The Alexandria Link by Steve Berry

The Alexandria Link by Steve Berry

7.5 / 10

One for the Dan Brown novels enthusiast. Steve Berry’s action-thriller adventure is one good book next to Dan Brown’s (Angels and Demons, and The Da Vinci Code). It tackles with the Bible’s validity and the anomalies of it from the Christian pioneers. I don’t want to spoil the main argument in this book but it is indeed one of my recommendations if you are that cynical of the Bible and as well of the other religions around the globe. The book also gives you a brief explanation of the collision among Christians, Muslims and Jews. Do you know the answer behind their angst against each other?

One question is raised by the book: Why do people hate Jews?

They say that the answer lies in the Library of Alexandria, where all of the ancient manuscripts that correlates to the modern Bible are stored. A secret organization is willing to do anything to find out the whereabouts of these ancient manuscripts and the library. It is only Cotton Malone who knows where the Alexandria “Link”, the only person who knows where the exact location of the historical Library.

So why do people hate Jews? Well for me.. I still have to research about it. Help me out. =D

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The Alexandria Link by Steve Berry

 

Steve Berry

7.5 / 10

 

The Alexandria Link is one for the Dan Brown novels enthusiast. Steve Berry’s action-thriller adventure is one good book next to Dan Brown’s (Angels and Demons, and The Da Vinci Code). It tackles with the Bible’s validity and the anomalies of it from the Christian pioneers. I don’t want to spoil the main argument in this book but it is indeed one of my recommendations if you are that cynical of the Bible and as well of the other religions around the globe. The book also gives you a brief explanation of the collision among Christians, Muslims and Jews. Do you know the answer behind their angst against each other?

One question is raised by the book: Why do people hate Jews?

They say that the answer lies in the Library of Alexandria, where all of the ancient manuscripts that correlates to the modern Bible are stored. A secret organization is willing to do anything to find out the whereabouts of these ancient manuscripts and the library. It is only Cotton Malone who knows where the Alexandria “Link”, the only person who knows where the exact location of the historical Library.

So why do people hate Jews? Well for me… I still have to research about it. Help me out. =D

Sabbath Day Thursday, And Keeping It Holy

Every morning of the Sabbath, in the walls of the unseen good and the intangible preacher lays late the facade of a star whom I can always look with magnificence. Being shaded and muted by the shelter of the red christian sanctuary, each glance was a sin, a thorn to the heart, an after effect comes with being repentant of having to bite that apple, having a taste of such beauty entails a flicker of reality, a painful one…

My consciousness made me carry the burden of the cross. I allowed myself. You made me. I gazed around just to see the people throwing me stones of truth, of pessimism, or is it? How much can I take? Every start of that day is the very moment having you close to, the nearest of a foot away. Perhaps the greatest beauty, simplicity, was placed on the table, however not to be touched or even mention a compliment to it. Eve was never this gorgeous.

Still, the morning showed me agony. A realization of the consequences, the nails I had allowed myself to penetrate my body, my hands, my feet, my heart. You came back from the stars, from where the morning don’t even exist. I was dead for the past hour, water poured inside me, it awakened a bit of me. The images was blurred, it came from the infinite. She made her presence, that simplicity, that poise, that elegance all edified me of being intimidated to everything of that air you breathe, I am scared of committing an indulgence from you, again. But the temptation came across, I have the sin in mind, of taking a glance of you. I have done it. All of a sudden it was blurred again. The light gave me the figures of the instance of having known her, touching her, laughing with her, or most probably she doesn’t know how these all mean to me.

Each moment was like a dream. In an instant, it is. A tear played in my eye, I can feel it even if I hadn’t opened it. Still hoping to make that moment last even just a little bit longer. I tried to depart this life again, but the cold shivers my legs and killed the warm I have in my chest. I still don’t want to see this real world I am destined to live with, I tried to gather the thoughts, how much we’ve laughed, how much she looked and smiled at me. It was all I can remember. I tried to inhale the air, possibly the letters that been fated on her will give me hope of knowing her in the near future. The air came in empty. And it pains to part from such fantasy.

She came from the stars, the morning expanded the light, and it blinded me the hopes of seeing her again.

I opened my eyes. And a tear caressed the surface of my temple.

Alive again. And wishing to be dead again.

Philippine Government: Democracy Or Martial Law

 

Filipino Soldier mans an area of Malacanang Palace

 

Americans glorified when the third wave of democracy occurred. Countries are withholding themselves from the authoritarian and totalitarian system of government. An opportunity to seize for the United States to strengthen their propaganda to the world – to promote Democracy, the same kind of system that made the U.S. a superpower and an influential icon to the international community. Many countries did shift to democracy and only few didn’t.

Robert Kaplan raised the issue “Was Democracy Just a Moment?” naming countries that developed having democracy as their system of government. While another political academic, Jacques Rosseau, discussed the theory of general will as the sum of individual desires. Further explaining that democracy as a government of the general will.

But what are the people to do if they have of left of zilch choice of public officials to lead a democratic system of government? Nothing but only a few dysfunctional and ineffective political actors and crumbling institutions.

Now, do you see the Philippines in this? One point why many states: that now that we have democracy, we are only moving everywhere but forward. Is there a need to go back to Martial Law or to any authoritarian system of government where once we have seen a glimpse of prosperity?

Kaplan states that before a country to democratize, it must achieve social and economic development, effective bureaucratic institutions, middle class and civic society groups. Then a multi-party system will work in a country, so as democracy. But why should a country should shift to democracy if they are already developed? This question arises in Kaplan’s paper. Maybe, an authoritarian country only needs to shift to democracy if a “developed” country experiences tyranny and ineffective governance of a regime. The society must be healthy and stable for deeper political participation and awareness of different situations.