The Eden Prophecy: A Thriller

The Eden Prophecy: A Thriller

by Graham Brown

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ISBN-13: 9780345527806
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/31/2012
Edition description: Original
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 310,318
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Graham Brown is the author of Black Rain and Black Sun. A pilot and an attorney, he lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

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CHAPTER 1

New York City Present day

Claudia Gonzales flashed her ID badge at the security checkpoint outside the United Nations General Assembly building. There was no real need to do so; the guards knew her well and at this hour of the morning—­just after six on the East Coast—­she was one of the few diplomats on the scene.

They waved her through posthaste.

With a briefcase in one hand and a tall mocha latte in the other, Gonzales made her way to a secure elevator and up to the eleventh floor of the iconic monolith.

Reaching her office before any members of her staff did was a habit she’d kept since graduating from law school. For one thing, it set a good example; it was difficult for her staff to slack off or complain when the boss was working harder than anyone else. It also had a practical purpose. Not only did the early bird catch the worm, but for the busy people of the world, the early morning hours were often the only available moment to actually look for the proverbial morsel.

In an hour the phones would start ringing. Shortly after that, the appointments would begin and then the afternoon teleconferences, followed by press briefings and public hearings. In the blink of an eye it would be closing time, and the pile of work on her desk would look exactly as it had eight hours before.

To Claudia Gonzales, that was the equivalent of running in place.

She stepped into her office, set down the latte, and turned on her computer. As the machine booted up, she stepped outside, checking the items on her assistant’s desk that had come in during the night hours. The world ran 24/7, even if government offices didn’t.

There was a report on the continuing blockade of Gaza, another on a human rights situation in East Timor, and an internal-­use envelope that lay unopened.

It read “Diplomatic Materials, Private and Confidential.” It was listed as coming from the secretary general’s office, with Gonzales’s name scrawled in the recipient’s slot. She grabbed all three items and returned to her office.

Fairly certain there were no earth-shattering details in the two reports, she placed them in her inbox and proceeded to open the big manila package.

Inside was a legal-­sized envelope on the secretary general’s stationery. Intrigued, she took a sip of her latte, placed it down, and used a letter opener to slice the top of the envelope. There was an odd rubbery feel to the envelope, almost as if it were waterproof. It made her wonder how much the secretary general spent on his office supplies.

She pulled out a folded sheet of paper and began to read.

You will be punished. You will all be punished. We have waited and suffered too long.

Her mood instantly changed. The UN got a hundred threats per week, mostly from crackpots and mentally unstable individuals who imagined the UN taking over the world with black helicopters. What made these people think the UN was even remotely capable of dominating the world boggled her mind. In the best of times, they had trouble keeping the peace in remote, undeveloped areas.

She read on.

Your efforts have not helped us. You plunge us deeper into despair every day. In the name of progress you enslave us, in the name of charity you starve us, in the name of peace you slaughter us. We can no longer wait for your help, we will change the world ourselves.

Normally Claudia took these threats with a grain of salt, but this letter had come to her internally. Whoever sent it had access to things they should not have had access to. She began to feel sick, her face and hands flushed and sweating.

In our pains we have grown. And you have fed off us. You think you have beaten us, but he who overcomes by force, hath overcome but half his foe.

We cannot reverse what you have done but we mete out your portion of suffering, we bring you down with us. And it is you who will deliver the master stroke for us. That is correct, Ambassador Gonzales, you are the method of our vengeance. If you have read this far, you are carrying the plague already.

Her heart went cold as she read the words. With her hand shaking lightly, she jabbed at the intercom switch on her phone.

“Security,” a voice said.

“This is—­” She stopped midsentence, noticing some type of reddish liquid left behind on the phone key. She glanced at her hand, turning her palm up. The tips of her fingers and her thumb were stained reddish brown.

She noticed a strange smell and heard a quiet sizzling sound. Her left hand, still holding the sheet of paper, felt as if it were burning. She flung the letter to the floor with a shout, pushing her chair backward. She jumped up out of the seat, knocking the latte off her desk.

Her palm and fingers were red and bubbling with the crimson liquid. Her heart was pounding.

“Madam Ambassador?” the voice called over the phone. “Are you okay? Madam Ambassador?”

Unable to speak, she stared at the sheet of paper, watching as a red stain soaked through the page from the corners like blood or dye. Despite this strange effect, the words remained clearly readable. The last sentence, in large bold font, read:

Welcome to Hell.

