FROM THE ICE....
A mammoth, flash frozen in solid ice 10,000 years ago is brought to the surface by a team of scientists. An act of sabotage frees the giant from its icy tomb and reveals the secret held inside.
OUT OF THE MAMMOTH....
The body of an ancient woman, cloaked in furs, slides out of the mammoth's belly. But it is not the woman that holds the team's attention - it is the object she is clutching: a device created by an advanced civilization.
THE HUNT IS ON....
The device is accidentally activated, summoning forces who seek its destruction. It is the key to mankind's salvation and freedom from the sinister force hiding behind the curtain, pulling the strings, and leading humanity towards destruction.
©2007, 2011 Jeremy Robinson (P)2011 Jeremy Robinson
"Jeremy Robinson's novel Raising the Past is a rollicking Arctic adventure that explores the origins of the human species. Written in a solid cinematic style, it starts with the excavation of a frozen mammoth in the wilds of the Canadian tundra and ends with a pitched battle for the future of mankind. A story not to be missed!" (James Rollins, best-selling author of Altar of Eden)
"Raising the Past by Jeremy Robinson is a taut thriller that zooms. It's a wonderful mix of prehistoric intrigue, a modern-day love story, and a futuristic conspiracy bound to envelop any reader. Highly recommended." (Jon F. Merz, author of the Lawson Vampire series)
Social Scientist and Researcher; mostly retired but conducting longitudinal research into social issues especially the media and social networking. Avid SF and alternative history fan; enjoy a good crime yarn and have become something of an addict for audiobooks.
As a writer myself, I do not like being the critic a great deal. From a rather implausible yet interesting scenario, the story fades away to a ho-hum account of apparently 2 opposing alien races lurking on Earth waiting for a beacon of sorts to be activated, thus plunging we homo saps into another galactic battle. We are saved by an intrepid team, led by a guy with serious personal problems, including an emotional freeze, but shucks, it comes good for him by the end. With regret, I'm sorry I wasted a credit or money on this book. It should qualify for the next $4.49 sale. Furthermore, the narration was a little strange with different pronunciations of the same word but put this down as an oldster being pedantic.
Again with regret, this book doesn't meet the standard.
Really enjoy listening to these books sure am glad I was introduced to Audible. Best dollar I've ever spent.
This is a good one. Enjoyed it from beginning to end. The performace was excellent and the story line keeps you interested to the end. Looking forward tot he next Jeremy Robinson book.
I would recommend the book to someone looking for a good uninvolved listen.
I thought more effort should have been put into the woman found in the wooly mamoth. That was the teaser after all...
No, but I liked his performance in this book.
It could end up as a SyFy made for tv movie.
The narrator did not do this book justice. I'm not getting into it like I feel I should. Doubt that I'll buy more with this narrator. Story line is great!
James Rollins' earlier books
The book itself, yes
kafer is an amazing story teller and I love his voice and how he makes you feel the story in your mind as you were there!
I'll read anything good. I'm easy that way.
On the one hand, I hated the style of this book -- and also the style of the way it was read. On the other hand, I kind of liked the story and found it compelling. I didn't feel like I wasted a credit (hence the 3 stars), but I was annoyed by the reader. He sounded like a TV announcer to me, not like someone reading a story. His characters were not distinctive (so it helped that the author named the character each time they spoke: Eddie said, "What do we do now?" Eve said, "I'm not sure.") The combination was less an entertaining story than a blow by blow description of a sequence of events, and yet, not terrible. People died, and I didn't care. The polar bear was the only convincingly real part of the book. Not a fan though.
The story itself is just OK. The concept was interesting but the execution was a bit lacking. The author could have done with a bit of research on living and working in actual arctic conditions. Especially while exposed to the elements i.e. wet from immersion or with missing clothing. I also find it hard to believe that any paleontologist worth the title would ever suggest that modern humans evolved from Neanderthals. I figured out the plot about half way through and, unfortunately, was not disappointed. Oh and the narrator sounds like the bad guy from The Matrix.
I really enjoyed this story. It had a nice setting, believable and interesting characters. Plus the sci-fi element that you come to expect from Robinson. I enjoyed the underlined love story that ran throughout the story that was subtle, rather than in your face, like some stories. I definitely recommend giving this book a listen, Jeffrey Kafer does a great job of bringing the story to life (so to speak)
Don't get me wrong, I love the genre and the Arctic setup made it the more appealing to me. The story is ok , and the adventure is sometimes fun, it's just that the pace is all weird. This happens, and then he dies, then this happens and this happens and then she dies ( orca! ).
There is no mounting drama, or real setup of the actions, a bit of atmospheric ambiance.
Also the characters are having ridiculous profound interrogations in the middle of life-treatening crisis : " I'm going to get frozen to death/ blown to pièces/crushed/ mawled/ dismembered, but do I love her ? what did she mean when she told this or that ; maybe we'll hook up later!? "
I've read and listened many books setup in the Artic or other dire places ( like Koonts "ice limit" and Preston/ child " beyond the ice limit " and "terminal freeze" by the latter, but come on !
There are many things that can be done with such a promising pitch. It was a big disapointment. The book tends to get a bit better when the enter the SPOILER space ship, but that's about it.
Also pardon my English, I am french and I might have made some mistakes writing a review and mispelling some words while criticizing someone else's work. It's actually the first time I write a review and this was a big let down.
So if you're looking for a basic rollercoaster with lots of action and aliens, and not much else ( science or interesting and atmospheric setups), this is your treat.
I'm sorry but I cannot. The narrator delivers every single phrase in the exact same manner, in some sort of intense way , and by chapter four I could take it no more. This is a first review that I write on audible, and before that book I have purchased all 13 books from Jim Butcher's Dresden Files in a 2 month span ( and listened to them all bying extra crédits), with amazing James Maarsters as performer. I'm good public but I disliked the narration
I really feel the raw material was great
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