Graham Hancock has spent decades researching and writing some of the most ambitious and successful nonfiction investigations into ancient civilizations and wisdom. Entangled uses all of Hancock's skills and knowledge to propel a fantasy adventure like nothing else preceding it. This is a time-slip novel, alternating between present-day California, Brazil, and prehistoric Spain, with two teenage female protagonists who must come together to avert an incredibly bloodthirsty takeover of the human race.
Entangled is the first book in a trilogy relating the story of an unrelentingly evil master magician named Sulpa who is on the loose and determined to destroy humanity. Leoni, a troubled teen from modern-day Los Angeles, and Ria, a young woman who lives in Stone Age Spain, meet in a parallel dimension outside the flow of time to stop Sulpa's spectacular, deadly materialization in the modern world. Riding a growing wave of interest in parallel dimensions and imaginary worlds (The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Golden Compass are recent Hollywood examples), Entangled will have immediate appeal to readers and listeners of Philip Pullman, Stephen King, Neil Gaiman,and Kate Mosse, among others.
But Entangled has the added merit of being grounded in solid anthropological and scientific research. Hancock calls on his years of research into cutting-edge issues, including the "Neanderthal enigma", the nature of consciousness, the many-worlds interpretation of quantum physics, parallel realms, time travel, and near-death and out-of-body experiences.
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What drew me to this book was the background behind it and the wonderful work of Graham Hancock. I first heard about this from his feature on the Joe Rogan Podcast where he explained in short where he came up with the motive to write the book. He said while drinking Ayahuasca one time he had asked the spirit of the plant what it wanted him to do, and, apparently, it asked him to tell this story. Some may think that sounds like a great marketing platform to sell the book, but from what I know of Graham Hancock I would doubt his motives would be so self-serving.. others may not agree, but this of course is all just opinion. If this story indeed originated from the spirit of the ayahuasca plant than I would think it relatively true or at least based in truth.
I've personally had many thoughts of visiting South America and the Amazon to see a shaman of an indigenous culture in order to experience ayahuasca in a proper setting, and this book gave me great insight into what one could expect of such an experience. I'd say one of the best things I took away from this was the insight into the direness of an ayahuasca experience itself, and how seriously it must be taken.. I knew this beforehand, but wasn't sure why exactly, and this book does a great job of laying that out towards the end with an actual shaman's perspective in the matter.
The introduction by Graham sets it up nicely for what you can expect and how to filter it. I found the reader to be reminiscent of my childhood listening to a teacher or librarian reading a book to children in animated language and impersonations.. sure, a bit corny, but would you rather a monotone bore or to simply read it yourself? If yes, than there are other sites you can purchase the print version and for much cheaper. People often like to find fault in something even if there isn't much to complain about; I don't see the point.. I haven't read the print version, but granted it is the same script and nothing was left out, I find nothing to subtract any stars over.. great book, great reader, great recording quality, what more would you want?
I read a few reviews denoting the gratuitous violence plagued throughout and how it turned many off to the story. I would retort that these people should pull their britches and stop being such p#ssies lol.. honestly though, as Graham explains in the introduction, these are things that humans have indulged in since our nomadic inception. An element of wickedness has stirred in man for ages and this story reaches time periods long lost in human/earth history.. it is undoubtedly exposing a side of ourselves we hoped to cover in veils of contemporary advances of culture and technology, tho they are still very much a part of our behavior and some of the driving force behind our 'peachy' advances. It reminds me of something Vast Aire once said, 'if you don't like the smell of burning meat, then get the f#@$ off the planet,' lol a thing that's sad but true. Violence and negativity have a mainstay in our lives and on our planet if only as a small factor in the best of us, so to ignore it would be doing the universal truth a disservice, just as well, ignoring something has never done anything to alleviate it, so why shouldn't these topics have a central position in our culture if we ever hope to conquer them?
The point is, yes, the book describes these elements in strong, gut-wrenching detail, but if we don't shine a light on them and explore their roots pretending like we live in a utopian society where there's only a few bad apples floating around, we lose sight of the reality that we all play parts in watered down, somehow socially acceptable versions of the same thing all the time.
On another the note, the book was written in a thriller fashion with each chapter leaving you on the edge of your seat, ping-ponging back and forth from one character's story to the other often leaving you mad that you have to leave the current character in their current predicament waiting a whole other chapter before you get back to see what happens to them. Overall, I thought this was a great way to tell the story, and often stayed out later than I wanted to listening to more of the story to see what happens.
- Morna L.
We're not in Kansas anymore!