Title: Eyes of the Sage
Author: Peter J. Ochs II
My Rating: 5 stars
A MIT astrophysicist is called upon to continue the investigation of a lost civilization on the Arabian Peninsula after the unfortunate and untimely death of the expedition's lead archaeologist. Just why an astronomer is called upon a situation where he is evidently "a fish out of water" is not exactly clear, but his involvement is not accidental and his role becomes pivotal. The research revolves around the location of a cluster of lost cities in the southern Arabian Peninsula that are believed to have been settled over 3000 years ago by a group of people migrating from the Mediterranean with ties to Ancient Greece. This group appears to have been guided to the site by an enigmatic figure who continues to crop up throughout the history of the settlement even though the recorded evidence suggests that the settlement was active for over 800 years. Some time in its ninth century of existence, the civilization and its intriguing father-figure vanished abruptly somewhere about the time of the well known chronicled collapse of a great earthen dam. As sites are revealed and artifacts are recovered, the astronomer is drawn into a complex scenario where his very actions will trigger the story's climatic events and reveal the identity of the settlement's mentor.
What an adventure and wild ride! Eyes of the Sage is incredible. From the first pages of the prologue I was hooked. The story is told with such passion and detail that you are immediately sucked in and taken on the most incredible journey ever. The main characters weren't described with too much detail, but I knew exactly who they were and what they looked like once they were introduced. Peter brought this story to life with the imagination of a child and the story telling abilities of a grandparent.
I fell in love with the way Peter wrote after just the prologue. It is simple, choked full of passion and imagery, as well as imaginative. Remember when you were a child going to a library and the librarian would say books will take you anywhere you want to go? This book will take you there!! Peter, you are extremely talented and I love your book!
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