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- File Size: 749 KB
- Print Length: 481 pages
- Publisher: Dark Minion Press (18 May 2011)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0051P07RA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 50 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #119,844 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Morpheus Iniiative still exists and Caleb's mother and his paralysed sister are still part of it and its latest project is to discover the legendary treasure of the Pharos Lighthouse - which also happens to be one of Calab's obsessions. So he reluctantly agrees to temporarily rejoin the team.
This book successfully mixes real history, real archaeology, real historical people and places with the parapsychological ability of being able to remotely view any event in history if the right set of questions can be asked about it. The plot starts out fairly slowly, but quickly builds pace. Scenes from ancient history are mixed in with the present day providing a unique view of people and places.
If I have any criticism, it is that in some places the same ground is covered several times, with each iteration only advancing the plot by a small amount. This wasn't a huge problem as the story is still an enjoyable to read.
The ending clearly finishes this book, but also sets the scene for the second in the series.
Overall - 4 stars. I found the mixture of archaeology, parapsychology, and history worked very well, The book seems to be very well researched, and I also found myself looking up quite a few of the real people, places and events mentioned in the book to find out more about them.
Kevin J. Anderson describes it as the X Files meets Indiana Jones - and he's spot on.
The main character, Caleb Crowe, a gifted but troubled clairvoyant who can see the past and present, is cajoled into aiding his Mother's shady partner George Waxman and his collection of psychics - the Morpheus Initiative - into searching for the treasure beneath the Pharos Lighthouse ruins in Alexandria.
Spurred on by guilt for his sister's disability, grief over his father's disappearance and the visions of his internment, and his own burning curiosity for the knowledge and wisdom thought to be buried there, Caleb embarks upon the quest - which leads him through tests of his heart, his soul and his sanity, a mirror to the fiendish tests devised by the builder of the Lighthouse more than 2 Millennia ago.
Along the way we meet the shadowy Keepers, who yearn to free the treasure they swore to protect, who scheme to push Caleb on to his destiny whilst keeping one step ahead of Waxman, who has dark and tortured plans of his own for the treasure, and secrets that Caleb must uncover to learn the truth about his past.
Written with pace and elan, the story glides effortlessly from each discovery to the next, with unfortunates being picked off along the way by the Keepers and the Pharos itself - to a whirling climax of predestination, enlightenment and understanding that neatly answers all the questions that pop up throughout the story and leaves you hungry for more from Caleb and the Morpheus Initiative - soon to be sated in the next book of the series.
I was however very pleased to discover that my concerns in this regard were without foundation. The remote viewing was carefully worked into the story and did not constitute any kind of easy option. In fact the way it was handled has prompted me to buy the second book, The Mongol Objective.
I found this to be a well crafted story, one that kept me engaged with the characters and the issues they were working with.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good read, with a properly thought out storyline. I have already purchased books 2 & 3 and look forward to reading them.Published 9 months ago by Mrs Paula Morris
Excellent start to a series I look forward to reading. David Sakmyster writes the books I like to read. Definitely recommend.Published 13 months ago by Derek Quigley
Really good read, so good in fact i bought the other two books on the strength of this on. Well thought out with interesting characters.Published 17 months ago by Dave Hemmings