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Ancients (An Event Group Thriller) Hardcover – 1 Sep 2008

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books,US (1 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312352646
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312352646
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 3 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 984,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Sure to satisfy fans of "The X-Files,""--"Publishers Weekly"

"Nonstop action."--"Library Journal"

"Golemon [joins] the giants of the genre like Clive Cussler, James Rollins, and Matthew Reilly."--Megalith.com

“Golemon’s third novel in the Event Group series proves to be his best yet….a mix of the James Rollins action-heavy adventure, the military gadgetry of Tom Clancy, the pacing of the television series "24", and the conspiracy theories devoured by fans of the radio show "Coast to Coast AM".” –"Booklist
"“Sure to satisfy fans of "The X-Files".”—"Publishers Weekly"

“Nonstop action.”—"Library Journal"

“Golemon [joins] the giants of the genre like Clive Cussler, James Rollins, and Matthew Reilly.”—Megalith.com

"Golemon's third novel in the Event Group series proves to be his best yet....a mix of the James Rollins action-heavy adventure, the military gadgetry of Tom Clancy, the pacing of the television series "24," and the conspiracy theories devoured by fans of the radio show "Coast to Coast AM."" -"Booklist
""Sure to satisfy fans of "The X-Files.""--"Publishers Weekly"

"Nonstop action."--"Library Journal"

"Golemon [joins] the giants of the genre like Clive Cussler, James Rollins, and Matthew Reilly."--Megalith.com

"Golemon's third novel in the Event Group series proves to be his best yet .a mix of the James Rollins action-heavy adventure, the military gadgetry of Tom Clancy, the pacing of the television series "24," and the conspiracy theories devoured by fans of the radio show "Coast to Coast AM."" -"Booklist"

Golemon's third novel in the Event Group series proves to be his best yet .a mix of the James Rollins action-heavy adventure, the military gadgetry of Tom Clancy, the pacing of the television series "24," and the conspiracy theories devoured by fans of the radio show "Coast to Coast AM." "Booklist"

Sure to satisfy fans of "The X-Files." "Publishers Weekly"

Nonstop action. "Library Journal"

Golemon [joins] the giants of the genre like Clive Cussler, James Rollins, and Matthew Reilly. "Megalith.com"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

TO SECURE THE FATE OF THE WORLD

Eons before the birth of the Roman Empire, there was a civilization dedicated to the sciences of earth, sea, and sky. In the City of Light lived people who made dark plans to lay waste to their uncivilized neighbors using the very power of the planet itself. As the great science of their time was brought to bear on the invading hordes, hell was set loose on Earth. And the civilization of Atlantis disappeared in a suicidal storm of fire and water

THE EVENT GROUP MUST UNCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE "ANCIENTS"

Now history threatens to repeat itself. The great weapon of the Ancients has been discovered in the South Pacific, and it is being deciphered by men of hatred who want to unleash hell on Earth once again. This time, it's up to the Major Jack Collins and the Event Group comprised of the nation's most brilliant minds in the fields of science, philosophy, and the military to find the truth behind the world's greatest unsolved myths to end the cycle of destruction. Meanwhile, the seas rise, the earth cracks, and entire cities crumble to dust as the evil plan mapped out thousands of years before begins to take shape

"Nonstop action." "Library Journal"

"Golemon [joins] the giants of the genre like Clive Cussler, James Rollins, and Matthew Reilly." Megalith.com" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Excellent! was looking for something whilst waiting for the new Chris Kusnescki,James Rollins,David Gibbins,Andy Mcdermott books to come out and picked the first in the series,after that I was just hooked on the rest.You should try the next one..Leviathon,a brilliant remake on Jules Verne,and the best so far!

Pointless telling you the storyline,as it is on the cover,but to say as on the cover,it is an X-Files type book,mixed with James Rollins,but unlike the X-Files you actually get to meet the "being," It certainly fits in place with my other favourite authors,I would even rate above Cusslers books.

