(From the publisher):
With each generation they grew closer to seeing the world hurtle toward complete destruction.
They killed 15 and Mt. Vesuvius erupted.
They executed 20 and Black Death wiped out nearly half the people of Western Europe.
They eliminated 18 and triggered the Inquisition, dispatched 12 and the Yellow River burst its banks in China.
They murdered 30 and the Nazis invaded Poland.
But now they were closer to their dream than at any moment in history. Thirty-three of the 36 were now dead. Only the lives of three Hidden Ones stood in the way of the end of the world. And it was up to him to find them...
When a childhood tragedy comes back to haunt Professor David Shepherd, he finds himself in possession of ancient knowledge that holds the world in a delicate balance. He discovers the Book of Names - an ancient text originating with the biblical Adam, and thought lost to history forever. By Kabbalistic tradition, the book contains the names of each generation's thirty-six righteous souls - the Hidden Ones - by whose merits alone the world continues to exist. Legend holds that if all thirty-six righteous Hidden Ones were eliminated, the world would meet its end.
When the Hidden Ones start dying of unnatural causes, the world grows increasingly unstable: war in Afghanistan, massive flooding in New York, brutal terrorist attacks in Melbourne, a tanker explosion in Iran. David finds himself battling against the Gnoseos, a secret religious sect whose goal is to destroy the world by eliminating all of the righteous souls. David's involvement quickly turns personal when his stepdaughter's name is discovered to be one of the endangered. With the help of a beautiful Israeli ancienttexts researcher, David races to decipher the traditions of the Kabbalah to save the righteous souls, his daughter, and perhaps, the world.
Original title: The Book of Names
Genre: Fiction→ Adventure→ A Miscellany
Fiction→ Religious→ Judaism
Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Arcane And Academic Thrillers