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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: BelleBooks, Inc.; 1St Edition edition (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982175647
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982175644
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,628,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's not just a page-turner, it's a head-turner. It's Dan Brown meets Al Gore. You can't stop reading and once you're done, you can't stop thinking about its messages. A book that bookstore employees will hand-sell to customers and those customers will then insist their friends read. --Dale Dauten, King Features

More frightening than any vision of our future, Mark Nykanen's Primitive depicts the reality of the here and now. A timely and stunning vision of what happens when true-believers clash, catching innocents in the middle. --Ed Stackler, editor of New York Times-bestselling authors Greg Iles, Ridley Pearson, Ted Dekker, and others.<

Primitive captures the raw and rugged high alpine environment, a powerful, emblematic setting for this furiously-paced thriller about a mother and daughter, and the radical environmentalists who want to use them to deliver a desperate message to the world. -- --Christopher Van Tilburg, author of Mountain Rescue Doctor

More frightening than any vision of our future, Mark Nykanen's Primitive depicts the reality of the here and now. A timely and stunning vision of what happens when true-believers clash, catching innocents in the middle. --Ed Stackler, editor of New York Times-bestselling authors Greg Iles, Ridley Pearson, Ted Dekker, and others.<

Primitive captures the raw and rugged high alpine environment, a powerful, emblematic setting for this furiously-paced thriller about a mother and daughter, and the radical environmentalists who want to use them to deliver a desperate message to the world. -- --Christopher Van Tilburg, author of Mountain Rescue Doctor

About the Author

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Mark Nykanan is an Emmy and Edgar-winning former NBC News Correspondent and the acclaimed author of three previous thrillers for major publishers: SEARCH ANGEL, THE BONE PARADE, and HUSH.

Praise for Nykanen's books: Emmy and Edgar-winning journalist Nykanen uncovers his characters' psyches with wit, complexity, and originality...Nykanen's attractively unpredictable characters will keep a stubborn hold on readers' attention. Publishers Weekly.


[Chet Boyce] makes Hannibal Lector seem like a nice guy with an eating disorder. St. Louis Post-Dispatch.


The creepiest page turner since The Silence of the Lambs. US Weekly


The Bone Parade is an ...irresistible suspense thriller... Outstanding is Nykanen s deep look into modern sculpture, which gives the story its weight, relish and richness...


Pages bronzed with horror. Kirkus Reviews (starred)


When half of a thriller is written from the perspective of an egomaniacal sculptor cum serial killer who methodically tortures whole families, takes casts of their bodies at the height of their terror, and turns them into acclaimed works of art well, it s a lot for any reader to swallow. And yet Parade goes down easy. Really easy. Entertainment Weekly
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Readers will come face-to-face with one of the most disturbing villains since Hannibal Lector. The Vancouver Sun


Nykanen crafts another masterfully creepy thriller. Seattle Post-Intelligencer


Nykanen (The Bone Parade) mines the complex world of abandonment, adoption and birth mother searches in an extremely bloody serial killer thriller that takes derivative elements (the female-in-peril plot; the psychotic, abused-as-a-child murderer) to new heights of creepiness...


Portland-based Suzanne Trayle is a famous search angel; a sort of private detective for adoptees looking for their biological parents. The serial killer, a psychiatrist, lives in Phoenix and travels the country murdering mothers who gave up their babies for adoption. Publishers Weekly

Customer Reviews

It's not worth your time....even for "free"!
N2fun
It ends up as a book with too many plot turns, too many unnecessary characters with long unneeded back stories and ends somewhat unfulfillingly.
J. Easton
I don't usually bother reviewing a book unless it's really great...or really terrible.
Gwenhyvhar

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

62 of 77 people found the following review helpful By J. Kaye Oldner on November 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
"Primitive," by Mark Nykanen, is a fast-paced, action-packed political thriller. Themes are global warming, terrorism, military `contractors', and government cover-ups. Sonya Adams, a forty something model, is abducted while going to a photo shoot. The group responsible has a secret CIA document about how the frozen methane now warming up would destroy modern civilization and multi-nationals companies who are behind this. The group is using pod-casts showing Sonya and promoting their points from Aboland, somewhere in the frozen north.

Nykanen writes a good story and weaves Al Gore, fringe groups, modern technology and primitive lifestyle all together is his story. The Aboland group has a compelling narrative since it is experiencing effects of global warming, and knowingly sacrifices itself to make their message known. Some of radical groups are well-known; others are just small and secret. It is also a modern with the military troops just back from operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the "tech" toys used.

