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“I actually stopped reading this book about 1/3 in. I absolutely could not continue reading. This is the first book in my memory that I didn't finish. It was just that bad.”see full review » see other reviews »
“Awesome”Sara Lee wrote this review Friday, May 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Compelling story with historical references to solve a 2000 year old mystery...”Michael Mahoney wrote this review Sunday, April 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Interesting like Dan Brown but not as good.”Alan H wrote this review Saturday, March 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“"What do you get if you cross Indiana Jones with Dan Brown? Answer: David Gibbins" -- the review by the 'Mirror'. Well, not quite... it does have some of the makings of Indiana Jones, but less intense. Also some of the ingredients of Dan Brown, but less suspense.
I liked it a little better compared to 'Atlantis' (which contained too much technical information, as far I am concerned). But just like 'Atlantis', the crux of the novel was to get to the archaeological artifact before the 'other party'. I would have classified this book as a thriller, and as such would have expected a little more action. Based on that, I give it only 2½ stars.”
“Excellent coverage on History”Mehaboobmunna wrote this review Sunday, September 9, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“What if Emperor Claudius gave up his throne and lived out his life in secret? What if he met with Jesus? Oh what a good tale that would make.”J.R. Mendez wrote this review Saturday, March 10, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Did not care for the book or the style of writing - a little drawn out and monotonous in some chapters. ”Mary Beth wrote this review Wednesday, February 1, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I've never read anything with so many discoveries in one story - Jack Howard puts Indiana Jones, Robert Langdon and the rest to shame. The shipwreck of St Paul, the tomb of Boudicca, the temple of the Vestal Virgins and that's just a few. Everywhere he goes he makes an astonishing discovery and it's all remarkably easy too. It pretty much goes like this: Jack gets a clue, he works out the location it points to very easily, he goes to the location and discovers some legendary thing, he gets another clue and off he goes.
This could have been a good book as the author is an underwater archaeologist. I might have forgiven him for not being a fantastic novelist but not being a good novelist and also writing a book that defies belief. This book reads to me as the life David Gibbons wishes he had when I was hoping for something a bit more realistic.
The other thing that annoyed me was how reckless Jack is with the relics. What do you do with an ancient parchment that could have important historical information on it not available anywhere else? Do you open it carefully in a lab under controlled conditions to protect it? No, you open it there and then so what if it may fall apart. What do you do with artifacts? Why you remove them from the site and walk around with them in your pocket/bag. It's not stealing I'm an archaeologist. David Gibbons adds a thriller subplot about murderers possibly hired by the Catholic church (a la Dan Brown) to stop the gospel from being found to excuse this recklessness but as most of the time he seems to forget this subplot it doesn't really work.”
“This fictional story(though sounds non-ficitonal) focuses on the history of Pliny the Elder, Pliny the Younger and Claudius, before the eruption of Vesuvius, the volcano of Pompeii. Marine Archaeologist Jack Howard and his team of experts made a shocking discovery while searching for the legendary shipwreck of the apostle Paul. A second artifact was found in the ruins of Pompeii which contains contents that could shake the world to its foundations.
*The contents in this book is rather draggy and may not appeal to your interests.”