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- Publication Date: March 31, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XZ499MV
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DISCLAIMER: I saw this title being offered on NetGalley and, intrigued by the concept, I read and am voluntarily reviewing it.
This book began vaguely interesting. Sadly, it did not end that way.
The prologue should have been my first clue. It is a mini lecture on Darfur and the genocide that has/is taking place there, along with descriptions of the agencies trying to provide aid. We are introduced to Dan, a doctor with Doctors Without Border and Jodie, a doctor with an American NGO. Don't know what NGO stands for? Me neither. Still don't. The doctors are attractive and in their mid-thirties.
A young boy in the camp has brought Jodie something she wants Dan to see.
Then we are whisked away to Rome, where we are introduced to Yoshi and his sister Midori. They are gorgeous and in their mid-thirties and have a slightly icky attraction to each other. They are well off, and have clients. What kind of clients? No idea, yet.
Then we are off to Tel Aviv where we meet Nahum Oz, Zvi Shalit (director of Collections Dept) and Efraim Harel (director of Political Action and Liaison). What is Oz title? No clue yet. Oh, and the two directors, what agency are they directors of? Haven't the foggiest. Yet.
They discuss the object that has recently been discovered in Darfur. The know about the two doctors, and that they fled Darfur for London. There the doctors hook up with: Jean, a French researcher at CERN, mid-thirties; Pavlov, a Russian physicist, 68; George, and American, head of the Computer Science research department at MIT, 47; Francesca, Italian, mid-thirties, biochemist studying DNA and a consultant for the ESA. Is your head spinning yet? Mine was, because the author goes into MUCH more detail about these people and I was already lost trying to keep track of who was who.
Oz and friends think this group has discovered some kind of nuclear weapon of mass destruction at first, and they will kill them all to get their hands on it. They enlist the financial help of the Catholics and the Arabs in order to hire the Shadow, a hitman who never misses, to take out the group of scientists and receive the artifact .
We soon find out the artifact is a probe sent to our planet billions of years ago by an unknown alien intelligence. It often speaks to the scientific group but the author includes so much computerese that it is virtually impossible to figure out what its saying. I started skipping the paragraphs when it 'talks' and just read what the peoples reactions were afterward. They usually repeated everything so I could continue to follow along.
Speaking of repeating everything: thats what happens. The story constantly jumps back and forth from describing what the scientists are doing (by now they are being lead by Yoshi and Midori because, although scientists and doctors, they are too stupid to figure things out for themselves) to how the CIA (yes, they are in the hunt now too) and the Catholics and the Mossad have just learned what the scientists are doing and we have to listen in as they rehash it all over again.
Yoshi is in charge of the scientists because his client is Richard Hooper, a wealthy Englishman in his mid-thirties who has been dating the lovely Francesca. He is paying Yoshi whatever he wants to make he brings Francesca back safely.
Jump ahead to the end (I didn't but I desperately wanted to): Several people die (ho hum, didn't care), the true identity of the Shadow is revealed (yeah, yeah, figured that out 1/3 of the way into the book), and good eventually triumphs over evil. Whatever.
There is a teensy little cliffhanger at the end to set up for a sequel. Honestly, by then I could not have cared less about the stupid probe, the stupid scientists, or the stupid romance between two of the characters.
The adventure begins when a scientist working for an NGO uncovers an ancient artifact. The surrounding rock is millions of years old yet this object is a finely machined metallic cylinder. She enlists a co-scientist and they search out four scientists in other fields, hoping to run a variety of tests to understand what they have found.
Soon the mystery begins. The six scientists disappear and various countries assume the scientists are hiding a bomb or some other deadly device. Mossad and the CIA aim to find the scientists and recover the dangerous object, no matter the cost.
This novel has everything to captivate the reader. There is the mysterious object that may hold the secret to the origin of humans on earth. There are scientists that help readers understand lots of science. There are deadly assassins. There are clever maneuvers by the scientists to evade capture. There is even a little romance.
The characters are well done. The plot is great. I really liked how the intelligence agencies misconstrued what the scientists were trying to do. It gave me pause to think about how an agency like the CIA might assume something and go way off track.
There was a little too much filthy language for my liking and a few odd (nearly) sexual scenes. Other than that, this is an entertaining novel for those who enjoy the Indiana Jones variety. There is a twist at the end so I'll be waiting for the sequel.
This novel represents De Servienti's theory of the origin of life on earth. Readers must remember that this book is fiction.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book through NetGalley. My comments are an independent and honest review.
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