The Marks of Cain: A Novel

The Marks of Cain: A Novel

by Tom Knox


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The Marks of Cain: A Novel by Tom Knox

An audacious and terrifying new thriller from the author of the international bestseller The Genesis Secret.

When David Martinez receives an ancient map from his dying grandfather, he is led into the heart of the Basque mountains, where a genetic curse lies buried- and a frightening secret about the Western world is hidden. Meanwhile, London journalist Simon Quinn is investigating two violent murders. Both victims had once been interned in a top-secret Nazi camp-and both came from the Basque region.

With The Marks of Cain, Tom Knox (The Lost Goddess) delivers on the promise of his astonishing debut novel, crafting a terrifying and even more ambitious thriller that delves into the shocking truth of what drives human beings to violence, genocide, and war.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780452297166
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/26/2011
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 557,765
Product dimensions: 5.42(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Tom Knox is the pseudonym for the journalist and writer Sean Thomas. He lives in London.

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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
“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.” – 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

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The Marks of Cain: A Novel 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im surprised at all the poor reviews of this novel- I found it to be an intriguing and entertaining read
Lelania More than 1 year ago
I thought it was a little weird, but was interesting enough to carry me thru to the end.
MerlinAvalon More than 1 year ago
I thought I would give poor Mr. Knox a second chance after the debacle that was his first novel, The Genesis Secret. Unfortunately, I was utterly disappointed. The characters are the same cornflakes and bran of his previous novel, just different occupations. The main character again ends up with the beautiful and magically helpful side kick. It seems that Mr. Knox has a development plan that he uses for his stories and rarely deviates. The premise again was interesting...genetic experiments. Mr. Knox also gives a fantastic alternative reason behind the Holocaust but the book gives you an interesting title and again attempts to wrap it all up in the last chapter. Not a very promising sophmore effort.
Wiliam_Maltese More than 1 year ago
TWO OF TWO WINNERS! Obviously, this, Tom Knox’s second novel, pretty much follows the same template of his first novel, THE GENESIS SECRET. It begins with separate, seemingly unrelated story lines, juxtaposed, both including mysteries and murders, some of the latter which can easily be interpreted as ritualistic, brutal, downright sadistic, and not for the faint-of-heart reader. Somewhere, toward the middle of the book, the two story-lines merge, revealing themselves as actually being one and the same. Oh, yes, there’s the appearance of a tenacious villain who is obviously a lunatic, a sadist, and quite insane … and some of the descriptions of torture are quite detailed. Despite the similar basis for books one and two, MARKS OF CAIN holds its own and emerges as a genuinely fine read in its own right. Knox should be commended on an imagination that draws on, and manipulates, just enough world-reality facts to make his fiction seem actually viable. This is a fascinating tale of eugenics, Nazi medical experiments, Basques, Jews, Cagots, the Catholic Church, and world governments, which takes the reader on a rip-roaring journey from Britain to Spain, to France to Germany to Namibia to Czechoslovakia, from castles to concentration camps … with an author/guide who obviously has done his research and knows the geographic terrain. For fans of this genre, I doubt you’ll find an example better than this one. Bravo Tom Knox!
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Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a little childish in the beginning, and i didnt care for how David trusted everyone so easy,overall it had a lot going on from the beginning to the end and it made you wanting to know how it i think it was not the best but still worth reading!
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HendyRPH More than 1 year ago
Mr. Knox's book was not nearly as interesting as his first novel. His first novel was very stimulating and had some very interesting historical insights. Marks of Cain was not nearly as engaging.
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Geenyas More than 1 year ago
The only good thing about this book was the author's apparent research. I had never heard of the Cagot before and I was so intrigued that I had to do some internet research of my own just to see how much of what the author said was actually true. The story of the Cagot, it turns out, is much more interesting than this novel which veers from preposterous to juvenile.
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