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Prophet of Bones

A Novel

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Ted Kosmatka's sensational new thriller, Prophet of Bones, thrusts readers into an alternate present.

Paul Carlson, a brilliant young scientist, is summoned from his laboratory job to the remote Indonesian island of Flores to collect DNA samples from the ancient bones of a strange, new species of tool user unearthed by an archaeological dig. The questions the find raises seem to cast doubt on the very foundations of modern science, which has proven the world to be only 5,800 years old, but before Paul can fully grapple with the implications of his find, the dig is violently shut down by paramilitaries.
Paul flees with two of his friends, yet within days one has vanished and the other is murdered in an attack that costs Paul an eye, and very nearly his life. Back in America, Paul tries to resume the comfortable life he left behind, but he can't cast the questions raised by the dig from his mind. Paul begins to piece together a puzzle which seems to threaten the very fabric of society, but world's governments and Martial Johnston, the eccentric billionaire who financed Paul's dig, will stop at nothing to silence him.

From Publishers Weekly

Feb 11, 2013 – Kosmatka follows his well-received debut, The Games (2012), with an exciting alternative-universe thriller in which scientists have discredited Darwin by proving that the Earth is 5,800 years old. Paul Carlsson s childhood fascination with mice has led him to a career in paleometagenomics, the study of ancient DNA. On a dig in Indonesia, Paul discovers bones that tests show are far older than 5,800 years. This puts him in the crosshairs of his employer, the giant Axiom Corporation, whose aged leader, Martial Johansson, needs to keep evidence that threatens the status quo from becoming known to the public. Paul, intent on deciphering the genetic mystery, takes flight, while Axiom s hit men pick off those around him one by one. Paul s eventual capture leads to an Island of Dr. Moreau ending with all the attendant scientific horrors. Despite some strained logic and wayward plot threads, readers will gulp this one down and eagerly await Kosmatka s next what if.

Customer Reviews

The new Crichton

This book blew me away.It's like the best of Michael Crichton--a thriller with some fascinating science that doesn't hamper the thriller-like pacing, but somehow speeds it up. Phenomenal writing. Best thing I've read in ages--glad I follow Hugh Howey's twitter feed and heard about this.

Thanks Hugh.

I read the sample and had to buy it. I'm always looking for a new thriller and can't wait to tear this thing apart.

Big thanks to Hugh Howey for the suggestion and to anyone reading this go find Wool and lose yourself in that for a while.

Chilling Science Thriller

Marvelous science, gripping storyline, chilling suspense because it's very believe able. Great job! Excellent work great of fiction that was really hard to put down. Read it, you won't regret it!

Prophet of Bones
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  • $7.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Apr 02, 2013
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
  • Seller: Macmillan / Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
  • Print Length: 368 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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