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The Genesis Secret

The Genesis Secret [Kindle Edition]

Tom Knox
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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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A gripping high-concept thriller for fans of Dan Brown and Sam Bourne. Now including a sample of The Babylon Rite, the new thriller from Tom Knox.

In the sunburnt 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?

Meanwhile, in London, a bizarre attack is baffling the police. When a weird killing takes place on the Isle of Man, followed by another in rural Dorset, DC Mark Forrester begins to discern a curious pattern in these apparently random murders.

What weaves together these two stories is the Genesis Secret: a revelation so shocking it may threaten the social structure of the world. Only one man knows the secret, and he is intent on destroying the evidence before it can be uncovered.

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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 463 KB
  • Print Length: 531 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0007284144
  • Publisher: Harper (6 Aug 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9P9U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,731 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ripping yarns anyone? 16 Oct 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is true research from beggining to end 15 Nov 2009
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Mister G TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Sometimes I feel compelled to write a review because I really, really like something.

In March, Amazon was running a promotion whereby if you signed up to a Daily Deal newsletter, you could choose one book from a selection of about a dozen for free. None of the books looked any good to the extent that I hesitated choosing anything. I thought this book was jumping on the back of Dan Brown and would be a cheap imitation (I read one such book and found it dreary). But one review in particular (David Bird's "Asda 3-pack" one) seemed sincere so I downloaded the free preview, which hooked me.

I found the gore absolutely fine. And I am someone who changed channel (while reading this book) when "Hostel" was on TV because I didn't want to watch a particular scene. Gore in a book is easier to deal with than in a film, in my opinion, as it is less 'in your face'.

The author weaves fact with fiction. For example, he refers to an event at a school and I thought "That happened. I remember reading about it in the press".

Early on in the book I sussed out who the 'baddie' was, by drawing a parallel with a Dan Brown plot. Almost immediately, my baddie was killed. It is good that the author was not following a Dan Brown plot - you don't want to see what is coming.

Personally, I found this better than a Dan Brown book. I so enjoyed it. Great escapism blended with fact. And while some reviewers disliked the villain, I liked his sarcastic one-liners. Perhaps whether or not you like this depends on your frame of mind.

God, I enjoyed this book. If you will pardon the pun.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This is the best adventure book I have read in ages with huge dollops of the world's most deliciously hideous archaeology and potentially the best psychopath since Hannibal.

There have been so many conspiracy style books since Dan Brown unleashed the beast: the secret, the code, whatever ... this is probably the best I have read and I would recommend this thoroughly thrilling romp, set against some enticing parts of the world to anyone ... with a strong constitution.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Disjointed Effort 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I got into this book very quickly and just kept turning the pages unable to put it down would recommend
Published 1 month ago by Kp Egglestone
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting read
I really enjoyed reading this book and often struggled to put it down. The author is clearly knowledgeable about history, which made the story more plausible.
Published 3 months ago by Elizabeth Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars Passes the time
With so many "article to end the days" stories on the market it's hard to find one that leaps out at you.
This is an ok read if you have an hour an evening to pass. Read more
Published 4 months ago by A. Arnold
5.0 out of 5 stars COULD NIT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN.
Could not put this book down. This the third book I have read from Tom Knox. I read first Bible Of The Dead then The Marks Of Cain. Each book is gripping from start to finish. Read more
Published 4 months ago by karen lowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Holiday read
I have read all these now and although they are a good read it was probably not a god idea to read all four one after the other. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jaynelm
1.0 out of 5 stars Apalling
Poorly written sub Dan Brown sensationalist twaddle. Disgusting gratuitous torture and violence are the main offences and used as means of keeping the more prurient reader reading... Read more
Published 5 months ago by MisterC
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
A good read, a gift for a friend who is reading a lot of Tom Knox at the moment. thanks.
Published 6 months ago by Mr. M. Hogg
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Story but..!
I liked the story especially as there was plenty of interesting fact in there as well but I agree with some others that the detail in the torture & violence was gratuitous - it... Read more
Published 6 months ago by J C Biddiscombe
3.0 out of 5 stars A Curate's Egg - good in places
I had purchased a couple of paperback copies of this author's books cheaply from Amazon to take away as holiday reading and I am glad that I did not pay the full retail price. Read more
Published 10 months ago by BlackBrigand
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit long winded
I enjoyed most of it but found it too bloodthirsty for my taste. Had to skip those bits. It was also too long-winded and needn't have dragged on. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jane Elder
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