The Genesis Secret by Tom Knox (Fiction)

posted 19 Jan 2010, 16:15 by DP Durlston-Powell   [ updated 29 Jan 2010, 09:08 ]
Backcover blurb:

Hunanity'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 that it may threaten the social structure of the world - and he is intent on destroying the evidence before it can be receovered. 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.

My thoughts:

This came in the same cheap boxset as The Gilded Seal and The Alexander Cipher.  By bundling books, you can shift one that may otherwise not have sold - this is that book!  There was a good story in here trying to get out, but it never quite made it.  A shame, as Gobekli Tepe is a fascinating site - a temple twice the age of the pyramids - and ripe for a thrilling novel. Sadly, this book isn't that novel, as it gets lost within itself, stretches the premise too taught and ultimately fails to deliver.  It looks as if this is Tom Knox's first tale; if so, I may be tempted to give him another go if I find his next book in a bargain bucket, but I won't be rushing to pay full price for more of the same!

Verdict:

An interesting central idea that never quite delivers in a book that seems to be written by formula.  A bargain bucket purchase only.
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