The Genesis Secret Paperback – 5 Mar 2009
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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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Humanity's most ancient secret is about to be revealed…
In the sunburned 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?
Only one man knows the secret - a secret so shocking it may threaten the social structure of the world - and he is intent on destroying the evidence before it can be recovered.
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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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.
It’s the first time I’ve read anything by this author and I wasn’t disappointed.
A man has been tortured and killed on the Isle of Man, DC Mark Forrester and his team can’t find anything out about this case. Then another man is tortured and killed, this time it’s in Dorset and this time DC Mark Forrester has a reason to believe they are linked and part of something bigger.
Journalist Rob Luttrell is sent to an archaeological dig to report on what’s happening. The dig is in Turkey and they believe they have found Gobekli Tepe. Whilst there he finds out that it was deliberately buried be people about 10,000 years ago. He wants to find out why and starts to questions people about it, which they don’t like.
Whilst he’s there one of the archaeology team is murdered. He and the head of the team find out he’s been working during the night when no one else is around. Together they start to look into what’s going on. That’s where all their troubles start and they put themselves in great danger.
That’s all I’m going to say about the story as I don’t want to spoil it for anyone that wants to read it.
The author has done a great job with the story and has given his characters plenty of depth.
This book grabbed my attention right from the start and kept it until the last page, I was really sorry when it had finished. It’s full of action and it’s fast paced. The book is a constant page-turner, which is how I love my books.
I’ve already bought some more of Tom Knox’s books they are; The Marks of Cain and The Babylon Rite and I’m now looking forward to reading these. :-)
I can highly recommend this book.
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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