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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
The Mystical Ark: A Vessel of Blessings by Eileen Patra is a novel that blends different genres into one story—adventure, visionary, and mystery, with strong spiritual themes. Photographer Elena Rowan and her archaeologist friend, Zak Erdmann, are on a summer field expedition when they make a stunning discovery in the Sahara Desert. They discover one of the most precious artifacts of all time—the legendary Ark of the Covenant. What makes the discovery even more puzzling isn’t just the Ark but what it contains. Contrary to popular belief that the Ark contained the tablets of the Ten Commandments, what they discover is a portal into another dimension. And thus begins a spiritual adventure that will excite and transport readers.
Eileen Patra’s novel is original and beautifully written, combining elements of ancient Jewish lore with the exciting landscapes that depict the setting, an environment that suggests mystery, just like the world in which the Ark of the Covenant was built. The writing is atmospheric and there is a lot of suspense that reinforces the sense of intrigue permeating the writing. The characters have depth and they are elaborately developed, with traits that accentuate their humanity. The quest for knowledge is exhibited by the key characters, a quest that slowly reveals a deeper, spiritual longing. This is an intelligently plotted story that will remind readers of an ancient heritage. In The Mystical Ark: A Vessel of Blessings the author develops a spellbinding, pulsating story. It’s a book you can’t put down.