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From Templar Knights to Mexican drug cartels, Tom Knox returns with an electrifying new novel

Journalist Adam Blackwood is chasing down the story of a lifetime—the world’s foremost Templar historian has committed suicide in Edinburgh, leaving behind a tantalizing clue about a secret object hidden in the famous chapel of Rosslyn that will connect to Templar sites throughout Europe, North Africa, and South America.

Meanwhile in Peru, ...

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Overview

From Templar Knights to Mexican drug cartels, Tom Knox returns with an electrifying new novel

Journalist Adam Blackwood is chasing down the story of a lifetime—the world’s foremost Templar historian has committed suicide in Edinburgh, leaving behind a tantalizing clue about a secret object hidden in the famous chapel of Rosslyn that will connect to Templar sites throughout Europe, North Africa, and South America.

Meanwhile in Peru, anthropologist Jess Silverton is researching a bloodthirsty, sexually voracious ancient civilization that might have laid the foundations for both Judaism and Buddhism. Amid the turmoil of local gangs and corrupt drug corporations, she becomes entangled in a plot that spans continents and reaches across time. At the beating heart of the novel is a rare flower from the darkest regions of the Amazon that has the power to seduce and control all of mankind.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Knox’s greatest strength is coming up with original anthropological mysteries; his greatest weakness is stopping the action so his characters can expound at length—as shown in this intriguing science quest thriller. Anthropologist Jessica Silverton’s dig in Peru has discovered evidence of human sacrifice in the ancient Moche civilization. The Moche had a bizarre culture, as suggested by erotic pottery depicting “Sex with animals. Sex with the dead. Sex between skeletons.” In Scotland, journalist Adam Blackwood witnesses the strange death of Knights Templar researcher Archibald McLintock. Adam teams with McLintock’s daughter, Nina, to investigate her father’s death. Many people die while the characters search for a mysterious drug that explains the barbaric oddities of both the Moche and the Templars. Knox (The Lost Goddess), the pseudonym of British journalist Sean Thomas, provides a surfeit of gruesome detail, but readers with strong stomachs and who don’t mind the lectures will be satisfied. Agent: Jay Mandel, William Morris Endeavor. (May)
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Praise for The Babylon Rite:

“Knox’s greatest strength is coming up with original anthropological mysteries. Knox provides a surfeit of gruesome detail, but readers with strong stomachs... will be satisfied.” –Publishers Weekly
 
“Knox weaves a compelling, violent tale, peppered with plenty of sex, that will appeal to ancient conspiracy fans comfortable with the graphic content.” –Booklist
 
“Historical, adventure, and suspense fans unite! Any Da Vinci Code fan will also love the fact that the Knights Templar are once again being revisited, and their reputation is darker than ever before. And although there are horror scenes galore, the research is extremely invigorating and the mystery is beyond cool.” –Amy Lignor, Suspense Magazine

Praise for The Lost Goddess

"Mr. Knox's speculations are good ones, making you wonder what might really have been going on in dictators' secret laboratories." — The Wall Street Journal

Praise for The Lost Goddess:
 
“Mr. Knox's speculations are good ones, making you wonder what might really have been going on in dictators' secret laboratories.” –The Wall Street Journal
 
“"How terrific to find a new thriller in which the dramatic action emerges from an exemplary mix of first-rate research, interesting politics and credible characters!” –The Dallas Morning News
 
“A globetrotting adventure with shades of Dan Brown and Indiana Jones....A page-turner." -- Suspense Magazine
 
“Combines elements of the best of several genres, shakes them up, then lays them out in surprisingly original patterns.... Knox doles out enough tantalizing scientific, social, and spiritual lore to sate even the hungriest anthropological thriller reader." -- Publishers Weekly
 
Praise for The Marks of Cain:
 
"Tom Knox knows the DNA of an astonishing thriller." -- Jeff Abbott, bestselling author of Adrenaline and The Last Minute
 
"An intriguing, well-told story." – Booklist
 
Praise for The Genesis Secret:
 
“[The Genesis Secret] makes one want to tear through the pages to find out what happens next.” –The Dallas Morning News
 
"Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code brought on a flood of tomb-raiding thrillers. I enjoyed Tom Knox's The Genesis Secret best." –The Minnnesota Star-Tribune
 
"Sinister, macabre, relentless and rich...The ideal blend of both The Da Vinci Code and Raiders of the Lost Ark." –Bill Loehfelm, author of The Devil in Her Own Way
 
"Everything one could want in a thriller: a plot that keeps you hooked, heroes worth cheering for, and a brilliantly maintained air of menace." –Jon Fasman, author of The Geographer's Library and The Unpossessed City

"How terrific to find a new thriller in which the dramatic action emerges from an exemplary mix of first-rate research, interesting politics and credible characters! A novel such as this really gives you hope for good reading at the end of a busy workday or during a trip." — The Dallas Morning News

“The Lost Goddess” is a globetrotting adventure with shades of Dan Brown and Indiana Jones....A page-turner."
Suspense Magazine

"This quirky novel from the pseudonymous Knox...combines elements of the best of several genres, shakes them up, then lays them out in surprisingly original patterns....Knox doles out enough tantalizing scientific, social, and spiritual lore to sate even the hungriest anthropological thriller reader." — Publishers Weekly

Praise for The Marks of Cain

"Tom Knox knows the DNA of an astonishing thriller. The Marks of Cain...may well be the most controversial thriller since The Da Vinci Code."
Jeff Abbott, bestselling author of Panic and Fear

"An intriguing, well-told story."
Booklist

Praise for The Genesis Secret

"[The Genesis Secret] makes one want to tear through the pages to find out what happens next."
The Dallas Morning News

"Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code brought on a flood of tomb-raiding thrillers. I enjoyed Tom Knox's The Genesis Secret best."
The Minnnesota Star-Tribune

"Sinister, macabre, relentless and rich...The ideal blend of both The Da Vinci Code and Raiders of the Lost Ark."
Bill Loehfelm, author of Fresh Kills

"Everything one could want in a thriller: a plot that keeps you hooked, heroes worth cheering for, and a brilliantly maintained air of menace."
Jon Fasman, author of The Geographer's Library

Bill Loehfelm
"Sinister, macabre, relentless and rich...The ideal blend of both The Da Vinci Code and Raiders of the Lost Ark."
Jon Fasman
"Everything one could want in a thriller: a plot that keeps you hooked, heroes worth cheering for, and a brilliantly maintained air of menace."
The Dallas Morning News
"How terrific to find a new thriller in which the dramatic action emerges from an exemplary mix of first-rate research, interesting politics and credible characters! A novel such as this really gives you hope for good reading at the end of a busy workday or during a trip."
Suspense Magazine
“The Lost Goddess” is a globetrotting adventure with shades of Dan Brown and Indiana Jones....A page-turner."
Booklist
"An intriguing, well-told story."
The Minnnesota Star-Tribune
"Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code brought on a flood of tomb-raiding thrillers. I enjoyed Tom Knox's The Genesis Secret best."
Kirkus Reviews
Another thriller about the Knights Templar results in a disappointing and amateurish effort to emulate a best-selling novel. It's a hair-whipping race to figure out who the bad guys are and what they're really after in Knox's (The Lost Goddess, 2012, etc.) latest offering. Anthropologist Jessica Silverton is a member of an archaeological team in Peru studying the Moche, a pre-Columbian civilization. She's convinced the murals and other artifacts depicting violence, carnage and erotic activities actually occurred, but she wants to discover the underlying cause and is skeptical when her boss (and lover) believes the behavior was probably caused by el Niño. Across the ocean, investigative reporter Adam Blackwood watches in horror as noted historian Archibald McLintock ends his life in a fiery car crash outside Rosslyn Chapel, a Scottish tourist attraction associated with the Knights Templar and popularized by Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code. But McLintock's daughter, Nina, refuses to believe her father committed suicide and convinces Adam to help her uncover the truth. Armed with a bag of her father's old receipts, the two track his last movements among Templar sites in Western Europe, where they discover one of her father's secrets. Meanwhile, Detective Mark Ibsen is tasked with investigating a series of gruesome autoerotic deaths in London, and what he uncovers is pretty far-fetched. He crosses paths with Adam and Nina after a horrific attack, and they share what they know. Told in short cliffhanging chapters, the story becomes more convoluted with each chapter as the author adds layer upon ridiculous layer to the mix. The characters experience repeated flashbacks about their lives; countless feelings of ominous foreboding; lots of menacing looks from tattoo-sporting men associated with drug cartels; liberal doses of gory murders; and endless encyclopedic information to explain every supposition or twist. When the heroes finally assemble for a boat trip on the Amazon (except for Ibsen, who wisely chooses to participate by phone) to put together the final piece of the puzzle, don't get too excited: The trip takes forever. Knox begins with an interesting premise, which he first attacks with enthusiasm; unfortunately, he drags the story out well beyond tolerable limits and literally stomps it to death.
Library Journal
Adam Blackwood interviews Archibald McClintock, the world's most famous Templar historian, at Rosslyn Chapel in Edinburgh, but the conversation is odd. The historian seems to refute all he has ever said about the Templars. Minutes later McClintock's speeding car crashes into a stone wall. By all appearances, his death was a suicide. But Adam would swear the historian was smiling as he sped by. Refusing to believe her father's death was a suicide, Nina McClintock convinces Adam to help her follow her father's trail to find the "secret that will get you killed." But dangerous forces are seeking her father's secret and will stop at nothing to get it as in Peru a young archaeologist finds evidence of mass suicides, amputations of hands and feet, and prisoners fed to flesh-eating insects in the tombs of the Moche civilization, and in London young, wealthy people involved in an underground sex-party scene are killing themselves in gruesome ways. VERDICT Knox (The Lost Goddess; The Marks of Cain) has written a fascinating mystery blending archaeological facts and suppositions into a plausible explanation for the vicious, bizarre behaviors of the Berserkers, the Templars, the Conquistadors, and the bloodthirsty tribes of Central and South America. His thriller is often gory, occasionally disgusting; definitely NOT for the weak of stomach.—Cynde Suite, Bartow Cty. Lib. System, Adairsville, GA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670026647
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/2/2013
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Knox is the internationally bestselling author of The Lost Goddess, Marks of Cain, and The Genesis Secret, and is the pseudonym for English journalist and author Sean Thomas. He currently lives in London.
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  • Posted September 4, 2013

    Interesting, gory, and not completely plassible

    Yes, the Moche were a wacko society based on their pottery. The descriptions of the Peruvian coastal desert are vivid and accurate and since I was there this summer I should know.

    I think the author goes into unnecessary gory details which in my opinion really don't add that much to the plot.

    The hypothesis behind the plot is interesting but the link between Peru and the Templars is weak.

    I've read a couple of his other books and they move along. However, given the fixation with gory and certain proclivities or relationships I may or may not buy his next book

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  • Posted August 22, 2013

    A good read

    Tom Knox writes like a historian with a twist of excellent fiction.

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  • Posted August 11, 2013

    I WOULDN'T KNOW

    I'd love to leave a report but since B & N has yet to make this book available to me, I can't. I've asked twice now for help and it still isn't opening. "There was a problem with the file..." that's what I get when I try to open it. And it's also disappeared from my library in the website. So, I've paid for it, wish I could read it, but all I can say is I hope you have better luck than me.

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