By Graham Brown
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What if everyone on the planet could live nearly forever? What impact would that have on the planet? And why would someone want to make that happen?
In “The Eden Prophecy” by Graham Brown, those questions are answered, but you may not like the answers.
In 1979, on the eve of the revolution in Iran, an archaeologist discovers a mysterious scroll that may hold the secret to immortality. But before the scroll can be taken to safety, the team of archaeologists are forced to frantically evacuate the camp, once again surrendering the scroll to the desert.
Flash-forward to the present. In the U.N. building in New York City, a U.S. ambassador is quarantined when she contracts an unknown virus after opening a threatening letter.
In a slum near Paris, a well-known geneticist is found dead. His last message was a cry for help sent to an old friend, former CIA agent Hawker.
Just as in Brown’s first two books, Hawker teams up with NRI operative Danielle Laidlaw to track down the killers and discover the secret of the titular prophecy. From the present location of the Garden of Eden to an underground auction in the catacombs of Beirut, Laidlaw and Hawker attempt to stop a fanatical cult, determined to bring about a new Eden.
Brown obviously did a huge amount of research for this book, on everything from ancient languages to DNA sequencing. That research paid off, as the accuracy and the details he includes make the difference. Brown skillfully melds science and religion, along with a healthy dose of action and adventure. The action sequences jump off the page with an intensity that pulls you into the scene.
I had not read the first two books in the Hawker-Laidlaw series, but I didn’t feel lost at all. Brown did a great job of filling in whatever backstory I needed in a way that seemed organic, not forced.
“The Eden Prophecy” is a action-packed, non-stop thriller that is sure to appeal to any fans of Boyd Morrison, Steve Berry or James Rollins.
On a scale of 1 to 5, I give “The Eden Prophecy” a 4.
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