Newton's Riddle

Fiction - Mystery - Historical
442 Pages
Reviewed on 03/14/2023
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Newton's Riddle: The Mystery of Daniel’s 70th Week Revealed is a work of fiction in the theological, political, and suspense subgenres. It is best suited to adult readers owing to the complexity of its conceptual basis and was penned by Neill G Russell. The premise of the story follows a prophetic script left behind in the journal of Sir Isaac Newton before his death in 1727, which eventually comes to light and directly relates the resurrection and second coming of Jesus Christ to the modern-day crisis affecting Israel and the United States. Our protagonist is Dr. Ezra Schroeder, a codebreaker who reveals the secrets of the riddle and must bring it to the attention of the most powerful people in the world to prevent further destruction.

Combining modern-day political criticism with theology and historical reference is no mean feat, but Neill G Russell has crafted a compelling narrative that seamlessly balances them, and will certainly appeal to fans of works like Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons. The adventure aspects of this epic work are interspersed with a slow-burning, code-cracking conspiracy plot that also reflects a lot of harsh home truths about the state of the world today. It is certainly a thinking piece as every chapter reveals new considerations, both within the story and to take away with us. Newton's Riddle will appeal to fans of critical assessment of current events just as much as any thriller and theological-based fiction fans who are seeking an intelligent new adventure to explore.

Vincent Dublado

Newton's Riddle by Neill G. Russell is a page-turning thriller anchored in religion and history. At the Digital Research Lab in Cambridge, England, a rather ordinary box is placed among a stack of similar packages. Its contents have never left the constant vigil of Ariel, who is said to be the former guardian angel of Sir Isaac Newton. After centuries of being untouched, its contents are about to become the center of rare excitement seldom experienced within the annals of the academic institution. Dr. Ezra Schroeder has done research into the theological papers found in the second edition of Newton’s Principia and is an expert in decoding some of Newton’s alchemy journals. He has been invited to decode the renowned physicist’s prophetic script in an alchemy journal. What is about to be revealed is Newton’s final message before his death on March 31st, 1727 concerning God’s prophetic plan for the Jewish people and all mankind.

Newton’s Riddle has a Da Vinci Code feel to it when it comes to the storyline’s intensity. The difference is that it does not contain any malicious accusations against the Catholic Church, and Neil G. Russell hinges his plot with a more compelling spiritual element. As the story opens with an epilogue with the angel Ariel narrating about his new task on Earth, you are left to wonder if the supernatural plays a part in this story. What you get is the more compelling element of magical realism that reinforces Newton’s prophecy. Throw in the varied settings and the intriguing cast of characters and what you get is a novel worthy of a film adaptation with a mass appeal. What this novel expresses that will draw your attention is the statement about Israel and how its relations with the United States can tip the scale of global politics. Newton’s Riddle is a must-read for anyone who loves fast-paced thrillers.

Pikasho Deka

Newton's Riddle is a supernatural geo-political mystery thriller by Neill G. Russell. When two British Cambridge University researchers, Professor Harrison Andrews and Sara Newman, stumble upon a long-forgotten manuscript left by Sir Isaac Newton on his deathbed, they seek help from American codebreaker Dr. Ezra Schroeder to decipher its contents. After painstaking efforts and due diligence, Dr. Schroeder discovers that Newton's manuscript confirms the Biblical prophecy of an upcoming war that could spell the end of the state of Israel. With the current American President ignoring Israel and demon-backed Middle Eastern states hell-bent on its destruction, Dr. Schroeder must find a way to protect the land of God's chosen people. Meanwhile, a slew of natural disasters descends upon America. Can Israel be saved? Will her staunchest ally America come to her rescue? Grab a copy to find out.

Using Biblical lore and real-historical personalities, author Neill G. Russell incorporates current world geo-political standoffs in this fascinating thriller that merges fantastical and mystery elements to perfection. Newton's Riddle has a muti-POV narrative with a sprawling cast of characters and places that truly make you feel the stakes involved in the story. The characters have well-developed and distinct personalities alongside believable motives for their actions, and it makes them very easy to get attached to. The author seems inspired by a section of Right-wing online conspiracy theories, and it brings a sense of familiarity to the tale while still keeping readers hooked by the unexpected twists and turns. If a geo-political thriller infused with Biblical allegory sounds appealing to you, Newton's Riddle is just the book.

Grant Leishman

Newton’s Riddle by Neill G Russell is a fascinating concept that challenges our thinking about world events and their significance to our future. Sir Isaac Newton is most famously known for his scientific works and his contribution to our understanding of the universe. What is perhaps less known is his fascination with the idea that there are hidden codes concealed within the Bible that can unlock prophecies and illuminate current-day events. When an ancient Isaac Newton notebook is uncovered in a peat bog in Ireland, world-renowned retired cryptologist Dr. Ezra Schroeder is asked to decipher Newton’s secret code that he used to record his findings on prophetic events. What Schroeder discovers is the power of the unbreakable covenant between God and his chosen people; the Jews and the land of Palestine that is now modern-day Israel. The world and specifically the new U.S. President prepare to celebrate a historic peace agreement between the Arabs and the Israelis that will see the formation of an independent nation of Palestine and the clawing back of much Israeli territory on the West Bank and the Golan Heights. However, no one except Ezra Schroeder sees the catastrophic nature of such an agreement on the United States and the world. Played against a background of Angels and Demons, Schroeder attempts to convince the U.S. President that this peace agreement is a disaster for the world.

Newton’s Riddle was a thoroughly fascinating read. As someone who is captivated by historical events and their often unintended consequences, I was enthralled by the links drawn between catastrophic events, especially in America, and Middle Eastern affairs. Author Neill G Russell has created a world in which demons and angels co-exist amongst humanity, unknown to humans, and attempt to influence and change their behaviors to suit either God’s ends or Satan’s. One couldn’t help but get the feeling that the author was truly invested in this story and perhaps even believed the reality of it. This made the concepts and story come alive, so it was excellent work by the author to provoke that sort of response. I was particularly enthralled by the idea of the Jewish people being God’s chosen people and although this is a phrase I’d often heard bandied about in the past, this book did a wonderful job of clarifying what that could mean, in reality. You don’t have to be a believer to enjoy this story. It is fiction after all but one has the feeling the faithful will find this story full of warmth and contentment. The characters are realistic and believable and the narrative flows seamlessly as Schroeder and his cohorts seek to understand the implications of Newton’s prophetic writings. This is a fun book that can be taken seriously or treated as a fictional fantasy. Either way, it is an exceptional read. I can highly recommend it.