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Ancient Origins (Revelations): Book 1 of Ancient Origins by [Storey, Robert]
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Mankind's greatest discovery has been kept secret for a reason.
The origin of our species is not what we thought.
But as all life on Earth is threatened with extinction, that which has lain buried for millennia may yet prove to be our only hope…

An ancient secret. A cataclysmic act of God ... humanity’s last stand.

In the near future Sarah Morgan, an English archaeologist, is in a race against time to prove the impossible: that an advanced human ancestor once populated the Earth. But there are those that will kill to protect this most ancient of secrets, and when Sarah finally gets the proof she craves it is cruelly wrenched from her grasp; but never one to lie down Sarah finds another path, a path that propels her into a quest that will span continents and change her life forever.

Simultaneously the world prepares for the arrival of 2011 AG5, an asteroid that will impact off the South African coastline with the force akin to the strike that wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years previous. Humanity has long been planning for this colossal event and many preparations have been made to counteract its after effects in order to preserve the ever fragile global economy and civilization itself. As the world holds its collective breath, below the surface government-run clandestine subterranean facilities are gearing up for the challenges ahead. These facilities are run by the gifted and ever mercurial Professor Steiner who has overseen a global programme charged with the preservation of mankind, as the clock ticks down towards zero hour his schedule is on track; however everything might not turn out as smoothly as he’d hoped…

Pulsating with heart pounding action, forbidden history, astonishing archaeological discoveries, hidden prophecies, conspiracy, intrigue, terror and more, the international bestselling ANCIENT ORIGINS series has been tipped as the next big Hollywood movie franchise and will immerse you in a thrilling and terrifying world that might just be real…

“Thrills, suspense, action and adventure; this novel has it all. Relentless and fast paced Ancient Origins: Revelations will have you on the edge of your seat and wanting more!”

“Revelations - Indiana Jones with an Armageddon and Jules Verne infusion. Add a soupçon of Tom Clancy for an explosive journey of momentous proportions...”

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 494 pages
  • Publisher: Sancturian Publishing; 3 edition (1 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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By Carolyn Harris TOP 50 REVIEWER on 4 August 2015
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Well I've now learned what motivates vandals at archaeological sites. I have never read such rubbish as the three 'archaeologists chasing around the world seeking evidence on giants. I am not doubting there have been people as tall as ten feet but my word I am disgusted that we have to accept the vandalism that is going on for Sarah to achieve her very greedy aims.
Other than that the book is relatively okay, although somewhat stretched beyond imagination. Moving 35,000 people is no light task and yet it seems to be no big issue.
I was interested in the asteroid descriptions, more could have been written about the geological impact it would have caused.
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Makes you want to know "what's Next"!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing! 23 September 2016
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Before writing this review I checked in on other reviews (while looking to get the next book!) and saw that the range moves from one to five stars. Yet almost every low starred review also had something good to say, while pointing out issues as the reviewer saw it. To me, this means this book works! Even the one starred said a bit more than ‘I don’t like it.’

Yes, I too have an issue or two, particularly regarding the archaeologist trio (some unnecessary childish behaviour and I was downright horrified that an ancient artefact was ruined) and yet the big picture, the greater story is fantastic. There are three distinct threads; the archaeologists attempting to find proof of an ancient civilisation while running from conspiracy, the underground bunkers with the politics going down there, and a group of caregivers and their patients caught in a desperate scenario. Understanding these threads would come together, I read on.

The threads do come together at the end, and now I can’t wait to find out what happens next. I am beyond intrigued to discover what Sanctuary hides. This is a mighty story and well worth reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Slightly rocky writing, but a good story nonetheless 8 April 2017
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I really have nothing against self-published books. I don't. But I do think that every book deserves the tender, loving ministrations of an editor, and this book is no exception. (Budding writers out there - did you know that you can hire a free-lance editor? You can. You should!) And so should have this author. While I don't agree with Vonnegut that a writer should never use a semicolon, they are vastly overused in this book, especially in the first half to two-thirds of the book. It is even in the dialog. Now, seriously, no one speaks in complex sentences with semicolons. Well, not normal people, anyway. The overuse of semicolons becomes distracting from what is actually an interesting story.

Similarly, the book is rife with "Britishisms" - which is fine for the Brit characters, but start making no sense when the story moves to the US. There are story lines of several character groups which will likely come together at some point in a subsequent book, but for now, the transitions are abrupt, and the wait to find out what is going on with one drags on while we hear a lot about the others. These are the sorts of things an editor can help smooth out.

