The story you are about to read is fiction, as are all the characters. Yet the history of the Sumerian texts that has long been hidden by governments is true. Murder, espionage and computer hacking are all employed to get at the secrets of the texts, which were found in 1840 in the ruinsof ancient Babylon; deepin southern Mesopotamia, in the land now called Iraq.
The tablets, which have been dated to Sumer, the world’s earliest civilization, contain stories with an uncanny resemblance to the biblical stories of Creation, deities, and even a reference to a great flood and a giant ark to survive it. Because the 6,000-year-old tablets predate the Bible by thousands of years, religious leaders and governments alike have preferred to conceal their existence to the havoc that could follow their open debate.
Specialists have spent decades trying to decipher the intricate symbols, following their translations from the original Akkadian, to Mesopotamian; through several versions of Semitic tribes, Latin, Greek, and more.
The portions of this book dealing with newsrooms and NASA facilities, including the famous Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, are also true, though several of the newsroom scenes are composites of those that actually occurred during the past forty-year period. I know this for certain, as I am one of many journalists who lived through such mega-takeovers. News has changed from “true and factual events” to editorials and commentary telling readers and viewers how to think. Most of mainstream media coverage is now broadcast or printed to satisfy private (paid) interests of their owners or advertisers or both.
References to the space missions and their findings including the sequence of incidents (and world headlines) surrounding the unexplained loss of Russia’s Soviet Phobos I and Phobos II missions in 1989 also come straight from the news, and thanks to the Internet, may be easily checked.
The characters in this story, however, are all fictional. There’s Ronnie Monroe, the lead investigative reporter at the fictional North Bay Herald Tribune, who loses her husband, a child, and finally her twin brother. She immerses herself in her work, and vows never again to open her heart to anyone enough to feel pain. Yet suddenly, her work entangles her emotions too, as she finds herself in the middle of murder and mayhem when she begins work with the texts. There’s Blake Joyner, a tough cutting-edge NASA scientist and specialist on space, hiding a shameful secret; and Rashid bin Mazin, an Emir from Oman, an expert on the texts, that the NASA space team doesn’t want around but finds they can’t proceed without. And finally, there’s George Sims, grandson of Isaac Abraham Shimberg, who immigrated to the United States from Russia years before and taught George the importance of free press. Now in charge of North Bay’s newsroom, the aging hard-nosed Bureau Chief fights continuously with the new company that signs their paychecks, knowing his bosses care much more for money than reporting the truth.
And so, The Sumerian Secret, while based on facts, is a fictional tale, including the romantic triangle between Ronnie and the scientists, which is often sexually graphic. Yet it is a tale worth remembering as it could well hold many truths about the beginning of human life on the Earth and what could happen if science determines living here will no longer be possible.
“A legitimate conflict between science and religion cannot exist. Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”