We were wrong about the origins of our species.
For eons, the truth has remained hidden.
Geophysicist Jack Greer believes he may finally have found the resting place of the meteorite that wiped out the dinosaurs sixty-five million years ago. A few miles off the Yucatán coast, Jack and a team of scientists tow an aging drilling platform over the impact crater with the aim of securing a sample. But buried deep beneath the earth lies a shocking discovery that threatens to shatter everything we think we know about the origins of our species.
A world away, geneticist Dr. Mia Ward receives a mysterious delivery from her former boss and mentor, Alan Salzburg. In it are clues of a dire warning hidden inside the human genome, one which foretells man's very extinction.
His instructions to Mia are simple: keep the information safe and, above all, trust no one--words all the more chilling after Alan turns up dead. But who wrote the message and what does it mean? Jack's recent discovery just may hold the answers, but can she reach him in time to save the human race?
“Extinction Code” is the first book available in the “Ancient Origins” series, and I’m looking forward to the rest to come. The book is written by James D. Prescott and the audiobook edition is narrated by Gary Tiedemann; a prolific and well-liked narrator of mine. Let me say up front, I enjoyed the book and it often kept me on the edge of my seat while listening. It is an action-packed adventure where two seemingly parallel events converge in an attempt to save not only the individuals but the world itself. As I listened to the book, it reminded me of a blending of “The Sphere” with portions of “The Abyss” including pieces of “The Da Vinci Code”. Place on top of this, the Twilight Zone episode “To Serve Man”, if you liked any of these you will like this book. Also, if you like stories having intrigue, suspense, and mystery, I think you will find this book enjoyable.
The author does an exceptional job making the characters and scenes feel three dimensional. Each of the characters in the book are given depth and complexity which I found refreshing. You will quickly find that the quote from the X-Files which says, “Trust No One”, is relevant to this book. You are always wondering if you are rooting for the right side or not, and I found myself flipping many times and still surprised at the end. What is even more exciting than to bring a team of scientists and clash them together with the U.S. military, is the discovery of a mysterious object during a drilling event which did not want to be uncovered. Once you have opened Pandora’s box, it becomes very difficult to close it again. Throughout the story, I like the level of research and scientific quips the author drops. Not only am I enjoying a well-written story, but I’m learning along the way. On a side note, I will say that at times the humor felt forced, but this was often required to relieve the built-up tension.
I’m more a technology person than a science one, but I felt the science was rather strong whereas the technology may have been a bit weaker then I prefer. As with television, I understand that deep dives into technology can be tedious and boring for non-technical people. Much of a person’s time spent on hacking is waiting; which is not very interesting. However, I would have like a bit more technology to go with the level of science this book provided. Maybe a bit more jargon or usage would have made the book more enjoyable. How can you not like a book that has hackers, human desires, genetics, and aliens? The author did a good job of keeping this all in check while making the book very interesting and suspenseful.
I liked the rather short chapters making the book easier to digest in smaller pieces. Not until the end of the book do you find out who’s who, keeping the listener questioning? The characters are mostly shrouded in mystery and each has its own issues making you think they are the good or bad guys. The author does a good job of making you always question who you are loyal towards. I felt the scenes and locations were well described, while also allowing me to include a bit of my own imagination. I did not as much enjoy the flipping back and forth between the two teams, but the author did a good job of keeping me engaged during the transitions. There was just enough geopolitical conflict to keep one wondering what could happen next. I found the last chapter of the book quite informative as it lays out the science and other details the book was founded upon, and this was very interesting.
Gary Tiedemann did a wonderful job narrating the book. I have previously reviewed a few of his other books and really enjoy his voice. In a few places I would have like to have had more inflection, but this is more a personal preference then a requirement. By no means do I mean the book monotone or plain, I just would have likes a bit more variety during times of action. The story flowed very well, and the narration was clean and clear. I found no issues with audiobook’s volume or other audio artifacts that can often jolt a listener out of a story. The recording was professional, and the voicing of the many characters was done satisfactorily.
For parents and younger readers. I do not remember, nor did I make note of, any vulgar language used in the book. This does not mean there was none, but it was not prevalent enough for me to make note of it for my review. There are a few elements in the book which could be considered anti-religious or poking fun at religious people, but this is limited and often used in the correct context. There are a few scenes of graphic violence which may be intense for younger readers.
