Graham Hancock has spent decades researching and writing some of the most ambitious and successful nonfiction investigations into ancient civilizations and wisdom. Entangled uses all of Hancock's skills and knowledge to propel a fantasy adventure like nothing else preceding it. This is a time-slip novel, alternating between present-day California, Brazil, and prehistoric Spain, with two teenage female protagonists who must come together to avert an incredibly bloodthirsty takeover of the human race.
Entangled is the first book in a trilogy relating the story of an unrelentingly evil master magician named Sulpa who is on the loose and determined to destroy humanity. Leoni, a troubled teen from modern-day Los Angeles, and Ria, a young woman who lives in Stone Age Spain, meet in a parallel dimension outside the flow of time to stop Sulpa's spectacular, deadly materialization in the modern world. Riding a growing wave of interest in parallel dimensions and imaginary worlds (The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Golden Compass are recent Hollywood examples), Entangled will have immediate appeal to readers and listeners of Philip Pullman, Stephen King, Neil Gaiman,and Kate Mosse, among others.
But Entangled has the added merit of being grounded in solid anthropological and scientific research. Hancock calls on his years of research into cutting-edge issues, including the "Neanderthal enigma", the nature of consciousness, the many-worlds interpretation of quantum physics, parallel realms, time travel, and near-death and out-of-body experiences.
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What drew me to this book was the background behind it and the wonderful work of Graham Hancock. I first heard about this from his feature on the Joe Rogan Podcast where he explained in short where he came up with the motive to write the book. He said while drinking Ayahuasca one time he had asked the spirit of the plant what it wanted him to do, and, apparently, it asked him to tell this story. Some may think that sounds like a great marketing platform to sell the book, but from what I know of Graham Hancock I would doubt his motives would be so self-serving.. others may not agree, but this of course is all just opinion. If this story indeed originated from the spirit of the ayahuasca plant than I would think it relatively true or at least based in truth.
I've personally had many thoughts of visiting South America and the Amazon to see a shaman of an indigenous culture in order to experience ayahuasca in a proper setting, and this book gave me great insight into what one could expect of such an experience. I'd say one of the best things I took away from this was the insight into the direness of an ayahuasca experience itself, and how seriously it must be taken.. I knew this beforehand, but wasn't sure why exactly, and this book does a great job of laying that out towards the end with an actual shaman's perspective in the matter.
The introduction by Graham sets it up nicely for what you can expect and how to filter it. I found the reader to be reminiscent of my childhood listening to a teacher or librarian reading a book to children in animated language and impersonations.. sure, a bit corny, but would you rather a monotone bore or to simply read it yourself? If yes, than there are other sites you can purchase the print version and for much cheaper. People often like to find fault in something even if there isn't much to complain about; I don't see the point.. I haven't read the print version, but granted it is the same script and nothing was left out, I find nothing to subtract any stars over.. great book, great reader, great recording quality, what more would you want?
I read a few reviews denoting the gratuitous violence plagued throughout and how it turned many off to the story. I would retort that these people should pull their britches and stop being such p#ssies lol.. honestly though, as Graham explains in the introduction, these are things that humans have indulged in since our nomadic inception. An element of wickedness has stirred in man for ages and this story reaches time periods long lost in human/earth history.. it is undoubtedly exposing a side of ourselves we hoped to cover in veils of contemporary advances of culture and technology, tho they are still very much a part of our behavior and some of the driving force behind our 'peachy' advances. It reminds me of something Vast Aire once said, 'if you don't like the smell of burning meat, then get the f#@$ off the planet,' lol a thing that's sad but true. Violence and negativity have a mainstay in our lives and on our planet if only as a small factor in the best of us, so to ignore it would be doing the universal truth a disservice, just as well, ignoring something has never done anything to alleviate it, so why shouldn't these topics have a central position in our culture if we ever hope to conquer them?
