The Patmos Enigma is an enthralling tale of mysticism, deception, murder and greed that will grab you from the very first page and will not be satisfied until you finish the book with a groan of satisfaction and some sadness at having to leave the characters the author has you totally invested in.
Two thousand years ago, as Jesus was making his weary journey to Calvary, he was cursed at and spat on by a shop keeper. That man, who became known as the Wandering Jew, was cursed to walk the earth, as an immortal, for all times, until the Second Coming of Christ, suffering all the pain and ravages of humanity but unable to receive the soothing balm of death.
Two secret organisations, the Keepers and the Guardians are vying for control of the legendary seven seals of John of Patmos, as revealed in the Book of Revelations. Caught in the middle of this millennial struggle for power are a group of Jewish archaeologists who have found six of the seven seals and now search for the seventh, which the Wandering Jew believes will signal the end of time, the return of Jesus Christ and, of course, his release from this hell on earth.
Fry's book whips us, at breakneck pace, from Jerusalem, to Tel Aviv and to Rome as the eternal struggle for the minds and souls of the faithful battle around the participants. Fry has a unique talent to take the reader there, to believe the unbelievable and to invest heavily in the characters he creates and portrays.
If you love conspiracy theories, if you're a Dan Brown fan (Fry is better) or if you simply love a rollicking, racing, mystery story, The Patmos Enigma is a winner for you. This is a superb story, beautifully told by an uber-talented storyteller. I can not recommend this book highly enough and have no hesitation in awarding it five stars plus from this reviewer.