After reading this,I bought the entire series,I know some people moan about the same characters in books continuing,but I enjoy the continuity and I think it adds to the interest. Simple fact,if you don't like that sort of thing,don't buy

What always interests me,being an English reader,is the difference between how American authors portray a hero compared to English Authors.My favourite books are certainly from Andy Mcdermott,and English writer,whose hero is short,bald maybe getting a bit "over the hill" following his army days,but definitely someone us Brits can relate to. American writers always have the 6'4" legendary hunk of a man at the helm.I do wish this would change at times as us real people would prefer it once in a while.
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What more can I say, this series gets better and better. Love the way Goleman brings in history and literature.
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This completes my set of hard cover books in this series! This was the only place that had it. Thanks!
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46 of 52 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dismaying effort 2 Sept. 2008
By Clan Lindsey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is the third book by Golemon and I wish I could say that he is getting better with every outing. I thought that the first book "Event", about an hostile alien incursion in New Mexico, was surprisingly good for a first novel. I didn't have high expectations for "Event" when I started it but I thought it was a great deal better than most of the James Rollins/Clive Cussler style adventure examples out there by the time I finished. I actually really liked the book on balance and would give it four stars. I enjoyed many of the action scenes especially and I decided to keep a watch on Golemon to see if he was a writer that was going to get better and carve out a name for himself.

The second novel, "Legend", brought back the cast of the first novel for an adventure in the Amazon, racing against criminals to procure a wonder substance from undiscovered Incan ruins. The novel unfortunately wasn't quite as good as the first; it stretched my credulity and suspension of disbelief a little too far for me. It was however a good read and worthy of three stars.

This latest book, "Ancients", is a disaster. It was bad in many ways, but I'll focus on the biggies and try to make my comments serve as constructive criticism. The antagonists in this novel were evil ancient Atlanteans who have a secret sonic weapon that can cause massive seismic damage. These antagonists were one-dimensional, alternately stupid or shrill, and so irrational they were just not believable. The protagonists were the same group from the previous two novels but instead of developing these characters even more they came across a little wooden and robotic. There was a missed opportunity to add layers of character development here. The plot didn't feel plausible, especially the part where the Atlanteans had been around as a homogenous group for so long and were pulling all the strings of power in the world. If they had that much power and wealth it didn't make sense for them to pursue their goal of world dominion. They already had it. The science really bothered me too; diamonds the size of beer kegs and crystal power just weren't believable. The biggest problem with the book though was that the proof-reading was non-existent. However, I don't blame Golemon for the poor copy-editing. St. Martin's press, the publisher, must be trying to cut costs or something because there were far too many typing and grammatical mistakes in this book. When you shell out full-price for a new hardcover I believe you have a right to expect there to have been professional copy-editing done. The lack of it in this book was extremely distracting and alienated me to the point that I may not purchase any more books from this publisher. Overall this was a lackluster and seemingly rushed effort by an author who isn't living up to his promise. To the author, whom I would like to see succeed and whom I believe has strong potential to do so, I would suggest taking a little more time with plot development and character development, but especially focus on creating intelligent, resourceful, but most of all, believable, villains. You'll do very well in this genre with more plausible plots, good character development, and interesting villains (like Farbeaux from the first two books). Over the top action is just meaningless special effects without these attributes. To the publisher I'd say you had better hire a copy editor if I'm going to pay $25 for a new book, otherwise I'll not be buying books from St. Martin's Press again.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I WISH it were better...I really do...b-u-u-u-t it just isn't 9 Oct. 2008
By Jeff Edwards - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Like many reviewers, I felt that the 1st book in this series, 'Event' was surprisingly good--especially for a first time novelist. 'Legend' was about 50% Less entertaining, and I am truly sad to say that 'Ancients' is 30% Less what 'Legend' was...and I gotta tell you, I really did NOT want to dislike this book--and while as the dust settles I don't think I would put 'Ancients' in the category of DISLIKE, but I am reluctant to heartily endorse it, either.

Again, 'Event' was truly a great escapist/action/adventure novel with a healthy dose of sci-fi/paranormal thrown in for good measure (ie think the X-Files on a boat-load of steroids and you'll get the picture). The idea of a Group of people organized to keep track of items of historical value that also tend to double as Paranormal/Biblical in nature and you have quite literally the seed of a series of books with boundless potential for sheer adrenaline-flowing excitement...which I can honestly say 'Event' really was. The problem that many authors come across is they work SO hard to come up with their first novel that they end up throwing almost ALL of their creative juices into writing it leaving well, not a whole lot left for the sequel, and even less for book #3 in the series. Such is the case with David Lynn Golemon (IMO).

