Written by Alan Gold and Mike Jones
Published by Simon & Schuster
Reviewed by Heath Henwood
Bloodline ties together the past and present is an interesting modern day story, and the Jewish Heritage.
Bloodline is the first book in the Heritage Trilogy.
Bloodline is the story of the war between faith and power in Jerusalem and the Middle East, throughout history and being fought out in today. The story starts with young Palestinian freedom fighter Bilaz, who is wounded in an attempt to cause damage to the sacred Jewish Wailing Wall. He is treated by an Israeli Surgeon Yael, who discovers they share the same Bloodline. This starts a race to discover the heritage of two every different individuals.
In the process a radical Jewish sect, the Neturei Karta is revealed. They believe that that Jews are forbidden to have their own state until the coming of the Jewish Messiah, and thus will join forces with the Palestinians to try to bring down the State of Israel.
The story interweaves between the past from King Solomon’s reign to the brutality of the Roman occupation, particularly central around the power and faith centres of Jerusalem. The story from the past provides support for the modern story Australian authors Alan Gold and Mike Jones have worked well together to write a novel that
intertwines past and present, history and modern day occurrences, however the story line is predictable, particularly with the hint of romance slowly building throughout the story. While an easy read, I found it easy to put down, and reach for something more engaging.
Best described as a good holiday read, on a lazy day that will entertain, without making you think too hard.
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