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Bible of the Dead [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Tom Knox
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17. März 2011
A gripping high-concept thriller for fans of Dan Brown and Sam Bourne from the author of The Genesis Secret and The Marks of Cain. In the silent caves of deepest France, young archaeologist Julia Kerrigan unearths an ancient skull, with a hole bored through the forehead. After she reveals her discovery, her colleague is killed in suspicious circumstances. Meanwhile, in the jungles of south-east Asia photographer Jake Thurby is offered a curious assignment by a beautiful and determined Cambodian lawyer who is investigating finds at the mysterious 2000-year-old Plain of Jars. Finds which the authorities have gone to great lengths to keep secret. No one knows why. Back in England, an aged professor has been brutally and elaborately murdered. The murder remains unsolved. As the archaeologist, lawyer and photographer pursue their separate quests to discover the truth, an underlying pattern begins to emerge, which connects these far-flung events in the most terrifying and unimaginable way. And it soon becomes clear that those who seek to unlock the compelling puzzle will be risking very much more than their lives.

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  • Taschenbuch: 512 Seiten
  • Verlag: Harper Collins Paperbacks (17. März 2011)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0007344031
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007344031
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13 x 2,8 x 19,7 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 236.411 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Praise for Tom Knox: 'Tom Knox knows the DNA of an astonishing thriller. THE MARKS OF CAIN is a compelling and frightening novel, and it may well be the most controversial thriller since THE DA VINCI CODE. Action, history, religion, and genetics combine for a gripping read that will keep you reading late into the night.' Jeff Abbott, bestselling author of PANIC and FEAR 'Steeped in both blood and history and keeps up a scorching pace from start to finish' Northern Echo 'Knox writes with a clean efficiency. The characters are nicely wrought ... Best of all, Knox really knows his stuff and his discourses on ancient man, human sacrifice, demons of the mid-east and obscure pre-Judaic religions are all woven into the plot seamlessly. I'm reminded of why I always liked these type of books, because not only do the best ones grip and propel you through their pages but they also leave you a little more knowledgeable than when you started' Shotsmag

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Tom Knox is the pseudonym of the author Sean Thomas. Born in England, he has travelled the world writing for many different newspapers and magazines, including The Times, the Guardian, and the Daily Mail. He lives in London

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1.0 von 5 Sternen dissapointment 27. April 2011
thsi book exceels by wordful visualization: brains smashed with iron bars, women (almost) raped by orang utans, a half developped duck embryo eaten, this aside with unfriendly descriptions of the people in cambodja along with - who would have guessed - another picturesque description of their eating customs. unfortuntely this does not help to build suspense. The plot is clear almost fromn the beginning. The idea is not elaborated, neither very intelligent: To locate belief and conscience in a certain part of the brain which can be lobotomized - thus creating a new monster warrior....I had this for holidays and was very dissapointed.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen As subtle as Gallagher smashing a watermelon... 3. Februar 2012
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If you're looking at this book and expecting a read along the lines of Dan Brown or James Rollins, look elsewhere. While Knox does try to expand on the wildly popular idea of the anthropological thriller, he fails to deliver the compulsive read his fellow authors have managed to bring to the table.

Now I do have to give credit where it's due. Rather than attempt to bring out the same ideas that have already been well trod, Knox manages to find a historical mystery that nobody seems to have written about yet: the Hands of Gargas and the Plain of Jars, two fascinating anthropological and social finds that are woefully underused in the world of fiction. In this aspect, Knox did a good job since these are things that would make for a good anthropological/sociological thriller.

However, where Knox flounders is in his penchant for overstating to the point of tedium. We're given themes, histories, and info dumps, which I admit are unavoidable in any book, but we're browbeaten by these elements until we're rolling our eyes at the occasionally overly dramatic and unnecessary prose. A good example would be how Knox uses the horrific atrocities that the Khmer Rouge made against the people of Cambodia. These elements are stated time and time again, occasionally at the expense of character development. We're told how communism is bad and how horrible the Khmer Rouge was, meanwhile the main characters seem to be little more than a platform for these views. While these viewpoints are valid, they just kept me from getting as invested in the characters as I'd wanted to be. That the plot jumps between different groups of characters doesn't help out either.

