If you like fast paced thrillers, “The Sign” by Raymond Khoury is definitely for you. It’s a book you cannot put down and it will keep you flipping the pages till you finish.
The story begins at the South Pole when a weird sign emerges in the sky, to a crew filming a documentary about global warming. News spreads east and west and in minutes, the whole world is awed by this phenomena. In parallel to this, the writer takes us to a valley in Egypt where a monk in seclusion is being delivered a task from God. Quickly, the two connect, forming the content of a very good read. Several characters play important roles in the story namely the reporter who captured the sign in the South Pole and follows its appearances around the globe.
The book is Raymond’s third best seller following “The Last Templar” and “Sanctuary”. Raymond is of Lebanese origins and he lives in the States currently. His Lebanese roots are all over the place, whether having parts of “Sanctuary” occur in Lebanon or whether in “The Sign’s” underlying themes mainly separating religion and state (think civil war in Lebanon!). The author actually ends the book with excerpts from speeches of prominent US politicians showing how linking state and religion has and will wreak havoc in the system. Another important theme highlighted in the book is climate change and how the human race is running straight towards a cliff from where there shall be no return.
In all, the book delivers an adrenaline boosting chase sprinkled with scientific and historical facts as events take place in the South Pole, Boston, Egypt, Washington and other parts of the world. The protagonists are in a race against time to stop what the sign’s manifestation was doing to people, and that will keep you holding the book till you are done with it.