The Joshua Stone

The Joshua Stone

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by James Barney
     
 

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Some secrets belong to the past. Others refuse to stay there . . .

In 1959, in an underground laboratory in a remote region of West Virginia, a secret government experiment went terribly awry. Half a dozen scientists mysteriously disappeared, and all subsequent efforts to rescue them failed. In desperation, President Eisenhower ordered the lab sealed shut and all

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Some secrets belong to the past. Others refuse to stay there . . .

In 1959, in an underground laboratory in a remote region of West Virginia, a secret government experiment went terribly awry. Half a dozen scientists mysteriously disappeared, and all subsequent efforts to rescue them failed. In desperation, President Eisenhower ordered the lab sealed shut and all records of its existence destroyed. Now, fifty-four years later, something from the lab has emerged.

When mysterious events begin occurring along the New River Valley in West Virginia, government agents Mike Califano and Ana Thorne are sent to investigate. What they discover will shake the foundations of science and religion and put both agents in the crosshairs of a deadly, worldwide conspiracy. A powerful and mysterious force has been unleashed, and it's about to fall into the wrong hands. To prevent a global catastrophe, Califano and Thorne must work together to solve a biblical mystery that has confounded scholars for centuries. And they must do so quickly, before time runs out . . . forever.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/02/2013
Barney follows his Thriller Award–finalist debut, 2011’s The Genesis Key, with an engrossing standalone that combines biblical history and modern science. In 1959, while a group of scientists were conducting a secret experiment at an underground lab in Thurmond, W. Va., a serious accident occurred. President Eisenhower ordered the lab sealed and records of its existence expunged. In the present day, the NSA notices activity at the site and calls in assistant security auditor Mike Califano and CIA agent Ana Thorne to investigate. Meanwhile, renegade scientist Benjamin Fulcher, who knew these experiments were designed to unleash the power of the so-called Joshua Stone that enabled the biblical Joshua to perform amazing feats, teams with Russian energy czar Vladamir Krupnov to get there first. The race is on to recover the stone that’s buried beneath the old lab. Barney nicely integrates time-dilation theory into the fast-moving plot. Agent: Mickey Choate, Choate Agency. (Oct.)
Steve Berry
“THE GENESIS KEY is a solid blend of science, myth, history, and suspense. It’s remarkable and unconventional, which together make for a great tale. There’s an intense brand of storytelling here, utilizing all of the elements I love. I can’t wait for more from James Barney.”
John Hart
“A strong debut thriller. . . . James Barney deftly explores elements of modern science and antiquity to mine the kinds of themes so ably explored by the likes of Dan Brown and James Rollins. . . . Barney is a welcome player in a crowded field.”
Douglas Preston
“[A]n epic thriller - vivid, fast moving, and beautifully imagined. From the opening chapters to the final twist, it pulls the reader along at high speed, combining science, high technology, and ancient Biblical mystery into a fascinating and brilliantly original story. I highly recommend it!”
Kirkus Reviews
2013-10-01
Barney, whose 2011 debut The Genesis Key imagined a historical conspiracy involving the discovery of genes that control longevity, returns with a Bible-based thriller about ancient stones with the power to bend time. In 1959, a secret government experiment supervised by a prominent German scientist in an underground laboratory in West Virginia went terribly wrong. It was such a calamity, the Eisenhower administration did its best to erase any traces of it from history. When, in the present, a strange man with overgrown nails and hair, a heavy German accent and a stomach wound shows up in a town not far from where the feds set up shop, he quickly draws the attention of a waitress who is sure she has seen him before. The man, who calls himself Malachi, goes off in search of a certain church to which someone has directed him via esoteric clues. U.S. government agencies are quickly on his trail--as are cutthroat Russian industrialists in cahoots with a compromised Nobel Prize–winning British physicist. They're eager to cash in on what a government agent refers to as "the antigravity stuff that the Nazis were supposed to be working on at the end of the war." The Nazis were happy to find that pieces of stone, not divine intervention, caused the parting of the Red Sea and allowed the Israelites to escape Egypt--a case of science trumping religion. Barney commands a large cast of characters well enough, and he sells his premise with conviction. But the author is unable to turn the material into compelling reading. If, as one of the scientists in this book puts it, "Einstein himself was confounded by this material," the reader is merely underwhelmed.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062021397
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/08/2013
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
1,375,409
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)

What People are saying about this

Steve Berry

“THE GENESIS KEY is a solid blend of science, myth, history, and suspense. It’s remarkable and unconventional, which together make for a great tale. There’s an intense brand of storytelling here, utilizing all of the elements I love. I can’t wait for more from James Barney.”

John Hart

“A strong debut thriller. . . . James Barney deftly explores elements of modern science and antiquity to mine the kinds of themes so ably explored by the likes of Dan Brown and James Rollins. . . . Barney is a welcome player in a crowded field.”

Meet the Author

James Barney is the critically acclaimed author of The Genesis Key. He is an attorney who lives outside Washington, D.C., with his wife and two children.

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The Joshua Stone 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
VicG More than 1 year ago
James Barney in his new book, "The Joshua Stone" published by William Morrow gives us an adventure with government agents Mike Califano and Ana Thorne . From the back cover: Some secrets belong to the past. Others refuse to stay there... In 1959, in an underground laboratory in a remote region of West Virginia, a secret government experiment went terribly awry. Half a dozen scientists mysteriously disappeared, and all subsequent efforts to rescue them failed. In desperation, President Eisenhower ordered the lab sealed shut and all records of its existence destroyed. Now, fifty-four years later, something from the lab has emerged. When mysterious events begin occurring along the New River Valley in West Virginia, government agents Mike Califano and Ana Thorne are sent to investigate. What they discover will shake the foundations of science and religion and put both agents in the crosshairs of a deadly, worldwide conspiracy. A powerful and mysterious force has been unleashed, and it's about to fall into the wrong hands. To prevent a global catastrophe, Califano and Thorne must work together to solve a biblical mystery that has confounded scholars for centuries. And they must do so quickly, before time runs out . . . forever. The Bible Book of Joshua Chapter Ten tells us that while Joshua was in battle with an enemy the day was going to end. Concerned that he would lose Joshua asked God to make the sun stand still and God did. In 1959 a group of scientists in West Virginia are trying to recreate what God did with time dilation. As always something goes horribly wrong and the lab is sealed. Now present day West Virginia all sorts of odd events are happening that seem to involve time in some manner. It is into this environment that Califano and Thorne are sent. Now they have to understand what happened back then to deal with what is happening now and stop a global catastrophe. Mr. Barney has given us a wonderful thriller as the whole world is in danger History and fiction blend together as the two agents are trying the mystery. "The Joshua Stone" is loaded with twists and turns that will leave you guessing all the while you are flipping pages to find out what happens next. Mr. Barney has provided us with a very exciting book with clever characters that I hope come back in this very talented authors next book. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Partners In Crime. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Does the government still have secret projects?  Will the consequences of former projects harm us in the future?  How much does the public need to know about what is going on in their country?  All of these questions took a center stage in this book as a government project gone wrong comes back to life more than 50 years later.   Set in many places around where I live, this book felt like it really took place in my backyard, this was a fun part of the book!  The chase between the different places kept my flipping the pages so quickly!  I loved how things were so interwoven and how a few dropped hints didn't provide too much to give too much away, but just the right amount.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago