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5.0 out of 5 stars Hancock back to his best..., 7 April 2010
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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.
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Initial post: 12 Nov 2010 19:48:33 GMT
Last edited by the author on 12 Nov 2010 19:49:44 GMT
Sal Mander says:
Hancock says in interview that this in a way was channelled to him so he himself I imagine wouldn't know how many more there will be.

Posted on 12 Jun 2011 11:47:49 BDT
arwen says:
i completely disagree, compared to other science fiction authors out there he has a lot to learn. The battle scene narratives were way too long to the extent that i felt like skipping ahead so i could move on with the actual storyline!..(this shouldn't be!) His characters are killed off as soon as they serve their purpose to the storyline..and the emotional attachment between the 2 girls i was not entirely convinced existed.....until the last chapter when i had that sinking feelin in my gut that he was keeping this for the next book.....Have to say i did feel a bit cheated about that! Its a big market out there with some great authors. Hancock has much to learn....

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Mar 2012 18:11:48 BDT
I agree about the science fiction thing you mentioned. I was also disappointed with Hancock's description of the 'Elf Nest', as Terence McKenna used to call the DMT space. I do not know if you are familiar with McKenna, but his descriptions of the other world are weirdly fantastic, the way Shakespeare could create syntactical bodies with a choice of words, well McKenna was capable of giving the DMT flash a validity that even normals could appreciate. Hancock should have borrowed McKenna's ideas.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Mar 2012 20:05:30 BDT
arwen says:
WOW!...i miss McKenna's talks..i loved his voice, i'm making an animation using his voice at the moment... a culture jam on our fake capitalist culture using his speech on reclaiming your mind :)
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