Children of the Fifth Sun
by Gareth Worthington
on Tour July 24 - Sept 25, 2017
Book DetailsGenre: Science Fiction, Thriller | “Science Faction” science fiction, action, adventure with fact-based science, theories and mythology
Published by: Vesuvian Books
Publication Date: July 25th 2017
Number of Pages: 407
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Thousands of years ago, an ancient species from the sea saved humanity; now a cocky, free-diving photographer tortured by his past is the unlikely hero who must save the last of their kind from a global race between nations to control the creature’s power.IN ALMOST EVERY BELIEF SYSTEM ON EARTH, there exists a single unifying mythos: thousands of years ago a great flood devastated the Earth’s inhabitants. From the ruins of this cataclysm, a race of beings emerged from the sea bestowing knowledge and culture upon humanity, saving us from our selfish drive toward extinction. Some say this race were “ancient aliens” who came to assist our evolution. But what if they weren’t alien at all? What if they evolved right here on Earth, alongside humans . . . and they are still here? And, what if the World’s governments already know?
Kelly Graham is a narcissistic, self-assured, freelance photographer specializing in underwater assignments. While on a project in the Amazon with his best friend, Chris D'Souza, a mysterious and beautiful government official, Freya Nilsson, enters Kelly’s life and turns it upside down. Her simple request to retrieve a strange object from deep underwater puts him in the middle of an international conspiracy. A conspiracy that threatens to change the course of human history.
Worthington has written an engaging adventure that takes us from the steamy jungles of Peru to the frozen wastelands of Russia. The narrative combines ancient myths with modern scientific advances. We explore the legend of Atlantis and the mystery of Area 51.
This novel is full of action. There are strange and powerful creatures, exploding buildings, racing vehicles, people being killed, and much more.
There were a few aspects of the novel I didn't like. Worthington uses the cliff hanging technique at the end of many chapters. For example, one chapter ends by describing a character's experience after a brutal encounter, “Then, there was only darkness – peaceful, quiet, eternal.” (Loc 4302/6585) Eternal, right? We might think the character dead but she appears in the next chapter very much alive and none the worse for wear.
The point of view is universal so the narrative jumps around to different people and different locations. All of the characters do ultimately interact but I felt the technique distracting. I would have preferred a narrower cast of characters.
And I didn't like the vulgar language. There was just way too much of it.
I did appreciate the weaving together of ancient myths with a possible explanation for the origin of intelligent humanity. I also liked learning a bit about DNA and the dangers of gene splicing. I was disappointed in the disrespect for the concept of a Creator.
I recommend this novel to readers who enjoy an action packed novel. The plot takes readers through one desperate situation after another where explosions and battles abound.
My rating: 3/5 stars.
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More about Gareth Worthington:
Gareth Worthington holds a degree in marine biology, a PhD in endocrinology, and currently educates the World's doctors on new cancer therapies. Gareth has hand tagged sharks in California; won honorable mention at the New York Book Festival 2012 and 2013 for his writing; and trained in various martial arts, including Jeet Kune Do, Muay Thai, and MMA at the EVOLVE MMA gym in Singapore and Phoenix KampfSport Switzerland. Born in Plymouth UK, Worthington currently resides outside of Zurich, Switzerland.
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