"Primitive" has a political and environmental message. However, this message in so interwoven in the other themes, it fits really well. I read this all in one sitting it was that fast paced and easy-to-read. Both sides of the political divide can find something to agree with or argue about in this story, however they call all agree, it's one exciting thriller.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mike Blyth on March 6, 2010
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I read this because it was free and because I had the idea from the reviews that it would be a thought-provoking thriller with themes of the environment and government. It was indeed free, but it was not in the least thought provoking. Yawn. It was, as some have mentioned, one-sided and flat propaganda. If you believe that the US government, law enforcement, and military are brutal forces aligned with the oil companies, with Canada as an enlightened foil, and that it is simply a given that civilization is about to be destroyed by catastrophic climate change, then you'll probably appreciate the perspective. If you are not yet sure about all these viewpoints, then there is nothing in the book to enlighten you. Two stars since the story line did keep me reading to the end. Save your time. Move on, nothing here to see, keep moving ...
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34 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 5, 2010
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If you're looking for something that compares to Tom Clancy, keep looking. This was a lightweight read that was interesting as long as it was free, but suffered from predictability, a weak plot, a completely unbelievable premise, and too much deux ex machina. I mean, for a book to be believable, you have to be able to buy in to the protagonist and their motivations, the general plot, and the capabilities of the antagonists. Only a fringe left environmental anarchist could find this plot believable. It was almost funny. If they ever make a movie out of this, it will end up a cult classic alongside 'Soilent Green' and 'The Omega Man.'

But, what the hey? It was just about worth what I paid for it (nothing). If it's still free and you're waiting for them to close the airplane cabin door before you have to shut down your Kindle, then consider it.
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64 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Busy Mom on March 4, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book was less thriller, and more a brochure for a variety of causes (global warming, animal rights, the list goes on). It read like a cross between a primer on global warming and a Michael Moore rough draft for a slanted film. The plot was lost in the preaching, and the characters could not be developed for the corny nature of the story. The only thrilling scene involved a tight tunnel escape. I'm not sure what book the other reviewers read, if they read it at all. Quality of writing, storyline, and most of all the overt preaching were highly amateur.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gwenhyvhar on July 4, 2010
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I don't usually bother reviewing a book unless it's really great...or really terrible. This book is definitely one of the latter. Now, before someone accuses me of being some right-wing "denialist" when it comes to climate change, let me say that I'm neither. In fact, I'm a scientist who believes very firmly in some of the very dire predictions being made by the scientific establishment with regards to our impact on our environment. However, books such as "Primitive" only hurt the cause. What started off as a mildly entertaining read with an interesting opening hook--super model kidnapped by environmental terrorists--quickly devolved into an amazingly unbelievable pile of US-hating, eco-terrorist garbage. My only consolation is that I downloaded the Kindle version during a free trial... and not a single tree was killed (or a dollar wasted) for me to read this trash.

<spoilers below>

For one thing, the idea that the *CIA* would have possession of some "top secret" environmental bombshell paper is absurd. The CIA is not in the business of doing scientific research, nor would they have the means to provide either the necessary data for such work or the ability to keep the results "top secret". And no halfway reputable scientist would be silent if they did discover such dire results as are mentioned in this novel. Science is collaborative in nature. Any planetary changes on the scale envisioned by this ridiculous plot would have been percolating in the peer-reviewed scientific journals for months, if not years...not squirreled away in a top secret CIA paper...unless, of course, the entire scientific community is in on the conspiracy.
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More About the Author

Mark Nykanen is the author of five novels that have focussed on a variety of subjects: sculpture, murder, adoption, art therapy, counseling spousal abusers, and climate change. His novels have been widely praised in national magazines and newspapers, both in North America and abroad. Europe's largest newspaper called Nykanen "The new master of the psycho-sexual thriller." Translation rights for his books have sold to seven countries, including France, Russia, and Germany, where "The Bone Parade" ("Totenstarre") was a bestseller. His novel, "Primitive," was a number one Kindle bestseller. Nykanen is also a journalist of note. His many awards in print, radio, and television include four national Emmys for investigative reporting as a correspondent for NBC News, and a duPont-Columbia award for "excellence in journalism" from Columbia University. As the writer of "The Silent Shame," a network documentary on the sexual abuse of children, he won an Edgar Allan Poe Award from the Mystery Writers of America. He was also the reporter for that documentary, which was lauded by scores of critics, including "The Chicago Tribune," which hailed it as "a landmark in broadcast journalism." Nykanen now blogs on climate change, providing summaries and links to the most important news he finds on the subject.

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