Exodus ’95 by Kfir Luzzatto: Review

Exodus 95

Exodus ’95 is an Indiana Jones meets Librarian meets any treasure hunt tale of adventure and mayhem with a solid background of history.

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Claire Williams is in search of the legendary Biblical Staff of Moses and needs the help of an Israeli engineer a young graphic designer to find the artifact before other interested parties can, or worse.

Claire and Dan Ze’evi, the engineer, use the money of a Russian oligarch for their quest.

Terrible secrets are revealed. Claire is in danger as the man (her neighbor and ex-KGB) who had brought her into confidence regarding the staff of Moses did something to her to set a timeline to the quest.

Fanatics come in Claire and Dan’s way to keep the Staff from coming to light.

Exodus ’95 is a well-structured mystery-thriller with some incredibly dramatic moments of cat and mouse chase in the race for a treasure hunt. The adventure knitted together with treachery, secrets, romantic feelings set the young protagonists on the most thrilling journey of their otherwise mundane lives.

The smooth pacing is commendable and appropriate for this type of book. The backstory (a lot due to the historical connection and myth related to the Staff of Moses) is incorporated in a smart way never bogging down the narrative.

The characters are interesting. Claire is hardened by life experience while Dan is adorable.

I found this book thoroughly entertaining and thank Netgalley and Kfir Luzzatto for the free Kindle copy in exchange for my honest review.

Book blurb

Claire, a young graphic designer, learns a secret that her dying New York neighbor has kept for twenty years: the whereabouts of Moses’ Biblical staff.

Claire needs the help of an Israeli engineer and the money of a Russian oligarch to recover the staff before her body betrays her. But first, she needs to stay alive in a race with fanatics, who will do anything to keep the staff from coming to light.

Then the LORD said to Moses: Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground.

Author’s bio

Kfir Luzzatto is the author of seven novels, several short stories, and two non-fiction books. Kfir was born and raised in Italy and moved to Israel as a teenager. He acquired the love for the English language from his father, a former U.S. soldier, a voracious reader, and a prolific writer. Kfir has a Ph.D. in chemical engineering and works as a patent attorney. He lives in Omer, Israel, with his full-time partner, Esther, their four children, Michal, Lilach, Tamar, and Yonatan, and the dog Elvis.

Kfir has published extensively in the professional and general press over the years. For almost four years he wrote a weekly “Patents” column in Globes (Israel’s financial newspaper). His most recent nonfiction book, FUN WITH PATENTS—The Irreverent Guide for the Investor, the Entrepreneur, and the Inventor, was published in 2016. He is an HWA (Horror Writers Association) and ITW (International Thriller Writers) member.

You can visit Kfir’s website and read his blog.
Follow him on Twitter (@KfirLuzzatto) and friend him on Facebook.

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