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The time is 846 AD. Rome is under siege. Before the Muslim armies sack the Vatican, Pope Leo IV calls on a sect of trusted warrior monks to evacuate the most sacred of holy relics from his palace, the bones of St. Peter, the “rock” on whom Christ said his church would be built. Now the secret has fallen into the hands of a radical Muslim insurgent group, who plot to wipe out the monastery where the sacred relics have been stored along with dark secrets from the earliest days of Islam…

U.S. Special Forces operator Danny Wilkens is back, this time chasing Muslim insurgents in Iraq and a corrupt former CIA officer who is secretly in league with them.

When Wilkens discovers pages of a mysterious text during the take down of an insurgent cell, he thinks it’s some kind of code.  But soon his Iraqi Christian translator, Yohannes (“Johnny”) Yohanna enlightens him: the text is written in Aramaic, the language of Jesus. And it tells the story of a legendary Christian monk who is said to have dictated portions of the Koran to the Prophet Mohammad in an effort to spread the Gospel into Arabia….

Are St. Peter's Bones really in Iraq?

Were parts of the Koran dictated
by a Christian monk?

Based on extensive on-scene research by the author in Iraq and Jordan, as well as historical research into the origins of Islam through original texts, St. Peter’s Bones tells the story of Iraq’s beleaguered Christian community through the joys and fears of one family, while exploring the ambiguities of America’s continued presence in that country as deepening tensions between Kurds and Arabs that risk plunging Iraq into another civil war.

Selected reviews can be found at the bottom of this page.

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Praise for St. Peter's Bones

Kenneth Timmerman has wrought a wildly inventive and highly gripping thriller that encompasses the secret and long-hidden origins of Islam, the tomb of St. Peter in Rome (or is it in Rome?), the embattled Iraqi Christian community, and the scope and magnitude of today's jihad against the West. Although the story is fiction, the imaginative reconstruction of the birth of Islam in St. Peter's Bones is based on painstaking research into the earliest available sources on that momentous event, and reveals a great deal about Islamic attitudes that inform Muslim societies, laws, and communities in the West to this day. That makes St. Peter's Bones more than just a great novel, although it is assuredly that as well: it is also an enlightening insight into today's increasingly conflict-ridden relationship between Islam and the Judeo-Christian/post-Christian West.

– Robert Spencer, editor of JihadWatch and author of the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad.
“This is a book no major New York publisher had the courage to print. You owe it to yourself to read it and to defend your freedom by doing so.

—David Horowitz, Founder, David Horowitz Freedom Center
Timmerman's  taboo-breaking thriller portrays authentically the politics and passions fueling the deadly persecution of Iraq's ancient Christian community: an unintended but ruinous by-product of Operation Iraqi Freedom. It's a powerful book America's political leadership on both the left and the right would prefer you not to read.

– Dr. John Eibner, CEO, Christian Solidarity International (CSI-USA)
This novel sheds light on one of the most overlooked foreign policy catastrophes of our times --  the flight of Iraq’s ancient Christian community under siege from al Qaeda and other extremists…Ken Timmerman’s riveting tale is a story in urgent need of telling.”
—Nina Shea, Commissioner, US Commission on International Religious Freedom

“In St. Peter’s Bones, Kenneth Timmerman does more than share with us an intriguing mystery rooted deep in the lore of Assyrian history.  It provides insight into how Christians wrestle with their place in Iraq.  One of his characters, Burhan Salahuddin, an Islamist but a potential ally of Christians, observes that, “There are no secrets in Iraq……There are only stories that don’t get told.”   One of the stories not told is of the burden that Christians in Iraq bear.
—The  Rev. Keith Roderick, D.D., Secretary General, Coalition for the Defense of Human Rights

 “The persecution of Christians throughout the Middle East and Muslim world is one of the most important stories that have been ignored throughout the conflict in the region, and it’s embarrassing that we’re not talking more about it.  St. Peter’s Bones provides a compelling insight into their current and historical struggles and ordeals.  We need to get Americans and the U.S. government actively focusing on how we can help endangered Christians and Jews to survive.”
—Congressman Pete Hoekstra (R-MI)

Read reviews of St. Peter's Bones

"This book is artful and rewarding. ... As a long-time investigator whose special beat is the Middle East, Timmerman has vast personal experience to draw on to capture the details of daily life in Iraq. And, as a novelist, Timmerman weaves in elements of fable, communicating an even deeper sense of the challenges, traditions, and identity of Iraqi Christians."
Susan Freis Falknor, writing at the BlueRidge Forum
"Timmerman’s St. Peters Bones is a gripping story about the possible extinction of the ancient Assyrian Chaldean Christian minority in Iraq caught between Kurdish and Sunni Arab sectarian conflicts on the biblical Plains of Nineveh... Timmerman displays in these climactic scenes a thorough knowledge of military hardware and tactics, along with an appreciation of the internal conflicts in US intelligence echelons in the region, no doubt, gleaned from his actual experiences on the ground as a journalist in Middle East war zones."
Jerome Gordon, writing in the New English Review

"Ken is an author of considerable note, and one that does his research.   For any of you that have served in Iraq, you'll immediately notice Ken 'gets it'. "
Mr. Wolf, writing on the military blog, BlackFive and at BigPeace
"As a member of this  [Assyrian]  nation I was astonished with the level of Mr. Timmerman's knowledge about this nation and his braveness to express their pain and struggle in their homeland. I wish there were more writers and researchers like Mr. Timmerman to fill the empty space of today's Silent and Ignorant Media."
Sargoun Issa, writing at Amazon.com
"Ken Timmerman has created a thriller with a vitally important message about Islamic Jihad pogroms against the only reliable American allies in Iraq - the ancient Assyrian Chaldean Christian community. It is a powerful indictment of mainstream Christian indifference to the plight of embattled Christian minorities in the Middle East. Every Member of Congress should read this book."
Joseph Rambam "Yossi", writing at Amazon.com
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