In conclusion, the story is solid, entertaining, and from a discovery perspective an engrossing adventure story. When you have aliens, ASCII codes, and the anticipation of E.T., what could go wrong? For me, the cover art drew me in to listening to the book, but the story itself kept me listening until the end. I would recommend this to anyone who likes disaster type stories or people who like suspenseful and mysterious stories of unknown alien civilizations.
Audiobook was provided for review by the author.
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Great book. The story was interesting and goes in a different direction than most other books of this style. Kept me guessing as to the nature of what it was that was going on. Very well paced with a bit of intrigue and conspiracy. The science was based off real techniques although taken in a fictional direction. I am already looking forward to the next book.
Gary Tiedemann did a superb job with the narration. Managed to pull off some minor emotional parts and made you truly care about the characters. I have already sought out and purchased other books narrated by him based on this performance.
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Great book. I enjoyed the story and performance. I can't wait for the release of book 2.
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Loved it. Fast paced ,good characters and narration. I am Looking forward to book 2.
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Looking forward to Book 2.
I hope Gary Tiedermann also narrates that one. Enjoyable performance.
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Really fun. Loved it
Can’t wait for the next one a real page turner!
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I really enjoyed listening to this book, the narration is well done with good character voices and a smooth natural sounding delivery.
The story is an interesting mix of fact and fiction. Many of the scientific facts presented in the book are real discoveries that have been used to make this wonderful story sound so believable. I found myself thinking that while this is fiction I can believe that it is true. I'm really interested to see where this story is going to go next, bring on book two!
The cast of characters are excellent, at times I wondered what the purpose was of some of them but this mostly came together as the story progressed but I was left with a few questions I'm hoping the next book will clear up for me.
I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.
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It is hard to pause listening to this audio book once I started listening. It's great. It's awesome. It's thought-provoking
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I am so glad that I got a chance to listen to this audiobook. Aliens, conspiracy, blinding lights, strange illnesses, genetics and secret agencies, need I say more?Who wouldn’t like this?? There is a lot of action in this story and it sucked me right in. There are almost 2 different POV or storylines in this book and both are very, very good. It would have been interesting if they decided to do a duel narration with our male narrator and an added female narrator. There is so much mystery surrounding this story and searching for an asteroid was definitely only the beginning of the fun. The action keeps coming and there are a few twists and turns that you won’t see coming. The performance was very well done. It was my second audiobook by this narrator and he does not disappoint. Everything about the performance is great: character’s voices, tone, sound quality it was all brilliant. The only reason I would have liked to see a female narrator take on the other storyline is to make it a different POV. This does not take away from the performance at all. This has the makings of being a great and mysterious new series for me. I cannot wait for book 2 to make it’s way to audio. **I received a free review copy of this audiobbok in exchange for an honest review via Audiobook Boom, this in no way affected my opinion of this work**
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This has two different plot lines, which converge at the end. On one side we see Geophysicist Jack Greer and his team of scientists who believe they may have found the asteroid that killed off the Dinosaurs. They are drilling off the Yucatán coast, with the hope of getting a sample, when they suddenly drill into something that will change everything!
Meanwhile, geneticist Dr. Mia Ward is baffled with the strange illness that has been popping up. She receives a package from her former mentor Alan Salzburg that contains clues to what this illness could be. But someone doesn't want her decoding the information and she is attacked. With the help of a friend she escapes, but is on the run trying to find the answers before it's too late. When these two finally come together, its with some shocking thoughts about life on earth.
This book was awesome!! It almost feels like two separate stories for the most part, which I actually really liked. Jack's side of the story was fascinating and I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of it. The idea of searching for the asteroid was enough for me, but when they find the thing in the water, it was thrilling. Following them into the ship kept me on the edge of my seat. When you think you have things figured out, well the author just throws something else into the mix that makes you think.
Mias story was just as fascinating but with the added bonus of action and adventure thrown in. She is trying to figure things out, all the while trying to stay alive. She is trying to figure out this illness that has spread so quickly. Her findings bring some truly shocking results and I loved finding things out along with her. I can't wait to find out more!!!
In all, this was a thrilling read. Once I started, I had a hard time stopping because there was always something happening and I needed to see what happened next. I am so looking forward to book 2 of this as it did end on a bit of a cliff hanger.
Gary Tiedemann read this well. His tones and cadences brought this to life and he easily kept my attention throughout. He gave each character their own voice, which made following the book a lot easier. I've listened to a good few that he has narrated and have enjoyed his performance each time.
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