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The Fire Seekers

(The Babel Trilogy #1)

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  4,467 ratings  ·  356 reviews
The time of our immortality is at hand.

An undeciphered language in Crete. A rash of mysterious disappearances, from Bolivia to Japan. An ancient warning at the ruins of Babel. And a new spiritual leader, who claims that human history as we understand it is about to come to an end.

Seventeen-year-old Daniel Calder’s world falls apart when a freak accident brings personal tra
Hardcover, 324 pages
Published November 1st 2014 by Skyscape (first published 2014)
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Nov 02, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mindless-books
Why hello there! Let me introduce myself. My name is Daniel Calder, and I am the protagonist of The Fire Seekers. A book about people disappearing and some religious stuff, but mostly about me, a 6'3 guy son of Professor William Hayden Calder, head of linguistics at University of Washington (you-dub if you're cool like me). He is adored by women, wears Ray-Bans and looks like a movie star. My mom is named Iona, glamorous, smart and an expert mountain climber. She created a genetic encryption com ...more
Athena Shardbearer
Oct 21, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, ehhh
Buddy Read with Kaora

This is me not writing a review for this book.

DNF at 31%

Just can't do it. It was work trying to read this one and understand it, as well as not feel stupid, like the MC makes you feel, for not understanding anything he says.

I give up!

Read Kaora's Review. She said it best!
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was really surprised by this novel. It has the academic mystery of The Da Vinci Code without all the cheesy "race to beat the bad guy" feel of a bad thriller. It is still a very engrossing page turner, but the action is interspersed with a hint of the supernatural, and (in my opinion) is much more tasteful. Farr is excellent at building a sense of dread in his writing that slowly builds, and at one point I had to put the novel down when I was reading it at night because I literally had the chi ...more
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
I feel dirty having read this. It's too terrible to even expound on why, groaning under the weight of its own cliches, each one more laughable than the next... because of course, what underachieving teenager ISN'T a master chef, diver, AND helicopter pilot?
Oct 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
I really don't get the hype for this book. It struck me as very "I'm just writing this hoping to pick up a movie deal". If some poor schmuck does decide to try to make it a movie they've got a lot of work ahead of them to make it worth watching. For the first half of the book we're stuck with Daniel who feels like something may or may not be happening. He's pretty out of the loop on whats going on, therefore we are too. Finally about half way through the story starts to pick up, as does the abso ...more
Oct 12, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have read this book, all xxx pages of it and the 15 or so pages of explanations/definitions the author added at the end, and I'm not sure what the story was about. Is this an EOW lead-in, is it about some undeciphered archaeological texts, or is it the musings of a dyslexic seventeen year old who is an accomplished rock climber and helicopter pilot? Most of the story is told in the first person, but, when all is said and done, who is that person?
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
While inventive, interesting and bound to make you think, The Fire Seekers was slow going for me. With it's mish mash of scientific, mathematical and sometimes religious talk, it took awhile to get into the story, grasp exactly what the plot was and really feel like I had a handle on the storyline.

This often dragged and then would pick up with some new theory or discovery, only to lag again shortly after.

Without the very complex index in the back of the book, I think one would be completely lost
Oct 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
Besides what others have so succintly said before me, I'd like to add that this is a Dan-Brown-wannabe effort. What's worse, though, is that whilst shaking my head at the cascade of improbabilities, I was never invested enough to care whether or not questions were answered. Probably because the question was never fully, clearly articulated. And another "teenagers save the world" effort marketed to adults. Of course, the adults are all stupid and arrogant or naive but brilliant or brilliant and d ...more
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book was just not very good. I'll go into more details in the spoilers but for a non-spoiler review, the villains'' whole evil plan, the thing that makes the entire book happen, doesn't make any sense. Nothing about their plan is evil. They're just doing evil things because... it makes the plot go on? And the whole mystery the book is solving, never gets solved. By the end of the book you're like "Why did any of this happen? And what was the ending?"

