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The Genesis Secret

3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  3,433 Ratings  ·  330 Reviews
A gripping high-concept thriller for fans of Dan Brown and Sam Bourne.

In the sunburnt deserts of eastern Turkey, archaeologists are unearthing a stone temple, the world's most ancient building. When Journalist Rob Luttrell is sent to report on the dig, he is intrigued to learn that someone deliberately buried the site 10,000 years ago. Why?

Meanwhile, in London, a bizarre a
Paperback, 516 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by HarperTorch (first published 2008)
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Feb 05, 2011 Mormonhermitmom rated it did not like it
I almost hesitate to post about this one, but better to forewarn others right?

The novel started out well. A journalist investigating an archeological site in Kurdish Turkey, finds that there is more to interest him in Gobleki than he thought he would find. Simultaneously, in England, a series of grisly murders have London investigators scratching to find any leads at all to the killers. In a bit of a stretch of logic, the bizarre deaths in both countries are weirdly linked, and the end comes dow
Jul 21, 2009 Sarah rated it it was ok
If you're looking for a book about a guy who agonizes over leaving his family as he trips about the world getting into trouble and picking up minor clues, friends, and a hot woman at archeological digs, punctuated by unbelievably squicky torture-murder scenes and interference from the usual protector/authorities, revealing essentially nothing until an Agatha Christie/Dan Brown-like 10-page monologue in the next to the last chapter explaining the entire mystery with some incredibly wild leaps in ...more
May 27, 2013 Joyreader rated it did not like it
Terrible!!!! Can I please, please, please have those hours back?

The only reason I finished this book was remembering what Stephen King said in his book, On Writing, that you can learn more about writing from bad books than good books sometimes and I wanted to be able to think about why it was so bad. And it was baaaaaaaaaaaad.

Really wish I hadn't finished it because it was gruesome, grisly, and gratuitously horrifying!

Things that went wrong:
1) Neutral to unlikable main character. Seems like an i
kostas  vamvoukakis
τέτοιος ιστορικός αχταρμάς δεν μου έχει ξανατυχει....καλή και γρήγορη περιπέτεια αλλά έλεος...έχει μπλέξει στην ιστορία οτιδήποτε....ρεπορτερ είναι ο τύπος και όχι συγγραφέας....και φαίνεται....πολύ όμως....πολύ μέτριο αποτέλεσμα
Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
This is going to be a hard book to review. Overall it was an enjoyable book but I thought it felt short to my expectations half way there. And the ending was abysmal. The author really wanted to wrap things up and make all alive characters to live happily ever after. So unlike... life.

The Pace - The book really flows from chapter to chapter and the tale until the last 100 pages we follow two different characters. Our main protagonist and the DCI Forrester.

History - So much history and a
Lowell Usedo
Nov 05, 2010 Lowell Usedo rated it it was ok
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Jeffrey Taylor
Dec 22, 2011 Jeffrey Taylor rated it really liked it
The novel made a dramatic change of perspective starting with chapter 37. Up to this point the horror was presented at third hand but in this chapter Knox takes the reader to the commission of the crime and sees the sacrifice at first hand. At first I thought this was just gratuitous violence but later I came to understand the point. The reader had to experience the horror of the sacrifice and the way in which the sacrifice took place to understand and become willing to accept the story's explic ...more
Kirsti (Melbourne on my mind)
Plot summary: Archaeologists in Turkey have just discovered a stone temple dating to 10,000BCE. But there is evidence that the temple was deliberately buried ten thousand years ago. Journalist Rob Luttrell is sent to report on the excavation, and gradually uncovers a shocking secret and a string of gruesome murders.

