A scientific research team finds a body buried deep in the
Antarctic ice and it dates back an incredible 40,000 years.
When Dr Lynn Edwards reports the find to the authorities she
is stunned by the rapid reaction and then narrowly escapes death as secretive
figures attempt to silence her. In her hour of need she turns to her ex-husband
Matt “Free Bear” Adams, himself a former soldier, and soon the duo are off on
an adventure that spans the globe and leads to an amazing discovery.
Dispatched by the power-hungry Stephen Jacobs, the feared
Alpha Brigade soon pursue Edwards and Adams through fascinating locations such
as Area 51 and the Nazca lines leading to the final confrontation at CERN in Geneva.
As a straight forward tale of pursuit this works very well
and the information and theories regarding the Nazca lines and Area 51 seem
entirely plausible. The main characters are likeable and you almost want to boo
and hiss when the villains appear.
Unfortunately the theories regarding Atlantis are a stretch
of the imagination too far and the whole thing begins to feel like a game of
“spot the legend” as we move towards a groan inducing ending.
Origin is JT Brannan’s debut and although it has faults it
remains a fast-paced fun read that will appeal to fans of Dan Brown, Matthew
Reilly and Andy McDermott.
Origin is published by Headline and will be available in the
UK from 25th October 2012.
Ric’s Rating: Good.