Now with that said, I really truly believe that all hope is not lost here. I think that David has true potential to bring this series back from the brink of absolute oblivion here -- IF he works as hard writing book #4 as he did writing book #1. Invariably it happens with almost all authors: they write a string of great books and seemingly out of nowhere they release something just aweful, only to follow it up with yet another great book. Just look at Tom Clancy for example. He had an amazing string of fantastic techno-thrillers, all in-a-row! Then, sadly, it almost seemed as though his storytelling talent just up and disappeared (don't believe me? has anyone read his last 3 books?)...not to mention Tom has apparently disappeared from bookstores as well since his most recent novel was SUPPOSED to be released quite a while ago and still nothing...but I digress. In a nutshell, there seriously IS potential with the Event Series, and based on how great the first book was, I KNOW that DLG CAN write a great tale...whether or not he can return to that former greatness?? Well THAT remains to be seen. I am giving the series ONE more chance before giving up altogether, so PLEASE, Mr. Golemon, don't let me down again.
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Make it Stop! 24 Aug. 2008
By The Queen of Floydavia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Bummer. This book started out like a 5 star winner and quickly devolved into a 2 star "will it ever end" kind of book. Some of the worst editing in recent memory makes this tedious to read. The plot has a lot of potential but then slides into a formulaic approach that just goes on and on. It's a shame since the first 2 installments from this author were very readable. Maybe if he gets a new publisher or a better proofreader things will improve in the future.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great Story Marred By Atrocious Editing 27 July 2009
By Fred Rayworth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'll say right off that the editing job was mind-numbingly bad, in fact outside of spell checker, I don't think this book was edited at all. On top of that, they didn't even bother to clean up the paperback version, even after being lambasted in the hard cover for such bad editing.

Where to start? First off, a 40+ page prologue was a bad sign. It could have been cut down to half that size if not smaller by smart editing. Then there is the fact that the author tends to repeat words and phrases over and over again as if he's beating a concept into your head. I know that bad habit, as I have it myself, and luckily, I have people around me that catch it. It's too bad he didn't have anyone around him to do the same. Then there is the grammar, missing words, words out of context. The list goes on. Most annoying is the constant head hopping, sometimes within the same paragraph. Add all the passive phrases and telling, and you have one heck of a mess that any editor worth his salt would have caught in an instant.

That being said, it was a great story. Mr. Golemon does some very good descriptions, I like the interaction and humor between characters, and the action rarely slows down. I also liked his overall concept and the way he laid out his theory on Atlantis. However, I think he jumped the shark with the scene where they are swimming in 150 degree water. The average hot tub is set to 104 degrees, where your hot water heater is rarely set over 140 degrees because of scalding. A person, especially a soldier, laden with just even a uniform, would have been scalded and cooked within seconds. Maybe even that was a typo.

The other biggie was a certain death at the end. It either screams "sequel" or is just a bummer, and I hate bummer endings. I suspect sequel, and will look forward to leafing through his next one before I buy it, just to make sure that certain character is back.

I honestly think Mr. Golemon could be a great adventure thriller writer, if he had the proper people to support him. It is as if his publisher was deliberately sabotaging his efforts. I don't blame him for all the editing errors. When you are too close to something, you can't see the forest through the trees. You need a second set of eyes, even third and fourth sets of eyes to get out a product that is worthy of publishing. The fact that even after being lambasted on this site by reader after reader for poor editing on the hardback, this publisher decided to reprint it in paperback as is, instead of jumping up and fixing at least the second run.

I would love to recommend this book to others, but all I can say is wait for the next one and hope that he finally got someone at his publishing company to take him seriously.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Atlantis Adventure! 17 Nov. 2008
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
David lynn Golemon's 3rd novel, although not as good as his first two, still manages to be a pretty solid and fun thriller to read.

Yes, it is full of grammatical errors, but still was chock-full of James Bond-like characters and out-of-the-ordinary situations that are just as good as such writers as James Rollins and Matthew Reilly, to just name a couple.

This is fun escapism, with over-the-top sci-fi-ish/military action and adventure that will make you stay up at night turning the pages. However, being the weakest of the three books thus far, it has a surprise ending that makes us anticipate the next book to see what happens to a major character that is believed dead.

There have been numerous thrillers about the lost city of Atlantis, but this one was fresh and inventive. Yes, the major characters could have been fleshed-out more here, and the love for Collins and Sarah is finally shown here, as it is forced from them, but Ancients still becomes somewhat too big for its britches, especially at the last 1/3rd of the book. Hard to picture the immenseness of the devastation that movies can now show with state-of-the-art special effects.

But despite its problems, Ancients is worth the read. Legend is the best thus far, with Event a close second. Ancient fits nicely as being 3rd. Hopefully the next novel will be placed firmly more in line as being the best thus far.

But if you like solid thriller escapism, then this one is for you.
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