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Genesis Secret (German) Hardcover – Mar 2009


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Hoffmann U Campe Vlg Gmbh (Mar 2009)
  • Language: German
  • ISBN-10: 3455401503
  • ISBN-13: 978-3455401509
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14.6 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,844,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tom Knox is the pseudonym of the author Sean Thomas. Born in England, he has travelled the world writing for many different newspapers and magazines, including The Times, the Guardian, and the Daily Mail. His first thriller was translated into twenty-two languages; he also writes on art, politics, and ancient history. He lives in London.

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‘Steeped in both blood and history and keeps up a scorching pace from start to finish’ Northern Echo

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Humanity's most ancient secret is about to be revealed…

In the sunburned deserts of eastern Turkey, archaeologists are unearthing a stone temple, the world's most ancient building. When Journalist Rob Luttrell is sent to report on the dig, he is intrigued to learn that someone deliberately buried the site 10,000 years ago. Why?

Only one man knows the secret - a secret so shocking it may threaten the social structure of the world - and he is intent on destroying the evidence before it can be recovered.

Spanning the globe from the ruined castles of Ireland to the desolate wastes of Kurdistan, Tom Knox's intense and compelling thriller weaves together genuine historical evidence, scientific insights and Biblical mysteries into an electrifying tale that grips the reader mercilessly from beginning to end.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Axl Furneaux on 16 Oct 2009
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A number of people have already reviewed this, so I wouldn't nomrally bother. It is just that there seemed to be a significant number of those reviews complaining at the gory/torture scenes or the quality (particularly of the ending).

It is a historical fiction novel in the Dan Brown mode as you will probably have worked out. The story is well put together, it flows well, you want to know what happens and I related to all the characters (even the baddies). The characters are well fleshed out (until it gets removed in the torture scenes!!) - sorry had to throw that in.

Yes, there is some gore, but it is well structured and fits into the storyline, in my opinion anyway. Remember Robocop? The idea of building a robot cop was based upon the level of violence from the criminal fraternity - and to me there is a clear parallel with this book.

I won't go through the plot as others have more than capably accomplished that.

But a crucial question in my mind is always - Would I read an effort by Mr. Knox? - absolutely is the answer.

And you cannot have higher praise than that.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By David Bird on 15 Nov 2009
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I bought a pack of 3 books from ASDA and this gem was amongst them. What a truly inspired piece of writing. Tom Knox has obviously done his homework and research and written a book partially based on fact and scientific evidence. He also touches some rather controversial nerves with his thought provoking writing. His writing style, I found, is very deep and educated, but not snobby or biased in any way. He also pulls at the reality of being a hard working father who spends too much time away from home, which would hit home with many hard working people out there.

The story, or should I say stories are very cleverly linked so that it feels like you're reading two novels at once. Think of a Thriller and a Horror rolled into one.

I can recommend this book and will certainly be purchasing more of Mr Knox's scriptures in the future. Do your self a favour and buy it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Green TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 May 2009
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First let me start with a warning to anyone who picks up The Genesis Secret assuming that it will be another light Da Vinci Code-style romp through half-baked alternative biblical theories and conspiracies. Yes, it features the latter but light it is not. Tom Knox's debut novel can be pretty heavy going, featuring as it does kidnap, murder and some very gruesome torture scenes that are described in quite vivid detail. I would not write the book off on the grounds of the violence it contains as some other Amazon reviewers have. Everything that occurs is relevant to the plot. The book should however, come with a warning that those of a squeamish disposition or who are easily offended by scenes of violence may wish to avoid it. Its certainly not going to be everyone's cup of tea.

Assuming however that you can put up with the Grand Guignol nature of some of the events portrayed, is The Genesis Secret worth the reader's time? The answer to that question is a qualified 'yes'. Overall Tom Knox has come up with a reasonably well crafted thriller that also makes you think just a little bit. That will probably be enough to satisfy much of the book's target readership.

The Genesis Secret is nowhere near being a great thriller though. It's very much a book of two-halves. The first half is on the whole pretty damn good. Knox sets up two parallel plot strands that are intriguing. He then marshals both quite successfully, revealing enough facts to keep you interested but without giving too much away too soon. As with most books where the 'hook' is the most important element the characters are all pretty much walking clichés, there to serve the plot, but Knox does try to give his main protagonists at least some back-story and depth.
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By R. Wood TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Oct 2009
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When I started reading The Genesis Secret, I soon realised that Tom Knox was heavily inspired by The Da Vinci Code. The premise is indeed very similar to Dan Brown's masterwork; a respectable man with a higher occupation, yet studious, investigative persona is called upon for a special assignment, soon finds himself caught up in a high-stakes conspiracy, investigating a dark secret lost to the force of time, threatened and pursued by murdering psychopaths and religious fanatics, with an intelligent love interest, several nice sub-plots and supporting characters, and the old Bill not being too far behind.

While The Genesis Secret isn't exactly an original concept, the book isn't blatant plagiarism. The author has adapted Dan Brown's idea and changed enough of the winning formula to safely make it his own tale. And Knox has written a solidly good thriller here, displaying his gifts for producing a high-stakes plot, very good pacing, excellent dialogue and above all else, promising exactly what it says on the blurb on the back of the book.

Reading this novel made me develop a great respect for Knox. He is a very intelligent author. His knowledge of history and his choice vocabulary impressed me...and he doesn't brag about it, either. He uses his positives only when necessary in telling the story and providing insight into his characters, all of which are wonderfully three-dimensional and utterly memorable.

The two main protagonists, journalist Rob Luttrell and Detective Chief Inspector Mark Forrester, are the heart of the story, each getting the most amount of time in the spotlight. Both have their missions and inner turmoil to deal with, as well as an unyielding resolve to see it through.
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