Zeke Banyon (a Catholic seminary dropout) now runs a homeless shelter near Seattle's old waterfront district. He hires Angela (a young widow in need of a part time job) to be his assistant. Everything is hum-drum normal until they stumble onto a strange code that catapults them headlong into a mystery full of puzzles, prophecy, metaphysics and murder. Shadowed by rogue Jesuit priests at every turn, our two heroes soon discover it's not just their own lives that are in danger but also the lives of everyone on the planet.
2012 is coming...
The clock is ticking...
The code must be deciphered...
And only one man can save the world...
If he can just figure out how...
Before it's too late.
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The Ezekiel Code
The Ezekiel Code
The Ezekiel Code is not easily pigeonholed into a single genre. It's a little bit of the following: Mystery, Adventure, Thriller, Speculative fiction, New Age, Sci-fi, and just a touch of romance because... well, hey... stuff happens. You know? If you're a fan of subjects like secret societies, ancient mysteries, prophecies, puzzles, codes, alternative interpretations of Biblical tales, and movies like Pi and What The (Bleep) Do We Know? and if you're into the whole 2012-end-of-the-Mayan-calendar thing - then The Ezekiel Code is right up your alley.
Romano grabbed the briefcase and checked the contents. “It’s all here,” he said. “Take our friend to the storeroom. I’ll catch up with you after I wipe our fingerprints from the elevator.”
The two priests took Professor Kline by the arms and walked quickly, nearly dragging the exhausted professor along with them, down a long dimly lit concrete corridor.
At some point they turned left down another hallway that led to a large metal door secured with a padlock. Romano joined them a few minutes later.
He reached into his pocket for the key, unlocked the door and flipped the light switch. Two bare light bulbs - dangling at the end of electrical cords hanging from the ceiling – flickered briefly before coming on.
Kline looked around. If this was in fact a storeroom it didn’t seem to be storing anything at the moment except three priests and one frightened professor.
A long row of small, rusty, steel hooks of some sort were sticking out from one of the concrete walls. Another wall
was completely made of brick with a small window up near the ceiling. Kline supposed it might be the back wall of the building next to where he’d parked his car. He thought he could make out the shape of a narrow door in the darkened corner of the brick wall. It could lead to a stairway going up to the parking lot, he thought. But he knew he
had no chance of escape as long as they were with him.
On Romano’s order Beck and Salvo released their hold on Kline and shoved him up against the wall.
“Have a seat,” Romano said.
With his back up against the wall, Kline slid down and sat on the cold cement floor while Romano paced back and forth in front of him.
“We figured you probably work for the Nine,” Romano said.
Kline didn’t look up. “I don’t exactly work for them,” he mumbled.
“Hmm. What exactly would you call it then?”
Kline drew his knees up against his chest and didn’t answer.
“Never mind,” Romano said. “I think I understand. You do them a favor now and then in hopes of a reward, shall we say, somewhere down the road. Yes?”
Kline remained silent, his eyes fixed on the floor.
Romano stopped pacing and stared down at his prisoner. “You’re obviously an intelligent man,” he said. “And we know you know a lot about Banyon’s activities.” He paused for a moment and began pacing again. “And obviously you’re aware of the power and influence
behind our side in this little game, yes?”
Kline shot a quick glance up at Romano.
“Of course you do,” Romano said. “Whatever little reward you’ve
been promised by the Nine can’t be much. What is it? Maybe a little security in the coming new order? A low level administration position perhaps? Whatever it is, we may be able to offer you more if you were to, shall we say, switch sides? What do you say, professor? Otherwise I’m afraid your future might be rather bleak, if you understand what I’m saying.”
Kline looked up and gave a short, sarcastic chuckle. “Bleak,” he said. “That’s an interesting way to put it. Why don’t you just say what the hell you mean?”
“Well,” Romano answered, “my friend here, Brother Beck, once thought you should have an unfortunate accident. I didn’t agree at the time. I thought you might be of some value to us. But now I’m beginning to think maybe he was right.”
Beck, who had been quietly leaning against the wall, stepped forward. “I can arrange for it right now,” he said.
Romano was just about to reply when something came crashing through the small window near the ceiling and landed with a klunk on the floor.
“What the hell is that?” Salvo shouted, as all eyes watched the small object roll across the floor. Suddenly a short popcorn burst of automatic gunfire from the window shattered the two light bulbs and cast the room into total darkness.
A noxious cloud of smoke quickly filled the room, burning everyone’s eyes and making it difficult to breathe.
“Tear gas!” Romano yelled, choking out the words as he stumbled blindly around in the dark.
Kline panicked and jumped to his feet, gasping and choking with every breath. He raised his arm to cover his face with his coat sleeve. What the hell is happening?
In less than a minute the door in the corner of the room flew open.
A flurry of flashlight beams zigzagged back and forth like lasers cutting through the darkness.
Someone grabbed Kline, shoved the
briefcase into his hand, and pulled him into the shallow stairwell just outside the door.
Kline’s throat kept closing up as he tried to ask what was going on.
“Just get the hell out of here! Now!” a man shouted.
The man pushed the professor toward the short flight of cement stairs and quickly returned to the room to assist his partner.
Through blurry, burning eyes Kline could see the stairs led to the parking lot just as he suspected. He wasted no time getting to the top where he was met by yet a third man. The stranger was dressed in black with a stocking cap pulled down to his eyes. He took Kline by the arm and led him to his car.
“You’ll be alright in just a minute,” he told Kline. “From what they tell me, your job isn’t quite finished."
