Amazing descriptions, likeable characters, and a very unique story…


Title: The Tenth Saint
(Ama­zon, Goodreads)
Author: D. J. Niko
(Ama­zon, Goodreads, Web­site)
Series: Book One in The Sarah Weston Chron­i­cles
Pub­lisher: Medal­lion Press
Genre: Thriller
For­mat: Paper­back
Source: Pub­lisher pro­vided copy


Cam­bridge archae­ol­o­gist Sarah Weston makes an unusual dis­cov­ery in the ancient Ethiopian moun­tain king­dom of Aksum: a sealed tomb with inscrip­tions in an obscure dialect. Seek­ing to ascer­tain the trans­la­tion and the iden­tity of the entombed man, she and her col­league, Amer­i­can anthro­pol­o­gist Daniel Madi­gan, stum­ble upon a lethal conflict.

Track­ing down clues in Addis Ababa and the monas­ter­ies of Lal­i­bela, Sarah and Daniel uncover a codex in a sub­ter­ranean library reveal­ing a set of prophe­cies about Earth’s final hours writ­ten by a man hailed by Cop­tic mys­tics as Ethiopia’s tenth saint. Vio­lently opposed by the cor­rupt direc­tor of antiq­ui­ties at the Ethiopian Min­istry of Cul­ture and Tourism, they’re left for dead in the heart of the Simien Moun­tains. Sur­viv­ing to jour­ney to Paris, Sarah is given another piece of the ancient puz­zle: a fourteenth-century let­ter describ­ing cat­a­strophic events lead­ing to the planet’s demise.

Con­nect­ing the two dis­cov­er­ies, Sarah faces a deadly inter­con­ti­nen­tal con­spir­acy to keep the secret of the tenth saint buried. Risk­ing her rep­u­ta­tion and her life, Sarah embarks on a quest to stall the tech­no­log­i­cal advances that will surely destroy the world.


D.J. Niko cre­ated an amaz­ing story that I can only see gath­er­ing a fol­low­ing as more of the Sarah Weston Chron­i­cles arrive on shelves.  Approached by her pub­li­cist, I wasn’t sure if this would spark my inter­est enough to read it, review it, and do an author inter­view.  I was wrong.  When I fin­ished, I had so many ques­tions I wanted to ask that it was hard to nar­row it down to a hand­ful.  My inter­view with Niko will go live on Thurs­day, May 10.

While work­ing on another dig, Sarah Weston lis­tens to her gut and embarks on a jour­ney that takes her across the world and across cen­turies.  Alter­nat­ing between Sarah’s dis­cov­er­ies and flash­backs to the arrival of the Tenth Saint, Niko weaves a tale that you won’t want to put down.  At times, Sarah seems like a bel­liger­ent child try­ing to get out from under her father’s shadow, but as a char­ac­ter, Sarah grows into her own through­out the story.

At times, the story reminded me a lit­tle of the orig­i­nal Tomb Raider movie, a strong female lead, fol­low­ing her instincts, hunted by a num­ber of big bads, all while try­ing to find the truth.  Daniel comes in as the well-known arche­ol­o­gist and seems to be get­ting in her way only to play a piv­otal role in her story.  And yet despite the sim­i­lar­i­ties, Niko’s story stands on its own and is so much more per­ti­nent to real-world sce­nar­ios than Tomb Raider will ever be.

Sarah’s dis­cov­er­ies lead her across the world, and while the reader learns of the saint’s life and how he falls into this, Sarah must piece it all together for one amaz­ing twist of events.  Niko’s end­ing wraps up the story beau­ti­fully, and yet, leaves you want­ing more.

Filled with amaz­ing descrip­tions, like­able char­ac­ters, and a very unique story, Niko has only just begun to cre­ate a grip­ping series.

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