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About the Author
Unlike other writers who knew what they wanted to be when they grew up, Ellison came into her own as such only a few years ago. Despite earning degrees in Biology and English Literature, for many years, she followed a career path unrelated to either field. It was not until she had penned her first novel that her education and work backgrounds mingled sensibly.
In addition to storytelling, Ellison enjoys painting, traveling, watching documentaries and movies as well as reading novels and tales of mystery and suspense. Learn more at EllisonBlackburn.com, and sign up to get a free short story. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- File size : 2876 KB
- Publication date : July 4, 2016
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Goldbrier Press (July 4, 2016)
- Print length : 286 pages
- ASIN : B01HZBUFBA
- Lending : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Best Sellers Rank: #639,111 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This book provides one possible interpretation of what might happen if archaeology discovered something that went against everything science new about earth’s history. Our protagonist is Dr. Mallory Jacks. An archaeologist who has been enamoured with her chosen profession from childhood. She would prefer not to have to deal with publicity, politicking, and most human interaction; she wants to investigate and discover. Until she makes a major discovery necessitating her involvement with all of the above.
The story promotes interesting philosophical questions concerning the divide between science and religion. What if old mythologies were true? What if evidence was found indicating the world was much older, or younger, than science had established? How would the worlds’ governments and societies react?
Throw into this mix her first true love and you have a good character study which does not simply relay good personality traits. At times I found myself so agitated by Dr. Jacks self-inflicted blinders that I was literally talking out loud to the book telling her to get it together!
I do have one major complaint however. In the last half of the book we experience the death of a major character. We are given no explanation; no cause of death, no motive, no how, no why, no where. The character is suddenly just laying there on the ground, dead. In fact, as far as the reading up to this event, the character was not even in the same vicinity, they were in fact several hundred miles away and not due back for another day.
This incident took me completely out of the story. I began paging backwards to see what and how I had missed the necessary information. There WAS no information. Just plop there’s the body.
Other than this sizeable stumbling block I did find the rest of the story interesting.
The voice was inauthentic. If it was intended to be pedantic, in the way of some old English novels, then it must be correct, as well as consistent.
Do not confuse "me" and "I", make sure your verb forms all agree, and certainly check that the verb matches the subject. Other than that, the premise was good, as were characterizations.
I purchased this book two nights ago. Night 1- stayed up late to read (which I haven't done in a long time!) Day 2-I rushed home from work to continue reading. I just finished and I'm already ready to reread it just to be sure I didn't miss any tidbits. The author wrote the storyline beautifully. It had just enough detail to paint a picture without being so wordy that you find yourself skipping over parts. My mind is reeling with questions. What will happen to Mallory? How will the find affect humanity? What's the deal with Keaton? Grey?! I have so many questions that I want answered, I'm really looking forward to future books in the series.
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I received an advanced copy and I enjoyed it so much that I want to review