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.
©2010 Graham Hancock (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
I enjoy the non-fiction writings of Graham Hancock, and the ideas explored in this work of fiction are similarly interesting: time entanglement, targeted genetic mutation in the distant past giving rise to current humans, and the use of psychedelics to contact extra-dimensional life. Unfortunately, this book contained not one but many extended and detailed rape scenes, as well as graphic descriptions of torture and violence, which made this audiobook more something to be endured than to be enjoyed. Leaves it hanging at the end for a sequel, but I won't be listening.
The dialog written for the 2 main characters is just awful. I don't read/listen to many book so my opinion going into this was completely based on my liking Mr. Hancock's appearances on JRE. The fact that the main characters spoke so stupidly really distracted me. I ran through the book at 2x speed just to get through it. The story was very predictable and ran a lot like "this happened and then this happened and then this happened and then that happened". The narrator did a great job.
The book was good overall and had an interesting story plot. It ended with an obvious sequel planned. What I did not like was the prevalent and repeated story plot around the rape of women. It was not needed and was disturbing and results in my not planning on listening to the sequel when it is offered even though the story was engaging otherwise. It is overall very violent so if you are not interested in that, you may want to avoid this book.
I'm a fan of Sci-fi, fantasy and suspense. I like books that keep me guessing till the end.
This book could have been done very well, it was not. It is written at a teen level, with content that is not at all teen appropriate.
Mr. Hancock explains that he chose to use modern language for his prehistoric protagonists, I for one think it is a lazy way to write. He has cave people thinking in very complex ways, and it makes it feel less like they are cave people and more like there is a raid at the local mall. The fact that he has his teen cave-girl saying "f**king" on a regular basis just seems dumb.
Other authors have managed to transport me back in time with writing that evokes a primitive's mind frustrated with new concepts. Here, people are just able to adapt as quickly as a modern person.
The story sometimes just uses violence and graphic descriptions when less would really have been more. Again, I wish he would have put some of the relish he seems to have with describing the killing of children into creating a more tangible past.
I had to listen to the book at 2x just to get through it. The writing was at the same level as The Hunger Games, but not the same quality. It's too bad, the story had promise, just no follow-through.
I nearly asked for my money back.
it just got too violent and abusive .. can't do that
no such graphic violence
don't really think so . sorry
would return it
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