The award-winning author of Valhalla brings back archaeologist Lexy Vaughan and retired Air Force officer Steve Macaulay, as they race to save a priceless discovery from disappearing forever....
One of the greatest archaeological finds of all time, Peking Man, the 780,000-year-old remains of our earliest known human ancestor, disappeared during World War II from a cargo ship bound for America.
Now the Chinese government is fighting to keep a new religion from taking hold - a faith based on the belief that Peking Man is God. And they dispatch ruthless operatives to find and destroy the world's most priceless fossil.
But the U.S. government has its own team on the hunt. From the mountains of Bavaria to the jungles of Central America and across the vast Pacific, Professor Barnaby Finchem, his brilliant protégé, Lexy Vaughan, and pilot Steve Macaulay will brave the wrath of nature and of man to win a race against unbridled tyranny....
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Yes, because I loved his first book, "Valhalla" and Christopher Lane is one of my favorite narrators.
The story seemed to go around and around in circles without every really getting anywhere. Although the summary made it sound interesting, especially with the subject being the Peking Man fossils, they aren't mentioned much through the story. Many times, the writer went off on dead end tangents that didn't seem to be relevant. It lost my interest by about section 18 and I felt so bored I just gave up.
Christopher Lane is usually so good at many different voices and accents. However in this one his portrayal of the Chinese adversaries is really poor.
I had really looked forward to Robert J. Mrazek's next book after "Valhalla" because that one was so intriguing. It almost feels like he wasn't sure where he wanted to go with this one and did not seem to stick very well to the initial idea of finding Peking Man. He gave very little background on the history of Peking Man or the supposed 'religion" that sprang from it or why it did. Nor did he give much background into why the Chinese government was so intense in their search for it. It almost seemed like he started out with a good idea but didn't take enough time to develop a good plot.
- Blue Dragonfly
Ending misses the mark
Just like his book Valhalla, Mrazek does something inexplicably odd in the last sentences of this book. It is confusing and frustrating. I don't know what he is trying to convey by having a female protagonists in both books mentally "check out" at the very end of the book. So baffling I will not try another of his books.
- Vickie Sigmon