Friday, June 25, 2010

The Genesis Secret by Tom Knox .

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?

The Author's Note at the beginning of this book explains, although this story is the work of fiction, most religious, historical and archaeological references are entirely factual and accurate. The Genesis Secret has 516 pages and was written in 2009. Tom Knox's real name is actually Sean Thomas.

This story has 2 major plot lines that the reader follows. On one hand you follow journalist Rob Luttrell as he learns all about Gobekli Tepe , an ancient site near Sanliurfa in Turkey and the Cult of Angels including Melek Taus . On the other hand you follow Detective Chief Inspector Mark Forrester in the UK as he investigates some murders that appear to be human sacrifice.

There is good plot progression throughout this novel with many twists and turns that all make complete sense. I got so much from this novel because it is so focused on explaining the facts and the theories. The Genesis Secret is a lovely adventure for the reader as you learn an awful lot about history, archaeology and religion. There is a huge amount of background, lots of anecdotes and loads of facts to back up this story and the theories. There is a lovely description of Kurdistan, the country, it's people and their culture. There are no dull pages in this book and there is great reasoning behind this story. There is lots of dry humour and a lovely use of sarcasm throughout this novel.

There is a good explanation at the end with no loose ends. Everything makes sense and although this book is fiction based on fact, it could all very well be true! Atheists will certainly enjoy this book! I very much enjoyed reading this book, which I consider to be easy reading and the use of lots of local colour made this a very full story. I think this book is excellent and I shall vote it the top score of 5 stars on Book Army . I could find no faults with this book and I think it is a great mystery, better than the Da Vinci Code. The quality is here and I will be happy to buy another of Tom's books.
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