Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Columbus Code by Mike Evans

This novel is very entertaining but I would encourage readers to check the accuracy of some of the statements in the novel. We must remember, this is fiction.

The plot is something like a Dan Brown thriller. A Secret Service Agent, John Winters, is on administrative leave because of an operation that went very wrong. He finds out at his mother's death that she believed they are descendants of Christopher Columbus. She has left him her information with the request to pursue the genealogical connection. Winters goes to Barcelona and connects with a beautiful academic specialist on Columbus and both look for a secret journal Columbus wrote.

A secret society wants to financially control the world. They must get control of that journal and its revelations at all cost, including murder. Embroiled in the adventure is Winters' somewhat estranged daughter, Maria, also in Barcelona as a legal aid working on a business deal with a conglomerate controlled by the most powerful member of the nefarious secret society.

On the positive side, the plot is a reasonable one about the Antichrist attempting to financially take over the world. There is lots of action and intrigue in this novel. It is a page turner. The characters are well developed and realistic.

On the negative side, I don't like it when a novel mixes truth with speculation. The novel suggests Columbus was at least half Jewish, something I did not know but many apparently think this the case. Columbus wrote prophecies later in life and the novel makes use of them. It also makes use of the 2014-2015 tetrad (four lunar eclipses on Jewish holy days). But this is where caution needs to be applied. Hirsch, a secondary character, says, “The tetrad [Columbus] experienced while on his first voyage was, in fact, the first tetrad following the destruction of the Temple.” (264) A web search shows that there were apparently several tetrads between the destruction of the Temple in 70 AD and Columbus' voyage (162-163 AD, 795-796 AD, 842-842 AD, 860-661 AD). I don't like that. I like it much better if authors are accurate when their characters make those kinds of statements.

In a novel of this kind, I would appreciate an author note identifying which parts of the novel were based on historical evidence and which were purely speculation. None was included, however.

This is an exciting novel dealing with prophecies potentially for our current time, especially since there has been much written about the 2014-2015 blood moons. End times prophecy buffs will like it. I would remind readers that this is fiction, as have been all previous predictions of the rise of the Antichrist.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Mike Evans is a #1 New York Times best-selling author with more than 25 million copies in print, including Christopher Columbus, Secret Jew. He lives in Fort Worth, Texas.

Worthy Publishing, 384 pages.

I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.

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