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Papyrologist Lisa Emmer’s world flips when the Surete meets her at her Metro station with news of the savage murder of the esteemed Paris historian Dr. Raimond Foix, her friend and mentor in the study of ancient documents. Horrified, Lisa finds clues at the crime scene left behind for her by her mentor—clues to a secret kept hidden for centuries. These clues make her a pri Papyrologist Lisa Emmer’s world flips when the Surete meets her at her Metro station with news of the savage murder of the esteemed Paris historian Dr. Raimond Foix, her friend and mentor in the study of ancient documents. Horrified, Lisa finds clues at the crime scene left behind for her by her mentor—clues to a secret kept hidden for centuries. These clues make her a prime suspect in the murder investigation, and also put her directly in the cross-hairs of a deadly commando group that proves to be none other than a contemporary offshoot of the Inquisition. They want an ancient document that reveals a secret so explosive it could change the world—a document they’ve been tracking for centuries. Led by a sadistic priest and a vicious but very accomplished nun with excellent military cred, their mission is to destroy the document—no matter what the cost in blood. Desperate to clear her name and to stay alive, with the help of a handsome yet mysterious banker, Lisa must solve the clues and uncover the millennia-old secret before her adversaries can find and destroy it. Since she was a child Lisa had suffered from uncontrollable fugue states. Now she discovers just in time that what she always thought was a liability may in fact be an almost paranormal ability to see things in ways others cannot. The trail leads everywhere from ancient cemeteries and tombs throughout France to Istanbul and Greece, as Lisa and Steve desperately stay one step ahead of their enemies, solving the clues to a dangerous treasure hunt their lives now depend upon.


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Papyrologist Lisa Emmer’s world flips when the Surete meets her at her Metro station with news of the savage murder of the esteemed Paris historian Dr. Raimond Foix, her friend and mentor in the study of ancient documents. Horrified, Lisa finds clues at the crime scene left behind for her by her mentor—clues to a secret kept hidden for centuries. These clues make her a pri Papyrologist Lisa Emmer’s world flips when the Surete meets her at her Metro station with news of the savage murder of the esteemed Paris historian Dr. Raimond Foix, her friend and mentor in the study of ancient documents. Horrified, Lisa finds clues at the crime scene left behind for her by her mentor—clues to a secret kept hidden for centuries. These clues make her a prime suspect in the murder investigation, and also put her directly in the cross-hairs of a deadly commando group that proves to be none other than a contemporary offshoot of the Inquisition. They want an ancient document that reveals a secret so explosive it could change the world—a document they’ve been tracking for centuries. Led by a sadistic priest and a vicious but very accomplished nun with excellent military cred, their mission is to destroy the document—no matter what the cost in blood. Desperate to clear her name and to stay alive, with the help of a handsome yet mysterious banker, Lisa must solve the clues and uncover the millennia-old secret before her adversaries can find and destroy it. Since she was a child Lisa had suffered from uncontrollable fugue states. Now she discovers just in time that what she always thought was a liability may in fact be an almost paranormal ability to see things in ways others cannot. The trail leads everywhere from ancient cemeteries and tombs throughout France to Istanbul and Greece, as Lisa and Steve desperately stay one step ahead of their enemies, solving the clues to a dangerous treasure hunt their lives now depend upon.

30 review for The Delphi Agenda

  1. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    Although I found the premise of this book hard to take seriously, my real issue with it was the writing. It has little to no believable dialogue, and is dreadfully pedantic. The character development is nearly non-existent, and I find it hard to pick a side and root for it if I don't know anything about it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Coralyn

    The Delphi Agenda is an excellent historical mystery with some super twists and turns. Hopefully the principal characters will be further developed in the sequel I am about to begin reading.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    Better than some in the same vein There are a ton of books out there along the same line. Members of a hidden order of the Catholic church (90% of the time they're the bad guys) are trying to stop the protagonist and hangers-on. There were books like this before DaVinci Code, but since then everyone wants to write one. I'm not Catholic, so I'm not morally outraged by the "hidden Catholic group" line but *man* - use some imagination. Threaten the world with another boogie man. I found some of the PO Better than some in the same vein There are a ton of books out there along the same line. Members of a hidden order of the Catholic church (90% of the time they're the bad guys) are trying to stop the protagonist and hangers-on. There were books like this before DaVinci Code, but since then everyone wants to write one. I'm not Catholic, so I'm not morally outraged by the "hidden Catholic group" line but *man* - use some imagination. Threaten the world with another boogie man. I found some of the POV shifts in mid-sentence to be confusing, but all in all it's actually well written. I don't know my way around Paris, but a lot of it was explained very well. I thought all the characters could have used some more development, but then it would have weighed down the book. Most of them were better than cardboard cutouts, though. Most readers of end-of-the-world thrillers would probably be happier than I was. Really 3 1/2 stars.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cydamarie Pedersen

