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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (25 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755396847
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755396849
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 310,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Dan Brown meets The X-Files in this fast-paced, exciting, and completely unputdownable debut thriller

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By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 3 Mar. 2013
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There should be some kind of award for books which are fundamentally rubbish, but at the same time achieve brilliance. Origin would win that award, hands down.
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.
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I would suggest that readers should not try to employ logic or reason as they get stuck into this book. It takes most if not all of the alternative theories and conspiracies about history and humanity, chucks them together and gives the mix a good stir. The result if a heady mix that has the characters leaping from place to place and dramatic scenario to even more dramatic scenario. If I had wanted to head high-brow literature I would download such books and I would not judge this book by those standards. This book was fun, fast paced and simply enjoyable to settle down with.
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only getting 1 star because you can't give less. A poorly executed regurgitation of conspiracy theory guff, interspersed with laughable 'action'. I assume that the editor fancied a day off given that at one point,the principal hero shaves his head, only to have dyed hair two days later. This is not an isolated incident either, the book is studded with inconsistency, as is the plot itself. All in all this book beats staring at the floor between your shoes for a couple of hours, just.
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By Anne TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 May 2013
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Pretty well every cliche of the conspiracy theory adventure type novel is present here. There is the chase where the good guys seem impervious to bullets fired at them and escape in the most improbable way; the vast range of very handy skills and knowledge which people seem to have exactly when needed; the awesome ability of the bad guys to track people through satellites and CCTV cameras combined with facial recognition software; the eavesdropping in the villain's lair at exactly the moment when they explain what is happening and outline their future plans; and the inexplicable inability of the evil mastermind even to attempt to kill the good guys without sitting them down and explaining the whole plot.The author has even managed to include the theories of Erich von Daniken, a new interpretation of the Old Testament and the superhuman like powers of Native American people.

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.
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This is a book that when you get to the end, you kick yourself for not seeing the pointers along the way that were so glaringly obvious in retrospect. Can't say more because that wouldn't be fair, but it *was* cleverly done.

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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