The Caves of Corihor

Book One: The Sword of Abraham

Fiction - Thriller - Terrorist
384 Pages
Reviewed on 10/03/2016
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Author Biography

J.D. Shiner enjoyed a 28-year career in the world of wireless data communications. He is an expert on developing technologies, fiber transmission, firearms, fast cars, and thriller fiction. He lives in the great central valley of California and is working on the second novel in his Caves of Corihor trilogy.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite

The Caves of Corihor by J.D. Shiner is a sensational thriller. California is in a severe drought. The economy is suffering. The state is on the brink of chaos, panic is escalating. “Life is glorious when kept in balance.” But what happens when life is shaken, turned inside out, then upside down? Moreover, what happens when all the shaking and quaking unearths something mysterious, hidden underground in California’s Sierra Nevada? These questions are just a few that the secret, highly classified agency of the PPI must answer. Napoleon Hancock and the PPI (Presidential Praetorian Initiative) are called into action. The President wants answers! The biggest question remains, could this drought be the result of a clever terrorist attack? It is time for Napoleon and his long time partner, Cassandra Caro, “to do what they do best.” The success of this mission is imperative. Once again, Napoleon and Cassandra are on an “ultra-secret mission, hurtling into the abyss of uncertainty in the name of national security.”

J.D. Shiner pens a high impact, action-packed adventure in The Caves of Corihor. It is a narrative where every minute counts. The plot consists of thrills and spills, death and destruction, super-sonic speeds, and endless action encompassing an ancient cave with rare artifacts. A secret government agency with elite agents using high tech gadgets, state-of-the-art weapons and communications devices make up the heroic cast of characters. On the flip side, the villains are sinister, patient, clever and evil with their deadly acts of terror. The clash between good and evil intensifies with every turn of the page. The action takes place on many fronts, and with each change of location Shiner shares tidbits of historical relevance, creating an interesting setting for his characters. The action rises with the finessed fury of an erupting volcano. You feel the heat, you sense the shaking, and you observe the overflow of molten energy ready to explode at just the right climactic moment. The climax causes your head to spin with the unbelievable discovery. Shiner brings to light that which has been hidden, deepening the plot by putting a suspenseful contemporary twist on an Old Testament story. The conclusion sets the reader up perfectly for the next book in The Sword of Abraham series.

Ruffina Oserio

The Caves of Corihor by J Shiner is a brilliant introduction to The Sword of Abraham series. A group of powerful men with high foreign interests have decided to cripple the US economy through acts of terrorism that are carefully planned and systematically and skillfully executed. It would take the brilliance of Napoleon Hancock and his intelligence team to uncover the plot, but what they discover is mind-blowing and they could be running out of time. A technology that could alter rainfall causing drought to a significant area of the country, a hidden civilization that has existed for many years, and an elusive group that is set to bring the United States to her knees. This is a thriller that features acts of terrorism and characters that linger in the reader's memory long after the last page is turned.

The Caves of Corihor begins with murder, an act of terror that takes place in public. What is curious is that three people witness the incident and the three witnesses have three different versions of it. The plot moves fast, and the reader has the disturbing feeling that there is no time to waste. J Shiner is a master at creating suspense and at keeping readers glued to the pages. You don’t want to start this book if you don’t have enough time. Your hands will itch to return to it as you go about your business. Fans of the works of Robert Ludlum will enjoy the read. The international setting, featuring the Middle East and California, indicates that the author has done his homework and research. This book is so intriguing, so compelling and absorbing that readers will finish it in no time and then long for the second installment in the series.

Charity Tober

The Caves of Corihor by J. Shiner is an exiting and riveting political thriller novel. I felt like the author really knows this subject matter and genre, and including all sorts of realistic facts and scenarios made this book come alive. The story follows Napoleon Hancock and his covert team as they race (literally) around the world to discover the truth. From weather-altering technology to secrets from long thought lost civilizations, this book takes readers on a fast-paced journey.

Sometimes when I read political thriller and suspense novels, I find that the scenarios are realistic, but have a lot of fantasy and supernatural type elements added in - probably to make the book more exciting or to add "summer movie blockbuster" type scenarios. This was not the case with The Caves of Corihor, in my opinion. The plot and characters are really realistic and believable and some of the things in this novel could be a possibility in the future. J. Shiner took great care with plot details, international location descriptions, as well as the personalities of the characters to create an entertaining and well-rounded book. I cared what happened to the main characters and kept turning the pages because I wanted to find out what would happen next. Fans of political, suspense, thriller and action/adventure genres will find a lot to like in J. Shiner's The Caves of Corihor and I look forward to reading more from this author.