The Holy Truth

Fiction - Audiobook
243 Pages
Reviewed on 11/20/2021
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Reviewed by Foluso Falaye for Readers' Favorite

The Holy Truth by Abdulilah Hamadi is a fast-paced thriller that depicts a race to uncover some secrets about a dangerous and fraudulent religious organization. The Temple of Scribes is a secretive religion that claims to be in possession of the lost Ark of Covenant. The Grand Priest of the Temple of Scribes is on his way to becoming the most powerful man in Europe, and he aims to gain more power at all costs with his fast-rising religion. David Lipton, a best-selling author, happens to purchase some historic documents that may leak the secrets of the Temple of Scribes. David and his collaborators embark on a search to uncover the truth behind different cases of murder, which puts them at risk of getting killed themselves. Is the truth worth dying for?

The Holy Truth gave me different sparks of delight, and just when I thought I couldn't be more impressed, I was proven wrong. There's so much to like: the brilliant research and experiment references, the picturesque descriptions, the well-developed characters, the exhilarating chase and near-death experiences, the gradual revealing of secrets, and more! The Holy Truth is built around different themes that are adroitly woven together: power, religion, fraud, science, psychology, philosophy, immortality, murder, crime, free will, romance, and more. As I love engaging my mind, I enjoyed reading thoughts from great minds like Carl Jung and pondering topics like free will and religion. From the moment I started The Holy Truth, I could not stop. The combination of intense suspense, intelligent concepts, and an intricate plot makes Abdulilah Hamadi's book one of the best thrillers I have read this year.

The best narration I've come across, period! Narrated by Mathew Welding and Carol Carpenter, The Holy Truth is as close to a movie as any audiobook can get. The voice changes, effects, sound quality, and accent switches are simply phenomenal. The background sounds, including the sounds of gunshots and footsteps, intensified the scenes greatly. Consequently, I was completely present and engrossed in the story. The narrators portrayed every one of Abdulilah Hamadi's characters perfectly and changed their voice tones to match the various personalities and scenarios. I was mostly impressed by the narration of the Grand Priest; the authoritative and charismatic tone of a preacher and the echo of voices in the auditorium made me feel like I was in church. I didn't think it was possible, but the narration made the story even more engaging.

K.J. Simmill

It all started with the death of a professor. A fatal neurotoxin discovered in his blood hinted at murder. But there was more afoot, and David Lipton finds himself thrust headfirst into a world he had no idea existed when research for his next story leads to secrets people would literally kill for. The last thing he expected when he purchased the documents was to be drawn into a plot straight from one of his books. What he thought was an innocent and exciting find could become the very thing of nightmares. Can he get to the bottom of this mystery, or will he be joining the dead left in the wake of the secret society who will go to any lengths to ensure order? Find out in Abdulilah Hamadi’s The Holy Truth.

The Holy Truth by Abdulilah Hamadi is a cross between religious and crime fiction. The author does a brilliant job of explaining the ins and outs of the secret society, ensuring the antagonists' motivations are clear from the very start. Rich in the history of this society, the reader is given insider knowledge of the workings and drives, making us fear more for our protagonist, who accidentally stumbled into a world he had no concept of and dangers unforetold. They say curiosity killed the cat, and it certainly holds true here with hitmen on his tail for what he thought was just another puzzle to be solved and a story to be written. David really has his hands full. I can clearly see how much research had gone into this book to make everything viable from the use of a little-known drug to the in-depth structure of the secret society and its influence. The Holy Truth is not short of action, nor the weighted pendulum of doom as David tries to stay one step ahead of those who would see him murdered.

I listened to The Holy Truth narrated by Mathew Welding and Carol Carpenter. It has been some time since I last had time to sit back and enjoy an audiobook. I have to say I really enjoyed this; the quality of the audio is brilliant. I loved the addition of atmospheric noises and dual narration which really helped you hear the differences between the characters and further set scenes. I enjoyed how the narration was filled with the emotions and tension that mirrored the plot. Without a doubt, the narrators of this book have rekindled my interest in audiobooks.

Rabia Tanveer

The Holy Truth by Abdulilah Hamadi is a fantastic mix of mystery, suspense, and crime fiction. The story follows David Lipton, a best-selling author who arrives in Stockholm to research, unwind, and join a conference as well. He was hoping for some time off, but it looks like things are about to change for the worse after he purchases some historic documents. Before he knows it, David is stuck in a murder mystery, and a group of hitmen is after him because of the documents he procured. The only person David can trust is Professor Sofie Parker, who works together with David to figure what exactly is happening and why are people dying mysteriously all of a sudden. Soon David and Sofie realize that something far more terrible is about to happen, and it all comes back to the Grand Priest. Can they figure everything out before it is too late?

High in intensity, the story had me hooked from the very first chapter. The element of mystery is fantastically handled. It is not overpowering and neither underwhelming. The plot is richly developed with the right combination of mystery, thriller, suspense, and action to make the story entertaining for readers of all ages. Author Abdulilah Hamadi’s characters are complete and strong, something that you hardly find in mystery novels these days. David is charming yet out of his depth at times; however, that does not mean he is a quitter. He and Sofie work together to solve the mystery to make it out alive. Their dynamic is fantastic and incredibly well-thought-out. I loved this book! Entertaining and enjoyable!

Narrators Carol Carpenter and Mathew Welding did a fantastic job of bringing the story to life. Mathew gave life to David and made him interesting. He adds just the right amount of mystery and allure to his voice to reflect David’s character. Carol, on the other hand, made her voice confident and strong to showcase Sofie in her true essence. Both narrators did a fantastic job.

Susan Sewell

A famous writer and a semantics professor race to find the truth behind a secret society before becoming the next victims of an assassin in the action novel The Holy Truth by Abdulilah Hamadi. David Lipton went to Stockholm for a quiet place to think and write his next book. He didn't expect an innocent acquisition he purchased at an auction to fill his life with danger and intrigue. He finds an unsent letter addressed to Professor Sophie Parker within the book and takes it upon himself to deliver it in person. When they meet, David and Sophie decide to work together to uncover the secrets hidden in the text of his new acquisition. In the meantime, someone murders the owner of the book store where David bought the book. When two men assault them, they realize someone wants to stop them from translating the book. Who is after them? And what are they trying to hide?

The Holy Truth by Abdulilah Hamadi is a thrilling book filled with mystery. The exciting plot contains intriguing elements with out-of-the-box concepts similar to Dan Brown's novel, The Da Vinci Code. It is a compelling story that depicts a secret organization based on the legends of the Illuminati. Filled with suspense and action, it is a spellbinding tale that holds the reader fascinated from the beginning to the end. The storyline swiftly flows from one dramatic situation to the next. The villains' sinister agenda and the protagonists' desire for truth unite at the end, bringing the story to a breathless conclusion. The fascinating aspects regarding the ark of the covenant and a secret society create a thought-provoking novel that is exciting, entertaining, and engaging. In this audio version, Matthew Welding and Carol Carpenter are excellent narrators and did a fantastic job of portraying the characters. The sound effects enhance the story and give it a more realistic feel.