- Editie: Kindle-editie
- Bestandsgrootte: 1756 KB
- Printlengte: 300 pagina's
- Uitgever: Penguin; 01 editie (21 april 2016)
- Verkocht door: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Taal: Engels
- ASIN: B015F0JSTS
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- Plaats op Amazon-bestsellerlijst: #17.748 Betaald in Kindle Store (Top 100 betaald in Kindle Store bekijken)
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Sleeping Giants: Themis Files Book 1 (English Edition) Kindle-editie
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"Probeer het later opnieuw"
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"We always look forward. We never look back."
That girl grows up to be Dr. Rose Franklyn, a brilliant scientist and the leading world expert on what she discovered. An enormous, ornate hand made of an exceptionally rare metal, which predates all human civilisation on the continent.
"But this thing ... it's different. It challenges us. It rewrites history."
An object whose origins and purpose are perhaps the greatest mystery humanity has ever faced. Solving the secret of where it came from - and how many more parts may be out there - could change life as we know it.
"It dares us to question what we know about ourselves."
But what if we were meant to find it? And what happens when this vast, global puzzle is complete...?
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This book also caused me to break out of my "suspension of disbelief". As a lifelong scifi fan I'm fully capable of immersing myself into high concept futuristic novels and accepting that, duhh, what is happening in the book isn't really possible. In Sleeping Giants we're presented with a couple of episodes where American military forces challenge Russian autonomy without repercussion. In the first, a military unit goes into a Russian territory to retrieve an alien artifact. There are no consequences to this even after two Russian soldiers are shot and killed. In another, American submarines have a showdown with two Russian subs over an alien artifact on the bottom of the ocean. One of the main characters causes an event that literally obliterates one of the Russian subs, but there are no consequences. These kinds of things just would not happen without provoking a strong response from a foreign power and this really pulled me out of the story as I was pondered with exasperation how this could be possible.
It's hard not to see how the author had so much trouble getting this book published in the first place. I was unable to get through the book and ultimately put it down 2/3's of the way through.
The basic premise is the accidental discovery by a little girl of a gigantic sculpted hand made of unknown metals and housed in panels inscribed with strange symbols. No one knows what it is, except that it's thousands of years old and defies anything discovered in human history to date. The little girl grows up to become the scientist who studies it and discovers it's only a piece of a whole--representing a giant metal statue or robot, with its various components scattered throughout the world. So begins a secret hunt to find the pieces, assemble them, and figure out what the heck this thing is, how it got here, and what it's meant for.
If you like sci-fi and action, this should be at the top of your list. If you dislike "documented interview" or "journal entry" narratives, this may not be for you. I know a lot of people express frustration with this style of writing as being distracting or confusing, and if not well done, it certainly can be. However, I think Sleeping Giants does a great job of keeping the characters straight (mostly by telling you at the top of each chapter who the interview is with), and I think the voices of the characters and the dialogue do a great job of filling in the details of the story. I prefer lots of dialogue in an action story, anyway...reading pages and pages of detail on a supposed action sequence will lose my interest quickly.
Overall, this is a fun read with an interesting plot, so I'm giving 5 stars for its entertainment value and how much I enjoyed it. And I'll definitely be reading the sequel.
But, to be fair, the book was not all bad. The development of some of the characters was good (including the nameless interviewer). It raised some interesting issues about how we make decisions. Perhaps the author's next book will be better.