39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hancock back to his best...
Graham Hancock? Yeah I've got all of his records!
Graham Hancock started out as a travel journalist and then moved into historical sleuthing which is when I first came across his work (The Sign and the Seal: Quest for the Lost Ark of the Covenant, Fingerprints of the Gods: The Quest Continues (New Updated Edition)). What I loved about his stuff was that he...
Published on 7 April 2010 by Apurva
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Strong ideas but let down on narrative
Graham Hancock is a best selling author of numerous non-fiction books investigating the premise of a lost or forgotten civilisation, or lost or forgotten knowledge of our ancient ancestors. "Entangled" is a fictional book that is inspired by his investigations during his research for his book "Supernatural".
The story premise is intriguing, and there are some...
Published on 27 May 2010 by Jonathan McAneney
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hancock back to his best...,
This review is from: Entangled (Hardcover)Graham Hancock? Yeah I've got all of his records!
Graham Hancock started out as a travel journalist and then moved into historical sleuthing which is when I first came across his work (The Sign and the Seal: Quest for the Lost Ark of the Covenant, Fingerprints of the Gods: The Quest Continues (New Updated Edition)). What I loved about his stuff was that he was obviously very passionate and enthusiastic about his research and that came across completely in his writing to such an extent, that even potentially mundane topics such as the age of the pyramids or detailed descriptions about astrological precession became exciting page turners!
For me, some of his more recent work, whilst still excellent seemed to have lost a little oomph. Now, with Entangled, I was aware that he writing a fiction book to get across ideas that would attract too much criticism and ridicule if they were presented as fact. I'll be honest, I was expecting something similar to The Celestine Prophecy or The Da Vinci Code, ie, a book desperate to get ideas across with a superficial plot and basic prose to carry these ideas along - not that I am knocking these books, I have enjoyed them and will continue to recommend them to others.
Entangled has, without doubt, surpassed all of my expectations. It is very well written, there is a depth to the main characters, the plot flows and most importantly, that spark, that oomph is back.
There is science and pseudo-science involved in the story, but it is fitted in on the whole as part of the story, and there was only one (short) point in the book when I felt it nearly slipped into lecture mode.
This book reads like a thriller. Each chapter is told from the viewpoint of either Ria or Leoni. It is fast paced, exciting and features lots of battle scenes which in some ways you don't even notice as you find yourself trying to read one more chapter to find out what happens next!
Hancock does not shy away from either using industrial language when appropriate or inserting the gory details of the fights, and this is a credit. Too much entertainment nowadays tones down both violence and language in an attempt to gain wider audiences. Hancock has a story to tell, and tell it he does, superbly.
My only real criticism is the fact that this book whilst it can be read and enjoyed in isolation, is the first in a series. How many books will form the series, I don't know. There's no mention of it on the cover nor in any of the (limited) blurb that I have read. If I had known, in all likelihood, I wouldn't have started this until the series was complete, but that's just me.
5 stars, and highly recommended.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Strong ideas but let down on narrative,
This review is from: Entangled (Hardcover)Graham Hancock is a best selling author of numerous non-fiction books investigating the premise of a lost or forgotten civilisation, or lost or forgotten knowledge of our ancient ancestors. "Entangled" is a fictional book that is inspired by his investigations during his research for his book "Supernatural".
The story premise is intriguing, and there are some great ideas at the foundation of it all, however the execution of the narrative often distracts from the overall story. Set in two time periods, the author for the most part alternates chapter by chapter between the two periods, with a handful of exceptions where one time period in a chapter is followed immediately by a second chapter set in the same time period. With each chapter being reasonably short (average of 4-5 pages), this has the effect of disrupting the momentum of the story. I appreciate that this may have been necessary in certain parts, but its use is a little over-done in my opinion, and is overly disruptive to the narrative. Just as you are settling down with one protagonist in one time, you are dislocated from that world to re-familiarise yourself with the other protagonist in the other time. There also felt like there was little to make me want to read the next chapter, such as mini-cliff-hangers for example. Whilst others found the book un-put-downable, I had trouble picking it back up at times.
I felt the characterisation of the protagonists were lacking in dimension, with secondary characters being killed off too readily when it seemed they had served their purpose for the story. I also found that the modern age characters a little unrealistic, but the stone-age characters better scripted. The author uses strong adult language in many instances which again I though detracted from the story. I am in no way a prude, but the insertion of such language felt artificial and shoe-horned in, and at times unnecessary.
Overall, it is not a bad read, considering that this is the first novel from a non-fiction author. The strength of the underlying story carries the book. Due to the structure of the book, I found the first hundred pages a bit of a slog, and had difficultly getting into the book. Happily I persevered and the narrative does strengthen through the middle of the book, but falls away again towards the end. Based upon this, I would give the story premise and ideas five stars, but the execution of the story only three stars. Had the narrative remained as it did through the middle of the book to the end, I would have rated this four stars.