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Reader Reviews for "The Ezekiel Code"
|Reviewed by John Stipa
|If you enjoy spending time with likeable characters and despicable bad guys, The Ezekiel Code by Gary Val Tenuta will swallow you whole. The incredible coincidences involving the English alphabet and the resulting synchronicity with the rest of the universe is so well put together, you'll begin to wonder: is it really coincidence? And there are numerous other revelations and insights into the origins of things we take for granted that will raise your eyebrows. Gary brings the characters to life with great style. I appreciated that he devoted so much attention to the antagonists. The dialogue is consistent and believable throughout. Settings are described with the perfect amount of detail. His action scenes challenge your ability to read fast enough. The final sections will have you turning pages furiously. Overall, a fantastic concept for an epic story.|
|Reviewed by John Rockas
|Brilliant! Tenuta gives Dan Brwon a run.|
|Reviewed by Jeannine Reardon
|Gary Val Tenuta's "The Ezekiel Code" is a fascinating read, and well-timed (2012 is vast approaching). Some may shy away from its length, as it is over 600 pages long. Still, the chapters for the most part are quick, and I found it compelling to "read just one more chapter"...
The story in of itself is interesting. The only parts I found slow were the few where I felt as though something had been explained to another character before, thus myself, as the reader. Other parts were where codes were set out for new characters once again during a conversation, but honestly, I'd rather have it set out for me once again than have to flip back to find a relevant part in the text. This is pleasure reading after all! :)
Having read this book while stories of Nostradamus is playing on the television made me feel like I took a crash course on Mayan Mythology, Greek Mythology, studies of Ancient Egypt, Numerology, etc., etc., and more, all at the same time. We learn how the famous "Area 51" ties in, as well as "outerbody experiences" and taking control over our "Third eye". Fans of Star Trek, Dan Brown, Dr. Who, The X-files, and a myriad of other entertainment venues will find at least one, if not several things, to relate to in this book. And even those who are not fans of these venues will become fans by the end - the last 200 pages went quite quickly for me, a non expert in any of these fields. I definitely felt like I learned some things after reading this well-crafted novel.
There are no coincidences. We are all connected. The author brings science and research from all over the world together, and downloads them into Zeke Banyon's (and the reader's) third eye, as we wait with baited breath to find out the fate of our precious world.
|Reviewed by Todd Fonseca
|After taking over as director of a homeless shelter, seminarian dropout Ezekiel "Zeke" Banyon stumbles upon a mysterious document listing a strange series of phrases and numbers in his predecessor's office. He and Angela Martin, a recently hired employee of the shelter, become fascinated with the odd phrases and codes. They set out on a journey which leads them to believe that the English Alphabet may in fact be a cipher of some kind; that built into the very fabric of the language itself are coded messages that have been there for centuries. But where did this code come from? What message does it contain? What are the implications to humanity?
Zeke and Angela soon find they are not the only ones interested in discovering the secret of the code. Other more nefarious and conspiratorial organizations' power and future are in Zeke's hands. Some want to protect him while others want him destroyed.
Gary Tenuta's Ezekiel Code has elements of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code as well as the adventure of Preston and Child's The Ice Limit. Mostly, however, this novel is like an entire season of the X-files packed into one book. Tenuta covers a lot of ground and topics including: acoustic levitation, out of body experiences, area 51, ancient Catholic Church and Jesuit secrets, Mayan calendars and predictions, Isis and the great pyramids, Gematria, parallel universes, the Illuminati, conspiratorial organizations, parallel universes, electronic voice phenomenon, and more. This requires a fairly high suspension of disbelief factor by the reader and Tenuta does a good job integrating these diverse concepts into the story.
While English Gematria, which is the assignment of numerical equivalents of words usually associated with Hebrew, is the main concept driving the Ezekiel code, the pace of the novel can occasionally be interrupted by its frequent appearance. Regardless, I found myself engaged throughout the story and googling a number of the curious and fascinating concepts raised in order to learn more about them. Gary has clearly done considerable research in writing this novel. Fans of the X-files will enjoy The Ezekiel Code.
|Reviewed by ellen george
|This is one of the best books I have read this year. Yes, it is close to 700 pages, but it is by no means a slow read...indeed you will be closing in on the last pages and saying 'I want more!'...
The Ezekiel Code is a compilation of so many philosophies, theories, New Age, including Mayan and Biblical prophecies.
It is, in short, amazing.
Zeke Banyon, who once studied for the priesthood, now runs the Seattle Gospel Mission - a homeless shelter. Zeke finds his new assistant Angela Martin, at Gospel to be more than an assistant - she organizes his offices, and even brings Zeke a computer to get in the computer age!
As Zeke's desk becomes clearer, he sees the last manager's old desk calendar - it is full of numbers, doodles - strange sereis of numbers.
Together, Zeke and Angela start a journey that encompasses a mystical code and a mystery that needs to be solved to save the world.
Synchronicity - one of my favorite words...It comes to play in this book - when Zeke and Angela need the information for the next steps, the right people needed for them to proceed come.
You will find yourself playing with the number code and even google many of the references -
You don't have to be an expert on anything, or to have read anything on the subject, just sit back and fasten you seat belt and you are going to be dazzled.
|Reviewed by Susan McRae
|I found this book, even at over 600 pages, to be exciting and hard to put down. The characters are engaging. I especially enjoyed the interplay between Zeke and Angie. Theirs is a charming love story in the midst of ever changing and at times very dangerous exploits. The story is fast paced - hold on for a fast and furious ride! Part mystery, part sci-fi, part adventure and 100% original. Don't miss this one!|