As far as treasure hunt books go, Babylon Rising is okay, but a little shallow. But as far as characters go, it's very average.
The plot is about a perfect hero character named Michael Murphy who is a professor who preforms daring feats for a crotchety old man who watches for his own entertainment. One of these such games leads Michael to begin searching for the Brazen Serpent God commanded Moses to make in order to heal the Israelites. The way he finds the pieces is pretty shallow, however.
There are really only one or two good characters I can think of. Michael is one of the more perfect characters I have ever read, and the others are just whatever. The plot is shallow and the treasure hunt is mostly filler.
But a part at the end alone makes this book worth reading. It's one of the more original things I've ever read in a treasure hunt book. This portion gives it another star than what I was originally going to rate it.
The Biblical flashbacks about the journey of the serpent is a plus because they're interesting.
All in all, the book wouldn't be very interesting without the original part at the end.
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