawiya had the first caliphate after Muhammad’s death Adi ibn Musafir al Umaw was a descendant of Marwan ibn al Hakim the fourth Umayyad caliph The University of Al Karaouine in Fes was built in 859 and is considered the oldest continually operating academic school in the world Professor Mahfoud Daoudi is the librarian there and will assist Annja Ata ibn Wassaf was a popular illustrator for Moroccan books and his father illustrated the peacock angel Wassaf’s son Iskandar ibn Silahdar is a fan of Annja’s showPhilip Gardiner was an Englishman collecting Karam’s works; for some reason he sailed and died with the defeat of the Spanish Armada Gardiner’s work caught the eye of a Syrian historian Dr Ulker Bozdag who is fascinated by the Melek Taus the Order of the Peacock Angel aka Shaytan which was founded by Musafir Iblis is a jinn who became the leader of the fallen angels the Devil He also has a scroll written by Allal KhaldunA khettara is an irrigation well or tunnelThe CoverThe cover is composed of the golden browns of past covers with Annja standing amidst the ruins and wearing desert camouflage pants and a safari shirt her hair flying in the wind crouched with one booted foot up on a block an ancient Arabic helmet at her feet as she winds up with her swordThe title is who Thabit’s ancestor was supposed to kill The Third Caliph 3 starsThis one deals with some lost scripts of an ancient Muslim holy war Maybe just got a bit too many interested parties in this what with the CIA the various Muslim factions and Bedouins slavers as well as Annja's dig team I am also glad to see Roux and Garin behaving nicely in this one it's what I would really like to see them do from now on

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