Review: Exodus ’95 by Kfir Luzzatto
By Kfir Luzzatto
Publisher: PINE TEN
Release Date: May 1, 2017
Genre: Suspense, Thriller
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Claire, a young graphic designer, learns a secret that her dying New York neighbor has kept for twenty years: the whereabouts of Moses’ Biblical staff.
Claire needs the help of an Israeli engineer and the money of a Russian oligarch to recover the staff before her body betrays her. But first she needs to stay alive in a race with fanatics, who will do anything to keep the staff from coming to light.
Then the LORD said to Moses: Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground.
Stupid! That’s what he had been. He should have known it. The whispering, obviously meant to mask the masculine voice, the detached sensation he had felt between them in the car. That was Jack all along. I should have suspected something, he reproached himself. Clearly, Jack had allowed Claire to surface, knowing that he would be able to take control when he wanted to. By letting everybody, Claire included, believe that the treatment had exorcised him, he had thwarted the cure. Jack had played him and Doctor Zellinger as well. He had bided his time and had maneuvered Dan into lowering his guard so he could get away to who knew where.
The science of getting into someone’s head is researched to no end. Police officers, profilers, scientists, and psychologists all make their best efforts, but at the end of the day…no one really ever knows why someone does the things that they do unless told. What would happen if someone found a way to deliberately cause a split personality? What would that mean for human nature…to actually be able to get into someone’s head and be a part of them? What would that mean for science? Exodus ’95 is an interesting thriller, one that will entertain and question the reader throughout its entirety.
Dan meets Claire while waiting for a potential buyer. Dan is a business man, looking to sell his company and Claire is a graphic designer. Both are pulled into a crazy tale about magical properties that are ingrained into Moses’ Biblical Staff. After Claire’s neighbor, Jack, informs her of the staff’s real location, she agrees to go through rigorous training so that only she can open the encrypted box where it has been held for decades. There is only one thing that Jack doesn’t tell Claire about the training…a big secret that threatens to take over her life or rather make her share her existence with someone else. With two very strong and menacing parties looking to find the staff, they know that they have been put in danger.
Luzzatto has decent character development, but their introductions are a bit rocky. Some areas of this novel drag very slowly where other scenes are very quick, which makes the read a bit confusing or difficult to follow. There is plenty of suspense and the story has hypothetical scenarios that are very creative and well-written. Luzzatto provides a certain vibe and writing style that may not appeal to everyone. If you are a reader of thrillers with a little romance, you may want to pick this up.
A copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by the author, but this in no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a four-star rating for Exodus ‘95 by Kfir Luzzatto.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kfir has published extensively in the professional and general press over the years. For almost four years he wrote a weekly “Patents” column in Globes (Israel’s financial newspaper). His most recent nonfiction book, FUN WITH PATENTS—The Irreverent Guide for the Investor, the Entrepreneur and the Inventor, was published in 2016. He is an HWA (Horror Writers Association) and ITW (International Thriller Writers) member.