The Hidden Ones by Nancy Madore

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LEGACY OF THE WATCHERS (the series)
Thousands of years ago, something came out of the sky that changed the course of human history. Testimonies abound of these 'angels' and their hybrid offspring, the 'Nephilim' giants. These mighty 'gods' quickly rose to power, and the ancient world came alive with industry and culture. Many consider this period in history to be the 'dawn' of our civilization. People who lived as hunters and gatherers for hundreds of thousands of years suddenly began settling in one place, cultivating the land and even governing themselves. They invented irrigation, the wheel, protective armor and algebra. They somehow acquired knowledge of our solar system that even modern technology wasn't able to confirm until the 1970s. Most importantly, they began to read and write. Yet an undercurrent of terror was spreading like wildfire, carrying whispers of 'djinn,' 'daeva' and 'demons.'
The Watchers were supposed to do just that: watch. But humankind proved far too tempting and they 'fell' to earth, taking wives for themselves and even having children. But their children grew into unruly giants whose souls didn't ascend like human souls, but remained here, on this earth. These errant Nephilim souls haunt the earth to this day. They are the 'djinn,' the 'hidden ones,' also known as 'daeva' and 'demon.' They have one purpose--to live. But to live they need bodies.
This chain of events has now reached the point where the djinn need more than just our bodies to survive. They must take back control of the earth, just as in the days when they ruled as gods.
THE HIDDEN ONES, Vol. 1
As CEO of her own thriving company, Nadia Adeire is flush with success, but a secret society dating back to the Essenes believes her to be one of the ancient djinn--the notorious demoness of Hebrew legend, Lilith. What's more, they have reason to believe that she's plotting a catastrophic attack on the world.
Nadia is snatched from her 'perfect' life and trapped in a maze between a present day disaster and the ancient legends of the djinn. The only way out is to retrace the steps of her deceased grandmother, Helene. The deeper Nadia goes into the past, the harder it will be for her return unscathed. But it is the only way to stop the impending disaster that was set in motion five thousand years ago.

Based on the idea that the Bible is literal interpretation, Nancy Madore has woven together a perfect thriller involving religion, mythology, and historical events. I loved Madore's telling the story of strong women, both good and evil, throughout time.

The Hidden Ones starts out with the kidnapping of CEO Nadia Adeire because a secret group believe her to be djinn, specifically the seductive demon Lilith of Hebrew legend. The descendant Nephilim souls from long ago are looking for a way to both save themselves and save humanity, even if it means destroying humans in the process. The secret society is rounding up all the djinn to prevent suspected worldwide disaster, and Nadia plays an integral part of their race to capture the demons.

The storyline was intriguing. Madore goes back and forth throughout history and the well-written tale makes it easy to follow. It is one of a trilogy. Suspenseful with a little romance and a lot of action, this book has something for everyone. The characters were memorable and even the evil ones I took a liking to. I look forward to reading all the books in this series.

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