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Covenant [Kindle Edition]

Dean Crawford
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Humanity has always believed it is the only intelligent species of life in the universe. But while excavating in Israel, an archaeologist unearths a tomb that has remained hidden for 7,000 years. Inside lies a secret of such magnitude that the story of mankind is instantly rewritten - and its future thrown into terrible danger.
Only one man can piece history back together again. Only one man will risk everything to prevent a catastrophe that could tear the world apart.
That man is Ethan Warner.

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'Get the cameras rolling - Indiana Jones meets Alien. What a combination of mystery, suspense, and unspeakable horror. I loved it!' --R.L. Stine

'Earth-shattering intrigue, hyperdrive action and a desperate race to save humanity, cranked up to the max with scarily realistic science and apocalyptic religion thrown in for good measure . . . a major new talent has hit the mystery thriller scene'
--Scott Mariani, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Lost Relic

"The fossilised remains of a 7,000-year-old creature dug from the sands of the Negev Desert in Israel become the bones of contention in Dean Crawford's fast-paced debut thriller... The book neatly threads together a wild variety of plotlines." --Wall Street Journal

`Partly mythical read, part thriller this pacy tale is a page turner guaranteed to keep you up late' --Sun



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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1040 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1451628536
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (10 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,152 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Dean Crawford is the author of the internationally published Ethan Warner series of crime novels. Several of the books have been Sunday Times paperback best-sellers and have gained the interest of Hollywood production studios. He is also the enthusiastic author of many independent Science-Fiction novels, which have reached Amazon's Top 100 overall Paid chart on both sides of the Atlantic.

Forthcoming titles:

"The Nemesis Origin" - Warner & Lopez Volume 1 : January 2015
"Stone Cold" - crime thriller : February 2015
"Defiance" - Atlantia Series Volume 5 : March 2015
"The Fusion Cage" - Warner & Lopez Volume 2 : May 2015
Atlantia Series Volume 6 : June 2015

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Adrenalin rush 10 Nov. 2011
By Shazjera TOP 1000 REVIEWER
From the very beginning of Covenant, the reader is drawn into the story through intrigue and action.

American archaeologist, Doctor Lucy Morgan disappears and in steps maverick Ethan Warner, who has the skill of finding lost people. His mantra starts with `If you've got nothing, then nothing matters.'

Reluctant to work discreetly for the Defence Agency, the leverage of a promise to find out what happened to Ethan's fiancée Joanna (who went missing in Gaza three years ago) is used if he will help find the missing archaeologist. He is presented with a photograph of Joanna in a hostage situation earlier that year.

After a briefing session of what is known about Lucy Morgan's disappearance, Ethan's mantra changes to `If you've got nothing, you've everything to gain.'

A couple of unrelated incidences follow ... which only hooks the reader in. You want to know where they fit into the story, what part do they have to play.

What follows is a blending and merging of the threads as the reader becomes a part of this thrilling journey into science/mythology, politics/conflict and religion/belief.

The characters became real for me - we find out what Ethan looks like through his own scrutiny of his reflection in a car's wing mirror while being a passenger - I thought this was a different and much more interesting way to get to know what he looks like! How the characters relate to each other and their own pasts make them believable and you find yourself either hoping everything works out for them or they get what they deserve...

For me, Covenant was a real page turner. I was hooked in from the beginning and didn't lose my absorption until the last full stop.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pacy conspiracy thriller 19 Nov. 2011
By Curiosity Killed The Bookworm TOP 1000 REVIEWER
When humanoid bones are found in a remote dig in Israel, scientists start going missing. Ex war correspondent Ethan Warner is called in to conduct a missing persons search for Lucy and keep it under the radar to prevent derailing the peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians. However he must take with him Lucy's desperate mother, Rachel, and keep her safe in a troubled land. It soon becomes clear that there's more to these bones than meets the eye. Why are they so important? Are they the bones of our ancestors, a fallen angel or could it be an extra-terrestrial life-form?

