Newton's Riddle
by Neill G. Russell
PageTurner Press and Media

"The infection was so virulent that it ate right through the victim's skull!"

Nearly three hundred years ago, Sir Isaac Newton placed a coded text in an alchemy journal that described certain aspects of the relationship between the state of Israel and the United States. Ezra Schroeder, a National Security Administration code breaker, discovers Newton's hidden work. Since the political situation between the two countries is becoming increasingly ominous, Schroeder feels that he must go public with the discovery and try to convince the nation's president to act in accordance with Newton's caveats. There are many challenges, and the mortal realm represents only one of many. For example, Frank Peretti's This Present Darkness is used as a reference for demons attempting to sabotage the U.S. and Israel in order to destroy the latter country.

Russell's novel contains many historical and quasi-historical references, such as an imagined conversation among Sir Isaac's family members near the time of his death. There is also a plethora of spiritual references. The work weaves belief, history, fantasy, and politics into a story that can be difficult to follow at times but is distinct in its structure. The narrative challenges readers to view events in multiple constructs. History and politics are always integrated with other disciplines and considerations. Spirituality walks with mortal death, and financial concerns and favor-mongering beset politics. The author expresses belief in destiny and the forces of good and evil in the forms of angels and demons. Can humans shape their own futures with so many other mortal and supernatural interests fighting one another to control them? The book is a puzzle that is interesting to unfold.

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