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pjburnTop Contributor: Historical Fiction Books
3.0 out of 5 starsa great plot, apparently careful research, and interesting characters . . .
Reviewed in the United States on January 11, 2014
. . . fall prey to numerous faux-pas with language. Who wouldn't enjoy a novel involving a beautiful, intelligent, perceptive young woman archaeologist who's just lost her famous mentor and father as he found the mythical Eden. There's also a resourceful, struggling mature man who has lost his wife to over-dedication to his career. And he's been sent by the Pope, no less, to assassinate this young woman! And then there are the team of military mercenaries brought in to protect the ruthless multi-billionaire narcissist who's trying to manipulate everything so he can recover (read 'steal') all the best artifacts from the find. Who wouldn't want to read that book? I looked forward to it, but then there were in every chapter, sentences like this, "Her chin became gelatinous as her eyes moistened." Gelatinous? Really? Did the writer just mean her chin trembled? And then there's ". .. a person who never failed to cast a smile . . ." and "it's the only ring that moves in a clockwork direction." Why not 'clockwise?' And " . .. allow me to see what truly lie beyond." "Lay!! " And "Her eyes were quick to enamor until she saw the . . . collar." "Enamor?" Eyes can't be enamored, and enamored is an adjective in nearly every usage. By this time I'd truly run out of patience with the awkwardness of phrasing, word choices, and even verb tenses found on nearly every page! Were we writing with a thesaurus full of never-before-encountered larger words by our side? Is there an editor in the house?
1.0 out of 5 starsGreat Concept, Horrible Execution!
Reviewed in the United States on November 9, 2014
.The idea this book explored really intrigued me, so I snapped it up based on the summary. The book turned out to be a clunker because the author couldn't resist throwing everything at the story. When you have a good idea you don't need to add in reclusive anti-social billionaires, weird mercenaries, faceless Turks wearing red away team shirts, weird lizards, secret Vatican hit squads, and all the other crap that infested the tale.
I also noticed that the author thinks just piling explosives on top of something without any tamping will destroy it, that helicopters can't land on rough or uneven ground, and that someone who can decipher cuneiform can also decipher a language from 10,000 years before it was used. Apparently the thought was that languages never change, wrong!
4.0 out of 5 starsIs this really the cradle of humanity?
Reviewed in the United States on November 8, 2014
The Crypts of Eden is an archaeological adventure thriller. This is the first book in a new series, The Eden Saga, by Rick Jones. I’m looking forward to more in this series.
How much have you thought about Eden? Have you wondered where it is, if it even exists? Archaeologists have found a temple they believe to be 14,000 years old. They also believe it is in the spot where Eden was said to be. A team goes to investigate and only one person makes it out alive. Alyssa Moore is going to take another team into the temple. She has to. Her father was the leader of the first team and died trying to prove his theory. She is determined to fulfill her father’s dream of finding Eden.
When news of the find reaches the world it draws the interest of the Vatican. The Pope has secrets to hide and one of the secrets has to do with this temple. He has a tough decision to make. The news also reaches the ears of one Obsidian Hall (yes, really), the man secretly funding the dig. He is a rich man with a great interest in archaeological items of value. He lives on a huge yacht where he keeps his collection. Hiring some mercenaries he insinuates himself and his mercs into the 2nd team. The temple is a marvelous wonder of precise measurements and geometric shapes, and etchings on all the well buffed walls. But there are also hidden dangers, puzzles to solve and something in the dark hunting them.
I enjoyed this story. It moves along and quickly captures the interest of the reader. The puzzles are presented in such a way that the reader has the opportunity to try to figure out the answers before our intrepid explorers give us the answer. I actually believe I identified with the Vatican representative which is kind of weird because I’ve in no way had the experiences he has had. I recommend this book to those who like adventure, thrills, and archaeology.
I don't give books five stars unless I just can't put them down. This is that kind of book! Yes, it is pure fantasy unless you can believe Eden was inside a temple with really nasty things lurking around every turn! BUT, the characters are fun (from the reader's point of view); the heroes very likable and the villains very unlikable. The writer does an excellent job of describing everything along the way. From the beginning, chilling exodus of the first archeologist at the temple in the desert to the maze of passageways, puzzles and sinister "things" that inhabit the temple to the exciting finale, you will not relax until it is finished! It is sheer fantasy but, oh, so much fun! The only drawback is not in the story but in the presentation. There are many grammatical, spelling and plain left out word errors that it makes you wonder how much proof-reading is done before these books are released for kindle readers. Still, I enjoyed the book immensely.
This is the first book of a trilogy. I can’t imagine what books 2and3 will address and I am not motivated to find out. This book was fairly exciting, but no page turner. It follows the fairly standard route of discovery of an archeological site of unimaginable importance which is contested by bad guys and ends up destroyed. Not the first book to follow this well trodden route, and in my view not one of the best.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 20, 2014
I'm a big fan of this genre, and was excited by the previous reviews which caused me to purchase all three books in one go. The story line is good, but unfortunately it's written in such an awful manner that it was painful to read and I wished throughout that both lead characters would die in a horrible but swift manner. Several times when the writer describes something, they seem to have regurgitated a dictionary, or worse wikepidia.
As I have already purchased the next book, I feel compelled to at least try it however I would not recommend this to anyone. Go for Robin Hobb instead
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 14, 2019
I really enjoyed the 2 Eden Books and have just finished the 1st in the Atlantis pair, again great story lines but somethings seem to be repeated again and again, as if we, the reader have not understood something so it had to have extra emphasis, my other small issue is certain phrases are repeated often, and by different characters, if I see the phrase "it' is like putting a loaded gun into a child's hand" one more time I'm putting he book down and not finishing it at all
2.0 out of 5 starsDisappointing in comparison to the Vatican Knights
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 9, 2014
The plot is a really good idea and if the book were longer it could have been developed much more satisfyingly. Unfortunately it left me thinking what was the point because it was of no importance to the story.
I liked all the main characters except Obsidian Hall. Come on Rick. The Hall character was so overdone he was almost like a cartoon character. We get it. He's full of himself and expects everyone to jump to his tune. You didn't have to ram it down our throats quite so much.
I would encourage readers to go for the Vatican Knights stories which are much more enjoyable and better written.