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The Genesis Secret: A Novel

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

This is exciting and well written

British reporter Rob Luttrell was up front and too close as he eye witnessed a suicide bomber in Iraq executing a grisly mass murder. Rob survived and his London based editor sends him to Tel Aviv for a mental health breather. ------------

Ready to get back to work...
British reporter Rob Luttrell was up front and too close as he eye witnessed a suicide bomber in Iraq executing a grisly mass murder. Rob survived and his London based editor sends him to Tel Aviv for a mental health breather. ------------

Ready to get back to work, he is sent to report on a safe assignment, an excavation in the Kurdish sector of Turkey led by German archeologist Franz Breitner. The dig at Gobekli Tepe has uncovered incredible evidence of edifices somewhere between ten and eleven millennium old; at least twice the age of the previous known oldest structure. However, the excavation is not without controversy as the local population is outraged by the outsiders' blasphemy; they curse those working there. Soon afterward, Breitner is killed when an accident left him pierced by a pole. Rob and biological anthropologist Christine Meyer investigate what each assumes is a mortal murder even as rumors spread that this locale is the Garden of Eden before they are deported back to England where trouble awaits them and his daughter for what they know about Gobekli Tepe.--------------

The premise of ancient secrets uncovered is as old as say ancient times, but Tom Knox refreshes the concept with an interesting amateur sleuth inquiry. The story line is fast-paced with the opening sequences when the reporter first arrives at the Turkish dig are excellent and brisk. The plot spins more to the usual thugs chasing the heroes about half way in although in fairness that is exciting and well written. Fans will enjoy THE GENESIS SECRET, but will also consider what if Mr. Knox stayed the initial course.------------

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on May 2, 2009

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2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Tom Knox fails and editors fail with him.

The premiss of the story sounded interesting and when Googled the facts were there for the aerchological site, however this was the most poorly written and edited book I have ever read. Was this book written for educated adults or lingo speak adolecents? The profile of ...
The premiss of the story sounded interesting and when Googled the facts were there for the aerchological site, however this was the most poorly written and edited book I have ever read. Was this book written for educated adults or lingo speak adolecents? The profile of the charictures does not meet the vocabulary, sentence structure, grammer or depth found lacking in this story. Would any real person, let alone a writer say "Hey, come on guys, lets look over here"? The man's daughter is kidnapped by a sociopath...come on guy's let's have some editing.

posted by notaneditorbuticanread on August 15, 2009

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  • Posted July 22, 2009

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    thoroughly disappointing

    I left this book feeling cheated. The style was promising and the characters were believable at first but failed along with the plot in the end.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 5, 2011

    Doesn't measure up

    Great premise, just not particularly well written. Something is off with the flow of the book and the shallowness of the characters. I did stick with it and was mildly entertained.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2010

    Dissapointing plot with lackluster writing.

    This book seemed to have a great teaser on the cover. The plot however was quite unbelievable and shallow. I kept waiting for it to get good, but it just kept getting increasingly and unnecessarily cruel and gory. The characters were robotic and not believable.

    The author attempted to compensate for the dry, mechanical writing by sprinking the "F" word throughout the book. Also utilized for this purpose are words that were obviously pulled out of the dictionary for their length and complexity, but did not fit the circumstances or characters.

    Usually, in a thriller of this type, facts and statistics are used to lend legitimacy to the plot, however, in this case it was obvious that they were fabricated, adding more doubt to a weak plot.

    I followed the book to the end, against my better judgement, hoping to have an incredible plot twist or other shocking ending, but was ultimately dissapointed. The only realization was that the author's intent was to debunk the bible by creating an unlikely alternative to an obscure passage in Genesis.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 21, 2010

    At least the cover and back copy is interesting

    So, I noticed this book sitting on the shelf and thought the cover art was catchy. The copy on the back is intriguing. The title itself is what lured me in completley...I had to read this book. That is what I thought until I started reading the book itself. Knox, pen name for English journalist Sean Thomas, definately has a thing for intense, macabre, and slightly sickening details. However, the idea behind the book is what I find intriguing. If you can put aside the fact that the main character is so blatantly obvious as Knox's own alter ego let loose; or the fact that you realize that he ends up with the beautiful and brilliant female side kick the second he meets her, you may get to the focus plot itself. There is a lot of jumping around and some chapters leave you scratching your head because things that should be explained are not and things that need minor explaination take paragraphs. There really is nothing about the book I would whole heartedly recommend. You are pulled in by the title however, the book fails to deliver.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2009

    Disappointing

    How unfortunate that editing is a lost art. Probably the best part about this Da Vinci Code wannbe was the book jacket. Unimaginative lines and the inevitable disappointing ending.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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