Book review of Nazareth Quest in Mensa Magazine:
‘Irish Mensan Bernard
Mulholland is well known for his academic publications. An archaeologist and
historian with a PhD from Queen’s University in Belfast, his thesis was
published as The Early Byzantine Christian Church – and his other works include
The Man from Mensa, a look at Mensa’s history and research projects.
Now, in a complete
change of direction, Bernard has published his first novel. Nazareth Quest is a
dramatic thriller set in the historic lands of Israel.
Invited to join a team
of archaeologists in Nazareth, to survey the archaeology beneath the Sisters of
Nazareth Convent, Brendan Mallon leaps at the opportunity.
Crusaders, both Templars
and Hospitallers, have been intimately associated with the history of Christian
churches in Nazareth for more than a millennia, and now these archaeologists
find themselves tasked with uncovering secrets of these ancient orders. What
first drew these Crusaders to Nazareth, and could the archaeologists reveal the
hidden truth behind many of the mysteries that have transcended time?
Forced to battle, first
with soldiers of Christ and then for their very existence against a demon
overlord with ties to the British monarchy, the archaeologists each have to dig
deep to discover the route to their own salvation.
And, more than that, to
then decide whether to join a quest to recover holy relics associated with the
Editor (2022), ‘Bernard’s
on a Nazareth Quest’, Books, Mensa
Magazine, November, p. 12.