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2.51 of 5 stars 2.51  ·  rating details  ·  61 ratings  ·  23 reviews
A strange 100,000 year-old manuscript in a long-forgotten language has been the basis for all the major religions throughout history. Lost and buried in a sarcophagus during the Second Iraq War, it holds the secrets of human birth—and extinction.

Two children are born with transcendent talents and preternatural powers beyond human comprehension. Only they understand the mag
Mass Market Paperback, 310 pages
Published June 2nd 2009 by Tor Books
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Oct 08, 2009 Prairieken added it
Recommends it for: Nobody!
I have to agree completely with everything Sue said. It was terrible times 4!!

After the first chapter I was thinking it was a juvie (written to appeal to a juvenile audience). But that didn't feel right when I thought about all the great juvies I've read, both as a juvenile and as an adult. Then it struck me that it felt like it was written BY a juvenile rather than for a juvenile. The story reads like the daydream of a self-indulgent and not very well educated adolescent. An adolescent who eith
I shouldn't have even said I read this one because I couldn't stand to finish it. It sounded as if it would be a good read when I bought it, but the writing itself was the worst I've tried to read in a long time.
I forgot where I got a copy of this book, but I finally read it and while the authors writing style lacks a lot of depth and he skips a lot of detail to get to the dialog between characters, I found the idea interesting enough to want to read it thru to see where it goes.

Its an easy fast read, if you are the type of reader that does not want to get bogged down in a ton of details and like reading character dialog vs. paragraphs of detail setting up scenes and details, this book would be perfect
Tom Wiseman
I haven't been this disappointed in a book for quite some time. The plot, while imaginative enough to somewhat carry the story along, lacked any substantial support from descriptive scenes and real character development.

Ken writes about some very advanced technology, but is extremely vague on the materials used to produce them or how they function, leaving the reader too much leeway in the guessing department. On top of this, the characters were absolutely flat and the dialogue was unrealistic
I think that anyone wanting to write science fiction should have to read this book completely. This book is a great example of how NOT to write a book. The characters are flat as the paper they are written on, and the dialogue is atrocious. None of the characters have any emotions. I felt as though I was reading about a bunch of robots.

Then there was the lack of suspense. Nothing bad or dangerous truly happens to the main characters. The closest thing that happens to a gasp is when one of the ma
Interesting plot, though the writing is often ponderous and laughably bad!
This book is a an inventive re-imagining on the story of creation and various parts of the Old Testament,,,I like the re-naming of Adam and Eve to Adamartoni and Evevette,,,
Two children are injected with the ancient DNA of Adamartoni, a long-dead alien who with his wife was marooned on Earth when their spacecraft crashed, and from the pair the old tale of creation sprang. As they age and grow up, the two children, Billy a
Michael Starkweather
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this book was a mistake. literally. i was looking to read Genesis by Bernard Beckett.

this book was a mistake. i can't believe it actually got published as it is. the writing is so bad. but then there is the dialogue which is actually so much worse. i almost didn't get through the second chapter. in fact if i hadn't been on the beach without another book to lay my hands on, i likely would not have continued.

an sci fi that tells the tale of the days leading to our pending doom. it is a pre-apocalyptic tale rather than a
I think that two stars is a very gracious rating for this book. I am glad that it only took me two days to read. I thought that the author had a good concept, but it needed to be fleshed out a lot more before publishing. It has the feel of a young child telling a story, because more than once you can only most hear the rushing child's voice saying "this happen and then this happened and he just happened to be doing something and so this happened and then he died." There are also some point where ...more
The majority of reviews I read on this book were not very good, so my expectations were not high to begin with. I actually liked this science fiction book. It put me in the mind of the movie 2012 with the whole buildling ship business. The book did seem very elementary in addition to just being totally unrealistic even in fantastical terms. It just didn't make sense how everything would always fall into place. I am a sucker for happy endings though and this did have a happy ending. Although it w ...more
David Kerns
Have to agree with reviews. Very poorly written with a thin plot and lack of depth.
One review (by Junius Podrug, author of Dark Passage) claims that "Genesis may be the best apocalyptic thriller ever written." It's the only apocalyptic thriller I've read to date, but I don't believe it's the best. Another review said it has "strong characters", but they seem flat to me; they all seem to act and speak pretty much the same. However, the plot is interesting, and it is fast reading.
Joshua Bourne
Dont listen to these un-imagnative folk, Genisis is a great sci-fi read. Some folks have a pre-conceaved notion of what a good sci-fi book should be, and don't open their imagination enough to see what it can be. Just like people who only play video games with a score of 10, and never giving games with 7 or 8 a chance. I personally got lost in this book, and wish they have a sequel.
This may be the worst book I've ever read all the way to the end. The plot and writing were a terrible letdown as the premise of the book was really intriguing. Go to Amazon and read the reviews. They sum up very well all of the problems this book has. Just, just awful.
I don't dislike Christian Lit for being Christian Lit. I dislike it b/c it is usually so poorly written. This book is a case in point. Interesting premise, however there is no tension, no conflict and no character development. Lame, Lame, Lame.
Sara Stacey
Amazing book! Suspenseful, and very creative. Read it twice already!! I would suggest it to anyone who likes Sci-Fi.
Only gave the second star because the storyline had potential but the writing was geeeerawful! Couldn't finish it.
The book could've been more in depth, but for the price and the place I found it (Walmart) it could've been wrose.
Henry Bakker
The writing was a bit repetitive but I found the story to be interesting enough to enjoy the book.
Joshua Silverman
I only got one chapter in and well...I didn't need to go further. NEXT!
Angie Schall
worst book ever written. would make an okay anime.
Dick Edwards
Silly, preposterous sci-fi.
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