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Praise for Tom Knox:
'Tom Knox knows the DNA of an astonishing thriller. THE MARKS OF CAIN is a compelling and frightening novel, and it may well be the most controversial thriller since THE DA VINCI CODE. Action, history, religion, and genetics combine for a gripping read that will keep you reading late into the night.' Jeff Abbott, bestselling author of PANIC and FEAR
'Steeped in both blood and history and keeps up a scorching pace from start to finish' Northern Echo
'Knox writes with a clean efficiency. The characters are nicely wrought … Best of all, Knox really knows his stuff and his discourses on ancient man, human sacrifice, demons of the mid-east and obscure pre-Judaic religions are all woven into the plot seamlessly. I'm reminded of why I always liked these type of books, because not only do the best ones grip and propel you through their pages but they also leave you a little more knowledgeable than when you started' Shotsmag--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Tom Knox is the pseudonym of the author Sean Thomas. Born in England, he has travelled the world writing for many different newspapers and magazines, including The Times, the Guardian, and the Daily Mail. He lives in London--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top customer reviews
It starts well with an archaeological discovery in a french cave which is hushed up and an english journalist/photographer getting involved in some work with a UN investigation into the Khymer Rouge in Laos to 'get his break'. Similar to his last book the two eventaully meet up and end up working together. It is laced with the more gruesome aspects of human nature which I expect from this author, but is not backed up by any substance.
One section is confusing and poorly edited as he talks about one character, then gets the name wrong and talks about another. Other sections are simply unbelievable, for instance a 'depressed' chimpanzee from a science research lab which formally working in animal~human hybridisation attempting to rape one of the women! The ending is a big let down and leaves you wondering what was the point of bothering to finish.
It is as though the author is trying to be deep and meaningful in opposition to the communist regimes / Marxism that were imposed by Pol Pot, Mao and in the former USSR. Unfortunately any interest or depth is lost due to the dreary characters, poorly written plot and bad editing. Good basis for a story, let down by being seemingly rushed out.
That said if you have not read Tom Knox's book Bible of the Dead, then its a good pool side read, the characters are well written, the plot is interestingly implausible. Basically its a good poor mans Indiana Jones crossed with your everyday Dan Brown style conspiracy.
Fun , Lots of action, and no real brain power required.
Worth reading by the pool or on the train, but not for serious reading time.
(From Back of Book)
In the silent caves of deepest France, young archaeologist Julia Kerrigan unearths an ancient skull, with a hole bored through the forehead. After she reveals her discovery, her colleague is killed in suspicious circumstances.
Meanwhile, in the jungles of south-east Asia photographer Jake Thurby is offered a curious assignment by a beautiful and determined Cambodian lawyer who is investigating finds at the mysterious 2000-year-old Plain of Jars. Finds which the authorities have gone to great lengths to keep secret. No one knows why.
Back in England, an aged professor has been brutally and elaborately murdered. The murder remains unsolved.
As the archaeologist, lawyer and photographer pursue their separate quests to discover the truth, an underlying pattern begins to emerge, which connects these far-flung events in the most terrifying and unimaginable way. And it soon becomes clear that those who seek to unlock the compelling puzzle will be risking very much more than their lives.
quite horrfying, but they are historic fact none the less.
It just goes to show the level of research that Tom Knox
must go to achieve the finished product.I wonder where Tom
wil pick for his next adventure??
I would say this book has elements of horror. It is quite graphically violent in part and there are some occult, nasty objects like the smoke babies which could give you nightmares as well as the killing fields of the Khmer Rouge, descriptions of torture and a gruesome monkey lab. The book is very dark, and a lot of times I didn't actually want to read on but the story kept me reading which is testament to the author, I think.
There are two parallel stories, the first starts in a cave in France where Julia, a young archaeologist discovers skeletons with strange holes in their skulls. Then her professor and friend are killed in a horrific manner and she has to track down the remaining scientists who know about bones before they too are massacred. The other starts on the Plain of Jars in Laos where similar skeletons are found on a site still protected by Communists. The body count starts to mount up pretty fast from then on. The main protagonists are Jake, a down and out photographic journalist and Chemda Tek, a Cambodian scholar researching the mystery at the Plain of Jars. The Communists try to protect the secret of the plains by killing the remaining scientists and Jake and Chemda go on the run. The story basically follows their journey across Cambodia and how their relationship develops under the pressure of being pursued by her family, and the powerful communists. Even the ending is dark so I recommend it with a warning for the more sensitive reader.
Why keep reading: '
You want to know why these skulls are protected and what is the mystery behind them, and then how Chemda and Jake will escape the bad guys. It's definitely fast paced as well so it keeps you engaged. We learn that Chemda's grandmother willingly underwent the procedure and how it affected her and others who aimed to change human behaviour. I enjoy psychology so the frontal lobe science background was interesting '
You are definitely horrified by the lengths that people will go to in order to protect the information and there was also a lot about how the Khmer Rouge treated people, killed millions and how life was for the Cambodians. I didn't know much about this time of history or the country, so I read on to learn more, as well as to absorb the story.