Then there's the ending. I won't elaborate, but I'll just say that the message in the end will be controversial to some readers. If it wasn't as subtle as Gallagher smashing a watermelon, Knox could have gotten away with it to where I don't believe anyone would have complained. Sometimes less is more and a briefer revelation with less exclamation would have driven the point in more than pages of exposition. It just diluted everything and made it more overzealous and annoying than thought provoking, making the ending (and the book in general) more of a chore to read than a joy.

Now, it isn't all bad. There are some good scenes in here and the general idea of the book is pretty darn intriguing. If Knox could have gone back and eased up on the overstating of ideas and focused more on the character development, this would have been an amazing read. It could have had at least 40-60 pages shaved off to make a tighter narrative. It's just that the book failed to deliver on its promise and while it might make for an OK library read, Knox still has a long way to go before he gets to Douglass and Preston levels.

1.7 out of 5 stars

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2.0 von 5 Sternen All-in-all, a rather disappointing read 2. Februar 2012
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The Lost Goddess starts out interestingly enough, with an archaeological discovery in a French cave, followed by a mysterious assault in the dying artificial light deep underground. For me, that opening scene was the highlight of the novel, which is a definite problem - that level of tension and suspense is simply never recaptured anywhere else within the story. A lot of the action seemed to be mere padding, such as the extended tangent of police chases and family squabbles that nearly brought the middle of the book to a halt.

What I had hoped would be a fun archaeological adventure (akin to Matthew Reilly), though, and was even willing to accept as yet another pale imitation of Dan Brown, simply got bogged down by way more religious fanaticism and politics than I cared to wade through.

Where it completely lost my interest was with its heavy-handed approach in equating 'faith' with all that is good and pure in the world, and 'atheism' with all that is evil and cruel. There is actually a line towards the end of the novel where one of the characters calls atheism "a form of dementia . . . a mental illness."

It's a shame, because the Hands of Gargas and the Plain of Jars are definitely unique MacGuffins to explore, and there are hints of competent writing here. If only the the history hadn't been wasted in info-dumps, and then overshadowed by the social/political commentary and religious fanaticism, it could have been an average thriller.

All-in-all, a rather disappointing read, and an author I certainly don't care to revisit.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Two or three stars is too generous 19. April 2012
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This is the first of Tom Knox's books I've read, unfortunately, and after reading the reviews for the Lost Goddess on the cover I was double checking to make sure I was reading the same book as the other reviewers.

Reading it is like walking through a muddy field, with each step coating your shoes to the point where you can't walk anymore. It was like work, and I've gotten more pleasure out of college textbooks. About a third of the way through I was going to chuck it, but it was going so badly that it was like watching a schlocky horror movie, where you want to keep going to see just how bad it gets.

His attempts at dialogue for the Asian characters' pidgin English are stereotypical at best, downright insulting at worst. I kept getting this vision of Jerry Lewis, eyes squinted shut, wearing one of those rice paddy straw hats. It was awful.

His plot, which sounds intriguing, goes off the rails in a hurry. Sorry, but this book was truly a stinker.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Boy, What A Stinker! 31. März 2013
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I picked up The Lost Goddess during one of my trips to Bangkok. I've never read any of Tom Knox's other books, so based on the jacket reviews I was looking for a good read with plenty of Southeast Asian flair. That was a big mistake. The author labors far too much to create vivid descriptions, but leaves us with something that reads like it came out of a junior high school writers workshop. It's not just awful; it's replete with stinkiosity. Character development is marginal at best-though unbelievably repetitive. I could have done with about 219 fewer descriptions of the protagonist's dreams of a dead mother and sister. The book would have been at least 25% more readable had Knox dispensed with his attempts to impart Chemda with an affectation by inserting "ah" between every five words of her dialogue. I had to stop reading two-thirds of the way through. Biggest waste I've made of 500 baht in a long time.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen slipsliding away... 18. April 2011
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I liked the author's first book about Genesis and the Gobekli finds. It was quite entertaining and well-written. This time however, he goes too far in exploring how religion is a factor of the human mind, neatly placed in the frontal brain, which can be excised at will. A mix of Khmer Rouge, basic rabid anti-communist views and doubtful prehistory. I finished it, certainly, wanting to know to what point he was going to drive and wasn't disappointed. The book fell into the bin the second after the last page. I still have to take a look at his second novel, the Mark of Cain. I do hope it will be on the same level as his first. A disappointed reader...
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