Now, I'll freely admit to avoiding "conspiracy thrillers" like the plague. Unfortunately, publishers market them as Dan Brown wannabes which just doesn't appeal to me but I know I'm being prejudiced. As I was sent a copy to review, and I'm all for giving every genre a shot, I'd thought I'd better see what I was missing out on. To be fair, the blurb says it's more like Michael Crichton and it does have a science element. Although when the science or history just got interesting it would seem to stop and carry on with the plot. Being over 600 pages long, I certainly wouldn't have wanted extra pages, so I think Crawford is just trying to fit in too much.

Saying that, it is a pacy read so you'll soon whizz through those pages. There are a lot of characters too and I found myself getting confused a little with who's who, a side effect of not enough time time spent of developing their personalities. It was also lacking a bit in emotion when people, who you're supposedly meant to care about, die. Description was spent on the actual physicality of their deaths rather than the after-effects. This probably isn't a concern to regular thriller readers and possibly what puts me off them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and Fast paced, Had me Hooked! 14 Nov. 2011
I don't usually read thrillers but I loved COVENANT and couldn't put it down.

Despite its masculine cover, this action-packed adventure held much more than just your average 'boy's read', and really got me thinking with its deep theories and emotional turmoil. The chapters were bite-sized, flitting often between seemly unrelated characters, which all came together explosively at the end. Patterson, the Preacher, makes my skin crawl just thinking about him, and Ethan was easy to warm to and empathise with from the get-go, endearing him to me and thus making me care about what happened to him. The amount of research that must have gone into this book blows my mind, and I can very much imagine this being a very popular series of films as well as books. This debut novel opens up a world-full of opportunities for future adventures and leaves me excited about reading where Ethan goes from here. There is more that I could say, but don't want to spoil the twists!

Highly recommended for a gripping read that's as old school as it is modern, as light reading as it is thought provoking. A fantastic debut novel.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Promising Start 9 Nov. 2011
I always envisaged that putting together a decent thriller novel is much like making a cake. There is a recipe that outlines all the key ingredients that need to be included to make it turn out perfectly. The instructions would probably read something like this. Start with a slightly jaded hero, if you can get one who has a troubled past so much the better. Add a couple of dashes of political intrigue and, if you have it, a sprinkling of potentially controversial subject matter. Mix well with a secondary narrative that will eventually shed additional light on the first, then after around six hundred pages you'll have an ideal thriller.

Covenant is a pretty good example of this mix of ingredients. There is plenty of action and the plot zips along at a decent pace. Crawford's debut novel certainly feels like an entertainingly solid read. It's the sort of thing that I can easily lose myself in for a couple of hours at a time.

Ethan Warner is a far more realistic protagonist than you tend to come across in many other novels of this type. When he is first introduced he has just suffered a beating and has a hangover. He fits into the slightly flawed category quite nicely. I have to admit that I do sometimes get a bit sick of heroes in thrillers who win every single fight they are in. It's nice to find a character that isn't perfect. This sort of detail certainly makes it far easier to empathize. Ethan is ex military and now makes a living as an investigative journalist, you quickly get the sense that he has fallen on hard times. He is offered the chance to get his life back on track when he is tasked with leading a group on the hunt for a missing archaeologist deep in Israel's Negev desert.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed it
Interesting story, keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Go on give it a try, you will enjoy it
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4.0 out of 5 stars Twist and turn book
I only read while lying in the sun and It was easy to read someties I got confused with the characters but I will put that down to my age, Good tale.
Published 10 months ago by Mrs. I. Newton
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow starter
This reader loves James Rollins, David Baldacci, Lee Child, Peter James - and most other popular authors of this and other genre - so was happy to find a new author to read (by... Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good writing but flawed ideas
Firstly, the writing is pretty good. But the author has made the story far too complicated and entirely lacking in humour - an essential component when you write such a daft story. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
The storyline sounds exciting but I found it very hard going, it didn't grab me and I just gave up after the first few chapters.
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