Prophet of Bones

A Novel

Kosmatka, Ted

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Prophet of Bones
A dazzling young scientist runs for his life and searches for answers after being chased away by paramilitaries from an archeological dig where bones belonging to a puzzling, new species were discovered.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Henry Holt and Co., 2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780805096170
Characteristics: 354 p. ;,25 cm.


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Dec 22, 2014
  • Chapel_Hill_KenMc rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The writing is somewhat boilerplate, but this novel has enough interesting plot elements and genetic intrigue to hold the reader's interest. An updated "Island of Dr. Moreau."

Mar 03, 2014

Would like to point out that this book has the wrong title - according to the description and picture, this is The Games by the same author, not Prophet of Bones. Both very good modern sci-fi stories which I highly reccomend!

Apr 29, 2013
  • OldDarth rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Prophet of Bones by Ted Kosmatka - literally a real page turner. I knocked off over a 100 pages in my first sitting. This is a Michael Crichtonesque style thriller. The prose is lean and clean - complex emotional beats and ideas reduced to tight single lines of writing. It all revolves around a unique find of ancient human bones and the book is filled with much scientific jargon around genetics but never becomes dull or boring. The book dwells in the same conspiracy theater that books such as The DaVinci Code do.

The interesting thing about the author is that he works as a writer for the videogame company Valve - maker of the classic Half Life series and Portal games. He writes the same brisk pace and economy of words employed with video games. Not my normal cup of tea but I enjoyed.

The major caveat with the book - as with most books of this type or TV shows - Hello Lost & X-Files - the buildup surpasses the payoff.


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