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The discovery of a young boy's body, brutally murdered and preserved for thousands of years in a Scottish peat bog, brings with it more than a find of a lifetime for archaeologist Mirin Hassan. After the death of her husband, Mirin wants life to get back to normal for her and her young son. But media attention and professional rivalries become the least of her worries. Som ...more
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Published January 20th 2020 by Rotten Row Press (first published January 19th 2020)
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Steve Stred
Sep 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Is archaeological-horror making a return? Or is it just that randomly in my TBR ordering and release dates, I’ve stumbled upon a number of books in the last couple years that feature “an ancient discovery” as the main plot point?

Over the last few years, I’ve read ‘Curse of the Viking King‘ by Russell James, ‘Ararat‘ by Christopher Golden, ‘The Reddening‘ by Adam LG Nevill, ‘The Mourner’s Cradle‘ by Tommy B. Smith and ‘Tomb of Gods‘ by Brian M
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KateA
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Full disclosure, I know the author and so got to read an early version of this in the run up to Christmas. But I promise, this is a ‘good read’. I’m not particularly a fan of horror, especially not when written by Dan because it tends to make me feel creeped out in my flat when I’m home alone, but this book touches on lots of different themes and interests. The horror bits are proper horrifying, the twists are well done, and even though I finished reading this a month ago, the characters and ide ...more
Joseph Sale
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book will appeal to fans of Hames Herbert, old-school King, and Dean Koontz. It's a brilliant story with some truly compelling characters. The ending is phenomenal in particular, where the past is relived in a way we don't expect - moving and powerful. Top notch horror. I see Dan making a big impact on the horror scene. ...more
Nannette Kreitzman
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Horror at its best!

You know those movies you watch through splayed fingers because you KNOW something horrible is about to happen but not what? Welcome to Neolithica. Soule takes you on a well planned journey escalating ever higher and higher in exquisitely described havoc and mayhem, throwing in a bombshell or two you never see coming for good measure. Keep the lights on with this one.
Valerie
Jan 23, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I realized this involved a bog body I was hooked! I find the preserved bodies found in bogs fascinating! I remember reading about Tollund Man. Interesting stuff!

Mr. Soule brings us a bog body of a boy which shows evidence of being brutally murdered, his body covered in what appears to be ancient languages. He is extracted, taken to a University research lab but more is brought forth than just the body! For me there was never a dull moment! The author takes the reader through one horrific e
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Meg
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the mood for a immersive and bittersweet thriller to keep you up on dark and stormy nights?! Then, Neolithica is for you. From the off, I read this book obsessively. Each chapter's punchy vignette keeps the story moving at a frantic pace, all the while building up a rich emotional tapestry populated with complex characters and set against a vibrantly imagined Glasgow. Strongly recommend to anyone looking for a solid bit of escapism during the challenges of 2020. Neolithica reminds us that it ...more
James Klabunde
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An interesting debut novel to a new series

A incredibly well preserved body of a boy estimated to be twelve thousand years old is found in a bog near Glasgow emits pure evil and death and destruction to the people who come in contact with the boy.In a fast moving novel we discover what various characters in the novel have to the growth in power of the wee boy. Is there any person who can stop the revenge and terror of the wee boy? Highly recommended.
Oralee
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well written and intriguing. Dan Soule spins a fine tale of horror that leaves a reader hungry to learn more as you turn each page. Mixing the call of old sacred customs and the impart of modern technology the discovery of an ancient body archaeologist Mirin Hassan has the find of a lifetime only to realize that there are somethings you should leave buried.
Ross Jeffery
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Since the passing of James Herbert and the gradual decline of Shaun Hutson’s power as staples in the British Horror Scene. I’ve been hankering for someone to step into that rather large void; which has been left vacant for some time now, by in my opinion two of the brightest and loudest voices that we’ve had to shout about from our little island in the realms of horror fiction.

That void has now been filled by author Dan Soule and his debut offering Neolithica – which seeps into the horror market
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Iseult Murphy
Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a stunning book!
The cast of characters, the format and scope remind me of Crichton or Preston and Child at their very best. However, I’ve never been as thoroughly satisfied by a book by those authors as I was by Neolithica.
The characters are great, and Jackie Chan, the pug, and Mary, the homeless woman who can talk to birds, stole my heart.
The pacing is good, starting with a punch and building to a fantastic conclusion. Everything makes sense within the world, so I found the tale very
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C J
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What’s clear to me is that Dan isn’t just an excellent horror writer; he’s a huge fan of the genre. This shows in Neolithica, as it’s a gleefully dark, twisted apocalyptic tale, but thoroughly researched and crafted to a very high quality. The way Dan sets the scene is just delicious, and the more extreme moments give you just enough to keep you thinking long after you’re finished reading. To think Dan is a relatively up and coming horror writer is ludicrous to me; if his books are this good now ...more
Andrew Murray
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Neolithica announces in Dan Soule a bold new star in the horror firmament - a tale of aeons-old evil and loss and yearning that reaches across time to our primal human origins, yet is grounded confidently in our world of contemporary concerns and anxieties. Washed by currents real and metaphorical, buffeted by hot passions and dark fears, Neolithica is a prize find for fans of Aliens, Dark Water, and anyone who wants midnight shocks underpinned by a human story of real sympathy and substance.
Caroline Lockwood
Apr 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A gripper

Five stars given because from page 1 I was hooked right up to the very last page. To be able to see each character in my mind is a job not a lot of authors can do. Dan Soule is a master of description. Well worth your time to read this story.
Jennifer Willison
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this. The story grabs you and keeps you reading.
Sandra Hould
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had no idea what this story was about before turning on the first page. I never read blurps or excerps, prefering to get the surprise of the story rather than a map as to where I might have to step. I usually do not like surprises in life, but I do adore to get them in books. This book was no exception and it's narrative kept me glued to the story from the start to the end.
First of all, this story has many elements that I adore already, making this a definitive favorite for me. From archaeolo
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Billie
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Some things should stay buried...
The discovery of a young boy's body, brutally murdered and preserved for thousands of years in a Scottish peat bog, brings with it more than a find of a lifetime for archaeologist Mirin Hassan. After the death of her husband, Mirin wants life to get back to normal for her and her young son. But media attention and professional rivalries become the least of her worries. Something other than cameras followed the corpse back to the university. A malevolent force gro
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Kztgs4eva
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
World-building is exceptionally well done, and characters are very well developed. Heat scale is a zero, violence is medium but combined with the creepiness, and eerie atmosphere the violence seemed a lot higher. For the first time in a long long time I was creeped out, and scared after reading a book. There were a couple of days I literally had to force myself to pick up and begin reading the book again. I could not  stop reading this book, because I had received it for free from the author for ...more
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