There are ninety-nine names for God in the Koran, is it possible that there is a secret one-hundredth name?
In this tale of magic and mystery, of love and danger, Balthasar's ultimate quest is to find the secret that could save the world.
Before the dawn of the apocalyptic 'Year of the Beast' in 1666, Balthasar Embriaco, a Genoese Levantine merchant, sets out on an adventure that will take him across the breadth of the civilised world, from Constantinople, through the Mediterranean, to London shortly before the Great Fire.
Balthasar's urgent quest is to track down a copy of one of the rarest and most coveted books ever printed, a volume called 'The Hundredth Name', its contents are thought to be of vital importance to the future of the world. There are ninety-nine names for God in the Koran, and merely to know this most secret hundredth name will, Balthasar believes, ensure his salvation.
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Balthasar sets out on a long journey with his two nephews - the scholarly Jaber who revels in arcane literature "as if in the most delicious sweetmeats" and the womanising Habib - and the "pert" and "wilful" Marta.Oct 11 2002 | Read Full Review of Balthasar's Odyssey: A Novel
By terms foolish, rash, compassionate and capricious, Balthasar proves himself to be an entertaining companion as we become witness to the life of the C17th, from the Janissaries of the corrupt Turkish administration of Constantinople to the Great Fire of London, via a variety of ships, caravans ...| Read Full Review of Balthasar's Odyssey: A Novel
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