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Children of the Fifth Sun

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***WINNER, SCI FI CATEGORY, 2017 LONDON BOOK FESTIVAL***
***2018 SILVER FALCHION AWARD FINALIST***
***2018 CYGNUS AWARD SHORTLIST (WINNER TBD)***

Genre: “Science Faction” - science fiction, action and adventure with fact-based science, theories and mythology

IN ALMOST EVERY BELIEF SYSTEM ON EARTH, there exists a single unifying mythos: thousands of years ago a great flood deva
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Paperback, 407 pages
Published July 25th 2017 by VESUVIAN BOOKS
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Montzalee Wittmann
Children of the Fifth Sun by Gareth Worthington is a book I requested from NetGalley and the review is voluntary. This book reminds me of a wonderful mix of Michael Crichton, Dan Brown, and Douglas Preston. It has the science, mythology, the globe trotting, the suspense, the global intrigue, and the human emotional factors. This book is so wonderful! I was mad, glowing, sobbing, angry, scared, and resigned, and elated.
Evolution took life from the sea to land but some animals went back to the se
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Lyn
Jul 30, 2017 rated it liked it
First time novelist Gareth Worthington delivers an exciting sci-fi adventure that also blends elements of spirituality, theology and myth.

Photographer Graham takes an unusual underwater assignment for a surreptitious government agency and all hell breaks loose as the team embarks on an international thriller.

Worthington’s characterization is better than average as he fills his suspenseful narrative with a host of colorful players. The author also mixes in components of conspiracy so fans of mode
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Sherry Fundin
WOW. Blew me away.

Children of the Fifth Sun was not what I was expecting. It was SO much more.

Evolution. Where do we come from?

A deadly virus.

Intelligent non human life form.

Kelly is a handful, with his flippant comments and sarcasm, but he had become Freya’s handful and someone I would want at my side in times of trouble. At least you know where he stands and that you can always count on him

Amazing. I could not predict the ending, but I loved it.

So….strap yourself in, because this will be an ac
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Bella James
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Stunning. Suspenseful. Intelligent Science Fiction.
I am new to this genre, but having heard the exciting buzz within the literary world, I couldn't resist finding out what all the hype was about!

Pulling no punches, the brilliant mind and craftsmanship of Worthington transported me to a whole other world, turning pages well into the night. Transfixed by the journey through stunning human mythology, and complex characters which became eerily familiar, the storytelling nails science fiction at it's
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Alexandrea Weis
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Intrigue with a fast-paced, dynamic plot keeps you glued to every word in this unique storyline. It is not your typical plot about an ancient race and the fight to control their secrets. Instead, it is a well-thought out novel with charm, wit, and a strong leading character in Kelly Graham. He's the anchor in this fast-paced tale, drawing the reader in and offering a relatable and multi-dimensional character. The non-stop action and wild ride this story delivers is nothing short of breathtaking! ...more
Gigi Sedlmayer
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing read. Enjoyed it very much. Loved the characters. Loved the book.
Loved K'in the gentle alien, or was it an alien? with Kelly and Freya.
It was so different from all the other sci-fi books I have read.
Sci-fi in it's best.
Emma Wood
May 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well what can I say this is a whole lot of story in not a lot of book, this debut novella is jam packed full of action, intrigue, conspiracy, a pinch of potential romance in the offing, and if that isn’t enough a man sized salamander (not as weird as it sounds). The breakneck pacing keeps you hooked and whisks you through the story, neatly weaving together the different threads to a satisfying if somewhat open conclusion, there is second book coming I believe. So why not 5 stars, well it’s prett ...more
Nicole Eden
Mar 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!
One of the toughest obstacles when it comes to writing is whether or not you have the ability to portray your story in a way where the reader can see what you as the writer is visualizing. I know personally how difficult that is because of my own background with writing and its technicalities. There wasn't a moment while reading Huahuqui where I felt lost or struggled to understand what was going on because of the excellent details. As crazy as it sounds, I felt as if I was there along for the r ...more
Lenoire
May 01, 2019 rated it liked it
There are many different belief systems on Earth. However, they each have a common thread of belief, that thousands of years ago a great flood devastated Earth. From this natural disaster, a race of beings dwelled in the oceans and emerged to share its knowledge and culture with humanity. They hope to help save humans from our own selfish need. What are these mysterious creatures? Would they be able to help us?