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The Eden Prophecy: A Thriller 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Suspensemag More than 1 year ago
Have you ever read a movie? We don’t mean a screenplay, but a thriller action/adventure that uncoils in your mind as you turn the pages? With the complex twists and deep underlying revelations of a Dan Brown novel and the rollercoaster speed of a Michael Bay film, “The Eden Prophecy” is one of the most satisfying, impossible-to-put down novels your reviewer has read in a long time. We have Hawker, the James Bond-ish agent who travels the world righting wrongs and doing good deeds, but he is neither perfect nor superhuman, which is a nice touch. With Danielle—his co-operative with whom he may or may not be in love—Hawker goes up against the newest breed of terrorist: the possessors of a new virus that can wipe out humanity…or can it? Can it end life prematurely, or prolong it forever? In either case, humanity would be doomed. The author convincingly leads us to the present site of the Biblical Garden of Eden, where the virus is found in the fruit of, yes, The Tree of Life. He takes us to the slums of Paris and the Iranian desert and the most dangerous parts of Africa and the high-tech genetic labs of the world. He gives us antiques from the time of Adam and clear explanations of the latest genetic engineering. More importantly, he give us characters who live and breathe, especially a hero who does not take bullets with the impunity of a Fearless Fosdick, but endures physical, emotional, and mental anguish as those he cares for and those he never met are faced with extinction. While we thrill as he rides his motorcycle through Paris, chasing the boat with the bad guys, we never think to utter the “bull” word, but can’t wait to turn the page to see how this scene plays out. Mr. Graham is a very skilled writer, a master of bringing together action, pathos, thrills, excitement, science, and philosophy. We cannot recommend this novel with any more enthusiasm. In a word, it is a TREAT. Reviewed by Elliott Capon, author of “Prince of Horror” published by Suspense Publishing, an imprint of Suspense Magazine
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced. Action packed. Kept me guessing. Hard to put down.
PatriciaCO More than 1 year ago
This was a non-stop page-turning adventure from the very first pages of this book, the third in a series of Hawker/Laidlaw adventures. Nothing is as it seems, there is a sinister villain hiding in the shadows and plotting against Hawker, Danielle and the entire world. Who is he, how does he fit into all that is happening? From the streets of Paris to the deserts of Iran this book will not disappoint any thriller/adventure lover! Author Graham Brown has outdone himself on each of his books, each one has been better than the last and I look forward to reading his future books including the NUMA Series books he is co-authoring with Clive Cussler!
cmeilink on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A virus is at risk of being spread throughout the world by a fanatical group and Hawker and Danielle Laidlaw are called in to prevent it.With roots of this story stretching back to the Garden of Eden, at first it's difficult to recognize the threat of this virus. Thinking that this virus was developed to extend life, it's difficult to imagine that not everyone would welcome being infected. However, thinking beyond the present and projecting into the future, one begins to realize the implications of increasing the life span of billions of people. It's up to Hawker and Danielle to find the scientists involved, find the Garden of Eden, and stop the group. Not a bad day's work.A good storyline and fast read. Received this book as a LibraryThing Early Reviewer copy.
suetu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The brainy, brawny, byzantine world of Graham BrownGraham Brown¿s latest thriller opens, as these things often do, with a prologue. Not set in antiquity, but dealing with antiquities¿specifically on an archeological dig in Iran, circa 1979, just as the American hostages have been taken. All hell is breaking loose in the country, and what is briefly found is quickly lost again. Next at the United Nations in present day New York, an American delegate opens a letter containing a lot more than empty threats. The building is quarantined.Soon after that, readers are reunited with Hawker and Danielle Laidlaw, the NRI operatives who are the male and female protagonists of two prior novels. (Knowledge of their previous exploits is nice, but not necessary for the enjoyment of this latest.) These two and the agency get dragged into the drama above through an acquaintance of Hawker¿s colorful past. And that¿s really about all you need to know. The fun of these books is in the twists and turns and non-stop forward momentum. Mr. Brown has always excelled at acceleration. His books move at a lightning pace. My favorite aspect of these novels continues to be the smart integration of science within the plots. Whatever the discipline (and he¿s tackled quite a few at this point), the author always appears to have done his homework. In addition to the science, Brown¿s prior novel, Black Sun, dealt with a well-known Mayan prophecy. This book, as the title indicates, returns to Judeo-Christian territory most creatively.Black Rain, the novel in which Danielle and Hawker were introduced, was very much peopled by an ensemble cast. The two characters were at their best when surrounded by and interacting with others. Alas, a lot of their associates tend to die, and as this novel opens the two alone are at the center of the action. Fortunately, as the story moves forward, the cast expands. For some reason, I still find these appealing characters to be at their best when they have others to play off of. It makes me wonder if I really do want these two to get together, while at the same time feeling frustration for the things that keep them apart. This novel wraps up reasonably completely, so there¿s no indication of what to expect next from Mr. Brown or his characters. Whatever it is, I¿m counting on it being brainy, brawny, and byzantine.
