27 Jul 2016



BACK COVER BLURB: A controversial verse in the Bible sparks college graduate student Ty Larson’s curiosity causing him to stumble onto the faint trace of an ancient advanced civilization that’s been all but lost to the sands of time

It soon becomes apparent that he’s not the only one with an interest in this long-lost civilization, but the others who share this interest and what their intentions are remain a mystery. Wading through legends and folklore, clues begin materializing that lead Ty down a bizarre path, uncovering the secrets of the massive stone structures scattered across the globe from the distant past. From the timeworn ruins in the high mountains of Bolivia and Peru to the colossal megaliths in Baalbek, Lebanon to the Great Pyramid itself, Ty unknowingly inches ever closer to unearthing the disturbing truth of the origins of mankind.

Although this novel is fiction, it’s based on fact, Biblical scripture, texts found in the Dead Sea scrolls omitted from the Bible, and many other stories from around the world that millions believe to be true.

Genesis 6:4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.

FIRST SENTENCE {Chapter 1}: "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." 

MEMORABLE MOMENT {Page 296}: "I know Selena, all of our asses are on the line if we go through with this thing. I've made two calls to the boss already, and there just isn't enough proof yet to convince him there's a need to act. Hell, I even told him what I really think is about to happen and judging by the long pause after ... well, lets just say I'll probably be taking some inkblot tests when I get back.

SOURCE: Received for review from the author.

MY THOUGHTS: Having decided to research a biblical verse for an end of semester paper strange things begin to happen to student Ty Larson as he delves deeper and deeper into the mystery of whether or not the Nephilin, the 'giants' of Genesis 6:4', actually existed. 

A novel that sucks you in, that has you longing to know more about the facts behind the fiction - always a positive sign as far as I'm concerned. I found myself thoroughly engrossed in the 'myths' that saw the pyramids and ancient monoliths all neatly connected with Nazi German in a tale that certainly had its fair share of twists and turns, to say nothing of its 'red herrings'.

Essentially a novel that may well appeal to those who enjoy conspiracy theories surrounding scripture as well as those with an interest in archaeology or indeed those just looking for an adventurous yarn. Just don't be taken in by the Dan Brown comparisons though as whilst Proof is what I thought of as a thinking man's Dan Brown type novel, Ty Larson is by no means a Robert Langdon.

Left feeling there is more to come, that not all was answered. I'm very hopeful of another instalment in what I feel could be a fascinating series.


Kelly said...

I've read other novels that dealt with the Nephilim and I bet I would enjoy this one, too.

kimbacaffeinate said...

Oh I would totally enjoy this, and the memorable lines made me laugh! Great find Terry!

Brandi Kosiner said...

Sounds like a promising start, hope you continue to enjoy

Natasha Hill said...

This one does sound interesting! I'm quite into the whole pyramids myths things, but not heard of the Nazi Germany one before! Will have to give this one a go and see what I think if I spot this while I'm out. Another great review Tracy! - Tasha

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

This might be something I would enjoy. I like things like this and how mythos and legends combine with the mundane to make you want to do your own research. :)

Yvonne@fiction-books said...

Hi Tracy,

This is one of the books that, in Kelly's words, I would probably rather watch as a film, than read the book.

I have never read any of the Dan Brown novels either, although I have watched the films some of them have been adapted into.

I would probably enjoy the conspiracy theory aspects of the storyline, if they are well researched and a good fit with the historical context of the storyline.

I wasn't so keen on your observations about the ending of the book, as whilst I appreciate that there may well be a series in the offing, I do like a series where each individual episode can be enjoyed as a stand alone story and I don't like the "to be continued ..." approach.

Not a book I am likely to rush to add to my own list, but thanks for the constructive review :)


Melliane said...

Ah yes I hope you'll have ally our answers too!

Brian Joseph said...

This sounds very interesting. These ancient conspiracy type books can be very good.

My understanding is that The Nazi's really were very interesting in these ancient religious myths and conspiracies and really did into them.

Barbara Fisher said...

This sounds right up my street, thanks for another excellent review Tracy. I marvel at the amount and variety of books you read. I’m grateful because I know I will always find something worth reading when I visit you. If you like it, you say so but equally if you don't like it, you say that too, which is a great help.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Definitely seems like an interesting read; I'm not sure it would be the right fit for me though.

Stephanie@Fairday's Blog said...

This sounds like a winner! So glad to hear you enjoyed it so much and that it made you want to research. I love books like that! Thanks for putting this one on my radar. I look forward to checking it out at some point. :)