In the deserts of eastern Turkey, archaeologists are unearthing the world's most ancient building. When Journalist Rob Luttrell is sent to report on the dig, he is intrigued to learn that the site was deliberately buried 10,000 years ago. Why? Only one man knows the secret, and he is intent on destroying the evidence before it can be uncovered.
©2009 Tom Knox (P)2009 Recorded Books LLC
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"needs some kind of warning"
thought this was going to be a cracker, with all my favourite elements but what a shock - way too much gory & sadistic detail. may hit some people's buttons but definitely not mine! should have had some kind of warning in the write-up
"Excellent but not for the faint-hearted"
This is my first time with a Tom Knox book and as with all 'unknown' authors I was unsure what to expect.
What I got was a real shock! He is an excellent writer who really gets you into the characters. But, a word of warning, the book contains some very graphic scenes of violence! The book really makes you think about the state of some people's minds, and what drives them to commit such atrocities on others (got you hooked yet?). The narration is superlative which fantastic characterisations by Gideon Emery (again another first for me). I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did. I will be looking for more books from this author.
Starts like a sub-Dan Brown thriller (archeological dig with mysterious goings on) but gradually degenerates into something less entertaining.
As the book goes on, the narrative becomes less and less plausible, and starts to focus on descriptions of death and torture which are graphic but completely unconvincing.
It just gets bogged down in its own nastiness. I gave up three quarters of the way through - kind of unpleasant and tedious at the same time - why bother?
"Good yarn - not for the faint hearted!!"
First half of book very gripping and really enjoyed the story and the characters. Couldn't wait to see how the various threads of the story would unfold. Unfortunately the last third of the book totally lost me. Without giving too much away some of the latter scene descriptions are pretty harrowing. As a consequence I lost empathy with the main characters and actually debated not finishing the book. I suspect I struggle with graphic violence but I won't be sharing this with friends or family.
"Da vinci code meets Hannibal"
If you enjoyed the above books this is well worth a listen..
"Great historical secrets fiction"
Loved the recent archaeological finds and historical /religious musings... Very interesting read and story (listen)
A good adventure story
A good reading voice, with just enough passion for the story
The book was pretty violent and I thought it was a crucial part of the story
"Compelling and unnerving"
It's hard to start a review of this book, as my overriding memory is one of the most traumatic modes of murder (and I only finished this two days ago). It is unpleasant to say the least, and no two murders are the same. It is graphic and uncomfortable. BUT... within that nasty taste lies just enough historical information and intrigue to whet your appetite. I wasn't overly keen with the Inspector, nor the whistlestop romance, but something in there just kept me coming back for more.
As a bit of a pedant, I wanted a little more reason or background as to why Rob is where he is - it's all a little vague. A reporter suddenly becoming a bit of a archeological nerd just didn't ring true, without some guidance into this. As a mother - I couldn't reconcile how the mother reacts or is included, it seemed far to flimsy. But despite my small misgivings, the well researched (well I hope it was!) historical data, did shine through.
I can honestly say, the "baddie" was brought to life more than any other character, and 5 stars must be given to the narrator, Gideon. A superb reading, which held my interest perhaps more than if I had read a paper copy?
I would recommend, but only with a warning. If you are interested, there is a whole gamut of historical soundbites, that will surely lead to hours spent on the internet in pursuit of the truth! It is not for the fainthearted, as surely murders like that scrape the barrel of obscene and downright medieval. Compelling indeed.
"Average at best"
This plot is hackneyed and predictable. And too long, and repetitious. Difficult to say more without giving too much away. It is a pity, because the background is interesting.
"not quite what I expected"
Although this story was beautifully narrated I struggled to reach the end as it went on for too long, and there were a number of very graphic descriptions of extreme violence. The denoument was not as much earthshattering as predictable as it was signalled fairly early on. Although it started well, I felt by about half way that there was a lot of 'padding' and I got impatient for the end. That said, it may appeal to those with stronger stomachs then myself.
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