The Genesis Secret: A Novel

The Genesis Secret: A Novel

by Tom Knox

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Overview

The internationally bestselling thriller with an audacious blend of science, history, and suspense from the author of The Marks of Cain and The Lost Goddess. 

War-reporter Rob Luttrell is expecting a soft assignment when he's sent to Kurdistan to cover the excavation of the world's oldest human civilization. But, soon after he arrives, the site is violated, first by sabotage—and then by death. Meanwhile, a Scotland Yard detective investigating a series of spectacularly grisly murders discovers a link between the victims and what is happening in Kurdistan. As the two men race to prevent more deaths, they close in on a biblical era secret that will shake the foundations of the modern world. For readers of the action and suspense books of Raymond Khoury, Kate Mosse, Douglas Preston, Daniel Suarez, and Lincoln Child.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780452296336
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/27/2010
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 497,636
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Tom Knox is the pseudonym for the journalist and writer Sean Thomas. He lives in London.

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Praise for The Babylon Rite:
 
“Knox’s greatest strength is coming up with original anthropological mysteries. Knox provides a surfeit of gruesome detail, but readers with strong stomachs... will be satisfied.” –Publishers Weekly
 
“Knox weaves a compelling, violent tale, peppered with plenty of sex, that will appeal to ancient conspiracy fans comfortable with the graphic content.” –Booklist
 
“Historical, adventure, and suspense fans unite! Any Da Vinci Code fan will also love the fact that the Knights Templar are once again being revisited, and their reputation is darker than ever before. And although there are horror scenes galore, the research is extremely invigorating and the mystery is beyond cool.” –Amy Lignor, Suspense Magazine
 
“Tom Knox returns with an electrifying new novel. A rapid fire pace, absorbing storyline and plenty of action propels this well researched if grisly tale to a chilling conclusion. The finely nuanced characters and excellent setting development coupled with ancient cultures practicing shocking rites grabs readers’ attention like a vise and doesn’t let go until the final page. The Moche and Templars definitely existed and Knox’s version of how they were possibly connected is an interesting idea to contemplate. This is an outstanding if gory mystery that while predictable in places, delivers a fine tale.” –Monstersandcritics.com Mystery Book Reviews
 
 
 
 
Praise for The Lost Goddess:
 
“Mr. Knox's speculations are good ones, making you wonder what might really have been going on in dictators' secret laboratories.” –The Wall Street Journal
 
“"How terrific to find a new thriller in which the dramatic action emerges from an exemplary mix of first-rate research, interesting politics and credible characters!” –The Dallas Morning News
 
“A globetrotting adventure with shades of Dan Brown and Indiana Jones....A page-turner." — Suspense Magazine
 
“Combines elements of the best of several genres, shakes them up, then lays them out in surprisingly original patterns.... Knox doles out enough tantalizing scientific, social, and spiritual lore to sate even the hungriest anthropological thriller reader." — Publishers Weekly
 
Praise for The Marks of Cain:
 
"Tom Knox knows the DNA of an astonishing thriller." — Jeff Abbott, bestselling author of Adrenaline and The Last Minute
 
"An intriguing, well-told story." – Booklist
 
Praise for The Genesis Secret:
 
“[The Genesis Secret] makes one want to tear through the pages to find out what happens next.” –The Dallas Morning News
 
"Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code brought on a flood of tomb-raiding thrillers. I enjoyed Tom Knox's The Genesis Secret best." –The Minnnesota Star-Tribune
 
"Sinister, macabre, relentless and rich...The ideal blend of both The Da Vinci Code and Raiders of the Lost Ark." –Bill Loehfelm, author of The Devil in Her Own Way
 
"Everything one could want in a thriller: a plot that keeps you hooked, heroes worth cheering for, and a brilliantly maintained air of menace." –Jon Fasman, author of The Geographer's Library and The Unpossessed City

