The Mountain Place of Knowledge

The Mountain Place of Knowledge

by Marshall Chamberlain


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The Mountain Place of Knowledge by Marshall Chamberlain


"Techno thriller...keeping you turning the pages feverishly.
Hilary Hemingway, Cape Coral, FL

"Vivid word pictures enhance the most horrific situations...readers live vicariously through the eyes of a main character...Kick-start impressions infuse the book with life, propelling the reader though its pages. Lovers of Indiana Jones movies will enjoy the work of this promising author."
-Foreword Magazine, Clarion Reviews

"Masterful blend of reality with cutting edge science fiction...a spell-binding page turner."
-Lee Ashford: Top 1% GoodReads Reviewer

Tense, driving thriller reminiscent of the Indian Jones books. Marshall Chamberlain gives us a raging adventure into plausible reality.


The burial chamber of a revered Mayan sorceress is uncovered atop a sacrificial pyramid at the Caracol ruins in western Belize. Translation of ancient metallic scrolls and a 1100-year-old codex found in the chamber reveal the existence of a secret entrance to the inside of a mountain. The scrolls refer to the interior as Trinium, the Place of Knowledge, and explain its creation by an advanced civilization

A flash of mysterious blue light brings death to a U.N. official, and investigators are sent to Belize to discover the source and locate the secret mountain entrance. What they discover inside is bizarre and unimaginable; mental prodding guides them to the Place of Seeing for the most shocking experience of their lives

Leaks of the discoveries cause one nation to determine the mountain poses a threat to world order, and it will take great risks to neutralize the danger.

The Mountain is a mesmerizing adventure, scientifically mysterious and metaphysically familiar. Breaking new ground at the speed of light, stalwart characters meet the unknown head on as Chamberlain weaves the first book of the Ancestor Series.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493554355
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/26/2013
Pages: 458
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.93(d)

About the Author

Marshall Chamberlain is a man focused on his passions, with no time for pets, lawns, plants, puttering around or companion compromises. He has a master's degree in Resource Development from Michigan State University and a graduate degree in International Management from the Thunderbird School near Phoenix, Ariz. He was an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps and spent many years in investment banking, venture capital and even a stint as a professional waiter. He is obsessed with preparedness, survival and independence. This combination of traits and an unconditional openness to life have led him to all manner of personal adventures and the authoring of adventure-thrillers. His novels are widely available as trade paperbacks and in various ebook formats. Chamberlain's primary worldview is simple but profound-"I'm in awe of the magnificence of this world." He lives in Fort Myers Beach, Florida in a house he calls "The Writing Rock." To discover more about this above average man, visit his website: Or, contact him at:

