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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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on 19 July 2011
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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on 6 June 2012
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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on 11 January 2013
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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on 30 April 2013
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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on 5 June 2013
A good bit of fast paced hokum. I have read quite a few archaeology/history thrillers lately and , whilst the paranormal aspects were a little aggravating, on the whole this was one of the better ones. Language and punctuation good enough not to be annoying, backstory well researched, well paced and with really nasty baddies. Long enough to be properly resolved and value for money, short enough to read in a day (but I am a fast reader). I think I shall get the rest of the series.
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on 22 July 2013
This is a great book for those that love action and adventure books.
Caleb Crowe is a psychic that uses remote viewing to look back into the past to aid archaeology.
His mother and sister belong to The Morpheus Initiative which is a group dedicated to remote viewing to which Caleb once belonged.
I thought it was a nice take on using psychic abilities and the book is a roller-coaster of an adventure.
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on 23 June 2013
Terrific novel, combining to great effect, the history of ancient Egypt and the Lighthouse at Alexandria with a modern tale of psychics looking to uncover its hidden secrets.

I came to this with little expectation and couldn't put it down. Certainly in the genre of Da Vinci code, but with far more substance and characters that are more interesting.

Great stuff.
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on 5 November 2010
Hidden deep underground below the lighthouse in Alexandria, protected by traps and codes not even Indiana Jones ever encountered, lie the secrets that can change the world to a better place. An ancient group of people, the Keepers of this knowledge, knowing that the time is right, are trying to find a way to uncover the scrolls that tell all. They need the help of one person, the son of a deceased Keeper to help. But of course there is the "evil" one who wants to get there first and destroy the treasure. And so a race against time, a game of life and death ensues, each group trying to get there fist, trying to outwit the other. And as the death toll rises so does the tension - what is down there and is it really wise to bring it into the light of day?
The story is fascinating, intriguing and unfolds fast-paced, well written and researched, believable, mixing fiction with history, real fun to read. It is a short story though, 120 pages, but it leaves the wish for more.
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on 28 March 2012
Loved this book - from the thinking behind the remote viewing posibilities, so the way the lead characters managed to get across both realisitic things happening to them in the present as well as convincing flash backs into the past.

Can't wait to read the next one - when it comes up in my Wish List as the next thing to buy!
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