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The Pharos Objective (The Morpheus Initiative Book 1) Kindle Edition

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • 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
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 50 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #119,844 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Caleb Crowe is a psychic. Given the right questions to answer he can "remotely view" any event, anywhere, at any point in history. Caleb was once a member of the Morpheus Initiative, an experimental parapsychological team that uses remote viewing to help discover lost temples and ancient artefacts.

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.
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For fans of thrilling action, puzzles, traps, intrigue and mysteries of Ancient History - look no further than the Pharos Objective. A gripping, cleverly crafted story rattles along at breakneck speed, taking in a variety of Mediterranean locales stuffed with suspense, clever plot and determined characters.

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.
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I downloaded a sample of this book on my Kindle and was absolutely enthralled by the end of it. I quickly downloaded the full book and honestly couldnt put it down. Its exciting stuff full of twists, turns and surprises. The descriptive text is wonderful and so easy to picture in your own mind. The Morpheous Initiative is a group of people who are Psychics, they see things in the past which helps to solve the puzzles today. A lot of the places and people he writes about are factual and this enhances the story line. A fantastic read and I have been recommending it to lots of my Kindle using friends. The sequel is excellent too the Mongol Objective. I personally feel that David Sakmyster is a cross between Wilbur Smith and Dan Brown. This series on The Morpheous Initiative is up there in number three, of my all time favourite reads!
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When I came to read this novel I was a little unsure what to expect. This was because I wondered if the remote viewing aspect would merely be a means to jump artificially from one element of the plot to another without the characters having to make any real effort.

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.
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A very good book where a team of psychics in modern times attempt to open the vault under base of the ancient Pharos of Alexandria one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.They have to navigate past many dangers to get into the vault and find the lost tablet of the ancients and there is much intrigue , double- crossing and about turns which keeps the reader glued to the pages. A great book, the first of three and the whole trilogy is just as good as the first.A great find and I would really recommend it to those interested in ancient sites and clever technology .
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