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Mountain Place of Knowledge 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Allison_Mac More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the first book in this series. Chamberlain has a way with building the story in such a way that you can't stop reading. Thouroughly enjoyed the characters and creative plot - read it - you won't be disappointed!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was a great I'd recommend to anyone. Fast plot, interesting characters, twists and turns...its got it all!
Kiribear13 More than 1 year ago
Unlike any other book you have ever read, and you will not walk away unscathed I received this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review. The Mountain Place of Knowledge is written by Marshall Chamberlain and is the first in the Ancestor Series. The book revolves around a location in Caracol Ruins of Belize. An ancient Mayan priestess penned a journal that has been found and is being translated, but the words found on the pages describe things that cannot be in the real world. The Mountain Place of Knowledge is unlike any book that I have ever read before. I am not sure what depths of Marshall’s soul that this book was written from, but it is almost as if he was channeling another entity. This book spoke to me on so many levels. I am not even sure how to fully describe this book. I think it was put out there for the depth of a certain kind of reader. Even if that is not you, this book will not disappoint. The actual mountain foretold in the title is one that is supposed to possess healing powers if the Mayan journal is to be believed. However it may also hold the key to great powers of destruction. Once the UN representatives get inside, what they find is beyond anything that they could have imagined. Marshall has written this story to give the fully encompassed view of all that is going on. The beginning of the book does take a short while to get used to the change in view points, but it hooks you in from the beginning. Once the ball really gets rolling, it doesn’t stop until the very last page that left me wanting more. There are quite a few players in this book, but let’s suffice it to say that there are representatives from the UN, and Belize museum, Chinese intelligence and everything in between. As the main view point tends to me from the UN representatives I definitely felt more connected to them and was rooting for them. Of course the crazy Chinese capabilities always get so frustrating in the race against time. There is definitely a lot of suspense throughout the story and the ending is extremely action packed with updates by the minute. This book does a good job of both providing closure and leaving the door open for the next book. I was definitely hoping there would be another visit to the mountain to see what else was in there. Overall I give this book 5/5 stars. It was written very well and definitely came from unique ideas and a unique perspective on history and the world around us. If you are into sci-fi, techno thrillers, military, fiction, historical fiction, action, suspense, thriller, etc., then his book is definitely for you.
MikiHope More than 1 year ago
I actually read and reviewed the second book in this series, The Ice Cap and the Rift, before I read this one (the first). I mentioned that I probably should have read the first first and the author read my review. He wrote back to me and asked if I would like to review the Mountain Place of Knowledge. Of course I said yes and it was sent to me! Thank you so much. A lot of the questions I had are now answered--whew--- This book is every bit as good as the second. It really keeps you turning those pages late into the night. I just did not want to put it down! There is political intrigue aplenty surrounding a mountain in Belize. What is inside the mountain will astound and astonish you. I am eagerly awaiting the third and final book in this series, The Numarians. I can not say enough nice things about this author and his books!
DLC-ATL More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I could not put it down. Marshall Chamberlain is brilliant.
Kataman1 More than 1 year ago
In Belize a Mayan woman locates a hidden entryway into a mountain. The entryway has a panel with four colored buttons. Hit the right button and the portal opens and the wrong one and a kind of death ray emanates. Inside the mountain she finds a sceptre. The sceptre has a lot of power and can be used for healing. She writes a diary about the location and all its wonders. This diary is written on scrolls that are of a material "unkown" to man. Flash ahead many hundred years to the present. An archeologist has deciphered the scrolls and goes looking for the secret entrance into the mountain and locates it. He goes in and finds the healing sceptre but also hits the wrong combination of buttons and kills his companions. An agency of the United Nations becomes very interested in the Belize site and sends an archeologist John Henry Morgan and his female assistant to investigate and work with UN Security to secure the site. A Chinese operative in Belize also gets very interested after learning about the site and he starts to plan his own strategy for protecting China's interest before the UN takes over. The book evolves into a "slow" action thriller where there is way too much narrative while the reader is waiting for something to happen. John Henry is a good character and I would have liked to see his history developed more. The book has several parts where it seems like it will take off and the reader's curiousity is prodded but it never seems to deliver the big moment. There is some interesting new technology introduced by the author and he does a good job of describing some of the glitches that would occur with that technology. There are several parts that take place in New York and the descriptions of New York are very flawed. The author constantly has international flights going in and out of La Guardia airport (only JFK is international) and then he describes John Henry walking around Manhattan where he is at places like Central Park and then walking a few blocks to get to the United Nations. The opening to the mountain is from a tree that was described in the Mayan scroll about 1,300 years earlier and is still there and apparently unchanged as it is easily still recognized. I find it hard to believe that even if the tree were still there, it would look the same. A good first try but the author needs to really hone up if he is planning a sequel to this book.
MargieS1 More than 1 year ago
Given To Me For An Honest Review This book is a very good read from a new author.  It isn't like the usual type of action thrillers that we are usually getting now.  This is  a very great change.  The Mountain Place of Knowledge is #1 in a trilogy so we still have 2 more books to wait for.  This book will have  you reading and unable to stop until the end.  You might even think it is all true, that is how good it is.  Marshall Chamberlain is an  author to watch.  I wanted to give 10+ stars but only allowed 5.  In my heart I am giving 10.  I highly recommend this book to everyone.
qstewart More than 1 year ago
