The Riddle of Solomon - D.J. Niko

I appreciate that I received this book for free from the Goodreads giveaway program but it was just a complete miss for me.

It followed the popular line these days of taking something from the Bible and having someone, usually an archeologist, proving it or disproving it or rewriting it or showing that it was really done by aliens or whatever the particular slant in the books is. This one involves a whole bunch of stuff about Solomon and I'm just really over it all. The word "derivative" comes to mind.

It felt very contrived and overwritten. Any time the protagonists needed to know something, they just happened to know the leading expert in the field. Really? They just happen to know every leading expert in every field? They just happen to be sitting in a cafe and overhear journalists discussing tips they had gotten on the very thing subject our heroes are researching? Each step along the plot line felt contrived. The villain felt like he should have been stroking a long-haired white cat and cackling.

In the end, I just wanted it to be over and that's pretty much the cardinal sin that a book can commit.