Prophet of Bones

Prophet of Bones

A Novel

Book - 2013
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Ted Kosmatka's sensational new thriller, Prophet of Bones , thrusts readers into an alternate present.

Paul Carlson, a brilliant young scientist, is summoned from his laboratory job to the remote Indonesian island of Flores to collect DNA samples from the ancient bones of a strange, new species of tool user unearthed by an archaeological dig. The questions the find raises seem to cast doubt on the very foundations of modern science, which has proven the world to be only 5,800 years old, but before Paul can fully grapple with the implications of his find, the dig is violently shut down by paramilitaries.

Paul flees with two of his friends, yet within days one has vanished and the other is murdered in an attack that costs Paul an eye, and very nearly his life. Back in America, Paul tries to resume the comfortable life he left behind, but he can't cast the questions raised by the dig from his mind. Paul begins to piece together a puzzle which seems to threaten the very fabric of society, but world's governments and Martial Johnston, the eccentric billionaire who financed Paul's dig, will stop at nothing to silence him.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780805096170
Branch Call Number: SF KOS
Characteristics: 354 p. ;,25 cm

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Chapel_Hill_KenMc Dec 22, 2014

The writing is somewhat boilerplate, but this novel has enough interesting plot elements and genetic intrigue to hold the reader's interest. An updated "Island of Dr. Moreau."

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paulpam
Mar 03, 2014

Would like to point out that this book has the wrong title - according to the description and picture, this is The Games by the same author, not Prophet of Bones. Both very good modern sci-fi stories which I highly reccomend!

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LouWSytsma
Apr 29, 2013

Prophet of Bones by Ted Kosmatka - literally a real page turner. I knocked off over a 100 pages in my first sitting. This is a Michael Crichtonesque style thriller. The prose is lean and clean - complex emotional beats and ideas reduced to tight single lines of writing. It all revolves around a unique find of ancient human bones and the book is filled with much scientific jargon around genetics but never becomes dull or boring. The book dwells in the same conspiracy theater that books such as The DaVinci Code do.

The interesting thing about the author is that he works as a writer for the videogame company Valve - maker of the classic Half Life series and Portal games. He writes the same brisk pace and economy of words employed with video games. Not my normal cup of tea but I enjoyed.

The major caveat with the book - as with most books of this type or TV shows - Hello Lost & X-Files - the buildup surpasses the payoff.

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