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A POWERFUL TREMOR UNEARTHS AN ANCIENT SECRET.

Buried near Italy's Mount Vesuvius is a fortified observatory containing artifacts dating to the earliest record of human events. Only one person, the Getty Museum's Amanda James can unlock the mysterious doors that guard the chamber. But once inside, Amanda is shocked to discover evidence left behind by a notorious Biblical kil
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Nook, 505 pages
Published April 7th 2011 by Cascada Productions (first published April 5th 2011)
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Jennifer
May 31, 2011 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book a part of a first-reads giveaway.

I found Wayward Son by Tom Pollack to be an ambitious, remarkable and epic novel. I enjoyed it from start to finish. There are plenty of plot twists and secrets to be revealed. When an ancient vault that has been buried for centuries is discovered in Ercolano, Italy near Mount Vesuvius Amanda James must figure out the key to unlocking its doors and discover what lies within. Once inside she has an incredible vision of another's life, a man w
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Ilene
May 26, 2011 Ilene rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was not a fan of this book. When the book opens you think it is going to be about something COMPLETELY different than what it really was about. I didn't have an issue with the biblical story portion of it, in fact I thought that it was kind of interesting, however the plot did not tie together very well between today's age and yesteryear and I was extremely disappointed by the ending.

I was excited by the premise but disappointed with the execution.
Rick F.
Jul 12, 2012 Rick F. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"A Powerful Tremor Unearths an Ancient Secret. Buried near Italy’s Mt. Vesuvius is a fortified observatory containing artifacts dating to the earliest record of human events. Only one person—the Getty Museum’s Amanda James—can unlock the mysterious doors that guard the chamber. But once inside, Amanda is shocked to discover evidence left behind by a notorious Biblical killer—who long ago wandered off the pages of history. When a strange relic unveils the miraculous truth about this villain, Aman ...more
Becomingme
Apr 17, 2011 Becomingme rated it liked it
Received as an early review book from LibraryThing:
Wayward Son is a speculative, historical fiction account of the story of Cain after he slew his brother. In this book, Cain’s “curse” is an exceptionally long life that span eons and covers most of the Ancient world before the common era(BCE). This book is a Forrest Gump of biblical times in that you see the ”history” though Cain’s eyes. Unlike the character in Forrest Gump, Cain is portrayed as a very intelligent man, who is inventive, creative
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Mike Aragona
Jun 29, 2011 Mike Aragona rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: digital, all
On reading the promo, this book seemed to hold everything that I love to read about. Archaeology, History, Ancient Tombs, and a Mystery of Time! The actual story, however, had a start that wavered a bit too much for my tastes. We got to meet Amanda James and learned a bit of her history and I started to wonder where and how this would tie into the main "meat" of the book. When we finally got to it in Italy... the book veered completely away from her and the modern time of "today" to concentrate ...more
Ron
Jul 15, 2011 Ron rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Disapointing. Interesting permise nullified by cliche-ridden, awkward prose. Wooden, stereotypical cast. Too much back story, too much "product placement." On page 492 they were still idenfying Jaun's car as an "Alfa Romeo 8C Spider" and (on page 495) that Amanda was blonde. Many historical errors.

Authors need to enroll in a good writing program.

Cristy
What a cool book I found WAYWARD SON to be. Such an interesting read that far exceeded what I’d expected. WAYWARD SON, truly a provides a full book within a book.

While I was initially intrigued by the impressive modern young surfing archeologist, Amanda James; in the end it was the biblically sampled story that gripped me. Being a Christian, I was particularly taken with Cain’s life. I loved how the authors cleverly weaved him into so many of the major historical and biblical events. What a tho
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Ethan
May 31, 2011 Ethan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
The novel, Wayward Son, is a fun read for anyone who loves classic adventure stories. Along the lines of the best Indiana Jones movies, this book focusses on archeologist Amanda James, who is asked to lend her expertise on a recently discovered door. Combined with a well written speculative history on the biblical figure Cain, the novel progresses to an exciting climax. The ending manages to provide closure to the story while still leaving the option for what is sure to be an exciting sequel. If ...more
Rachael
Jun 29, 2011 Rachael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: absolutely-loved
I am very picky about the books I read. I was weary about this book at first, but it completely surprised me! The story line was amazing and filled with surprises! I absolutely loved it from start to finish! I am telling everyone I know to read it!
Tiffany Chandler
Wayward Son is a spectacular Novel by Tom Pollack.