Thoughts: UGH. This book just never ended. It took a REALLY long time to get to the point. Prior to that, it was just a bunch of loose threads with very little sense of cohesion. Some
Sep 30, 2009 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 01, 2011 Christine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow - I feel positively drained from reading this book - mostly in a good way. It was a great page-turner in which a British reporter's trip to research and write about an ancient archeological site in Kurdish Turkey gets complicated, at the same time a Scotland Yard detective tries to solve a series of brutal ritual killings occuring in the British Isles. The two stories eventually intertwine into one story. Be warned - this is not for the faint of heart. I was a bit skeptical about this book a ...more
Katie Kenig
Sep 30, 2011 Katie Kenig rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, suspense
Cleverly told, this tale of a detective from Scotland Yard and a reporter from London weaves together science and adventure in a heady mix. There are some truly gruesome moments - historically, humans have been inventively and disarmingly cruel to one another, as both the detective and the scientist discover when the leader of a gang of not-quite-thugs (more like literate, intelligent college kids) begin re-enacting human sacrifice as it has been practiced in various cultures throughout the ages ...more
Sep 18, 2010 Chessen rated it really liked it
The well written archeological detail was well worth the time and cost! I read the good, the bad, and the ugly from reviews before reading The Genesis Secret. I am not usually one to read graphic thrillers with pages of descriptive, gruesome torture. And I didn't with this book either. Thankfully, Tom Knox made the blood and guts an optional feature of the book. I was able to skip over the bits that hurt my sensibilities without missing any enjoyment. (Rather, preserving it in my case.) The solu ...more
This one flip-flopped between a journalist at the Gobekli Tepe site and a detective in the UK investigating a series of brutal and strange murders (or attempted murders). Good writing style with a great concept, though I didn't like the eventual direction it took (don't want to go into detail and spoil it). There were a lot of gory details - it felt like a horror in the second half, some of it on par with the "Saw" movies. I had to skip over some of those parts. Not to mention the laborously lon ...more
Lisa James
Jun 23, 2011 Lisa James rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, owned
Fantastic book. Combines archaeology with murder, mystery, & the source of "the Genesis Secret", which uncovers what the 3 major belief systems, the Abrahamic religions, were based on. Drawing from secrets of the Hellfire Club, the Book of Enoch, 2 murders in different parts of the world, one at the real site of Gobekli Tempe, & one in the UK, end up being related. This follows the story of how those 2 converged, & the extremely intelligent psychopath behind it, Jamie Cloncurry, with ...more
Jason Davison
Nov 10, 2010 Jason Davison rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-loan
This is a Dan Brown type story that wraps a few historical facts around a wildly theoretical alternative to existing biblical beliefs. The main protagonist is likable enough, but you have to question some of his methods for pursuing the answer to the mythical question and at how easily it seems to be discovered for someone that hasn't been chasing the mystery their entire life.

That all being said, it's a good mystery read, although I personally was a bit squeamish with some of the murders that t
Oct 13, 2009 Joyce rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Along the same lines as Dan Brown, but honestly:
1) The writing isn't as tight or compelling
2) The characters aren't as fleshed out
3) Sheesh. I think this guy has fetishes/racist undertones and writes about them under the guise of the antagonist.
4) At the end he literally says, "Here's the Genesis Secret:..." Am I insulted? Surprised? Cheated (for reading the 95% of the book)?
5) Couldn't get over the treatment of the daughter as a prop. Sorry, but am offended.

Just not thrilled.
Oct 16, 2009 Gaye rated it it was amazing
I found this title on a "Dan Brown read-alike" list. Mystery, action, religious secrets with some truth behind them...this is my kind of book.
A web site by the author separates truth from fiction:
Jun 15, 2009 Mia rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2009-books
Cardboard characters, slow moving plot, and seriously gruesome murders combine to make a pretty crappy novel.
Jose M.
Feb 28, 2017 Jose M. rated it really liked it
Una novela interesante para conocer algunos detalles sobre el complejo de Gobekli Tepe, una teoría rompedora sobre los orígenes del hombre, una trama interesante y entretenida... solo me han sobrado detalles sádicos en algún pasaje...
Marilyn Fontane
Oct 16, 2012 Marilyn Fontane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who don't mind a lot of gore in their thrillers
Recommended to Marilyn by: close out at Borders
Shelves: mystery
I love DaVinci types of thrillers, and this book looked as if it would fill the bill. Half and half. Two tales seemingly disperate are in fact finally interwoven. In the first Rob Luttrell, a journalist, is sent by his editor Steve to investigate an archeological dig at Gobekli Tepe, a Garden of Eden site in Kurdish Turkey. The dig is led by Franz Breitner who claims it is 10,000 to 11,000 years old, but was completely buried around 8000 9000 BC. There is a lot of hostility from the Kurdish work ...more
Sep 30, 2009 Karen rated it really liked it
There are two stories going on at the same time and will end up intertwining as the plot thickens.

