The Lost Goddess: A Novel

The Lost Goddess: A Novel

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by Tom Knox
     
 

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From the internationally bestselling author of The Genesis Secret-a seductive, exotic new thriller

In the silent caves beneath France, young archaeologist Julia Kerrigan unearths an ancient skull-with a hole bored through the forehead. After she reveals her discovery, her mentor is brutally murdered. Deep in the jungles of Southeast Asia,

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From the internationally bestselling author of The Genesis Secret-a seductive, exotic new thriller

In the silent caves beneath France, young archaeologist Julia Kerrigan unearths an ancient skull-with a hole bored through the forehead. After she reveals her discovery, her mentor is brutally murdered. Deep in the jungles of Southeast Asia, photographer Jake Thurby is offered a mysterious assignment by a beautiful Cambodian lawyer who is investigating finds at the two-thousand-year-old Plain of Jars-finds that shadowy forces want kept secret.

From the temples of Angkor Wat and the wild streets of Bangkok to the prehistoric caves in Western Europe, what links Jake's and Julia's discoveries is a strange, demonic woman whose unquenchable thirst for vengeance-and the horrors she seeks to avenge- are truly shocking.

Readers have become enthralled by Knox's vivid blend of buccaneering modern adventure, gothic horror, and grand intellectual puzzles. The Lost Goddess is his most exciting novel to date.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This quirky novel from the pseudonymous Knox (British journalist Sean Thomas) combines elements of the best of several genres, shakes them up, then lays them out in surprisingly original patterns. In an isolated cave in southern France, archeologist Julia Kerrigan discovers neolithic skeletons, the skulls of which show evidence of trepanation, holes deliberately bored in the middle of the foreheads. Meanwhile in Laos, photographer Jake Thurby and a beautiful Cambodian woman from Phnom Penh, Chemda Tek, are chasing a story with origins in the mysterious Plain of Jars. Subplots involve human and chimpanzee interbreeding, the horrific depredations of the Khmer Rouge, the Ice Age cave paintings of Lascaux, Khmer voodoo, mummified fetuses, and a plan by the Chinese to develop a super soldier. Along the way, Knox (The Genesis Secret) doles out enough tantalizing scientific, social, and spiritual lore to sate even the hungriest anthropological thriller reader. Agent: Jay Mandel. (Jan.)
The Wall Street Journal
"Mr. Knox's speculations are good ones, making you wonder what might really have been going on in dictators' secret laboratories."
The Dallas Morning News
“[The Genesis Secret] makes one want to tear through the pages to find out what happens next.”
Suspense Magazine
The Lost Goddess is a globetrotting adventure with shades of Dan Brown and Indiana Jones....A page-turner."
From the Publisher
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! 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 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

Booklist
"[The Marks of Cain is] an intriguing, well-told story."
Jeff Abbott
"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."
Library Journal
What links two startling discoveries, a weathered skull with a hole neatly smacked through the forehead, found in a French cave, and something possibly creepier at Laos's 2000-year-old Plain of Jars? Modern-day forces clearly want the finds suppressed, and it all leads to one spooky and obsessed woman out to avenge a terrible wrong. Indiana Jones meets Grand Guignol, with a touch of Holmes-like puzzling. Knox is rumored to be building a dedicated audience, so keep an eye on this one.
Kirkus Reviews
After learning of the horrific crossbreeding experiments conducted by the Khmer Rouge during the '70s—and the international conspiracy of silence that surrounds those experiments still—a female archaeologist and male photographer have their lives threatened and their sanity questioned. Globetrotting young British photographer Jake Thurby is hoping to make a name for himself when he accepts a job from Chemda Tek, a beautiful and mysterious American-educated Cambodian investigating Khmer atrocities. American archaeologist Julia Kerrigan hopes the strange set of perforated skulls she uncovers at a dig in remote southern France will make her reputation. Several grotesque murders, horrendous acts of sorcery and bizarre sexual attacks later, the protagonists team up to confront the grisly truth. Told in cliffhanger style, one narrative interrupting the other at the most crucial moments, the book will do no favors for the tourist trade in Southeast Asia. Only Jake, who after falling for Chemda gets chased through the rugged terrain of Cambodia and Laos, has any reason to hang around. Knox (real name: Sean Thomas) has traveled this path before in The Marks of Cain (2010, etc.). If he recognizes the riotous absurdity of depressed, brain-drilled ape-men giving in to their animal desires, he doesn't let on. The book features two such attacks. Pure potboiler, with a little commentary about America's inconsistency in Southeast Asia sprinkled in, the book begins entertainingly enough but can't overcome its debt to Island of Lost Souls. Knox does shed some light on actual "hybridization" experiments ordered by Stalin, among other leaders. In the end, the Khmer massacres are too enormous in their inhumanity to function as the backdrop for a thriller.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101554340
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/02/2012
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
256,330
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
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
 
“Tom Knox returns with an electrifying new novel. A rapid fire pace, absorbing storyline and plenty of action propels this well researched if grisly tale to a chilling conclusion. The finely nuanced characters and excellent setting development coupled with ancient cultures practicing shocking rites grabs readers’ attention like a vise and doesn’t let go until the final page. The Moche and Templars definitely existed and Knox’s version of how they were possibly connected is an interesting idea to contemplate. This is an outstanding if gory mystery that while predictable in places, delivers a fine tale.” –Monstersandcritics.com Mystery Book Reviews
 
 
 
 
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
Jeff Abbott
"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."

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