I borrowed my girlfriends Kindle this weekend and we went to Las Vegas.
So yesterday I am sitting by the pool at the Bellagio Hotel hoping for warmer weather and thumbing through her library when I spot this book and start reading. It begins like a really great junk read with a beautiful (well I think she is because she surfs in Malibu) heroine named Amanda James in her late 20's who actually reads old dusty scrolls at the Getty Museum in Los An
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
Everything changes early one morning when Dr. Amanda James gets a call from an old college flame and fellow archaeologist, beseeching her to travel to Italy to help solve the puzzle of a mysterious set of bronze doors at a new dig site. Much to her surprise and bemusement, Amanda also receives an offer of stardom and celebrity from billionaire Luc Renard on the same day. The only catch? The job is in Tokyo, requiring Amanda to leave everything of her life behind including her current work at the ...more
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
For centuries it seems the devil has been using our own personal guilt to keep us bound in our own prisons. Things we have done in our past serve as countless reminders he uses to keep us from the forgiveness and freedom that is ours to enjoy.

In the novel, Wayward Son, by Tom Pollack along with Jim Alves and John Loftus, the three will take the reader into an unexpected journey through the history of time. Beginning with Amanda Jones, who is a gifted linguist who works for the Getty Museum havin
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Nancy
May 13, 2011 Nancy rated it really liked it
Wayward Son by John Loftus

Amanda, budding archaeologist; goes to Italy to assist in what just may be the Find of a lifetime. Or, it just may end her life. When asked by her ex-love Juan Carlos to fly over and assist in reading a set of panels Amanda jumps at the chance to get away for awhile and to see if there is possibly something left of an old flame.
The panels are massive but Amanda is able to decipher the lettering and to also solve the puzzle to open the doors. So far so good. Then things
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Donna
Sep 04, 2011 Donna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
****spoilers in this review*****Wayward Son This is an amazing book. This book has something for everyone, action, adventure, archaeology, erupting volcanos and good vs evil. The ultimate good vs. evil. This is a well written book. I could not put it down! It pretty much held my interest from beginning to end. It is an historical fiction account of the life of Cain (yes Cain who slew his brother Abel)Cain's death was never recorded because, guess what, he didn't die. Remember God's judgement on ...more
Cliff Dalton
Apr 23, 2011 Cliff Dalton rated it it was amazing
Wayward Son by Tom Pollack
It is an unusual vehicle that leads to the speculative historic fiction that is the center of this novel. Modern day archeologist and papyrus specialist Amanda James is summoned to a dig in Ercolano, Italy by her former college boyfriend. When she solves the puzzle that unlocks an ancient vault in the buried city of Herculaneum and then is subsequently locked inside by accident, cut off from all outside communication, she discovers the human figures covered in lava and
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Karen Fowler
Sep 12, 2011 Karen Fowler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of Wayward Son through Librarything’s Early Reviewer giveaway and I’m glad the initial blurb caught my attention enough to make me enter to win a copy. It was a complex, inventive novel and will certainly fall into the narrow category of books that I remember well after I finished reading it.

Wayward Son is, at it’s core, and epic journey through time and ancient history, seen through the eyes of one of the Bible’s most notorious characters- Cain. Interestingly, the Bible never
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Erika
I got this book from Goodreads First Reads!

I thought that this book was pretty good, but I did not like the whole religion part of the story.

This story is about a girl named Amanda James and how one of her ex-boyfriends, Juan, called her to tell about an archaeology site that was opened by an earthquake. Juan wanted Amanda to go to the site in Ercolano, Italy. He knew that she could crack the code of how to open the door, which he had only seen some pictures of from the robot they sent into the
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Cupcakencorset
I felt like I'd been subjected to a bait-n-switch in this book. It started so promisingly as a tale of the supernatural, wherein a modern female archaeologist excavating a site in Italy "sees" the life experiences of a long-dead man when she touches the pendant of a necklace hanging from what she believes is a statue of a man. And for a while, the author jumps back and forth fairly regularly between the modern day and the ancient life of the man, who turns out to be a well-known Biblical figure. ...more
Quentin Stewart
Oct 23, 2011 Quentin Stewart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found WAYWARD SON a fascinating read. The author does an excellent job of weaving his main character, from the past, into historical events from the beginning of time. It seems that the "Wayward Son" is there at all of the important junctures of time in the past or near to where the action is taking place. The premise of his life is interesting and makes one wonder "what if". I enjoy books that draws the reader in and makes them wonder and think of the interesting aspects of the author's writi ...more
ILoveBooks
Dec 27, 2011 ILoveBooks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amanda James is a leading archaeologist. She doesn't expect any amazing digs to come up anytime soon, but she is pleasantly surprised when she receives not one, but two offers. She decides to take Italy and heads out right away. When she arrives, she begins to suspect something is amiss. When she solves the puzzle that opens the door to reveal amazing antiques. However, Amanda triggers a switch that closes the door behind her...leaving her alone and with no way to contact the outside world.