Kelly Graham is an overly confident egotistical freelance photographer. He specializes
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NVTony
May 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed writers style and story was a real mind bender. Cannot rave enough about how this one suited my craving for a mystery.
Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
Hold your breath people, the dive down the ocean floor is about a thousand feet deep and there’s no backing out.

When self-loving, self-admiring, self-absorbed photographer Kelly Graham was (dragged) hired to retrieve something down the deep underwater. he was in for the big shock of his life. There’s something weird and inexplicable happening about that project and before Kelly and his friends Chris and Victoria knew it, they were far too involved in an alien subterfuge drawing blind fleeting ga
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Susan
Jul 22, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. I've seen a bunch of reviews that refer to a short novella, but my review is for the 400+ page novel not just one portion of the story. This is the first book by Gareth Worthington I have read, so I wasn't sure what to expect. What I found was a interestingly different concept of the 2012 "end of the world" scenario. This is a standalone with no cliffhanger ending. There is graphic violence.

The book blurb adequately describes the storyline so I'm not going to repeat that all info here
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Promisary
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
* Received Through Netgalley For Honest Review *
Wow. Wow. Wow. This book was absolutely insane & blew my mind. So much story in just one book , with so many twists , turns , a dash of romance & conspiracy that I just couldn't stop reading. I took off with it , and the lore just blew me away at how it seamlessly blended with the story. Definitely a reread over & over again. Looking forward to the next one.
Mary Enck
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this novel more than most because of the characters and what the author has written to craft them with full-blown personalities. The most winsome of all is the gentle creature who has a kind heart and is like a large puppy. The humans are all of varying degrees of, well, just humanness. In spite of that, I cared about some and wished some would just go away. Of course, that diversity and the way characters play off each other is what makes a story work. Later, enter the heavy, and I me ...more
Venky
May 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: bibliocase
A thriller that spans Geographies and a kaleidoscope of multiple disciplines ranging from mythology, to religion to science fiction to cutting edge genetics, Children of the Fifth Sun is a racy novel that whizzes through the wilderness of Vladivostok to the hot desert of Nevada.
Kelly Graham, a famed deep diving specialist and his closest friend Chris find themselves surreptitiously hauled away by a team of three. General Benjamin, Agent Freya Nilsson and Tremaine have a task for Kelly - the retr
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Rebekah
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I must admit that after reading book 1, Huahuqui, by Gareth, I was totally looking forward to reading book 2 in the series. Huaquero did not let me down. Kelly and Freya now find themselves traversing across Egypt, India and finally Russia in search of what they hope will bring the end to world disaster. What I like about Gareth's writing is that in so few words, he gives you the breadth of a character. In this book, we learn more about what makes the central characters, and even some of the sec ...more
Samantha Walford
After reading Huahuqui, the first in this trilogy, I had been eagerly awaiting the sequel; let me tell you I was not disappointed!!

I wasn't sure where the author could take the story after the explosive first novel, and I was worried that it may be one of those let me see if I can drag this out, make a bit more money, but have a half arsed storyline kind of sequels (The Lost TV series comes to mind(sorry I know I should probably compare to a book series but I can't help but compare to TV/film be
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Stacey
Jun 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: firstreads
I received this book as part of Goodreads First Reads programme.

I was a little wary when I first received this book through the post; how could i get stuck into a story that was only 146 pages long? Even whilst reading the first half of the book, my fears were that I wouldn't be able to develop a bond with the characters but I hold my hands up; I was wrong! Somehow, Gareth Worthington has managed to weave just the right amount of character development into an action packed storyline that leaves
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Emma Wood
Jun 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just as you thought you could catch your breath after finishing the first book Huahuqui, the sequel, arrives and throws you right back into the action. I was really looking forward to this book and I was certainly not disappointed. The pacing is just as fast as the first book, this author once again showing his flair for mixing fact and fiction seamlessly. But, where this book surpasses the first is in the depth of the characters. We really get to see more of their personalities what makes them ...more
Jonas Saul
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Insane! What Gareth did here was incredible! This author took a global look at America, China, and Russia, and added a species from another era into the mix, to create a well-researched novel of suspense, intrigue, with dashing individuals.

