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The Granite Key (Arkana Archaeology Mystery Thriller Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
Think 'MEDIUM meets THE LOST SYMBOL' and it only begins to describe the pleasures of THE GRANITE KEY - 5 Stars. (Kindle Nation Daily)
What impressed me the most about The Granite Key was the large amount of archaeological and historical detail that crept its way into this novel. It reads very much like an updated version of a Dan Brown book, matching fact with fiction until the reader is unsure of which is which... I love thrillers linking the past to present and books that teach me something. Here I learned a great deal about ancient matriarchal societies. It was a very intriguing, suspenseful and enjoyable read. (I Heart Reading)
An outstanding, well-crafted, highly suspenseful novel by author Nancy Wikarski... One girl's dream, one girl's vision many lives will never be the same. Read this FIVE GOLD KEY NOVEL to find out more. (Angie's Diary)
I found this book to be interesting and thought-provoking... I expected it to challenge my belief system. And it did...This is definitely an empowering read for women, which defies everything we have previously been taught about a world dominated by men... I like a book that can make me stop and think. I do believe that a theory like this could indeed cause a reaction from those who may want this bit of history to be forgotten--forever. (Art From The Heart)
Suspense, history, mythology and mystery all mixed in one -that's my kind of read... I loved all the scenes in the ancient tombs, and with The Arkana. Cassie made an interesting main character but the story doesn't rise or fall with or without her. It's about much more than her. In the fashion of books like "The Da Vinci Code" and "Labyrinth", The Granite Key definitely deserves to be on your reading list. (I'm An Eclectic Reader)
I loved The Granite Key. It was a great book... I especially loved how the main character had the ability to touch objects and then find out their origins. I hadn't read about this before, and it was very original... The pacing was fast, and I couldn't stop reading once I got started. (365 Days Of Reading)
The setting was great. There wasn't a lot of time wasted on endless descriptions, but instead we got an action-packed story fueled with history, mysteries and ancient secrets. I'm a huge fan of history novels, history books, and the History Channel, so I really "dug" the quest for the truth buried in the past. (Bookish Madness)
- ASIN : B004NIFTI8
- Publication date : November 30, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 1011 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 227 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #389,294 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The trouble is, that takes place in the last quarter of the book. The first 75% is almost entirely lecture. Idiot lecture of the worst kind. The big secret being revealed is a rewriting of history, fine. Problem is, the everyman POV character, Cassie, is completely ignorant of the mainstream history being overturned. So the various people lecturing her have to first explain everything that the writer claims is in the textbooks, then go through it all AGAIN. There's no conflict, no development, not enough space for personalities, and it all takes place in settings that are too bland to provide an interesting background.
As fiction, it fails. As intellectual argument, it fails; there are no footnotes or citations and you are left having to take too much on trust (there is, fortunately, a bibliography. And, yes; I'm familiar with several of the books named. I'm strictly an amateur but I have read a book or two. Which is why I know the way the "official view" is being portrayed is overstated, but defensible for the purpose of the argument.)
Thing is, the Crete sequence demonstrates how it should have been done. How it was done, there. We didn't need this. We didn't need to sit around a table with Cassie for a dozen chapters getting lectured at. We could have learned all of this while climbing the hillsides of Crete and wandering the restored sections of Knossos under the hot Mediterranean sun.
If, somehow, the book could have started there, I would have no problem giving it full recommendation.
Yes, I fell in love with the history portion but I also came to care about each character. Maybe some (Cassie, Griffin, Erik, Daniel) more than others (Abraham, Leroy), but each equally important to the story.
As one who constantly has a book in progress, I find it hard to believe that a fellow reader would not enjoy this series as much as I did.
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This was quite an entertaining story but I think it is targeted at the older children/teenage reader rather than the adult market. My granddaughter certainly enjoyed it but as an adult the writing style was not really strong enough to hold my interest although the storyline was interwoven with some interesting anthropological theories.
Not the authors fault but I do wish there was some way that adult books could be separated from teenage fiction in the Kindle listings before purchase as the reader demographic is seldom made clear in the book description.
The Kindle Edition: Some typo and spelling errors but overall well presented. Score 4/5
A thoroughly enjoyable read.