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Children of Sinai by Shelley Clarke
Genre: Thriller / Mystery
Blog Tour Dates 7th – 13th September 2019
Publication Date: 7th March 2019
Estimated Page count: 375
Children of Sinai: Following your dreams can change not only your life, but the future of the Human race.
How would you feel if you got caught up in a secret so vast it threatened everything the world had come to believe?
That’s what happened to John Milburn, computer science lecturer, orphan, husband and father, who lived an ordinary life in Haverhill, Suffolk, England.
That is, until the dreams started…
From the idyllic calm of Cambridge, John Milburn is drawn to the dust and the heat of Jericho. Thrown into danger and intrigue, he discovers more than he’d bargained for.
’A wowser of a tale that is exciting and thought-provoking with a cast of characters you’ll fall in love with. Inspired by Biblical events, historical finds, theories and the author’s own strange imagination.’
About Shelley Clarke
Shelley Clarke was born into a naval family in Kent in 1958, and consequently moved house a lot as a child. She had ambitions to follow in her father’s footsteps and join the Royal Navy, and to become a carpenter, but these were not female occupations at that time. So she learned to type… which has come in jolly handy for putting her stories first onto paper, and now onto screen.
Shelley is a keen painter, poet, and karaoke enthusiast; she loves mad family get-togethers, hates olives, ironing and gardening, and currently lives in Devon with her husband Kev, and their two Tibetan Terriers Nena and Pepi, who make them smile every day.
Shelley often forgets she is a grown-up.
Children of Sinai is Shelley’s debut novel. The story had been bouncing around her head for many years, and putting it down on paper has been the hardest thing she’s ever had to do. She certainly could not have got through this experience without a lot of cursing and chocolate!
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources and Shelley Clarke for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.
I always love stories that have some aspect of Egyptian history and mythology involved, and I’m so glad that this one did! It’s also really cool to see how an author will combine the modern day world with the ancient world, and I think that Clarke did a great job of making it feel believable. Reading the beginning parts of it, it was interesting to see how John and his wife Jen’s passions really complemented one another even before they ended up falling in love.
One of the things that I’m a little iffy about – only because it’s my own personal preference, not necessarily a fault with the book at all! – was that Jen stopped with her career and passion once she got pregnant. She said something like it was her destiny to be a mom, even though they were being careful with their contraception and all that. Knowing what my mom had to go through when she was pregnant with me, and how she didn’t stop her career and graduating from college after she had me, I feel like why not have both? I don’t know. That’s just me and probably why I don’t have kids. I like that her having the twins didn’t stop her from eventually going back to her goals, at least!
I think that readers that have enjoy reading about ancient history and seeing how it affects the present will enjoy this book. It was pretty fast paced for the most part, and I definitely felt like I was on a journey with John. I liked the instances where the past and the present seemed to follow a similar timeline, almost like a prophecy was being fulfilled again and history was repeating itself. It was really cool!
Wow I can’t believe I spaced on this one! I’m so sorry for that. Thanks again to Rachel and Shelley Clarke for this opportunity!