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In Knox’s latest thriller, an anthropologist and a journalist stumble upon a conspiracy that unravels a deadly secret involving the Templars. Adam Blackwood writes fluff pieces for a newspaper. When a noted historian tells him something shocking and then kills himself a few minutes later, Blackwood smells a story without a hint of fluff. The historian’s daughter asks for his help because she knows her father’s death was not suicide. In Peru, anthropologist Jess Silverton uncovers a sealed tomb that appears to be built by the Moche, an ancient civilization that practiced gruesome sacrifice. The two worlds collide, and what is eventually uncovered connects to a string of murders in which the victims were beheaded. But are these murders really suicides? Knox weaves a compelling, violent tale, peppered with plenty of sex, that will appeal to ancient conspiracy fans comfortable with the graphic content. --Jeff Ayers

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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


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

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


"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! A novel such as this really gives you hope for good reading at the end of a busy workday or during a trip." — The Dallas Morning News

“The Lost Goddess” is a globetrotting adventure with shades of Dan Brown and Indiana Jones....A page-turner."
Suspense Magazine

"This quirky novel from the pseudonymous Knox...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. The Marks of Cain...may well be the most controversial thriller since The Da Vinci Code."
Jeff Abbott, bestselling author of Panic and Fear

"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 Fresh Kills

"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
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Viking (May 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670026646
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670026647
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,071,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tom Knox, a pseudonym for English author and journalist Sean Thomas, has made a nice career out of creating historical fiction that blends with anthropological studies and pushes the envelope. His latest effort, THE BABYLON RITE, is packed with intrigue and suspense with a plot that includes Templar legend, mass suicide, and the commerce of dealing with some extremely dangerous drugs.

Journalist Adam Blackwood comes across a famous Templar Knights scholar by the name of Archibald McClintock while visiting the Rosslyn Chapel in Midlothian. Archibald behaves strangely and babbles something to Adam about being wrong in his interpretation of the Templar secrets. Moments later, Archibald drives his car into a wall and is killed immediately in the impact.

Thus begins THE BABYLON RITE, a novel that Knox kicks off with a quote from Saint Bernard of Clairvaux in A.D. 1135: "It seems that a new knightly order has recently been born in the Orient. They do not fear death; instead, they long for death." This quotation specifically references the Knights Templar who allegedly all chose death at the final moment of their lives when they were cornered by their enemies. The end they chose involved jumping to their deaths from a castle tower.

Adam begins to follow up on some of the cryptic things Archibald told him before committing suicide and finds an unnerving resemblance in both his fate and those of the Templar Knights by whom he was so enthralled. Adam needs to meet up with Archibald's daughter, Nina, who lives in Scotland. Among other things, he wants to find out if she can shed some light on her father's final message indicating that the Templars were connected to everything.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Peter Novak on August 13, 2013
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This is the first Tom Knox book I set out to read and it was not bad until I got halfway through and put it aside. The bottom line is that there was a needlessly violent rape-murder. If I wanted to real that sort of crap, I'd buy a serial killer book. It's not something I expected from a Knights Templar adventure story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nuno Silverio on August 27, 2012
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Tom Knox has here an interesting story, mingling history and reality with hypothetical reasons behind it he delivers a good story whose only issue is that it becomes a bit too predictable at some point. Overall a good book!
Anyway Tom finds a good plot and a good way to fully explain some of the mysteries behind one extinct civilization, in a way that is both elegant and interesting to contemplate.
A good book for some leisure time, going beyond the obvious and providing new, even if fictitious, ways to see history facts.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dana Bach on May 17, 2013
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I could barely put this book down. The fervor with which I read it reminded me of how I devoured The Genesis Secret. Fast paced, interesting, and the historical references add to the mystique.
I don't know how Knox finds these stories, but I'm waiting with baited breath for his next novel.
Truly worth every penny!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sassyjett on December 17, 2012
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This is by far my fave from this writer. His last 2 books mirrored one another so much I thought I was reading the other. He totally went for it in this book. It sure was a surprise to see or think of the Templars in such a different light. I really enjoyed this story. Happy reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Whitey on June 19, 2012
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Mr. Knox has a wonderful talent for writing "page-turners". He is a great story teller, with a nice writing style which captures your attention to the point that your don't want to put the book down until you see how the plot turns out. A really, really good read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Barbara L. Franzen on July 14, 2013
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The story line was so trite and improbable and I felt it was just a novel exploiting the interest in Templar Knights. I only finished reading the book because I am stubborn and had purchased it. I have never reviewed any book before, but this one was so boring that I just had to respond.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dio on December 9, 2012
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This book kept me up for hours wanting to finish it .a great book will definitely pass this on to my best friend to enjoy can wait to read his next book.
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