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The Genesis Secret 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 82 reviews.
Deleano More than 1 year ago
This book is a fairly easy read and becomes better as it moves along. Beware, however, there are a number of torturous scenes which will curl the hair of even the most prolific reader of historical tales re ancient history. The book builds a plausible case for understanding the beginnings of modern organized religion and societal mores.
MrMike More than 1 year ago
Great characters in this debut novel from Tom Knox(Sean Thomas). Perhaps a bit graphic for my tastes, but it seemed essential to the plot. An interesting idea based a meticulous facts. NOT another Da Vinci Code ripoff as I had feared, but a well thought out page turner that makes you glad you have the ability to read. I can't wait for the next book with these characters?
mlm202 More than 1 year ago
WOW. What a page turner. I could hardly put it down. This is one of the most exciting first novels I may have ever read. It was extremely thought provoking as well. The book left me with a lot of research to do. Thank you Mr Knox, I cannot wait for the next one.
harstan More than 1 year ago
British reporter Rob Luttrell was up front and too close as he eye witnessed a suicide bomber in Iraq executing a grisly mass murder. Rob survived and his London based editor sends him to Tel Aviv for a mental health breather. ------------ Ready to get back to work, he is sent to report on a safe assignment, an excavation in the Kurdish sector of Turkey led by German archeologist Franz Breitner. The dig at Gobekli Tepe has uncovered incredible evidence of edifices somewhere between ten and eleven millennium old; at least twice the age of the previous known oldest structure. However, the excavation is not without controversy as the local population is outraged by the outsiders' blasphemy; they curse those working there. Soon afterward, Breitner is killed when an accident left him pierced by a pole. Rob and biological anthropologist Christine Meyer investigate what each assumes is a mortal murder even as rumors spread that this locale is the Garden of Eden before they are deported back to England where trouble awaits them and his daughter for what they know about Gobekli Tepe.-------------- The premise of ancient secrets uncovered is as old as say ancient times, but Tom Knox refreshes the concept with an interesting amateur sleuth inquiry. The story line is fast-paced with the opening sequences when the reporter first arrives at the Turkish dig are excellent and brisk. The plot spins more to the usual thugs chasing the heroes about half way in although in fairness that is exciting and well written. Fans will enjoy THE GENESIS SECRET, but will also consider what if Mr. Knox stayed the initial course.------------ Harriet Klausner
Danielle928 More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book for several reasons. 1) It's actually pretty historical, and I LOVE that. 2) It's action-packed and keeps you on the tips of your toes. 3)The characters are pretty believable (though the scenarios are sometimes a little far-fetched--that's ok though) If you're going to read this, here's what I say: prepare to be grossed out. Tom Knox has a real knack for describing these sacrificial rituals...with detail. So get ready...just saying. The only real problem I had with this book was the grammar. I found a couple of misspellings and sometimes, when an author uses too many fragments and such, it sounds a little repetitive and kind of uneducated sounding. Maybe that's his approach to making the whole book sound like a story coming from a regular guy...like a dialog. Whatever the case may be, it irked me a little bit, and I'm not really OCD-ish. I'm not saying that this whole thing should keep you from reading the book, I'm just warning you that if you get annoyed by this sort of stuff, you should either skip this one or just get over it...I had to. Overall, if you want a exciting book filled with interesting history, then go for it! I also recommend going to thegenesissecret.com after you read the book so you can separate fact from fiction, as is recommended by the author. It was pretty informative. Happy Reading!
SecondRunReviews More than 1 year ago
The story and mystery are great, but once you get deeper into the story, it becomes bloody graphic! Be prepared!!
Too-many-booksMS More than 1 year ago
I think this book is trying to ride the wave of the Da Vinci Code. While it was an interesting read, very full of action, the whole plot seemed a little more hard to believe than I would like. Characters have good chemistry, and I did learn a bit about the area of Kurdistan and about archeology. Good escapist reading, but not if you want to have a learning experience or anything too real.
Catherine Simpher-Benwell More than 1 year ago
Great premise, just not particularly well written. Something is off with the flow of the book and the shallowness of the characters. I did stick with it and was mildly entertained.
Ilovemynook More than 1 year ago
I have never regretted buying a book until this one. The titel is very deceiving. This book is dark and gruesome. If you want nightmares and images of bodies being mutilated in details....this book is for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was pretty good until you get to the ending. The ending was a disappointment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book seemed to have a great teaser on the cover. The plot however was quite unbelievable and shallow. I kept waiting for it to get good, but it just kept getting increasingly and unnecessarily cruel and gory. The characters were robotic and not believable. The author attempted to compensate for the dry, mechanical writing by sprinking the "F" word throughout the book. Also utilized for this purpose are words that were obviously pulled out of the dictionary for their length and complexity, but did not fit the circumstances or characters. Usually, in a thriller of this type, facts and statistics are used to lend legitimacy to the plot, however, in this case it was obvious that they were fabricated, adding more doubt to a weak plot. I followed the book to the end, against my better judgement, hoping to have an incredible plot twist or other shocking ending, but was ultimately dissapointed. The only realization was that the author's intent was to debunk the bible by creating an unlikely alternative to an obscure passage in Genesis.
MerlinAvalon More than 1 year ago
