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The Judgment takes readers to Israel and Egypt in the 10th century BCE, during the reign of King Solomon. It details the fall of Israel’s United Monarchy and the piercing in the veil of a powerful king’s faith. Solomon built an empire of untold wealth and influence. He had it all, yet he was brought down by his personal choices. What happened? Was it a question of greed? Permissiveness? Or betrayal?
In this extensively researched work, the author pieces together biblical and historical documentation and breathes life into characters whose stories were largely untold by history: Nicaule, the Egyptian pharaoh’s daughter who married Solomon against her will and ended up plotting against him; Basemath, Solomon and Nicaule’s elder daughter who was honorable and fought for her people and for her father’s name; and Zadok, the high priest who warned against the moral corruption that ended up being the empire’s downfall. Together, they weave a plot laced with intrigue, passion, betrayal, faith, and redemption.
From the acclaimed writer and speaker of the Sarah Weston thriller series, comes a new historical fiction book, The Judgment.
Recently winning First Place, Historical Fiction, Royal Palm Literary Awards, it is a story of passion and betrayal, faith and sacrifice, and the fall of an empire, set in tenth century BCE Israel and Egypt.
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The Judgment, Synopsis~
Upon the death of his father, Solomon has been appointed king of the united monarchy of Israel and Judah and charged with building the Temple of the Lord in Jerusalem. He travels to Egypt to negotiate with Pharaoh Psusennes II for gold for the temple and to improve relations between the two nations. There he falls in love with the pharaoh’s beautiful daughter, Nicaule, and the two kings agree to an arranged marriage. Against her will, for she loves another, Nicaule follows her new husband to Israel.
Forty years later, Solomon’s empire is on the verge of collapse. Power has made him arrogant, permissive, and blind to the scheming of his wife and one of his lieutenants to topple the united monarchy. As the king’s faith falters and his people’s morals collapse, enemies gather at the gates of Israel. A visit from a mysterious queen restores Solomon’s perspective in time to save his soul—but it is too late to preserve his kingdom.
Someone who once was loyal to King Solomon has come back to claim the crown of Israel—and tear Solomon’s empire asunder.
D.J. Niko is the pseudonym for Daphne Nikolopoulos, an award-winning journalist, author, editor, and lecturer who has spent her entire adult life traveling the world.
As a former travel writer and zealous adventurer, she has visited remote spots on six continents, many of which have inspired her archaeological thriller series, The Sarah Weston Chronicles. She was born and raised in Athens, Greece, and now resides in Florida with her family.
Find out more about D.J. Niko on her website.
Praise for D.J. Niko
“Like a sandstorm roaring out of the Judean Desert, The Riddle of Solomon rips readers out of the familiar world, dropping them breathless in a place where ancient kings still keep their secrets. D. J. Niko’s storytelling carries the grit of desert dust and the seductive scent of incense on every page as Sarah Weston races with a madman to save the treasures that King Solomon left behind.” – Mary Anna Evans, award-winning author of Artifacts and Wounded Earth
“Take a dash of Dan Brown, a sprinkle of Raiders of the Lost Ark, and a whole lot of originality, and you’ve got the recipe for D.J. Niko’s latest novel, the second in the spellbinding Sarah Weston saga. For readers who like their adventures steeped in research, authenticity, and nonstop intrigue, The Riddle of Solomon is highly recommended!” – Ronald Malfi, author of Floating Staircase and Cradle Lake
“Action, adventure, romance and historical mystery—who could ask for more? The Oracle is a great read.” —James O. Born, award-winning author of Scent of Murder
“Although each book in the Weston series can be read as a stand-alone, there is clearly a story arc involving the series’ two lead characters, one that enriches each book and makes the series more than just a collection of independent thrillers.” —David Pitt, Booklist
“This wonderful action-adventure story has all the elements of Indiana Jones, Tomb Raider and a little James Bond thrown in for good measure. This is exactly the kind of story I love, and I found it very hard to put down. The story moves between the fall of Delphi and a modern-day archeology thriller. Well researched, well written, with strong and believable characters.” — LibraryThing