As you will see, others have raved about this book, and if you buy it, you may too. It is the first in series (which you will realise by the ending), and I hope the author improves the narative for the second instalment, and gives the story the vehicle it deserves.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars is this fiction?,
This review is from: Entangled (Hardcover)I first met Graham Hancock in Cairo. I remember a small group of us, includng Robert Temple, met very early one morning to visit the Gizeh plateau and the pyramids before they were opened up to the tourists. While Graham was talking to the guards Michael Jackson and his entourage turned up, also wanting to be let in. Michael Jackson's group wasn't admitted, but we were! I take this as a small token of Graham Hancock's global role and importance in the field of 'alternative history' - and also a shift in consciousness, a growing sense that we have much to learn from ancient wisdom.
Since then Graham and I have become firm friends. One of the things I have always admired about him as a writer has been his ability to use the techniques of fiction - suspense, a highly charged sense of pace, the gradual feeding of clues leading to a dramatic revelation - to non-fiction. This is why his books have sold millions. He knows how to lead the reader through sometimes quite difficult areas of thought at a terrific pace, leaving the reader hungry for more.
So what's intriguing and new about Entangled is that he's now applying these fictional techniques... to fiction. This is an epic story interweaving two narratives, one following an attempt to section a young woman today - a bit of a Paris Hilton character - and the other about a young woman living at the time that the Neanderthals were an endangered species. Their stories become entangled because they are able to intervene to help each other by entering an alternative state of consciousness - either by using drugs or by religious ceremony. In this alternative state they arrive at an alternative reality. It is real at least in the sense that, although they might be said to be hallucinating, they are able to see, hear and touch the same things. They also both encounter an angel-like creature, sent to help those with special work to do, and one of the most fightening villains ever to emerge from the printed page.
What's doubly intriguing is that I know from his last book - Supernatural - that Graham Hancock has himself entered this alternative reality on many occasions and is firmly convinced of its reality. I also happen to know that the angel-like creature and villain are said in esoteric tradition to be destined to play crucial, conflicting parts in the history of our times.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Obsessively violent ..,
This review is from: Entangled (Paperback)I have found it obsessively violent, and not sure what enjoyment the author gets writing that sort of stuff. It would be OK in small contrasting episodes, but goes on and on. Not the way to make a point.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating thriller, but abrupt ending with no explanation,
This review is from: Entangled (Kindle Edition)I find Graham's non-fiction to be fascinating and the DMT drug really is this strange, so it's great to find it in fiction even though much of the research has actually occurred. However, suspension of disbelief is critical in this supernatural thriller where Leoni and Ria meet across time in a strange intermediary world and are recruited by the Blue Angel to save humankind against the embodiment of evil, Sulpa/Jack. It's a cosmic battle and so there are some heavy passages that can be confusing about time and physics but Hancock manages to keep the pace moving with the parallel stories of characters thousands of years apart in time. There are some parts of the book that are on the horror side of thriller, graphic descriptions of the way in which Sulpa/Jack and his followers massacre people and slaughter children. It's not meant to be nice, this is the embodiment of evil, but I had to skip over some of the more stomach-churning parts. I like the way the Neanderthals are portrayed, Uglies who are still gentle, in touch with the spirit world and are the light which evil is trying to extinguish. The dialogue is done well considering most of it is 'pulsed' telepathically and there are some evocative scenes of early hominids which is hard to write credibly about. The book is essentially a fast-paced race to save mankind with some huge themes, high body count and the two protagonists under increasing danger.
Hancock has done a great job of distilling a difficult subject into a fast-paced book. My main criticism is that there was no indication of this being a series and the end comes abruptly with no resolution in the story. I was annoyed to get to the last page when the story wasn't wrapped up properly in this book and there's no indication of another book.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking and engaging... A must read!!!,
This review is from: Entangled (Hardcover)This book is so engaging that I am compelled to write a review. I struggle with how to write my assessment -this book is so thought provoking that you find yourself wanting to tell Graham's story. I will resist this temptation and tell you what I know and feel about this piece of work. It is truly a marvelous work of fiction - totally out of character for what Graham has written in the past - but much appreciated!
I have been an avid reader of Graham Hancock's research since he published "Fingerprints of the Gods" in 1995. Following his writing career and ideas, I have enjoyed "The Sign and the Seal", "Keeper of Genesis", "The Mar's Mystery", "Heaven's Mirror", Underworld: The Mysterious Origins of Civilizations", "Talisman - The Sacred Cities and The Secret Faith", "Lords of Poverty", and "Supernatural". I am an engineer and scientist, and I feel that Graham has opened my eyes to many possibilities not taught in schools and are contrary to conventional wisdom. Through his many writings, he has presented plausible theories that answer many questions that Academia has not been able to do satisfactorily. Graham is a solid researcher, thus I was somewhat skeptical when I saw that he published a Fantasy novel. As I read "Entangled", I soon realized his message!
Graham is very much a visionary. He has consistently been able to look at evidence, come to solid conclusions, correlate new information into his theories from what appears to be unrelated events, and create plausible scenarios that challenge conventional wisdom. Being attacked by Academia with each book he published, Graham found it necessary to include large bodies of evidence to support his ideas and arguments within each chapter.
