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: 573,338
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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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 4 months 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 ended.so 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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