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Oct 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book quite a bit... until I got to the end. While I have no problems with how the book ended, in terms of narrative flow or even the "how". I had much more of an issue with having the Villain monologue in order to explain everything that the reader has not been told up until that point. It feels like the author didn't quite have a way to have for the main characters to come to the complete picture themselves (or really much of a picture at all, frankly), so the villain spen ...more
Xandra O.
Nov 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
*It's actually zero stars (I did not finish)
First, let just say that…
I’m not proud to be giving a book zero stars because writing takes a lot time and effort. I really wanted to like this book but there were so many things wrong with it that I just couldn’t go on.
The Protagonist
Daniel is one of the most annoying protagonists I’ve read all year. He’s very stiff, his mind is quite boring (how is that even possible?), and he does the most unrealistic things ever. He’s a homeschooled kid who goes bu
Oct 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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The Fire Seekers by Richard Farr is the first book in the planned Babel Trilogy. Full of adventure, excitement and action, this mystery thriller about our mythology and destiny witnesses a seventeen-year-old boy being thrown into an international game of survival and intrigue after his father discovered a secret. The secret pertains to the origin of human language and the non-human who Architects who created it.

An atheist and a genius, Bill Caler is the father of Daniel. When Bill announces that
Glen Robinson
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The first thing I have to say is that Richard Farr is a better writer than I am, or probably will ever be. I can aspire to putting a book together like this, and I guess that will be sufficient.

The Fire Seekers is a rare book that defies categorization. Is it Christian fiction? Science fiction? Mystery? Suspense?
The characterization is impeccable, the dialogue is funny yet believable, and the plotting is tremendous.

But what makes this book so special for me is the surprise. I was kept guessing
Ethan Chapman
Oct 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Well paced, well thought-out, and highly entertaining. The protagonist has a highly unlikely skill set, but nevertheless has an inferiority complex because his parents and all of his friends are geniuses. He still manages to be likeable, though, and despite being a young adult the novel didn't feel too typically "young adult" with the genre's associated angst and love triangles. Would've been a solid 4 star, except the ending felt a little rushed--easily the weakest part, when the big reveals ab ...more
Nov 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
Fair warning I did not finish this book. I only made it about half way through. It's an interesting premise, but I had several problems with the execution. The largest issue was narrative flow. It's written in first person present tense, but jumps all over the place from flashback to action to different flashback all in the same chapter.

There was very little tension. I never once worried that the main character was in any danger, because he is Awesome (tm). At 17 he's an ultra rich master of Ka
Rick Rowland
Nov 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. I was like Henry Bemis from the Twilight Zone. Every spare moment I had was devoted to reading another page. This book has that "Tom Brown thing" going for it. But instead of a really smart guy telling the story, it's an average Joe who is completed surrounded by smart people telling the story. Religion, ancient history, geography, arsheology. All the stuff I love to read and learn about. I can't wait for the next book.

Apr 27, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook

4 Stars for Narration by Scott Merriman
2.5 Stars for Story

I wanted a popcorn story full of implausible sequences and this one totally fit the bill. The most interesting parts were the myths squashed together.
Nov 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 3.5 stars. Ok, so full disclosure: I downloaded this book because it was a free offer on my Kindle (if I remember correctly, something Amazon Prime-related).


I am happy to report that I enjoyed it. To be honest, I wish I could give the book a 3.5 star rating because, for me, there were some significant structural issues that bothered me. But I was fairly quickly drawn into the story and am curious enough about where it's going that I will likely end up reading the entire trilogy. Ulti
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf, netgalley-or-arc
Books that this book reminds me of: Dan Brown's Robert Langdon series, Percy Jackson (Daniel is dyslexic AND our hero) who is also surrounded by strong females, the 39 clues (without all the intrigue and fun)

TV shows that remind me of this book: The Bletchley Circle (Iona was my favorite character and she's a lot like the main character in season 1), Bones (I mean look at this cast of characters), Masterchef Junior (he can cook like nobody's business, apparently)

Why of why then, did I NOT like
Jerrod Carter
Oct 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
Take a dash of gnosticism, a bit of unitarianism, throw in some references to ancient religions and stir with insinuations of aliens, and out pops this story. Narrate it with superhuman intelligent teenagers wielding singular intellects, world class skills in martial arts, polyglot, mountaineering, helicopter piloting, and with unlimited bank accounts and you've got a book well grounded in, well, nothing actually.