As years went by, Graham accumulated an enormous vault of information and theories (trapped between the volumes of the many books he wrote), gained an unusual prospective from his research, and evolved within his belief system. After having an unusual, life-changing experience, Graham was driven to tie his life's work together and express what he has learned in terms of a story (as myths were used to pass knowledge from past to present). By writing what he has learned, what he believes, and what he wanted to tell the world as a novel, there could be no challenged by Academia or non-believers. His answer is simply, "I wrote a fantasy". Thus, Graham Hancock wrote and published "Entangled".
While reading "Entangled" my mind was constantly recalling the many facts, suggestions, and pieces of evidence imbedded in many of his previous books. I enjoyed how he ties so many unique tidbits together and explains their relationships in terms of this fantasy. I was easily engrossed in the story by the intermingling of relationships, and the twists of fate. I many times wondered if it couldn't be true?
I highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in where mankind and human consciousness may have come from. The many thoughts put forward suggesting how the universe might be woven to tie us all together intrigues me. This is a delightful work of fiction with many blends of history, science, reality, culture, and interactions within dream worlds. It is filled with action and drama that will keep you reading with undertones of links to our pasts.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entangled,
This review is from: Entangled (Hardcover)Having read most of Graham's books bar a couple I was looking forward to reading Entangled but knowing that this being his first work of fiction I wasn't quite sure what we were going get. Once I began reading I found the pace fast moving with so many different things happening the unfolding story soon becomes exciting and unexpected and certainly not predictable, which I really liked.
The story of the two girls' lives unfolds side by side and very easily one is soon engrossed into both, each separated by thousands of years yet entwined together in the spirit world or after life. Graham's descriptive style of writing unfolds to the reader scenes of lands unspoilt and brutal battles in the stone age, a young girls struggle to make sense of her life in the present tied together by a deceptive plot straddling both which becomes mixed up in the wonderment of the spirit world - one could really be there in the thick of it all. The story flows easily without interruptions, characters are well developed and each personality takes shape along the way allowing for the reader to easily build a picture getting to know them and further putting one closer to the action.
All in all I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and never for one moment got bored with it... on with the story !
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great adventure,
This review is from: Entangled (Kindle Edition)....so
Driven by a good narrative and frequent cliff hangers. I was however disappointed to find that this book is the first of a series for which no follow ups are written and published yet. There was also a bit too much violence in it. I enjoyed the stone age part more and I liked the characters the there more than the modern day Leonie whose character seemed like a mixture of Paris Hilton and jungle Jane. She also swore too much which isn't as common in Californians as much as it is in the Christian youths. That's just my experience as a brit living in the states. I really loved the ideas weaved into the storyline, of different dimensions, quantum physics, spirit science, research into psychology and psychedelics especially D.M.T, and ayahuasca. Overall 5 stars, a few disappointments.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An epoch tale that weaves prehistory with the esoteric,
This review is from: Entangled (Hardcover)Graham Hancock is a learned author who weaves an amazing tale that fuses elements of quantum physics, pre-history, and the esoteric (esp. gnosticism) into a story that I found both captivating and a lot of fun to read. Of course, I'm a big fan of his non-fiction work and would share that 'Fingerprints of the Gods' singlehandedly pierced the veil for me and 'Supernatural' inspired me to go to Peru and take the Shamans walk. He is incredibly well researched and has a fantastic ability to communicate/translate complex concepts into easily understood terms. With ENTANGLED, he most certainly has woven subtle truths into the fabric of the story and so there is a great deal of metaphor and subtext... wrapped within a very high energy (almost frenetic) and totally engaging story. My only criticism is that it's too short and I was totally left wanting more. I very much look forward to seeing how this story ends.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must !!!,
This review is from: Entangled (Hardcover)Hello my name is Barry McArthur and I have just finished reading Entangled and this book is not just for Graham Hancock fans! So for anyone considering buying his latest book "Entangled" all I can say is what are you waiting for!!
I had no idea what I was getting myself into or what to expect and what did I get? ............... WOW! I only put the book down once, I didn't read it I devoured it.
It's a fantastic fast paced enthralling adventure that will have your pulse racing and keep you on the edge of your seat right from the start. A journey that through the wonderful way Graham has written this novel you can't help but get the feeling as though you are right alongside Ria and Leoni (the two main characters) eager to know what is going to happen next and where the journey will take you, a journey that you will have to take with them alone.
One might think a man who has always written factual books on a lot of controversial subjects and I must say has done this fantastically and has earned my greatest respect over the years, you might be prompted to thinking along the lines that an actor cannot be a singer and vice versa, but by putting his hand to his first novel once again he has shown what an amazing writer he is always keeping the reader hungry for more.
I must thank Graham Hancock as I had a lot of fun and enjoyment in reading this novel and hope that through these few words I can inspire more to read this book a book which is also book one in a line of? I guess only Graham knows the answer to that, but I can't wait to be able to join Ria and Leoni in.................................Enough!
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Entangled by Graham Hancock (Hardcover - 1 April 2010)