The Fool Returns

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A novel by Tom Block - 2014

"The Fool Returns is a Jewish Da Vinci Code, the difference being that so much of the author's research is based upon his own historic and verifiable studies," says David Crumm, Co-founder of Read the Spirit, a  publishing company for the most important voices in religion, and interfaith and cross-cultural issues.  Kirkus Reviews assured: "Think of a Dan Brown–like adventure penned by an erudite Talmudic scholar."

The Fool Returns is a page-turning spiritual thriller based upon fact. It is centered on the idea that medieval Jewish thinkers discovered the underlying impetus for the political issues between Jews and Muslims in long-buried breach between their ancestors.  These thinkers set in motion a quest which spanned five centuries in locations ranging from New York City to Spain and Portugal, and settings that include hidden bone chapels, subterranean tunnels deep beneath a city and a brothel inhabited by several disarmingly unusual figures.

An early scene in the book launches the action with a late-night murder on a New York subway and a mysterious card made from human bone which is dropped in a passenger's lap.  That sets the stage for an action-filled physical and spiritual quest by Bill, a New York bartender, into the unknown world of his family's past and his role in the historic Covenant.  As he struggles to both overcome a variety of threats to himself and cross a vast psychic abyss, Bill is pursued by a strange, shadowy figure.

Bill's journey ultimately reveals how the original rupture between Jews and Muslims took place in the Biblical story of Isaac and Ishmael, as recounted in Genesis 21.  The culmination of his quest offers a pathway to a final healing and spirit of cooperation between those children of Abraham, as well as a pathway to peace in the current political impasse in the Middle East.

The international locales where the book is set, cast of increasingly bizarre characters and challenge of separating fact from fiction combine to present a story that educates as it entertains, and takes readers along on a fascinating ride that isn't soon forgotten.

The Fool Returns is based upon Tom Block's non-fiction study of the cross-pollination between segments of the Jewish and Islamic religions (Shalom/Salaam: A  Story of a Mystical Fraternity , Fons Vitae, 2010). "The Fool Returns is a Jewish Da Vinci Code, the difference being that so much of the author's research is based upon his own historic and verifiable studies," says David Crumm, Co-founder of Read the Spirit, a  publishing company for the most important voices in religion, and interfaith and cross-cultural issues.

The Fool Returns is a page-turning spiritual thriller based upon fact. It is centered on the idea that medieval Jewish thinkers discovered the underlying impetus for the political issues between Jews and Muslims in long-buried breach between their ancestors.  These thinkers set in motion a quest which spanned five centuries in locations ranging from New York City to Spain and Portugal, and settings that include hidden bone chapels, subterranean tunnels deep beneath a city and a brothel inhabited by several disarmingly unusual figures.

An early scene in the book launches the action with a late-night murder on a New York subway and a mysterious card made from human bone which is dropped in a passenger's lap.  That sets the stage for an action-filled physical and spiritual quest by Bill, a New York bartender, into the unknown world of his family's past and his role in the historic Covenant.  As he struggles to both overcome a variety of threats to himself and cross a vast psychic abyss, Bill is pursued by a strange, shadowy figure.

Bill's journey ultimately reveals how the original rupture between Jews and Muslims took place in the Biblical story of Isaac and Ishmael, as recounted in Genesis 21.  The culmination of his quest offers a pathway to a final healing and spirit of cooperation between those children of Abraham, as well as a pathway to peace in the current political impasse in the Middle East.

The international locales where the book is set, cast of increasingly bizarre characters and challenge of separating fact from fiction combine to present a story that educates as it entertains, and takes readers along on a fascinating ride that isn't soon forgotten.

The Fool Returns is based upon Tom Block's non-fiction study of the cross-pollination between segments of the Jewish and Islamic religions (Shalom/Salaam: A  Story of a Mystical Fraternity , Fons Vitae, 2010).