The more Carter Devereux, a professor of archeology, researches and studies the history of the human species, the more he becomes convinced that Solomon was onto something when he said, "The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done, is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. Is there anything whereof it may be said, see, this is new? It hath been already of old time, which was before us. There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come, with those that shall come after." Ecclesiastes 1:9 -11 (Circa BC 940).
Carter's research and exploration into this history take him to South America, India, and the Middle East, where he makes mind-boggling discoveries which challenge our entire view of human history. And before long, Carter finds himself with not only a large number of critics from across the world, but also a number of ardent followers.
Through the ages kings, rulers, power seekers, and governments, have been trying to secretly, and sometimes not so secretly, get their hands on artifacts believed to have immense power. Examples include the Holy Grail, the Ark of the Covenant, Bachal Isu - the staff of Moses carried by David, and the King of Kings, Jesus Christ, the Spear of Destiny, the time machine, "the glock," created by the Germans during WWII, and ancient lost cities with hidden fortunes of gold, and artifacts with unimaginable powers.
There is a no shortage of unscrupulous, power hungry people who will do anything, including kill, to possess these relics - if they exist.
Most frightening of them all, are the ancient texts that speak of earth's destruction by nuclear weapons, thousands of years ago.
Do those nuclear weapons still exist?
If so, where are they?
Can Carter Devereux discover them, before anyone else can?
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Interesting premise, but needs work
I would say that this book was a frustrating experience. I enjoy the exploration of radical theories of the past. The author seemed to go from the angle that every far-fetched theory of prehistoric man was in fact true. I'm fine with that. It makes for more interesting content. However, the delivery was really tough. The book started out pretty well and I was into the story and then it just became a slog. Then, it turns out that the whole book is just a long set-up for the next book.
The most interesting aspect of the story is the imaginative look at what happened in the distant past. In the first 1/3 of the book, some really neat discoveries and interactions with Peru took place and that was really entertaining.
The least interesting was the dialogue. It was really tough to hear. Nothing was implied. All was spelled out. The interactions between the characters were well... Corny. And when discussing topics at hand, the conversation wasn't normal. It was a lecture disguised as dialogue. I have never heard people talk with each other in that way.
I think that David Panfilo did a solid job narrating. He differentiated between the characters and lent enthusiasm to the story. But, ultimately, he was trapped by the dialogue.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
- Eric Hunley