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The Marks Of Cain

3.52 of 5 stars 3.52  ·  rating details  ·  1,408 ratings  ·  137 reviews
A thrilling and startling novel from the author of the international bestseller The Genesis Secret

When David Martinez, a young lawyer, receives an ancient map from his dying grandfather, the mysteries of his past begin to open up before him. The map leads David into the heart of the dangerous Basque mountains, where a genetic curse lies buried and a frightening secret ab
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Hardcover, 448 pages
Published May 6th 2010 by Viking Adult (first published 2010)
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Olgalijo
So... Mr. Tom Knox (or whatever his real name is) should stop watching Indiana Jones and Lara Croft movies. You can't put your protagonist on the very verge of death 20 times and pull him out on the veeeeery last milisecond and make the story credible. Actually the story could be interesting if the poor reader didn't lose track so often, because the bad guy is about to kill the good guy (again, and again, and again). Just a thought Mr. Knox: what works in an movie may not work in a book.
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Victoria
I picked up this book at my public library because it came up in a search for books on Basques which I was doing as part of my research. As a Basque, I found "Marks of Cain" insulting and irritating, to say the least. Assuming you are ignorant about the Basques and are willing to suspend disbelief, you may find portions of this novel intriguing and engaging. But the author strives too hard at creating horror and controversy. He also shows great ignorance about Basques, filling pages with good ol ...more
Karina
It's been a long time since I just picked a book off the library shelf with no recommendation or research about it. I just liked the cover. We'll see how it goes.

Don't bother with this one. I know it's fiction but is so way off it wasn't even entertaining.
Fcsuper
To start with, the story is gruesome. There are many of vicious acts by the villains. The story is paced fairly well. The author engages in a refreshing effort to make the reader feel like they are visiting each of the locations around the world where the story takes place. I don't know if the author correctly describes each region, but the writing feels authentic in this regard. The villains in the story are solidly 1 dimensional. The heroes (note the plural) did have some level of character de ...more
Nicolas Shump
This is the second novel by Tom Knox the pseudonym of the British journalist Sean Thomas. I have already reviewed his first novel, The Genesis Secret, which though it hand its moments, is not nearly as compelling or well-written as his second novel, The Marks of Cain.
Like Genesis, The Marks of Cain has the strange little Dan Brown-style note stating that though it is a work of fiction, "it draws on many genuine historical, archaeological and scientific sources." Knox makes excellent use of his
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Corey
Marks of Cain was an interesting book from start to finish. The plot was detailed and well set out and opened my eyes to some history that I had never heard of before. I never had even heard of Cagots before I read this book.

It is written in a similar style to Dan Brown's style of writing, so if you are a Dan Brown fan then this book will be a good read for you.

There were only two downsides to this book:

1. Excessive violence. Some of the violence fit the story well, for example the knotting tor
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Cindi
Fictional stories based on the Bible, but not written by Christian authors are always interesting, if only for the information they get terribly wrong. Some authors guilty of this that come to mind are Dan Brown, author of the "Da Vinci Code" and W. Paul Young, author of "The Shack." Now I can add one more name to that list; Tom Knox and his book, "The Marks of Cain."

What could have been a good book about fanatics and fringe groups that believe in evolution, the biblical foundation for slavery o
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Crysalis
Insulso, banale, un thriller nato sulla scia di quei lavori che se non se la prendono con la chiesa non sono contenti. Che poi magari a me piace anche, questo genere di storie, ma quando hanno un senso. Non quando si basano su beghe da quinta elementare a profondità morale e psicologica zero.
Un libro scritto male, poco meticoloso nelle ricerche, banale, con personaggi più che stereotipati e piatti come un foglio di carta.
Descrizioni buttate a casaccio, personaggi presentati in un modo e poi cara
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Victoria
Like in The Genesis Secret, “Knox” (pseudonym for British journalist Sean Thomas) weaves together an exciting plot with sympathetic characters and adds in some history and a beautiful setting to create a very entertaining and readable novel. It starts off a bit slowly, but once the action begins, it hardly takes a break as the characters are flung into one dangerous situation after another. Still, it is a less impressive sophomore novel than I had hoped for. The “revelation” at the end of the bo ...more
Rina
I picked this book up when I saw it on the table of my local library. I normally don't bother looking around, but the cover interested me.
Anyways, if you really like a good thriller, this is it. The pace is good, and would you believe it if I said I finished it in a day?
I read some reviews that this was farfetched, but it didn't seem that way to me. This is probably because I never knew the history of Cagots and Basques in the first place...but the book was really enjoyable.
After reading this, I
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Parajunkee
Well my first impression is the cover and WOW very well done and expensive looking, I really liked the cover. Unfortunately, regarding the plot and writing I was bit on the fence regarding the entirety. Stuffed full of Ok characters, Ok drama and Ok plot threads, well this book was Ok. The writing was the best part of it. Knox, which is the AKA of Sean Thomas (London area reporter), indubitably establishes himself and an excellent writer, crafting his sentences like a sculpture would make fine e ...more
Luly Ceballos
Amazing book. After reading The genesis secret I was looking foward to read more from Tom Knox. I wasn't dissapointed. A very interesting story, crude crime scenes, lots of information; it's nice to have some entretainment as well as learn new stuff. One thing I love about Knox's work is the possibility to go online and find pictures that ilustrate what he is talking about, or, more new information about the ideas being show in the book. Two thumbs up! I have Bibles of the Dead his new book on m ...more
Abbie Ennis
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, not as much as his debut novel but it is up there. The mix of history, mysterey and murder create a strong storyline and the twist of at the end turns everything on its head. The incorporation of science and religion into a mystery of evolution makes for a great story and the idea of what we are gets you thinking on what owuld happen in real life if it turned out we were not we think we are.