    The Delphi Agenda is a cheap knockoff of Dan Brown's "Da Vinci Code". The book focuses around a young woman whose mentor, Raimond Foix has just been murdered by a secret sect of the Catholic church that turns out to be the Inquisition still alive after all this time. Turns out he was the last in the continuing line of the Delphic Oracle. Lisa, the protagonist, must follow clues that Raimond left, while evading the secret sect, to discover that she is the new Oracle. The language is confusing and The Delphi Agenda is a cheap knockoff of Dan Brown's "Da Vinci Code". The book focuses around a young woman whose mentor, Raimond Foix has just been murdered by a secret sect of the Catholic church that turns out to be the Inquisition still alive after all this time. Turns out he was the last in the continuing line of the Delphic Oracle. Lisa, the protagonist, must follow clues that Raimond left, while evading the secret sect, to discover that she is the new Oracle. The language is confusing and choppy. The facts are not backed up by any sources and are revealed in awkward fashion. The characters are flat and the dialogue stagnant.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Bacon

    Religion vs Science in Fiction While "The Delphi Agenda" does raise the issue of religious opposition to science, the players in this novel are cliched and predictable. It's a flat treatment of why the conflict and the inquisition occurred ( and in some circles) continues today. I failed to see how the novel contributed to a substantive discussion of belief, faith and the continuing search for knowledge.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    This book was free on kindle but it's worth paying for. A fast read, never got boring. Not overdone on the running/hiding/fighting. A very good and interesting read. Thanks for the book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Teryl

    It's not that I hated it, and the sheer brilliance of the protagonist drew me in, but the story felt familiar. Maybe too many Illuminati arguments over the years...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tony Parsons

    Corvisart Metro station. Captain Hugo (Paris PD) intercepted Dr. Lisa Emmer (32, Papyrologist) & ask her to come with him. She is going to miss an important meeting at the Fondation Roullot (Tour Montparnasse). Lisa is a researcher at the Institut de Papyrologie de la Sorbonne (U of Paris). Dr. Raimond Foix (Professor, PhD; Greek historian) had been assassinated. Raimond through his banker had left several important artifacts for Lisa. She could not make heads/tails of the sheets of paper with blo Corvisart Metro station. Captain Hugo (Paris PD) intercepted Dr. Lisa Emmer (32, Papyrologist) & ask her to come with him. She is going to miss an important meeting at the Fondation Roullot (Tour Montparnasse). Lisa is a researcher at the Institut de Papyrologie de la Sorbonne (U of Paris). Dr. Raimond Foix (Professor, PhD; Greek historian) had been assassinated. Raimond through his banker had left several important artifacts for Lisa. She could not make heads/tails of the sheets of paper with block letters on them. What did the Gabriel Lacatuchi (Prior General) of the Secret Order of Theodosius tell Brother Armand Defago? Marie (housekeeper) greeted Lisa & Captain Hugo at Raimond’s house. What does the symbol they found mean? Étienne Viginaire (35, Canadian, Antoine’s asst., PhD; econ, U of Paris) has been helping Lisa piece the puzzle together. What are Monk Armand Defago (Order of Theodosius), & Sister Teresa Williams (Dominican nun, former USMC Lieutenant, Order of Theodosius) up to? Steve Viginaire & Lisa were observing the Alberti cipher. What is the Pythos? What happened to Alain? Abbey of St. Théophile. Sister Teresa Williams Dominican nun, former USMC Lieutenant, Order of Theodosius, aka Tisiphone, the Fury, avenger, punisher of murderers, assassin) had gone berserk. Her killer instinct kicked in. General Lacatuchi (Rumanian, Order of Theodosius) was the 1st. victim. Philippe Dupond lay on the floor not moving. Captain Hugo & Lieutenant Mathieu had arrived on the crime scene. Brother Armand Defago (Order of Theodosius) was chanting to Sister Teresa. Warning: This book contains graphic adult content, or violence, which is only suitable for mature readers. It may be offensive or have potential adverse psychological effects on the reader. I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. Only an honest one. A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written historical fiction thriller book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a huge set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great thriller movie, or better yet a mini TV series. There is no doubt in my mind this is a very easy rating of 5 stars. Thank you for the free author; booksBnimble; EBookStage; Amazon Digital Services LLC.; book Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jack Rochester

