Jon Black’s Bel Nemeton

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A globe-trotting quest for the treasures of the historical Merlin.

From the Preditors and Editors Readers’ Poll Award-Winning Author Jon Black…

Carvings have been unearthed in the Middle East. They bear impossible names–Arthur and Merlin, albeit in a native transliteration. How did these names come so far? Do they imply the existence of a historical Arthur and Merlin? The scholars do what they always do. They arrange a press meeting.

But scholars aren’t the only attendees. After heavily-armed mercenaries steal the stone, Dr. Vivian Cuinnsey is forced to work with Jake Booker, a self-professed treasure hunter. Can he be trusted? Or is he just one more force after Merlin’s treasure for personal profit?

From the Middle East to the caves of Israel to German record rooms to Oxford’s secret underworld, chase Vivian and Jake in their pursuit of Merlin’s greatest treasure.



From the Amazon Reviews:

I absolutely loved this book. The author’s ability to jump between timelines, the historical accuracy and nods to common legend – it was well-rounded and interesting to all intellectual levels.

I normally read non-fiction, and when I do read fiction, it’s epics like Brent Weeks. But, this was recommended by a friend and I loved every page.

Fast paced and exciting, I was never bored. When’s the movie?

 And another review…

The blending of historical tale and modern archaeology manages to excite the mind with a tale of “What if?” which I have not seen in literature in a long time. Looking forward to a sequel to this story. It held my attention from the first page to the very last. Good job, sir!

 And another…

I greatly enjoyed Jon’s work, the explorations of a few set pieces that remain unmentioned, (because spoilers), were delightful. The protagonists’ story arc felt solid, standing on its own within the fantastic elements interwoven in the story’s mythos.

 And another…

I love the way that the modern archaeological story is interwoven with the past. The focus on Merlin’s story fascinated me, and I cannot wait to read more.