The book is based on an interesting philosophical question: Why does the human spec
Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A new religion sweeping across the globe will change everything for Daniel and his friends in Richard Farr's The Fire Seekers. Having studied the Ancient Near East, Ancient Rome, and Ancient Greece as well as comparative mythologies, I was immediately sucked into this novel. Undecipherable ancient languages, ancient manuscripts, Greece and Mesopotamia are likely to pique my interest, and I often felt like I was reading about old friends throughout the course of this book. The mystery swept me in ...more
Jeremiah Johnson
Nov 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
Many people liken this book to Dan Brown's work, but I don't see it. Dan Brown illicit's a feeling of urgency in his books while still keeping you in the loop. I had no idea what the point of this book was until I was about 3/4 of the way through it. The "mystery" involved was only a mystery because of the utter pointlessness of it all.
The characters are completely unbelievable and stupid. When a group of people come across a helicopter, of course the first person you ask if he knows how to fly
Jen Minkman
Nov 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really cool mythology/archeology/supernatural angle! It was a bit too Fast & Furious for me at some point, what with all the main characters being amazing climbers, divers, pilots, fighters, hackers and whatnot, but I definitely think young adult fans of Dan Brown would enjoy this title. I know I did - I was really hooked on this book for a few days. And all the culinary descriptions truly got me hungry at some point. I, too, want Daniel to prepare me some pepper-crushed wild Alaskan salmon with ...more
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Michael Piper
Dec 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast paced adventure

I enjoy books that weave unsolved mysteries into a fictional world and adventure. Mr. Farr has done a great job of it. This feels a lot like a young adult version of the Area 51 series by Robert Doherty.

The only negative I found about this book? The sequel isn't available yet.
Apr 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a ride!

WOW... Wait just a minute... I have to catch my breath. I feel like I've been on a merry-go-round and it just kept turning faster and faster.
If you are looking for something exciting and different and just totally off the wall this book is for you!
Don't have time to write any more, I have to start Book 2 NOW!!!!!

I just can't. It's just so bad. None of it is believable and I couldn't care less about the characters.
Oct 14, 2014 marked it as tried-but-not-for-me
YA stuff which breaks any suspension of disbelief in a few pages, though it has great narrative energy; a more adult book from the author would be interesting
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Well, this book was pretty awful when it could have been great. And I'm not sure why, exactly. Of course, Daniel, the protagonist is unbelievable, but I have liked books with unbelievable protagonists before. Not a problem for me if the writing is good enough.

And the ideas were great, too. But somehow the whole book just missed. It's like a Rube Goldberg invention. Just throw in extra scenes and characters for no reason. Accentuate things that don't need to be accentuated.

One concrete example
Emily M. McGuirk
Very interesting

I have had this book for awhile in my Kindle. I got it as a First read choice, but as most of those tend to go for me, it got put on the back burner until I could find some time. I'm glad I finally found some and chose to read it out of the many First reads that are sitting in my device. I had a hard time putting it down. I loved the mixture of theories going on, and the story the author created around some really big questions. I think it drew me in because there is this sense o
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I grew up in England's West Country - one of the world's leading producers of strange names for small villages. I now live in Seattle - the only American city with exactly the same climate.

When I'm not reading, writing, mentoring students and adults (, or staring out of the window, I enjoy running, hiking and sea kayaking.

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