I found The Mountain Place of Knowledge an interesting and fascinating work.  A mountain in Belize that holds all knowledge.  A place mentioned in the writings of ancient people, but a place that has been forgotten for centuries.  A place that when two enter, they can communicate telepathically.  A place that allows you a bird’s eye view of what has occurred in the past.  I imagine a place that one would enter with awe and wonder. Such a place was found by interpreting the writings of an ancient priestess.  Once opened there are two deaths that lead to an investigative team from the UN to the site to see what caused the deaths?  Another world power hears of the mountain and they send in a team to learn what they can and also to steal what is inside the mountain.  The stage is set for an assault on the mountain to learn what one can by a raid.  Of course they are met by UN troops and there is a struggle. The book ends with everything hanging in the air and I look forward to reading the follow up work to get a better understanding of who the ancestors are.  A very good read and one that may keep you on the edge of your seat.
cjlps231 More than 1 year ago
There is so much going on in this book all centred around a Mountain in South America but we go from Africa to Prague, Washington to China. The start is a little slow only because it takes a while to meet the two leads and then it isn't an instant affinity with them but more like a slow growing friendship. The two leads although there are many characters would be Dr. John Henry Morgan, an ex marine now a geologist working for an arm of the UN, prickly and growly he may seem sometimes but he has a heart underneath and is someone that I hope we get to know better in the sequels as by the end of the book although I wanted to tell him to open his eyes I really did like his character. Dr. Mary Ellen Rollins or M.E. to John Henry is his right hand, from the start she is a lot more open and likeable which considering her background is not surprising specialising in a Microbiology and Palaeontology she certainly seems to have many more skills than at first glance, but none of them are unrealistic and soon after we'd met her she seemed like an old friend. The whole concept of the book is mystical/ science fiction with ancient objects and somewhat aliens, more consciousness' than physical beings but certainly alien. Throw in secret Chinese technology, greedy museum curators and a Buddhist Monk and you have the start of an exciting series that I can't wait to read more of. I received a free copy for an honest review. 
KiwiKathleen More than 1 year ago
Disclosure: I was sent a pdf copy by the author in order for me to write an honest review. I'll get my gripe out of the way - I read this on my Kindle, and it defaulted to a tiny font which I couldn't read. It didn't like my trying to enlarge  the font, and kept blipping to half-pages or repeats with a couple of lines added or random enlargements to fit 6 words on a page. This was frequently frustrating, though I used it as an exercise in "not allowing myself to be negatively affected by technology" so it wasn't too bad.... Now to the story. Well, it's a sort-of Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark crossed with The Alchemist (though I may be wrong about the latter because I haven't actually read it and have only this vague something in my mind saying it's a type of spiritual journey/adventure).  Anyway, we have in this book a heroic-type archaeologist who'd rather take it easy and just do his archaeology but the UN calls him in to investigate strange things going on somewhere else. And we have various other key personnel in the narrative who not only help carry the story along but who also add to our knowledge of the hero. Then there are the baddies - ruthless and technologically superior. We also have other-worldly technology that connects telepathically and appears to be waiting for people "on the path" and at a certain level spiritually. This works, mostly.  What doesn't work for me is the ending. After a fairly rollicking adventure there's no resolution. Okay, that's true to life (often, though not always), but I want the fiction I read to have the good guys win and the bad guys lose ultimately. Still, I liked this book enough to put the second one on my want-to-read list, so that's endorsement. Not every book has to wow you, and this book was definitely an enjoyable read despite not having that wow-factor.
Angie_Lisle More than 1 year ago
A pseudo-historical alternate sci-fi reality in which a few incorrect scientific claims builds a world where extraterrestrial intelligence plays a significant role on the development of human society. Strongly recommended for fans of Zecharia Sitchin and David Icke. I received a free copy of this book for review. I'm not into spies or aliens and it's difficult for me to suspend my disbelief about alternate chronologies that drastically change human history. However, I do derive pleasure from reading stories like this because it allows me a chance to look inside someone else's head and explore creative ideas that I normally wouldn't peruse on my own. This book is a bit of a teaser in that we only catch glimpses of a strange alien world known as Trillium but I will probably read the second book for another chance to explore this new world.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
The story starts as two scientists, Calvin Stanvich and Donald Courtney, and a young boy are exploring a Mayan ruin. Lead there by a sorceress ancient diary that Calvin has translated but not shared the full content, a strange blue light is triggered and Donald and the young boy are killed. Calvin has other plans for the things described in the diary. Unfortuantely, the death of Donald has brought too much attention and now the UN Institute for the Study of Unusual Phenomena (ISUP) has sent John Henry in to find out what really happened. John Henry has just been pulled from an archeological dig in Zambia. The museum director has reason to assume Calvin is up to something because the gaping holes in the translation of the Mayan diary and the mysterious death of Donald. John Henry’s ex-military background and assistant Mary Ellen fly to Belize and discover a strange entrance to a hill that kills all electronics and has special rooms to teach people, the rooms that the sorceress describes in her diary. But this is not going to be an easy discovery. Calvin decided to ask the Chinese for help translating some scrolls. This leads the Chinese to start investigating what is going on and planning on how they can gain control of the hill and all the knowledge stored within. Now John Henry and Mary Ellen need to explore, determine the cause of the death of Donald, and to keep the Chinese from taking the knowledge and creating weapons with it. I liked the idea behind this story. It has a Clive Cussler/Indian Jones feel to it with action adventure, the discovery of mysterious artifacts, and trying to keep the artifact out of enemy hands. Sadly I have to admit that the story is lacking. There is enough to tease you into wanting to find out more about the rooms in the hill but not much more. It almost felt like the idea ran out and that there was nothing more to add to it. I will admit that some of the conflict with the Chinese seemed to take over the story but nothing really added more to it. I was left wanting more information on the hill, disappointed with the whole Chinese conflict, and feeling let down. Don’t get me wrong, it was an interesting story, but I felt like there could have been more put into it. I see that it is the first book in the series with the next one, The Ice Cap and The Rift, is out for purchase. I did like this one enough to want to buy the second book. But I will be honest, if the second book is similar to the first book and leaves me lacking, I may skip the rest of this series. I received this book for free from the Library Thing Early Review Program in exchange for an honest review.
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bookwormJK More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down. It is fast paced and keeps you on your toes. The characters are very likeable and the plot keeps you guessing. I look forward to reading the rest of the books in the series.