- File Size: 430 KB
- Print Length: 142 pages
- Publisher: Momentum (June 1, 2013)
- Publication Date: June 1, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BMFEWQA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #545,680 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The first bird #1:
We, (the people that read the Arcadian series) are familiar with Matt Kearns. The youngest linguistic genius in the whole United States. Matt has been on expeditions below the Antarctic ice, to unravel the ancient glyphs chiseled into the walls of a bottomless cave system; on that trip, being chased through freezing, claustrophobic tunnels by a nightmare from a sunless, million year old sea miles below the frozen surface. And the next mission with Alex Hunter and the HAWC's, Matt tries to make sense of the warning chiseled by native American Indians into the cave walls in the newly uncovered caves of the haunted Black Mountains; in that one Matt barely escapes a run in with the ten foot tall,1200 pound hominid that is the basis for the Big Foot legends.
And now...Matt is on his own in this series. No super soldier and his squad to help him this time. In this first part of The First Bird, Matt is ...persuaded (commandeered is a better word) to accompany the CDC into the heart of the dark unexplored Amazon. It seems a scientist has found a secluded pocket of Jurassic period species of all kinds. A place hidden away from the world. The creatures (supposedly extinct for millions of years are still alive and living in a biosphere cut off from the rest of the world...a place where time has stood frozen since the prehistoric past. A paleontologist dream come true.
But the unfortunate scientist brings back more than a specimen of prehistoric history. it seems an uninvited parasite hitches a ride. A VERY dangerous parasite. A parasite that could possibly wipe out the human race. As people become infested and die horribly, Matt is off to help decipher the deceased scientists mysterious notes and drawings of a forgotten language. A forgotten peoples. And most importantly, A forgotten clue of a way to break the curse of the ancient Incas.
This is a novella that at 139 pages, flies by in a couple of hours. Naturally it ends abruptly in a cliffhanger, but what else do you expect from a serial? I'm not exactly sure why it was published this way - probably a combination of a marketing ploy plus a gimmick to extract more money from us, and both are unnecessary. Beick hasn't released a stinker yet, and all of his previous novels have been well received critically and (I imagine) commercially. As this one will be.
Anyway, it's only $3 for the Kindle and worth the price. But now I have to wait another month, and then one more month to see how it all wraps up. And I'll definitely be waiting.