    Some reviewers have compared The Delphi Agenda to Dan Brown's Robert Langdon novels, but there are significant differences. One, compared to Delphi, Brown’s Da Vinci Code/Inferno could be characterized as mere outlines of a novel. Swigart explores many more nuances of the centuries-old conflict between the Catholic church and its detractors. Unfortunately for people who lived in France and Spain in the 12th century and beyond, the Vatican chose to crush dissent by murder, which history refers to Some reviewers have compared The Delphi Agenda to Dan Brown's Robert Langdon novels, but there are significant differences. One, compared to Delphi, Brown’s Da Vinci Code/Inferno could be characterized as mere outlines of a novel. Swigart explores many more nuances of the centuries-old conflict between the Catholic church and its detractors. Unfortunately for people who lived in France and Spain in the 12th century and beyond, the Vatican chose to crush dissent by murder, which history refers to as the Medieval Inquisition. It was just one of many. This lack of adherence to Catholic doctrine was called heresy. Herein lies the core of Swigart’s The Delphi Agenda, moved forward to the present day. A few devouts still seek to murder the dissenters, who really have no particular quarrel with the Catholic church but simply wish to pursue their own intellectual and spiritual interests, symbolically represented by the ancient Greek Oracle at Delphi. These so-called devouts hope to destroy the one remaining piece of evidence that remains, the Founding Document. The dissenters, who pursue it as well, do so without rancor but only to preserve this important papyrus record that dates back several millennia. Swigart digs deep into these archaeological, papyrological, cracks and crevices, developing a deeper interest in the subject than a simple clash of good guys and bad guys. The novel, being fiction of course, satisfyingly reads as if it has been assiduously researched by the author. By comparison, this type of detail in a Dan Brown novel is like trying to take in the scenery while riding the SNCF bullet train. I would compare Swigart's novel more to Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose or Perez-Reverte's The Club Dumas. Swigart's descriptions were vivid. I could see and feel the scenes on the rues of Paris. I felt I grew to know Lisa Emmer and the other characters, and developed feelings – positive, negative and sympathetic - for all of them, to the point that I want to read the second Lisa novel in the series, Tablet of Destiny. And I will, even though these books, IMO, ought to be read as printed books with hardcovers rather than e-books.

  10. 4 out of 5

    a u d r e y ♥

    The story: Lisa finds herself in France chasing legend and folklore while discovering who she is and what she want. With the help of Ted, Marianne, and Steve she is able to bring down the mythical order and reign as pytha for the Delphi Agenda. You learn of Greek history and navigate through France while dodging murders and police at every turn. The rest: the book was written in way that made reading and following the storyline difficult. Names were thrown around without context; launguages (fre The story: Lisa finds herself in France chasing legend and folklore while discovering who she is and what she want. With the help of Ted, Marianne, and Steve she is able to bring down the mythical order and reign as pytha for the Delphi Agenda. You learn of Greek history and navigate through France while dodging murders and police at every turn. The rest: the book was written in way that made reading and following the storyline difficult. Names were thrown around without context; launguages (french, italian, Latin) were used and then immediately written in common English. The flow of the story seemed choppy and poorly planned and the dialogue of the characters was more storytelling then true conversation. I will not be continuing.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne

    Ciphering the Delphi Agenda A thriller which makes you think and question all that you believe. Lisa Emmer is a scholar who finds herself embroiled in a conflict which has been fought for a millennium. The ancient Delphi Oracle was ended by the Catholic Church or was it? Lisa must learn the truth and discover why her life is threatened by three shadow groups, only one has her best interests at stake. This is a thriller where history, religions, conspiracies, shadow groups, and murder are explore Ciphering the Delphi Agenda A thriller which makes you think and question all that you believe. Lisa Emmer is a scholar who finds herself embroiled in a conflict which has been fought for a millennium. The ancient Delphi Oracle was ended by the Catholic Church or was it? Lisa must learn the truth and discover why her life is threatened by three shadow groups, only one has her best interests at stake. This is a thriller where history, religions, conspiracies, shadow groups, and murder are explored by cipher and puzzles. A wonderful read to enjoy! Have fun and discover The Delphi Agenda.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mmgeric

