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Neanderthal Paperback – 2 Jan 1997

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Product details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (2 Jan. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099631016
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099631019
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 2.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,003,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Think Indiana Jones! A rollicking tale, hair-raisingly believable. Perfect vacation reading" (Newsday)

"Imaginative, entertaining, intelligent...such fun reading" (San Francisco Chronicle)

"Clever...Non-stop action!" (Los Angeles Daily News)

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Format: Paperback
"Neanderthal" is the ultimate summer read. Every chapter ends with a teaser or a good, old-fashioned cliffhanger that will make you want to read on.

John Darnton has written an imaginative and entertaining high adventure story along the lines of Richard Leakey meets Indiana Jones. Purists beware:it's not "Origin of Species."
"Neanderthal" has just enough science to make it feel right and just enough creative flourishes to make it feel like fun.

Darnton begins intermixing anthropological fact and fiction on the first page and his book quickly evolves into a pounding ride that doesn't let up until the final page. There are some awkward moments along the way such as a deus ex machina figure who appears with little advance warning, but overall this is the gripping, pulse-pounding adventure you want to take to the beach.

For me, the conclusion came all to soon.
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Format: Hardcover
I was intrigued by the concept of the book. Unfortunately the author didn't deliver on the product. I found that the characters were left undeveloped, the government fell in to the old (Power Hungry) stereotype, and it left an unanswered ending. It was an average read, but I wouldn't recommend it.
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By A Customer on 5 Nov. 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The first third of this book got me interested and I regret THAT!! This was an extreme waste of time. One can figure out that a male wrote this based on the thoughts and actions of the "smart" female anthropologist. Ends like a boring American movie--all gushy couple stuff.
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Format: Paperback
It's always a bad sign when a book is headlined as being 'in the tradition' of another author. In this case, the unfortunate comparison is made to Michael Crichton. The only resemblance to a Michael Crichton novel here is the pseudo-scientific premise. The similarities end there because Neanderthal is a fairly simplistic story with quite a linear plot.
The characters are mostly one-dimensional and there are no suspenseful storyline developments or twists. Most disappointing of all is the fact that there are no interesting revelations about the Neanderthal at all (beyond their special powers - but that is revealed on the dust jacket anyway).
This is a fairly easy read but if you're expecting a fascinating, edgy, scientific thriller, then you're looking in the wrong place. Disappointing.
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By A Customer on 5 Jun. 1997
Format: Hardcover
If this book represents the "dumbing down" of America, these reviews represent the "snobing up". From simply reading the outer cover of the book and seeing the premise of it, I was able to sumise that "believability" was not going to be one of the stronger points of the book. With that in mind, I read the book in order to be entertained, NOT to be educated on the nuances and historic facts of living Neanderthals. I admit that Darnton went overboard with many of his details and anecdotes, but that doesn't take away from the fact that this was an interesting and entertaining read. If you read this book for what it is, I'm sure you will be entertained. If you are expecting anthropological fact, go to a museum.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is sophomoric science (high school, not college). Where did Dalton get his research material, the "Just So" series. The movie rights have been picked up by Spielberg, which is appropriate, because the science in "Neanderthals" is on the same level as "Jurassic Park", almost non-existent. No wonder America is dumbing down, we read (and apparently believe) too much pseudo-intellectual fiction, and have almost no comprehension of science fact.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I live in Tajikistan and someone mentioned to me that this novel was set there, so I got hold of a copy and read it. I enjoyed the story but I was irked by the author's lack of attention to background research. The Tajiks do have a legend of the "shnezhny chelovek" - the abominable snowman - and Tajikistan's mountains are remote and parts of them unexplored - so the basic plot idea worked for me. However, I got the feeling that the author had set his novel in Tajikistan because he reckoned that noone would know anything about it and so allow him to skimp on the research and make it up. Examples of glaring gaffs:
- The prologue describes a museum in Dushanbe at the beginning of the 20th century. Although Dushanbe is today Tajikistan's capital, at the beginning of the century it was an insignificant village and would not have had a museum. ("Dushanbe" means "Monday", the village named after the Monday bazaar which was the only thing of significance to happen there). At the beginning of the century the most important settlement in the area would have been Hissor, capital of Eastern Bukhara province, a town some 30 Km west of Dushanbe.
- The author describes a Tajik boy wearing a Fez (red conical hat). This kind of hat was found in the Ottoman Empire, which never extended to Tajikistan or anywhere near it. Tajiks wear a different, black and white square hat called a toki.
I could go on but you get the idea. In short, you may find this book an enjoyable read as long as you don't expect accurate background details.
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