The villian in this novel is not one I would want to meet in a dark street
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Audrey Terry
I really wanted to like this book. I picked it up on a whim based on the cover, and said "why not?". Here's a few reason why I should have gone with my gut:

"A great ravine hard by the kirk that led all the way down to the roiling sea, which writhed like an epileptic in a blue straitjacket"

The overly helpful, but unfortunately useless police that feel the need to give a civilian all the nitty gritty details of a murder case and keep him on speed dial because they couldn't put anything together on
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Dinah
An interesting and exciting book. It kept you going the entire way through. I founnd the story of the Cagots very compelling. I knew a bit about the Basque, but the Cagots were new to me. The author did a good job of weaving the Basque, Cagots, Jews, the Holocost, the Church and science into a believable story. The female lead felt a bit two-dimensional to me. I loved how the two male characters developed a friendship before even meeting.
Elizabeth
A fun thriller in the style of the da Vinci Code. It involves the Catholic Church, a persecuted minority from the west of France and northern Spain known as the Cagot, genetic research and Hitler, three continents, at least 8 countries, a journalist, a beautiful teacher and a former lawyer who has inherited $2M.
Kalvi Rutz
Another of Knox books but this one was more cruel,,,,still it gave me so much more about the history I did not know had existed.....and it just woke my inner desire to visit Basque country and the french side of Ptyrenees....which I probably will do this summer
Linda Sullivan
a kind of da vinci code for the french!!!as with said book a lot of following hidden codes but they dont seem to come to much in the instance.
good story whilst reading but when finished nothing much stayed with me.
went on a bit and came to nothing much
Kari
This book entertained me, and had a lot going on. Pretty interesting.
The ending seemed a bit underdeveloped and weak to me. The 'shocking reveal' of the story wasn't all that surprising.
Lora
I found the premise provocative, and the book kept me reading, but I was disappointed in the conclusion. There was also some disturbing graphic violence.
Susan Bontly
First book of this author I have read - had some very interesting twists and turns & good locales. Would recommend.
Prom
This book was thrilling. It was suspenseful and a page turner and quickly devoured. Having said that, it lacked substance. I felt like the author had an ending in mind and was working backward toward the beginning all along. I also felt like we lost sight and reasoning behind some of the supporting characters. Even the eventual connection between the main characters seemed sort of "so what?" I found myself asking "why" more than I was saying "oh I see." It was good and I'm glad I read it. But I ...more
Courtney
Overall:

This is the second book I have read by Tom Knox (the first was The Genesis Secret) and was once again wowed by it. I absolutely love how he takes parts of history that few laymen know about and creates a story with it. This next part may sound sarcastic (it isn't sarcasm), but I love how he takes these little known things and makes improbable scenarios on why it is happening/ed.

The only parts that bothered me was he only showed the negative side of Cagots and showed very little history
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Wal.li
Wer ist hier der Baske?
Nach Amerika reist der Anwalt David Martinez, um seinen Großvater ein letztes Mal zu sehen. Auf dem Totenbett macht dieser seinem Enkel gegenüber seltsame Andeutungen der Reue und Scham. David kann dass nicht verstehen, denn nach dem frühen Unfalltod seiner Eltern, war der Großvater immer eine feste Größe im Leben des jungen Anwalts. Nachdem der Großvater verstorben ist, erlebt David eine riesige Überraschung. Er erbt zwei Millionen. Zur gleichen Zeit geschehen in England
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Keith
A “Hidden Secret” thriller that will be comfortably familiar to fans of Dan Brown, although with grand guignol elements that verge on torture porn. It will also seem very familiar to anyone who has read The Genesis Secret.

It twines the parallel tales of a journalist and a lawyer, one investigating a series of macabre murders in Britain, the other seeking the truth about an inheritance from a grandfather who never seemed rich (it is questionable whether he would have done so if the will didn't de
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Will
Jun 07, 2013 Will rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Any mystery reader
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Anne
I picked this book up from the bookswap shelf in our holiday accommodation on Corfu. Not an author I'd heard of before, but the cover and the blurb really appealed to me.

A really good story, engaging and page turning. The story revolves around David, a young lawyer whose Grandfather has just died leaving him an ancient map and $2 million! David had no idea that his Grandfather was so wealthy and all he needs to do is travel to the Basque region of Spain - then he can claim his inheritance. Sound
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John Hanscom
Maybe less. It was an exciting adventure story, but there was a rather virulent strain of anti-Catholicism throughout (though the author tried to exorcise it at the very end), and the ending left a lot to be desired, with at least one thing still up in the air. The author also used a lot of arcane terms, and I often had to check the 'net to find out what was spoken of. A glossary would have been nice.
Gregory Barron
I don't usually leave negative reviews but this book was bad. So many useless words. You could literally shave 30% of the words out of this book and still have same disjointed story. Sort of a davinci code knock off. Story could have been very good but it never came together. I finished hoping that at some point it would redeem itself. Sadly it did not. The overuse of adjectives and adverbs was so over the top I was disgusted by it.
S
I probably shouldn't have rated this, because I don't think I'm going to finish it. But I don't see any way to completely remove a rating, at least not on the iPhone app.

This book, so far, is utterly depressing. Not just the subject matter, but also, somehow, the writing itself.

I had to stop after Amy extricated herself & David from big bad Miguel by having sex with Miguel. Ugh.
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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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