In A Lever Long Enough, a near-future Israel struggles with growing numbers of followers of the Way, whose unrest threatens an upcoming peace treaty with powerful international politician Marc Raseac. Their unrelenting dedication to a man long-dead – Yeshua Ha’Maschiach – has driven the Israelis to search for a way to stem their rapid growth. Realizing that the crux of the belief these followers have in Yeshua is based upon his purported death, burial and consequent resurrection, a last ditch effort is made to disprove his resurrection.
A highly skilled team consisting of a linguist, strategist, doctor/archeologist and stargazer are brought together, members of Israel’s military, save one. Assembled in a secret staging area where all communications have been cut off, they prepare for an unprecedented mission. Together they will depart for the past in a largely untested time machine to reveal the truth concerning the man we commonly refer to as Jesus.
Sabotage strikes as an unknown element seeks to prevent the mission from launching. Tensions rise within the base as suspicion runs rife. Departing at last for lands near, yet long past, the team has only 72 hours to record enough evidence to undercut the claims of Yeshua’s followers and enable them to strike a fatal blow to their faith. The traitor is still at work in the base, and it remains to be seen if he will succeed in his mission, or be discovered.
Debut novelist Amy Deardon has penned a unique title that is neither typical biblical-era fiction or time-travel science fiction, but a hybrid of the two. A Lever Long Enough is rife with military and espionage oriented detail and suspense; she integrates a number of genres successfully in a solid novel that demonstrates her skilled use of clipped, action filled prose.