The Book of Zev, an urban fantasy, is a page-turning psychological thriller and also a tender, offbeat love story: slightly surreal, Dali-esque, mystical, and magical, yet the events in the novel could be tomorrow’s headlines.
Psychic — or, more accurately, nebi, (prophet) — Gwydio does not actually change the world. He orchestrates people into position and explains their free choices. Zev, a disillusioned Orthodox Jew, and Sarah, a chef who cooks strictly kosher upon request — though she herself is no longer of faith, and even “hates God” — will become unusual allies in an unusual adventure.
Through a mix-up — or is it? — Sarah comes across a recording that Gwydion prepared of his session with Zev, setting into motion a roller coaster ride of thrills, romance, politics, and intrigue. Memories from childhood, events of the past, even from biblical times, influence action. This time they will get it right. In the process of saving the world, or at least the United States and Israel, the characters grow into their destinies, learn to accept responsibility, and eventually, redemption.
The writing is confident, clear, concise, and lyrical. The author respects and cares about her characters, coaxing the reader to empathize as well. Marilyn Ida Horowitz presents a little gem, leaving the reader wishing for more to come.