So, I noticed this book sitting on the shelf and thought the cover art was catchy. The copy on the back is intriguing. The title itself is what lured me in completley...I had to read this book. That is what I thought until I started reading the book itself. Knox, pen name for English journalist Sean Thomas, definately has a thing for intense, macabre, and slightly sickening details. However, the idea behind the book is what I find intriguing. If you can put aside the fact that the main character is so blatantly obvious as Knox's own alter ego let loose; or the fact that you realize that he ends up with the beautiful and brilliant female side kick the second he meets her, you may get to the focus plot itself. There is a lot of jumping around and some chapters leave you scratching your head because things that should be explained are not and things that need minor explaination take paragraphs. There really is nothing about the book I would whole heartedly recommend. You are pulled in by the title however, the book fails to deliver.
grandma_bert More than 1 year ago
After reading the previous reviews, I still thought the gory details couldn't be THAT bad. Boy was I wrong! Gory is an understatement. I will not read another one of his books. It is just TOO gross. I understand that historically these human sacrifices took place. But you don't need to hear about SO MANY of them IN ONE PLACE at ONE TIME!!!!! Anyone want to buy a gently used copy?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some of it was a bit hokey but basically a good read that makes you think.
Amma More than 1 year ago
I left this book feeling cheated. The style was promising and the characters were believable at first but failed along with the plot in the end.
Anonymous 7 months ago
A powerful concept of Eden and the Fall of Man. A nerve-wracking page turner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very+good+story.+It+made+me+think+again+about+what+I+learned+as+a+child+about+the+Cain+and+Abel+story.+And+about+the+mysterious+folks+who+lived+east+of+Eden.
thejohnsmith on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Journalist Rob Lutterell, gets a break from his usual assignments in war torn parts of the world to write a story on an interesting archaeological site in Kurdish Turkey. Events soon take a turn that pitch Lutterell into a tense and dangerous situation that draws him, his friends and family into the murderous world of a descendant of Hell Fire Club founders. As they seek to uncover the secrets of an ancient religious sect the threat of death gets closer and closer to Lutterell.Its a good read, started off a bit slow but picked up soon enough and the second half of the book is quite a page turner. The Genesis Secret is not going to win the Booker prize but it is an entertaining and satisfying, albeit gruesome at times, story.
PirateJenny on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Rob Luttrell is a journalist. Recovering from a close call, he's sent on a new assignment--to report on the discovery of the oldest city in the world, Gobekli Tepe, in Kurdistan. But strange things start to happen, including curses and death. In London, gruesome murders are taking place at historical sites.This is a good, gripping thriller. Quite gruesome at parts--even *I* had to put it down from time to time because it got to be too much. Which, I think, shows what a good writer Knox (a pseudonym) is.
auntmarge64 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Some interesting tidbits of archaeology and history, but mundane in the telling. Graphic violence is used instead of well-plotted narrative to increase tension. I skimmed quite a bit of it, never a good sign for suspense. So. a diverting few hours, but that's about it.
Zare on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What forced people to start farming and start living of the ground? Why did they choose such arduous way of living instead of hunting game?Author gives a rather intriguing answer to these questions through this thriller ¿ story mixes known archeological facts (existing sites and ancient religion cults, enchantment of old religions with sacrifices) with Biblical myths (Book of Enoch). Story itself is fast-paced and reads very fast but be aware ¿ book is not for those faint at heart. There are scenes in the book that are rather disturbing and gory (and for that I hope they do not make the movie based on this book because I fear that the main element of the story would be second and that these massacres would dominate).Interesting book, slightly too bloody for my taste but nevertheless good.Recommended.
burnit99 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A harrowing tale of man's ancient history and ritual torture returned to modern times, this is a pretty decently scripted techno-suspense novel about man's origins and the roots of man's frequent inhumanity. It is told through the filter of some fairly compelling characters and relationships. The only caveat would be that the torture-murders inflicted by the bad guy in search of the Genesis Secret are graphically portrayed, and may well be too gruesome for many to read.
nevusmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A journalist gets to opportunity to cover an archaeological dig in Kurdistan, and ultimately finds himself fighting for his daughter's life. There are two stories interwoven here: what is being uncovered at the dig, and a series of gruesome murders (with historical sacrificial elements) in the UK. The author manages to somehow bring the two stories together toward the end. I have to say I was really horrified at the brutality of the murders.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry I read it because Sorry I read it because of the torture violence. Won't read this author again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I actually chose this book because of a bunch of bad reviews it was given by the same readers who really liked another book I had just read. I have always had an interest in Catalhoyuk and the prehistoric belief systems of ancient Turkey. The author takes the huge archeological finds like Goblekki Tepe and Catalhoyuk and weaves them into the background of what is much more than a thriller. Modern sacrificial murders lead a journalist, an archeologist and a Scotland Yard detective back in time to the origins of modern human society. Is it gory? Yes, in a few places but this is a book that revolves around human sacrifice. But I think some readers found this author on a list of Christian authors or books and the only way it fits in that group is that modern western society evolved from the area of Turkey and Iraq where the novel is set. It is also from where the three great monotheistic religions came. So if you want a rather good metaphysical novel with wonderfully developed locales and characters who occasionally cuss, have normal non-graphic sex and involves violence that is historically accurate than read this book! If not, try books listed in the Young Adult category.