Sunday, August 19, 2012

Review: The Lost Stones by Paul Rimmasch

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Here's a review of an adventure book with a very intriguing topic.




Author: Paul Rimmasch
Release date: 8th of November 2011
Published by: Cedar Fort, Inc
Imprint: Bonneville
Reading level: FICTION – ADULT: Contemporary, Adventure
Pages: 192 in Ebook Review Copy format
Source: Ebook provided by the author





Summary:

1600s Mexico- The Aztec Prince Ixtililxochitl writes that the first people to inhabit his land came from the Tower of Babel at the dividing of tongues…Scholars dismiss his writings as myth.
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1800s Mid Western United States- Settlers dig into ancient burial mounds and discover thousands of slate tablets covered with a strange hieroglyphic writing and drawings depicting Jesus Christ…these artifacts are denounced as a hoax.
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1909 Arizona-a newspaper runs a story describing how a cave containing metal artifacts and Egyptian-type hieroglyphics was discovered in the Grand Canyon by a group of Scientists from the Smithsonian Institute…the Smithsonian categorically denies the account.
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These and other amazing facts make up the world of forbidden Book of Mormon Archaeology. It is a world BYU student and Iraqi War veteran Ammon Rogers never knew existed. He is thrust headlong into this world when he asks the enigmatic adventurer John Byrd a simple question. When John is kidnapped in Mexico, Ammon joins forces with John’s beautiful daughter in a desperate attempt to not only save John, but to find his answer…an answer that will change the world…an answer one sinister foe will do anything to suppress.

Review:

Conspiracies, world changing secrets, historical mysteries, be it fact, fiction or a mixture of both, as long as presented in a fascinating truthful way, is always a success. In this sense The Lost Stones reminded me a lot of The DaVinci Code. They possessed a similar flow and build up with the choice of mystery and the reason for the plot driving search for answers being the part that sets them completely apart. And the book of Mormon genuinely was a pleasant surprise for the main topic since I, personally, have never even heard of it or don’t remember hearing about it. This just made the introduction all the more intriguing. My curiosity is piques.

While the plot came across somewhat predictable, in such books the content and all the unanswered questions are the ones that get you hooked. And that is something the book achieved masterfully, there is plenty of actual historic detail to back up the storyline, but it does not become too fact based, encyclopedical or confusing. The execution of the events, however, needed some extra attention since the situations the characters found themselves in were at times solved too easily and, overall, despite there being some grave circumstance, things worked out too smoothly and without much effort, at least it did not feel as such. Also, I would have liked the book to be longer so that there would have been more time to divulge into and come to appreciate the characters and the historical mystery topic in question slightly more.

One more things: I’m really very careful with books that deal quite closely with the topic of religion but the exploring and realization of this theme didn’t bother me in the least, it was handled at a close range while still keeping it at a comfortable distance.

 Characters:

The characters were likeable and for the most part easy to relate to with details that gave them more color and personality (Ammon having been a soldier in Iraq, etc), despite this they still managed to seem somewhat generic. Which, honestly, isn’t entirely negative for a book of this genre and purpose, and this I didn’t mind at all since the focus is somewhere else and not in immediate need of deep and throrough character development. This book to me is not so much about the inner world and traits of the characters but the journey and adventure, even though, there is nothing significant to complain about regarding the main players, and everything was satisfactory.

Our hero Ammon was somewhat lost in life and the quest he was thrust into gave him purpose and what he gained in the end was a lot more he might have lost. He didn’t always grasp the seriousness of the situations and seemed at least to me to take things a little too lightly, but he came through when needed and was a steady support and aid for John and Sariah. He had a slight IndianaJones-esque vibe going on, not nearly as experienced but on its way. His instinct that warned him about dangerous situations, however, I didn’t see as necessary, it didn’t really fit in and was one of the reasons many situations always managed to turn out well.

John was a great mentor with a complicated past and Sariah a brave and kind love interest. They didn’t manage to shine as much as Ammon did, but were both decent and appealing characters. The Accident Man was, however, someone I was really curious about and his profession left me intrigued.

Overall:

An enjoyable adventure read with its strongest point being the historical topic it explores. Recommended to all who appreciate a good conspiracy mystery with realistic facts.



3 stars!



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