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Published on April 15th, 2013 | by Greg


Prophet of Bones: A Weird, Alternate World Of Creationism

It takes a while to get the basics, but it’s an interesting premise once it arrives: a world where our current understanding of evolution is consigned to the dust bin and creationism holds sway, even in scientific forums. In this new novel, a sort of alternate world, sci-fi adventure, there’s plenty of hard science but the facts have been corrupted and adjusted to fit biblical narrative. This might make you groan a bit and certainly strain your sense of credulity, but if you accept it with a bit of faith you can sit back and enjoy a fairly roaring yarn.

The Prophet of Bones dashes from dig sites on the island of Flores to shady backroom genetic labs, and handles the journey nicely with plenty of action sequences that keep things moving. But many readers will find the plot convoluted at points and half-baked in others, with fairly rote characters that never quite leap of the page. The climax isn’t quite successful and the villain doesn’t seem as menacing as intended, though there are several excellent scenes that feel appropriately cinematic. Think Island of Dr. Moreau meets Jurassic Park, and you have the basic idea.

Author Ted Kosmatka’s previous novel, The Games, combined genetic engineering in a near-future world with a bit more success. But anyone in need of a fairly thoughtful beach read, and who enjoys learning about some recent research in genetics and archaeology will enjoy The Prophet of Bones. Available now in hardcover for under $20. Also, a side note: the Australian cover is far superior to the confusing artwork on the American version. 368 pages, published by Holt and Company.


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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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