What if you knew the seven most powerful ideas in the world?
For a thousand years rumors spread among the desert peoples that mysterious scrolls containing fantastic secrets had fashioned the Abdali-ud-din into the richest, most powerful trading dynasty in the world. Men would kill for such knowledge. Indeed, they had killed. And then suddenly, the scrolls simply disappeared.
This is the story of the last holder of the scrolls, an old chief named Zafir. Worried that his life was nearly spent, Zafir chose young Bassam to be his heir to the scrolls. Was Bassam ready? To prove the young man Zafir took him on a caravan trek with the intent of teaching him the scrolls. And then, partway into the trip, a startling surprise changed everything.
The scrolls are timeless. Those who come to understand them discover how these simple messages enrich a meaningful life, and disclose the secrets for lasting prosperity.
Audible Hidden Gem August 2015 (Audible.com)
"Paul Skousen could be described as the Ayn Rand of the desert. He weaves a surprising message into a tapestry of unexpected threads, placing his protagonist in a very different environment than might be anticipated for a story of individual liberty and self-determination. Read it for yourself, give it to your (older) children, better still, give it to your liberal friends; everyone might learn something useful in addition to enjoying a rollicking good story." (Stefan Bartelski, Host of the Patriot Come Lately Radio Show)
"Paul Skousen shows us he has the gifts of descriptive metaphors and modifiers of all kinds. He makes Bassam and the Seven Secret Scrolls so interesting, so down to earth, that a book one may never have considered reading becomes one which changes one's soul." (Michael J. Thompson - AML)
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What Secrets Were On Those Scrolls?
This was a movie---I could see and feel and suffer through the most delightful adventure story I've heard in years. I love this story. It transported me to a time and place I never knew existed---the great caravans that moved the world's wealth from Arabia to China and back again, for thousands of years before Columbus. The story paints a life 2,000 years ago, life on a caravan as seven secrets are unfolded, with the story focusing on one old sheikh name Zafir, a young man named Bassam, and the secrets of seven scrolls. I loved the riddles in the messages and how Bassam discovers them. I loved the trek across the continent and the problems such travel created. It was history, geography, adventure, love, loss, death, life, heat, cold, survival, thirst, discouragement, resolution, reality. I feel immersed in a part of history that I never knew existed, and after I catch my breath, I want to go hear it again. My kids loved it, we'd hear a chapter every night. They were glued, their eyes glazed over with their minds creating a far away time and place that one day they wanted to go visit.
I had to smile at Bassam and Rasha and their clumsy love story. It reminded me of my own, and how awkward new love is. The author captures the uncomfortable blossom of friendship growing into love through teenage years, then into maturity, and then postponement while a caravan trek must be taken. It was great insight into the beauty of life without the modern stress and distractions that rob people of so much. Rasha is a wonderful young woman, and the whole story is a delightful telling suitable for all.
I don't want to give it away, but there's an event where Bassam finds himself alone in an extremely stressful situation where he's hiding in a black alley way of an old stone village on the banks of the Euphrates. There he has no options but to plead in his crushing depression through desperate prayer for help, and how help came, beautifully, quietly, simply, surprisingly, and to his salvation. It was a wonderful ending to that particular event, and another of several stories within the story. There's more of that I liked a lot---that white-out blizzard sandstorm, I can feel the grit in my teeth and in my eyes and ears. And that sword fight in the dunes. Perfectly presented, I loved it.
The moment that Bassam says goodbye to Rasha, that was fantastic. It was richly portrayed and my pulse went up, I had to go cool off afterwards! I think the closing chapters touched me the most, such a deeply moving story on so many levels. Those closing chapters really pulled at my heart. Beautiful writing, beautiful resolution, it left me wanting more.
I didn't know I liked stories like this. I think its effectiveness is its historical accuracy and picture-painting of life among the ruins and silk and spice routes of ancient times. I learned more about camel caravans and the trials the riders encounter than anywhere else. The characters are all roundly developed and the interaction was fantastic. Fawzi made me laugh, he's a character. How did the author get all of that information? I didn't know they had navigation tools like the kamel, or the south pointer---they were brilliant people. It's a story of a day when life was much slower than today, and being paced to the rigors of nature, far more beauty and intrigue is found when there's time to see it than in today's hectic world where all that makes life beautiful is lost in the rush. Thank you to the author for that nice break and that wonderful breath of fresh desert air. It's a long ride worthy of stops and pauses to reflect and relive, to take in pieces and not all at once. I loved it.
I couldn't get out of my car
I listen to audiobooks while I drive to and from work. I started listening to this book because the description intrigued me although I am unfamiliar with the authors work in general. My commute is 30 min, one way. After I drove into the parking structure and had to go into work, I couldn't get out. I kept telling myself 5 more minutes, or one more chapter. I stalled for probably 20 minutes. This book was beautiful. It has action, adventure, a love story, beautiful lessons but not in a preachy fashion. It is family friendly and you will not find one part of this book that you would be ashamed to have your children listen in the car with you while you drive around running errands. I will be recommending this to my brother though because I think he and his 9 year old daughter and 8 year old son would love this story. I certainly did!
The pictures that the authors words paint in my mind. From what i understand, the print edition has illustrations. I will be purchasing that book.
The end. The kite. I won't say anymore as to not ruin the story for anyone. It was beautiful though.
The kite scene. But I would also have to say some of the beginning dialogue between Bassam and Rasha. It is painfully humorous and I really felt for both of them.
These is a book of the old style of books. In that, it is a story. A beautifully written story with background, context and research. A story not superficial without character development. A story that changes you and moves you and keeps you thinking long after you finish it. A story that is thrilling, and honest. There is a very human nature about it that I fell in love with. It is not an unbelievable story or action adventure. Maybe that was part of the fun of it. The voice was perfect for the production and I enjoyed listening to every word. I am looking forward to the next books in the series.