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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"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)

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Disappointing

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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Enjoyed it completely.

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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • James
  • Middletown, MD, United States
  • 01-09-12

Great performance of a typically formulaic story.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend the book to someone looking for a good uninvolved listen.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I thought more effort should have been put into the woman found in the wooly mamoth. That was the teaser after all...

Have you listened to any of Jeffrey Kafer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but I liked his performance in this book.

Could you see Raising the Past being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

It could end up as a SyFy made for tv movie.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Diane
  • Lyon, France
  • 01-20-14

I saddly wasted a credit.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

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.

Has Raising the Past turned you off from other books in this genre?

absolutely not.

Would you be willing to try another one of Jeffrey Kafer’s performances?

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

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I really feel the raw material was great

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Jeremy Robinson

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

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!

What other book might you compare Raising the Past to and why?

James Rollins' earlier books

Would you be willing to try another one of Jeffrey Kafer’s performances?

No

Was Raising the Past worth the listening time?

The book itself, yes

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  • Chris
  • hemet, CA, United States
  • 04-15-13

Amazing story telling!

Any additional comments?

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!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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This story is just OK.

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.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Awesome

Amazing book, well-told by a fantastic narrator. The second in the Origins series, this is a brilliant sci fi thriller that will keep you turning those pages to the end.

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Fantastic!!!

Any additional comments?

This was absolutely amazing. I enjoyed all of it. Jeremy Robinson is an amazing writer and I haven't read or listened to any of his work that I didn't like. He is by far my favorite author!!! Jeffrey Kafer did an amazing job as well, I've listened to many books he has narrated and I have always been pleased!

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  • Sandra
  • Naperville, Illinois, United States
  • 08-19-16

It was good - but not great

I've listened to lots of Robinson's books and thoroughly enjoyed them - some more than others. I'm glad I listened to it - but can't rave about it like other books from one of my favorite authors.