The Name of the Beast

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When a young Egytologist unearths a mummy wearing a Rollex, the incident sets off a chain of events involving a mysterious renegade Catholic priest who may or may not be the key to unleashing worldwide Armageddon. By the author of the The Ninth Buddha.

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In 1984, Daniel Easterman (Denis MacEoin) embarked on what was for many years his principal career, writing international thrillers. Under the Easterman name, he has published fifteen novels, many of them best-sellers. As Easterman, he has been translated into about fifteen languages, including French, German, Spanish, and Italian. Under a second pen-name, Jonathan Aycliffe, he has written a further eight novels, all ghost stories in the classic English tradition. Naomi's Room has been optioned for film in Hollywood, and The Vanishment and The Matrix have recently been optioned by two British film companies.

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In this Revelations-inspired page-turner, the author of Brotherhood of the Tomb weaves a seamless and authoritative tale of Egyptian lore, Islamic fundamentalism, spy games and terrorism, all headed toward Armageddon in the year 2000. Working at a newly uncovered tomb outside Cairo, Egyptologist A'isha Manfaluti unwraps a mummy and finds the body of her husband, a moderate politician and the latest victim of Islamic fundamentalists. MI5 recruits ex-spook Michael Hunt to protect A'isha and to help track notorious Islamic terrorist al-Qurtubi, who, according to Michael's brother Paul (a priest in Vatican intelligence), may be the Antichrist. When Michael discovers that Western moguls, including a major agent in MI5, have backed a coup making al-Qurtubi president of Egypt, he and A'isha must run for it. As a bloody "religious cleansing" sweeps the country of everything non-Islamic, including the pyramids, a plague appears in Egypt--fulfilling several apocalyptic prophecies. After being hidden by Coptic priests and Vatican agents, A'isha and Michael are betrayed and head toward a final dramatic desert confrontation between al-Qurtubi and the Pope. Although the East/West political underpinnings of the plot are somewhat shaky, British writer Easterman, a scholar of Islamic studies, paints a horrific and absorbing picture of unconstrained religious fanaticism.
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