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The Genesis Secret

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The internationally bestselling thriller—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...more
Paperback, 369 pages
Published April 27th 2010 by Plume (first published 2008)
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Mormonhermitmom
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...more
Sarah
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
Joyreader
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...more
Jeffrey Taylor
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
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.

Praises
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 ar...more
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...more
Katie Kenig
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
Christine
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
Lowell Usedo
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Karen
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...more
Chessen
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
Robin
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
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
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...more
Joyce
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.
Gaye
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: thegenesissecret.com
Mia
Cardboard characters, slow moving plot, and seriously gruesome murders combine to make a pretty crappy novel.
Marilyn Fontane
Oct 16, 2012 Marilyn Fontane rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
Matt
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
David
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
Karen
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...more
Maurean
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
Natalie
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...more
Erica
Archaeology has always fascinated me. I love the mystery behind the items being uncovered and the possibilities of what it really was compared to our interpretation of what it is. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed that piece of the book. I was able to go online and see the main archaeological sites of Gobekli Tepe and Lalesh, which were just a click away. I also feel that the author thoroughly knows the city of Sanliurfa, which added great texture to the scenes that played out in that city....more
Val
Tom Knox is the pseudonym of British writer and journalist Sean Thomas. Born in Devon, England in 1963, he studied Philosophy at University College London. I had never read any of his books but found this one for sale in my library and picked it up to read on holiday. I am glad I did.

The Genesis Secret is Knox's first novel and is set in the sun burnt deserts of eastern Turkey, archaeologists are unearthing a stone temple, the world's most ancient building. When Journalist Rob Luttrell is sent...more
David
Tom Knox shows up with the entire gang for The Genesis Secret:

-Gobekli Tepe [origins 12,000 BCE/BC – see Wikipedia page as a place to begin your research]
-The Yezidi/Yazidi
-Natural Selection from the Northmen descended from the Gigantopithecus – they’ve their own Wikipedia page
-Secret Societies
-Psychopaths
-Ritual Sacrifice [the origin of much controversy surrounding the book]
-The evolutionary nature of our species
-Disturbing xenophobia
-Etcetera

This is a very good story and well plotted...more
Michael
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.
Kimi
ACTUAL RATING: 3.5

Hey, I was only 16 years old when I read this, and I was searching for a book that kept the wheels in my puny brain turning and my homicidal thirst for blood quenched.

This book did it for me. The violence of course can be a bit over the top, but the book did not bore me one bit. Its a strange roller coaster that sets you flying off, desperate to know what happens next.

Is it perfect? Nah, I know a bunch of people will probably disagree with me or look down on me because I am...more
Mallory
This could have been a great book! I love my trashy "historical" thrillers as much as anyone, but this book dropped the ball at chapter 35, when it decided to spend less time on the mystery and more time on [spoilers] human sacrifice. I GET IT, the killer is one big intelligent bad-ass, but the more he killed and the more time spent on the corpses of his victims, the more mundane and predictable the book got. I think much more time should have been focused on the dig site and uncovering secrets...more
Elan Adams
This book could have been good....except the two most grizzly murders I had to witness as a reader. I kept asking myself if in the end it was going to be crucial to have such explicit details, however, it absolutely was not. I could enjoyed the book if someone had told me to quit reading at point A, then skipped the murder scene, and continued to read at point B. In reality, who wants to have to look out for something like that. Otherwise I loved the history, archaeology, mystery and case work o...more
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