Back to back book review :) Yay..me the happy.
Me a big time pulp fiction masala adventure thriller novels fan. In other words, i like James Rollins and Matthew Reilley books. Both are good at combining impossible fantastic premises as story base and are amazingly good in crapping the essence out of them. They weave wonderful thread of fiction with facts and almost all of their novels have blockbuster openings only to go mega mokkai in between and a predictable horrific ending for the villains. My favourite portions of their novels are usually the prologue and epilogue sections followed by the author speak. They would explain about how they stumbled on the idea for the story and what were their reference books and links. Now, that would be an amazing section to read and follow, for everything would be so real and awesome that the information would stump anyone. Other than the premise and the source, there is nothing much to their stories. Anyways, here is another review of another blockbuster premised James Rollins novel.
Bone Labyrinth begins in an era when there were no humans. More like, when humans were not humans yet. But something, somewhere down the line, caused men to invent like crazy, as if overnight some one got a bucketful of mentos candy and everyone's dimag ka batti started burning bright. Naturists or should i say anthropologists call this as a "great big leap" where in from a mere nomadic hunter tribe, our species evolved into a mature being, there by pushing the rest of living things into submission. What was the reason that lead to that sudden spurt in brain activity? what caused them to develop cognitive thinking is the premise of the book. It goes on the line that, cross breeding between Neanderthals and fellow Homo sapien forefathers was a reason and to add to this mix there was a third clan whose role is the missing x factor that resulted in the species that we are now. An oft quoted example of Tibetian people and how their DNA has a special structure genetically designed to aid them in surviving at such an high altitude is used to support the claim of a third species. Throw in the mysterious number 37, the divine prime, which can be felt everywhere from earth to sun to moon to bible to right in our genome structure plus the creation of moon and the mysteries about it, like how its exactly at 366% of something from earth and how everything is just perfect for life forms to survive, basically the whole lot of divine coincidence scenario is played out throughout as the surprise element in the book. Add to this mix the Chinese, who are the latest fad amongst American authors as new breed of monster villains out rivalling Russians, who would go to any length to steal things from American scientists, funded by American tax payer money and are so monstrous in their deeds that, the same scalpel which will result in an outpouring of love when used to dissect animal specimens, will cause blood to gush out in their evil hands and the mandatory super species that would be some giant gorillaish brute which would've been tortured to submission by the villain, only to tear the very same antagonist in the end prodded by the good American group. The name of the American group is Sigma and the entire series of a dozen or more books so fat is more or less on same set up.
Ivlo kaari thupara mathiri comment poatutu enda dogay antha booka padikaranu kekaravangaluku, as i said, the plots and premises are fantastic. The story is just a bonus. How did we become what we are is an interesting premise that is worth following. Probably would love to follow up some of the links that the author had shared in the end sections and would read through more on that topic. Also, he has raised my intrigue about the moon. With maths and numbers and divine constants and holy primes, its all the more interesting to find out other relevant materials on the topic. And the fact that there is a reference of Neil Armstrong leading an expedition to Ecuador in search of a hidden cave, linking it to his trip on moon when NASA reported a two minute loss of contact, adds to the mystery and amazing conspiracy stories.
Gils verdict: More than the story, as always, the premise of the book make it a lovable read. Needless to say, the story goes at breakneck speed and is easily a one sit read. Good read for conspiracy buffs.