Old Earth

  • by Gary Grossman
  • Narrated by P. J. Ochlan
  • 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Gary Grossman, author of the wildly popular Executive series, returns with a high-octane thriller that digs into the history of the Earth to find the secrets people are willing to kill to keep concealed.
In the summer of 1601, Galileo Galilei made a startling discovery in the mountains of Eastern Italy that, if made public, could shatter faith in religion, bring down governments, and lead to worldwide turmoil. For more than 400 years, the secret has been guarded by a small group of incredibly powerful people, willing to do everything in their power to keep these discoveries from being made. But now, a university dig in Montana headed by paleontologists Quinn McCauley and Katrina Alpert threatens to expose the secret Galileo unearthed, the event that caused him to turn his study to the stars, and the hidden reason the scientist was convicted of heresy by the Inquisition.
McCauley and Alpert find themselves in a global game of cat-and-mouse, seeking answers for a mystery that has endured for centuries, hunted for what they might discover. Old Earth weighs age-old arguments between science and religion in a tense thriller that spans time and questions recorded history.

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What the Critics Say

"An ambitious tale loaded with heaping doses of adrenalin, Old Earth sweeps the reader away with history, intrigue, espionage, engaging characters, and an intelligent conclusion - all elements of the perfect thriller!" (Steve Berry, New York Times best-selling author, The Lincoln Myth)
"A high energy combination of history and intrigue, and last but not least, a great book to bring along the next time you travel." (Peter Greenberg, CBS News Travel Editor)
"Old Earth's richly detailed and unique premise will delight fans of Dan Brown and Michael Crichton." (CJ Lyons, New York Times best-selling author)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Great Story with lots of new twists and turns

If you could sum up Old Earth in three words, what would they be?

Intriguing, fun, unguessable


What was one of the most memorable moments of Old Earth?

What they found in the end


Which scene was your favorite?

When the main characters joined up with the priest to find answers in a different cave in Europe


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Take a pinch of Dan Brown, a measure of James Rollins, a little of Indiana Jones and a full measure of something new and you have the recipe for a story that is hard to put down. Wonderful narration and a unique story. I tried and tried to figure out where it was going and couldn't, which made it all that much more intriguing. The only thing I found a little slow was the beginning where the scene kept switching back and forth. It was a bit hard to follow for awhile. The characters were great, the historical and scientific research was excellent and I learned a lot. My only complaint would be the determination that "the world wasn't ready to know about this" premise. Too many authors use that as an out. It always irritates me when others think they have the right to make decisions for the rest of the inhabitants of Earth. There is too much of that going on these days in the real world. Otherwise, I definitely will be looking for other books by this author and other books narrated by P.J. Ochlan. These are the kind of adventure stories I love listening to!

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- Blue Dragonfly "BlueDragonfly"

Wanted to like it

I'm halfway through this and just can't listen to anymore. The writing is amateurish and at times seems like it was written by a teenage boy. Constant details about things that don't add any interest or move the story along. Do writers get paid by the word? Seriously, do they? I stopped around chapter 45 because nothing interesting has happened yet and I only made it that far because I was driving for about 5 hours today and listened. At one point one of the characters, Dr. Alpert snickers at a young woman's name -Autumn- because it's so L.A. Really? She's a Dr. and she snickers at someone's name? Oh and she's from a little town called London, you know where they don't have any "unusual" names and everyone is kind of cut off from big cities like L.A. God, I actually hate this book! I've never gotten so annoyed at a book before but this one is just awful.
And the reader? I'm sorry but are you kidding with those accents?? Everyone under 30 (the students) sound like they're straight out of an Archie comic book. The British accents sound Iike an American mocking a Victorian era English accent. A female character with a New England ( supposed to be from family money, New England born and raised) her accent sounded more like a Boston construction worker's. Just an FPI reader, Boston has a different accent from New England. Every time one of the Archie's speak I the whole gang at the malt shop checking out Archie's new jalopy.
Some more scientific references and discussions would have made it tolerable but instead we got lots and lots of minutiae that would have been better left out of the book.
The author clearly knows zero about science, paleontology, etc and didn't bother to do any research making this complete drivel for the first half of the book. I'm not even bothering with the second half.
Use your credit elsewhere.
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- Laurie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-10-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios