by Gary Grossman
on Tour April 2015
Published by: Diversion Books
Publication Date: 3/10/2015
Number of Pages: 419
“An ambitious tale loaded with heaping doses of adrenalin, OLD EARTH sweeps the reader away with history, intrigue, espionage, engaging characters, and an intelligent conclusion – all elements of the perfect thriller!” —Steve Berry, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author, THE LINCOLN MYTH
Gary Grossman, author of the wildly popular Executive series, returns with a high-octane thriller that digs into the history of the Earth to find the secrets people are willing to kill to keep concealed.
In the summer of 1601, Galileo Galilei made a startling discovery in the mountains of Eastern Italy that, if made public, could shatter faith in religion, bring down governments and lead to worldwide turmoil.
For more than 400 years the secret has been guarded by a small group of incredibly powerful people, willing to do everything in their power to keep these discoveries from being made. But now, a university dig in Montana headed by paleontologists Quinn McCauley and Katrina Alpert threatens to expose the secret Galileo unearthed, the event that caused him to turn his study to the stars, and the hidden reason the scientist was convicted of heresy by the Inquisition.
McCauley and Alpert find themselves in a global game of cat-and-mouse, seeking answersfor a mystery that has endured for centuries, hunted for what they might discover.
OLD EARTH weighs age-old arguments between science and religion in a tense thriller that spans time and questions recorded history.
“A high energy combination of history and intrigue, and last but not least, a great book to bring along the next time you travel.” —Peter Greenberg, CBS News Travel Editor
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This is a most unusual book, and it is a bit more difficult to review for that reason. It is not your typical historical fiction, thriller nor mystery. It fills that area of the market as unusual, and what you think you may be getting may not be quite what you thought. The premise behind this book was extremely interesting as I love history, especially history, and the author writes in a fairly easy-to-read style. All of these things were positives in regards to this particular book.
Unfortunately, this is one of those books that I read and my feelings towards it were mixed. Although well-written and researched, I found myself struggling to remain focused and interested. This may be just a personal preference. I found myself confusing the characters and the places in the book. The author was quite vigilant when it came to time periods and geographical locations, but the characters were often confusing. I thoroughly adored the history in the book, but for whatever reason, I struggled through some of the portions.
For my more sensitive readers, do note that there is some profanity throughout the book. I am not marking the book down for this reason, but I am merely pointing it out. There is some church history and some conjecture, but nothing that was overly upsetting to the religious nor the non-religious. While this may not have been my cup of tea in a few portions of the book, I can say that those who have a penchant for thrillers and the like may wish to check it out.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
Gary Grossman, author of wildly popular Executive series, is a print and television journalist, an Emmy Award-winning network television producer, and a film and TV historian.
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