Origin Paperback – 25 Oct 2012
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ORIGIN is a thrill a minute ride of a book (Simon Toyne, bestselling author of SANCTUS)
Smart, sophisticated and thrilling, ORIGIN drags you in and makes you hold your breath right to the last lung bursting page (Sam Christer, bestselling author of THE STONEHENGE LEGACY)
What an absorbing, rollercoaster of a read (Elly Griffiths)
Origin is a truly original novel, seamlessly meshing a modern high-tech chase thriller, stuffed full of guns and gadgets, with elements of ancient history to produce a book that's both thought-provoking and relentlessly exciting (James Becker, bestselling author of THE FIRST APOSTLE)
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It's a glorious mash-up of prominently preposterous conspiracy theories which owes an awful lot to the key theme of the X-Files. The writing is clunky at best, third-rate in places. The hero is an AmerInd version of Jason Bourne, ex-special forces carrying emotional baggage and yet with uncanny tracking, fighting, flying, etc, abilities. He's a living incarnation of Action Man (but Action Man is a bit more believable).
The bad guys are the global secret society who have sealed an nefarious deal which somehow involves Roswell, Area 51, a 40,000 year old body in Antarctica, the lost civilisation of Atlantis and all the 'God is an astronaut' themes recently used to much more chilling effect by Ridley Scott in Prometheus [DVD]. Origin does score some points by including CERN and the LHC in this mix. All we needed was the black oil and a bounty hunter or two and it would've been just like old times. The plot is so outlandish that it makes Alias -- Alias 1-5 The Complete Set [DVD] -- look like a documentary at times.
Yet even while I was totally aware of this book's failings - not least its two-dimensional characters and unfeasible action sequences - I couldn't help loving the chutzpah of the author who just slung all this into a thoroughly entertaining melting pot, and cracked on with telling a totally rewarding and engaging (if implausible) tale.Read more ›
The book begins with the discovery of a corpse at least 40,000 years old frozen in Antarctic ice but with obvious signs of modern technology and then becomes even more unbelievable. The research scientist Lynn Edwards (one of those convenient scientists whose knowledge is not confined to their academic discipline) and her ex-husband Matt (a Native American tracker and ex-government operative with a wide range of skills) find themselves in a race against time to find out what an elite band of high powered people are doing and what they are hiding. The answer seems highly improbable (to us as well as the characters) and only Lynn and Matt can save the world.
This is a fast paced novel with little characterisation. Its grip on reality is weak and the author either doesn't understand a lot of modern science (such as the limitations of DNA tests) or chooses to ignore them.Read more ›
Matthew Reilly meets Dan Brown. Now I adore Matthew Reilly's impossible plots and implausible action scenes because he does it so well. And I love Dan Brown's conspiracy theories, so I was set up to like this book.
We have action. As Lynn and Matt are running from the baddies, we have a lot of very implausible escapes and an awful lot of the book relies on the baddies being able to hook into every CCTV camera on the planet and track people by face-recognition software. After the set-up in the early pages with the discovery of a preserved homo sapiens body in ice that formed 40,000 years ago, I felt that there was a little too much action in the first half of the book - and not enough plot to hold it all together. But I kept reading and was rewarded by the ultimate conspiracy theory in the second half, although it's a shame that we had the typical Dr Evil telling our heroes the entire plot because he's going to kill them anyway ... and then they escape and know where they have to go to foil the plan.
A good read. I'd read more from this author.
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It was an ok read. And I do like this kind of genre. But this book sounds a bit armature-ish when compared to Greig Beck or Patrick Lee books.Published 11 months ago by Maria
I found this to be a bit to far fetched at times. Interesting story, but to much padding.Published 11 months ago by What do i know
Very poor almost comic book childish, hard to finish kept thinking it would improve - it didn't.Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
I read a lot of books so thought I would give this one a try as I hadn't heard of the author before. I managed about 30 or so pages before giving up. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Keith Andrew Bradley