    Rob Swigart has done an exceptional job with the characters in The Delphi Agenda. It is a very fast paced novel of mystery and intrigue much in the style of Berry, Brown, etc. The female lead character is unlike the usual wonder woman heroine but instead shows a strong moral side as well as inner strength. Swigart creates a wonderful setting for this adventure, where else but The City of Lights, Paris! The theme of the church vs. the Delphi is an age old battle done up in a very modern way. The Rob Swigart has done an exceptional job with the characters in The Delphi Agenda. It is a very fast paced novel of mystery and intrigue much in the style of Berry, Brown, etc. The female lead character is unlike the usual wonder woman heroine but instead shows a strong moral side as well as inner strength. Swigart creates a wonderful setting for this adventure, where else but The City of Lights, Paris! The theme of the church vs. the Delphi is an age old battle done up in a very modern way. The supporting characters make for an interesting if not volatile read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Julianne Adams

    Excellent! I love to read books dealing with mysteries, long ago people and places, religious controversies and how we in the modern world react to ideas which might make us a little uncomfortable. This book tells just such a story. The characters are not very fleshed out, but they have enough substance to make you care for them. I am anxious to read the next book in Lisa Emmer's adventures! Recommend for 16+ as there is graphic violence described.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Donna Jean

    Suspenseful and fast paced The story premise seems far fetched in twentieth century culture. The police are made to look extremely foolish and there is far too much violence and death involved for my entertainment. The characters are unique in a picturesque way. They are vividly portrayed and very memorable. I certainly agree with the ending chapter and wish us all the best and brightest luck.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Joseph

    Very interesting I tend to read a lot of science fiction, so I was expecting more of a sci-fi bent. This is more in the vein of "The DaVinci Code," full of puzzles, intrigue, and action. Given that the ending resolves things very well, I'm very interested to see what the next book is about.

  16. 4 out of 5

    C.A. Knutsen

    I enjoyed reading this book. I thought it fell short of delivering on the promise in the Delphi Agenda. We learned what it was supposed to be but never saw it in action. That would have been interesting. I don't know much about the historical background, but with all the references employed, the story appears to be well researched.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Wilson

    I had a sneaking suspicion that I had read this book before. It is quite a story with lots of ancient cults, religions, beliefs etc. It is taking place in modern time and a bit too OTT some of the time. It did not keep me interested till the end (this time) and i give it a three stars because most of it was attention grabbing until one thinks it is too much for a present day situation.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Subhajit Das

    I was expecting a slightly better plot with several compact twists in the story line. Though I won't say that I am disappointed, but it tightness of the content was lacking while developing the story. Rather, I should say, the portrayal of the scenes could have been more captivating. Liked the book overall. Recommendable as an one time read. Thank you.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Paul Henderson

    An overall great romp! Enough adventure to keep you engaged and enough historical fiction to treat your sweet tooth. It is what I expect it was intended, a nice and easy read to take you away for a bit from reality. If you read for escapism like I do, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it for you.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Eric Curfman

    Not as I had hoped The review compared this to Dan Brown. It was not near Brown's books. This book was really slow and took awhile to get in to. Once the pace picked up, it dropped again. Hard to keep up.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Betts

    A good read. Fast paced and we'll written. Interesting premise about an often overlooked but if history. Good summer book. Fast paced and easy to read. Interesting premise about an often overlooked but if history. Likeable characters.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Laura Johnson

    If you enjoy historical fiction, jump on in! Very smooth flowing story, would put it right up there with Dan Brown. If, like me, you question the secrecy of the Roman Catholic Church and aspects of its history...read this one.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Alma Mason

    Delphi agenda Very well written taking us all over France and back in time to other time periods. All with good characters who you can't help but don't for the good guys and bizarre baddies. Thoroughly enjoyed this and will look out for other works by this author

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lee Henney

    As a fan of this genre by other very famous author, I was very impressed with the world and character building. The story line pacing sucked me in almost immediately and refused to let me go. I'm about to start the next volume in this series and can't wait!

  25. 4 out of 5

    George Burnett

    Excellent story. A true page turner! Along the mysterious lines if secret societies lay ancient battles of untold history and secrets known only to the select few...

  26. 4 out of 5

    Michael Arnold

    Very enjoyable book. Good story line. Looking forward to the next one.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Shirley Williams

    Interesting read until the last chapter, when the plotline completely fell apart. What a disappointment!

  28. 5 out of 5

    lesley holmes

    Bull shit baffles brains This book kept me engaged but still unsure if what actually happened and why at the conclusion. A little like Twin Peaks in places is best enjoyed stoned!!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Virginia Tican

    Swigart really did put the THRILL on this Thrill~er. Nicely done!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Diane Ely

    Entertaining read, a different track than I expected, I enjoyed the series

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