The Abyssinian Proof

The Abyssinian Proof

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The Ottoman Empire is plagued by thefts of antiquities from mosques and churches. Within days, the lost objects appear for sale in Europe. Among them is a reliquary presumed lost for 400 years and around which an elaborate, mysterious sect has grown. In Istanbul, magistrate Kamil Pasha is under pressure to break the smuggling ring amid rising tensions between Christians and Muslims. He confronts a mysterious adversary who will stop at nothing to get the reliquary first. With the Balkans aflame and Kamil's personal life in upheaval, the search into the old neighborhoods where Istanbul's crime rings reside may cost Kamil not only his position but also his life. The Abyssinian proof re-creates the gritty underworld of a dying empire.
Publisher: Ashland : Blackstone Audio, 2008
ISBN: 9781433285905
1433285908
Additional Contributors: May, Nadia
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jwhite412 Dec 14, 2011

SUMMARY: “Kamil Pasha, a magistrate in the 1887 Ottoman Empire, feels more comfortable with science and rational thought than the religious beliefs and superstitions of a region that has been inhabited by both Muslims and Christians for centuries. In Kamil’s Istanbul, there is a fierce trade in precious artifacts, many stolen for sale to insatiable European collectors. The black market is thriving, but men are dying in this criminal enterprise. Centuries earlier in 1453, a precious reliquary was hidden just before the onslaught of warring Muslims, a sect, the Melisites, secreting the reliquary among the hidden treasures of the Sunken Village, built below the rest of the city, occupied predominately by the Habesh. The reliquary is valuable because of what it contains: the Proof of God.” THOUGHTS: I picked up this book on a whim. The first cd was difficult to get through, and I had to replay it numerous times. There were several time shifts, and I was not used to the author’s style or the time period of which she was writing. I did not realize that this book was part of a series, which may have contributed to the difficulty. Once past the introduction – the mystery rolled smoothly along. The history and archaeology seemed well researched and the characters well-developed. I had a bit of difficulty with as much suspension of disbelief as I was required to sustain for Turkish Kamil Pasha’s 1887 Sherlock Holmesian abilities, and yet, Holmes was circa 1891… soooo I guess it is possible that one man in a remote village in an undeveloped country was beginning to think in such a “cause-and-effect-evidentiary” way.

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