AFishCalledAmy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Eden Prophecy opens at an excavation in the desert of Iran in 1979 at the height of the Iranian revolution. Two archeologists have just unearthed a mysterious scroll which may hold the secret to immortality, but before the scroll can be studied the Iranian military storms the camp, and the scroll is lost in the desert.Fast forward to modern day New York city inside of the United Nations. Ambassador Claudia Gonzales has just opened a letter which contains a virus that promises to unleash hell onto all of man kind. Enter NRI Agents Hawker and Laidlaw who are given the assignment of hunting down those responsible for sending the virus to the UN and unraveling the mystery behind the lost scroll. After reading a summary of this book I was pretty excited when I won a copy through Library Thing's Early Reviewer program. The combination of science, religion, and the possibility of a plague of apocalyptic proportion are right all up my alley. I couldn't wait for the book to arrive so I could get started. I was quickly disappointed.I found the entire first half of the book incredibly boring. Hawker and Danielle Laidlaw are annoying and have zero chemistry, and the book skipped around from location to location so quickly that it was sometimes difficult to follow. I had to force myself through the first 200 or so pages. Finally around the half way point with the introduction of a few more palatable characters (Sonia and Keegan doe example) and with several of the main plot points coming together the book did become a little more enjoyable. I almost started to LIKE the book. That is until the very end. Talk about corny, predictable (but still unrealistic) endings! Reuniting the orphaned child with her long lost grandmother AND curing her terminal illness using a serum created by her dead sister (and Hawker's former lover) all while relaxing on a beautiful Greek island. Give me a break.Over all, I really can't recommend this book. Maybe it is because I hadn't read any of the previous books in the Hawker/Laidlaw saga (I was assured that this booked could stand on it's own) and I just didn't know enough of their back story. But what it came down to for me was that the book was just far too tiresome and predictable and the main characters were pretty irritating and unlikable. I'd skip this one if I were you.
nettie195 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoy an exciting thriller and ¿The Eden Prophecy¿ does not disappoint. This novel mixes Biblical mythology, dangerous science and espionage to create a fast paced and enjoyable read. The plot is unraveled in such a way as to keep the reader enthralled and engaged. The characters are believable, their conversations believable and the narrative is well structured. A fun read and a great book for the beach!
Altarasabine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A hard to put down fast paced thriller. A mix of both science and religion that tackles a hotly debated topic of today, over population. A real page turner with non-stop action. A little disappointed with the ending, the motive behind what the "heroes" are trying to stop from happening.
aztwinmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I received this as an Early Review.The Eden Prophecy is a well-written, exciting thriller. The action is fast-paced and the threat of a virus in the hands of terrorists is timely. The threat has a nice twist. I enjoyed this book very much.
Sentinel83 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book. Good adventure and a very good pace. I've read only a few other books by Graham Brown but will keep an eye out for more books by him. The only thing that I have to mention is that it is hard for me to get into a main character with the name 'Hawker.' Just seems a bit odd for me...Other than that, a good, fun book.
mattdocmartin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Pretty standard "popcorn" novel, but enjoyable for what it is. Your disbelief gets a workout, to be sure, but the basic concept is fairly sound. (Won't spoil it, but there is fruit in the Garden. I give it 3 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finished reading The Eden Prophecy, Graham Brown doesn't disappoint. I couldn't put this book down (Black Rain and Black Sun as well). These books keep you wanting more. I read mostly at night, whenever I am done with a chapter I need to know what comes next, I wind up staying up very late. If you are looking for good thriller novels, this series is definitely for you.
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