This
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Wade
Jul 17, 2011 Wade rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Although I was disappointed by the writing (very choppy, jarring changes, etc.), the overall premise is enjoyable. The story kept me interested through the ending and I loved the character's participation in so many different epochs. I felt, though, as though the authors did a "bait and switch." They spent so much time building Amanda James' character, and then jarringly switched to Cain. I kept waiting for the story to return to the real hero, until I realized that Cain was now the focus. They ...more
Emily Giacomuzzi
Wayward Son is a fantastic adventure through history. The Authors took one of the most well known stories in the bible, then expanded upon it and turned it into an exciting story of redemption.
They take us out of our world and (way) into the past, when Cain is cast off for killing his brother Able. Creative liberty is taken with Cain's fate after the last mention of him in the Bible, and you, the reader wins. We are brought to the past by the fun, intelligent archeologist Amanda James, who is p
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Emily Giacomuzzi
Apr 23, 2011 Emily Giacomuzzi rated it it was amazing
Wayward Son is a fantastic adventure through history. The Authors took one of the most well known stories in the bible, then expanded upon it and turned it into an exciting story of redemption.
They take us out of our world and (way) into the past, when Cain is cast off for killing his brother Able. Creative liberty is taken with Cain's fate after the last mention of him in the Bible, and you, the reader wins. We are brought to the past by the fun, intelligent archeologist Amanda James, who is p
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Joshua
May 29, 2011 Joshua rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just received my copy of Wayward Son through the Goodreads First Reads program! This is the first book I've ever won! Thank you so much to the author and/or publisher! I am looking forward to reading this book!

Finally Finished!!

I Loved reading this book! It took me through time, I kept looking things up because I wondered what the artifacts looked like! I didn't know what to expect at first because the story switched from one perspective to an entirely different one. There was such a twist on
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Cathy
May 30, 2011 Cathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-books
I admit if I had to live my life over I'd be an archaeologist. I love history so I'm always happy to read an archaeology/suspense novel when I find it on the shelves.
This sounded like the usual good read but it was decidedly different. I won't say who the wayward son is but you'll find out soon enough.
Pollack and co-authors used the device of an archaeological find to take us on a march through history from the Garden of Eden to the 21st century. It was an exciting journey. I found myself very s
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Tom Connolly
Apr 30, 2011 Tom Connolly rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian, history, bible
Brilliant, original, and engaging. This is a Christian novel with a wonderful premise that takes the reader through major events of early history. Although written as a double plot, one current and one historical that culminate at the end; the book is more like an intriguing collection of short stories in different ancient cultures. Each chapter is well written and takes the reader right to the time and place of the scene. In the end, it remains a story of good versus evil, but getting there is ...more
Lesley McCullough
Apr 30, 2011 Lesley McCullough rated it really liked it
Received this as an Earlier Reviewer. It was not what I had expected(ie an archaeological mystery/adventure). Instead it was an inventive mixture of ancient history and fiction woven together in an engrossing tale reaching from the beginning of man to present day. I thought I had anticipated the outcome early ‘wrong’, I was pleasantly surprised at the twist at the end. My only criticism would be that I would have liked the modern characters, Amanda, Luc, Juan etc to have had more substance and m ...more
Katie Fear
Aug 27, 2011 Katie Fear rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was blessed to receive a copy of this book from Library Thing early reviewers, after completing the book I find it fascinating that such a creative fiction account of characters we've heard of in fictional and non fictional historical settings were interwoven into such an exilerating masterpiece! The book was very good, so good in fact that my family is also reading it and hanging on the pages. The one drawback for me was that at times the "vision" retrospect was long and encumbered. But it do ...more
Banner
Apr 09, 2012 Banner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religious, fiction
Ok, first 50 pages or so I wasn't for sure if I was going to like this book, but then bam! It took off and didn't stop till the end. I enjoyed the romp through history through the eyes of a unique participant.

This would be classified as Christian fiction, but I didn't think it was preachy (until a little at the end). There was a little theology at the end that sounded a little more like modern day evangelicalism instead of the historical setting in which it was taking place (but this did not pr
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Jeffrey
May 31, 2011 Jeffrey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
This book is split between present and past, with a large part focused on the past. It would have been a much better book (tighter story, fewer distractions) if it had just focused on the past and left out the whole bit about the modern protagonist. As it stands, the main emphasis of the story is on the modern character, even though the bulk of the writing concerns the characters in the past. This sort of split detracts from the interesting parts of the story (mostly a travelogue) without adding ...more
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