The characters travel the world on a unique mission while trying to stay out of the line of fire as rogue government agencies from several different countries try to stop them. It's a wild ride from California to Peru, from Egypt to Siberia.

The amount of rese
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Noelle Walsh
This was a decent reading experience. Though I haven't read the first two (both of which I plan on reading), I did have some understanding of what was going on (reading the other two will fix it completely). I did still enjoy the book and would recommend it.


*.won on GoodReads First Reads*
Anita
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Kelly Graham is a narcissistic self-assured freelance photographer specializing in underwater assignments. While on a project in the Amazon with his best friend, Chris D'Souza, a mysterious and beautiful government official, Freya Nilsson, enters Kelly’s life and turns it upside down. Her simple request to retrieve a strange object from deep underwater puts him in the middle of an international conspiracy. A conspiracy that threatens to change the course of human history.”


I just love imperfec
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Frankie Brazelton
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, sci-fi
‘Children of the Fifth Sun’ is an unexpected gem of a read! Bloggers receive all sorts of books to review from publishers and indie authors. A vast number of those have a strong premise but often lack the editing and polishing that elevate a book to a five star status. And of course there is a never ending supply of mediocre duds. But! Every once in a while a treasure falls into our lap. ‘Children of the Fifth Sun’ is one such treasure that makes all of the panning and sifting worth every dud we ...more
Andrew O'Donnell
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Awesome Epic ride!! A fast paced, action packed thriller interweaved cleverly with popular scientific theories.
(No spoilers in this review)
The story follows the accidental adventures of Kelly Graham, a self-assured man with a broken past that leads him to risk his life at every opportunity. Kelly is a Molotov cocktail of a man who runs head first toward danger throughout the book, keeping the action coming think and fast.
With current and ancient superpower, all crossing each other paths trying t
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Kay Smillie
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's not often that I come across a main character in a book who has particular traits that gets on my bits. Kelly Graham is that character. A selfish, egotistic man. However, he is good at what he does. Ain't that usually the way?

Once I ignored what niggled me and actually got into the story, I was hooked. It's different from the usual stuff and it's obviously been very well researched. I maintain that Kelly's character became more 'human' after bonding with a certain animal. Having said that,
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Stu
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In Children of the Fifth Sun, Gareth Worthington has succeeded in doing something few authors are able to accomplish: The telling of a deeply personal story that lingers with the reader long after the final page has been turned. Yes, it's a fun, fast-paced, globe trotting, adventure. Yes, the author has incorporated literally 20 years of scientific research and development into building and shaping this story. But at its heart, it is a profound and inspiring story of humanity's desire for true m ...more
Movies, Shows,
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Note: This spoiler contains NO spoilers

I was already intrigued from the "get go" after reading the synopsis. Although I do not read much sci-fi, when I do, my expectation from reading this genre is that I am transported to this "world," be it here on earth, out in space, or on another planet. Being new to Gareth Worthington's writing, this novel did just that... It transported me into an in-depth and thought-provoking "world" filled with action and adventure that took readers all over the globe.
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Barbara Salfelder
Interesting storyline

I found the book to be fairly well edited, just a couple of word errors such as the word knew when it should have been know. The storyline was different than what I have read before. I found that it moved along at a pretty good pace. I didn't find myself skipping paragraphs to get past any overly wordy descriptions yet it felt complete. I have bought the next book in the series to see where it goes next. It is a complete book with no storyline left hanging.
CR
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
My Review: When I started reading this title I wasn't really sure what I was going to end up with. But for me it totally worked out! It covers so much for a story and I can not wait for book two. There were some parts that were kind of confusing but other than that the story was well paced and the characters were great. Totally go into this one knowing that you are in for the ride of your life! Because this one was full of anthropology (wan't confusing for the most part), mystery, politics, and ...more
Italia Gandolfo
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book unfolds like an epic film or TV series with terrific (and real/flawed) characters. But K'in is one of the best characters ever created. Don't miss this globe hopping, action adventure that will leave you wanting more.
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I currently live in Switzerland, where I work full time for the pharmaceutical industry.

I am represented by Renee Fountain and Italia Gandolfo at Gandolfo Helin Fountain Literary, New York.

I hold an honors degree in Marine Biology, a PhD in comparative endocrinology, and have spent more than twelve years in various medical and marketing roles for pharma. However, my constant thirst for knowledge
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