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Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite
Ari, half Israeli, half Persian, is married to unpampered Lily who is of American Jewish descent. They live quietly in the Arizona desert until an unsigned letter arrives stating that "The time has come for the Hidden One to make himself known and fill the world with justice". Ari and Lily know they must flee and they do so, leaving Arizona where Lily hoped to settle and raise a family. They cross the border and abandon their jeep in Mexico, as they head to Rome. Their pursuers are the radical Madhi Brotherhood who are after Ari, but only because they hold him in high esteem as their chosen one. Ari is descended from ancient Persian holymen. But Ari has ties to the Israeli Mossad and Agent Motti Pincus helps Ari and Lily in their flight as disguised unknowns. They finally settle in a small Israeli town. Meanwhile, Lily's mystic, religious senses lead her to save the Israelis from terrorist attack on their water system and Ari confronts his brother, Reza, who is a part of the terrorist Madhi Brotherhood. This tale of terror and intrigue is to be continued in the author's next book "The Return of the Madhi".
"The Time of Jacob's Trouble" is an extremely well-written, readable thriller with a plot that proceeds believably to the story's end. All sub-plots, such as the help Ari and Lily receive from American archeologist Eugene Scott, are woven well into the main story. Characters, both major and minor, are totally believable and the lessons on Mid-East history are integrated into the text without being intrusive. "The Time of Jacob's Trouble" is a book that belongs in all collections and libraries. Highly recommended!