The point is, yes, the book describes these elements in strong, gut-wrenching detail, but if we don't shine a light on them and explore their roots pretending like we live in a utopian society where there's only a few bad apples floating around, we lose sight of the reality that we all play parts in watered down, somehow socially acceptable versions of the same thing all the time.
On another the note, the book was written in a thriller fashion with each chapter leaving you on the edge of your seat, ping-ponging back and forth from one character's story to the other often leaving you mad that you have to leave the current character in their current predicament waiting a whole other chapter before you get back to see what happens to them. Overall, I thought this was a great way to tell the story, and often stayed out later than I wanted to listening to more of the story to see what happens.
As a fan of Graham Hancock's non-fiction, I really wasn't ready for the ride he took me on here. I truly didn't know what to expect. But within about 10 minutes I was... Entangled! I just couldn't put it down - or in this case, switch it off. The cast of characters is vast and timeless. There is danger and intrigue at every turn; from the Amazonian wonderlandscapes of ayahuasca and DMT to the sometimes barbaric homo sapiens of 24,000BC. As the two heroins evolve and discover their mission, Hancock will take you across the depths of space-time and show you wonders and horrors only the most experienced shamans can understand - and survive. I highly recommend this book! Take this ride, and hang on!
I finished listening to the audiobook of Entangled earlier today. It is an astonishing, beautiful, heart rending, magical, and truthful tale told with mastery. I felt "on the edge of my seat" throughout the entire novel, and I am dying to know what happens next!
To Mr. Graham Hancock: You are a remarkable individual, and I am grateful for the work you and your wife have accomplished. I greatly admire your hands on research, and I love your interviews, lectures and writing. Please keep it coming. I absolutely love Entangled! And have you considered making it into a movie? It would be amazing on screen! Please bring out part two as quickly as possible!
This book is intense, I agree, but it was supposed to be. And he does warn you of that from the beginning. And really without all of that the book would not be as good or prove the real point of showing the real evil in this world, as he states, it is our own past and present and humans themselves that have already done these things and do them now, sad but true, it is nothing new. There is also so much more to this book, the real meanings under this and was written with a purpose and smartly done in my opinion. Giving a story like he did, entangled between the 2 lives, but also being able to show so much more beyond a normal story would take you. I would recommend this book to anyone that is ready for it, meaning, I know there are many maybe not ready to read something like this just yet, but I hope more will be able to once they read and develop a better understanding of things and life and are open enough to really benefit from it. This is now for certain one of my favorite books in my collection and I am waiting eagerly for the next book to follow this for I do admit I was bummed a little at the end, but that just proves how good it was for me, I wanted to keep hearing more and I am waiting for the next one to keep going with this story!!
I haven't read the print version, and having listened to the audio version, I would not anticipate reading it. That said, I absolutely loved listening to this book! Graham Hancock's way with words paints a tapestry in your mind that is hard to imagine as possible while reading the printed page.
I love the story, it is fantastic!
I have no particular favorite scene, I loved the way the story rolled between time periods seamlessly.
This is a must read book!
This is a good almost classic form of scifi / fantasy story, but hearing it brought out so much more for me than when I originally read it. This is one of those stories that cries for a cast dramatization.
I've heard that some readers have had extreme responses to the graphic violence in the story, and i feel these people possibly misunderstood: this is not a children's storybook (or it is, in as much as Grimm's Tales was originally a children's storybook?). it is a tale of a real and violent time in prehistory, contrasting good and evil, science and parascience. the real world is sometimes (more often than not) extremely violent. if these scenes are shocking to some, it is intentional and germane.
i do hope a sequel is produced soon to complete the story that Entangled has begun.
Hancock does a great job of incorporating his knowledge of ancient history and shamanic cultures with fantasy in this story. At times the story seems a little overworked but all in all it was an engaging listen and when it came to it's abrupt cliffhanger ending I immediately looked up the sequel (which is unfortunately not available on Audible). If and when the sequel is released on Audible I will definitely purchase it and see where the story leads.
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