Finally, I have difficulty with the concept of a dust cloud that obscures the sunlight and causes "Impact winter" but still permits flight of airplanes. Here in the wild west where there are volcanoes, airplanes are grounded for several days (or longer) after an eruption. Would not the dust from an asteroid hitting earth create similar problems?

All of that said, Mr. Storey is a good storyteller, and the writing improves by the end of the book. Perhaps some of the other issues will work themselves out as things move along.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like excitement, intrigue, action, conspiracy, tinged with historical finds grab this book! Then settle in... 1 June 2016
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for a great read!
I've just finished reading this... what a great book! I did not see the ending coming in this.
The characters are well developed (I consider them as such when I can envision them as living persons and "hear" them speaking).
It is easy to lose yourself in the book while reading, to the exclusion of things going on around you.
I don't like spoilers so I don't write details about books in my reviews, but if you like to read authors such as Dan Brown, or Robert Daugherty/Bob Mayer, you will enjoy this book. It is full of excitement, intrigue, action, conspiracy. Using bits of real life to weave a wonderful fictional story... or is it fiction?
You have to read this book!
I've just downloaded the second book in this series, can't wait to start reading...
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4.0 out of 5 stars I like this aspect of the book 22 December 2015
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I waited until I read book 2 (2041) before I commented here. Although there are multiple plot lines, they merge into two main plot lines in the year 2040. And these two plot lines continue through book 2. I expect we will see these two lines (and any stray character situations) merge to one plot line in book 3. I like this aspect of the book. It's complicated enough to keep you interested, but not overwhelming or confusing.

The main premise of the book is that there is an asteroid heading for Earth. I looked this up, and the referenced asteroid really exists and will be coming very close to us in 2040. What if that asteroid is actually going to hit the Earth? You could imagine what the governments of the world might do if that were true. In this book, they decide to keep that a secret until they can devise a strategy to save the human race. One of the story lines deals with the people involved in that effort. By 2040, the scientist have constructed a secret plan and have had about 20 years to prepare the masses for the event. This part of the story is cleverly constructed.

The second plot line is that of a group of archaeologists that make a fabulous discovery. Knowing that a big asteroid event is coming and how life is going to be "impacted" for the next few years, they race to legitimize the find. But they come upon an unexpected organization that does not want this information released. It should be noted that these archaeologists are relatively young and are born in our future. I don't know how any of us would react to being raised with a potential world ending event looming in our future, but this group of characters handle it with sarcasm, jokes, and pranks. In this perspective, the author appears to make this group of characters appeal to Young Adult (YA) readers. I think that although this behavior seems a bit immature for their age, the author is attempting to get the readers to relate to the characters with this style.

Raiders of the Ark and the sequels make colossal finds in a matter of days with no modern equipment. This book has the characters taking a little longer than Indiana, but it still seems a bit too fast even with the fantastic, futuristic equipment they employ. I know nothing of archaeology, so I do not dare postulate whether or not the timeline, procedures, and science of the digs as described are accurate or realistic. But it is my guess that many of us may not have had the patience to read this book if we were following the actual details of artifact dusting and cataloging over years of effort. The faster pace of the dig and the discovery makes you feel like you're reading an Indiana Jones-type story that takes place in the future. They also break rules that a true archaeologists would likely never do. But can you blame them if you knew an asteroid is coming that could destroy all your proof? I decided to overlook the speed at which they made discoveries for the sake of entertainment. And I thought the author did a good job of portraying the thoughts and feelings of the main archaeologists.

Although there are a lot of characters to keep track of in this book, the author does a good job of telling the story through the eyes and thoughts of just a few of them. This allows you to adapt quickly from one story line to the next. I like to read books that take me away from the worries and bad news of everyday life. This book is fast paced and makes an attempt at being plausible. It may not appeal to everyone, but what book does? I enjoyed it enough to get book 2, which I thought was better than book 1. I'm looking forward to book 3.
5.0 out of 5 stars Intrigue, suspense, science fiction, ancient origins 1 April 2017
By Valerie I. Rosica - Published on
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I'm a story about individuals search for artifacts/questioning the fact of the human origins.....Could it be Ancient Aliens??? Who is behind all of this? It was hidden for a long time the coming of a large asteroid, but when it was announced there was a special counsel named Global Meteor Response Counsel developed to handle all the concerns of water, food, safety, and control any world wide panic. GMRC was thought to be a great idea in the beginning as most ideas, there are others with greed and lust for power who can lets say give us reasons for concern and an intriguing twist to the plot.....fascinating, exciting, and hard to put down this book.... For Sci-FI lovers