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The Babylon Rite: A Novel Paperback – April 29, 2014
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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.” –Monstersandcritics.com 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! 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."
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
Top customer reviews
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.
I don't know how Knox finds these stories, but I'm waiting with baited breath for his next novel.
Truly worth every penny!