Rob Luttrell, British reporter survived a suicide bomber’s attack in Iraq. Still recovering from the horrific ordeal, his editor gives him a safe assignment or so he thought. He is to interview Franz Breitner, a German archeologist at the dig in the Kurdish sector of Turkey. Gobekli Tepe may be the oldest structure ever found, dating back twelve thousands years. Rob finds that the locals are less th
Mar 19, 2012 Matt rated it really liked it
I love historical mysteries and thrillers, especially when they relate to things that actually could have happened. I admit, the Dan Brown bug bit me and I have never been cured. I also like the historical genre when we look at the biblical past, as so much of what we know through THE GOOD BOOK is interpreted. Alas, many, like Brown, look to the New Testament, where things are much less controversial. I like those old texts where things are much vaguer. The early books that really create the fou ...more
Jul 26, 2012 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book, though I enjoyed the factual a bit more than the fictional aspects of it. Knox isn't necessarily a bad writer and if you're one who likes a gory suspense thriller then you probably will like the story as well. As for myself, I was drawn to it and stuck with it mostly for the interesting and fairly well researched facts and history. The story itself I thought was a little overly dramatic and even a bit outlandish at points but again I'm not one drawn to that sort of writing so it's har ...more
This should probably get a 3.5 rating, as I really did enjoy the story: The archaeological dig at Gobeckli Tepe (a site in Turkey, nearly 12,000 years old that was intentionally buried around 8000 b.c. for unknown reasons) is believed to be The Garden of Eden by the lead archaeologist on site. Rob Luttrell, a war reporter, is sent to write a public interest piece. But when the site is sabotaged, they discover links to a series of murders by a group of very depraved (yet brilliant) psychopaths wh ...more
May 09, 2013 Natalie rated it really liked it
I had mixed feelings when I began this book, it started off as another Dan Brown thriller, but it rapidly progressed into a different kind of story.

The book has two stories that converge together later in the story, both on an treasure hunt, one group in a peaceful informative way, the other in a very different, violent way.

I must admit that the author managed to paint some very vivid gruesome scenes in the book, making me feel a little queasy :O. These parts would have definitely found their pl
Aug 07, 2014 Cara rated it did not like it
I both really liked and really hated this book. I loved the history, archaeology, religious mystery etc. I also really enjoyed the characters, the excitement, and how you follow more than one thread for the first 2/3 of the book.

Then all of a sudden you read some of the most horrible things. I would have abandoned the book entirely, had it not been for such an great first half. Goodreads needs a "great book, SO not for me" option in its rating system!

Just be warned folks - this is a book for SAW
Apr 29, 2012 Michael rated it did not like it
The characters were unbelievable and there were far too many deus ex machina plot devices for this to be a compelling story. On top of that, there was simply too much gratuitously gory description of violent killings--the author seems to have had quite a fetish for it, but it grosses out the average reader (I'm a public defender--I'm not queasy about these things, but I still thought it was too much) without advancing the plot. Comparisons to the Da Vinci Code are inapt.
Jan 01, 2017 Philip rated it really liked it
Indiana Jonesy adventure, just great for a change and a bit of excitement.

Sure, the plots pretty limp, and the secret isn't that exciting, the hero ain't up to a great deal and the the murders nice n' gory. But it's great entertainment, fast-paced and absorbing. Yeah a page-turner, cliche, cliche.

Going to keep an eye out for the others in all good charity shops.
Feb 10, 2017 Shalini rated it really liked it
An amazing blend of suspense, love, mystery and spin chilling murders. It completely encapsulates the readers till the end and revovles around its central theme, the Genesis of religion and Man. You come to believe everyword of the book. It takes you back to an era of the Stone Age. Inrticately written by Tom Knox.
Katie VanderPoel
Jan 14, 2017 Katie VanderPoel rated it did not like it
Shelves: worst-books
This book really tried to be like the Da Vinci Code, but failed miserably in its attempt to do so. Also the author of this book has a creepy obsession with writing gruesome torture scenes. There were way too many in the book and some went on for several pages.
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Tom Knox is the pseudonym of British journalist and writer Sean Thomas. His first novel, The Genesis Secret, focuses on the region known as Gobekli Tepe. His second novel, The Marks of Cain was published in 2010 and was concerned with the Basque Country. The front of the US hardcover dust jacket shows the title as Marks of Cain. A third book, titled Bible of the Dead was published in March 2011 an ...more
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