- 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)
Neanderthal Paperback – 2 Jan 1997
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"Think Indiana Jones! A rollicking tale, hair-raisingly believable. Perfect vacation reading" (Newsday)
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
- 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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this book. Plenty of action, interspersed with plenty of really interesting historical detail. Read morePublished on 28 April 2011 by JoTownhead
DO YOU JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER ? .... FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, I HAVE SUPPLIED A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE BOOK, AND HERE IS WHAT THE DUST JACKET ['blurb'] STATES :... Read morePublished on 28 April 2009 by R. A. Hylton
I enjoyed this book, it took a little to get into it as I had not read this kind of novel before but I gave it a go and loved it. Read morePublished on 3 Feb. 2004 by Ms. K. F. Harvey
Reviewers, lighten up! If you're interested in
an intellectually stimulating story about an ape,
read Daniel Quinn's Ishmael. Read more