The Rosetta Codex
by Richard Paul Russo
Review by Sam Lubell
Ace Trade Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 0441013309
Date: 06 December, 2005 List Price $14.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
From official release/information:
The Rosetta Codex is a plot-driven adventure story. There's virtually no characterization and precious little science, aside from an alien plan that makes very little sense. The book is the story of Cale Alexandros, the heir of a wealthy trading family, who is marooned on a prison planet at age five. He grows up a virtual slave to the people of a remote village but is forced to flee when a girl shows interest in him. In his wanderings he encounters a religious anchorite who educates him, a temple with glowing stones and a book in a strange language, an idiot who cannot talk except when having a prophetic vision, and ultimately a village of Resurrectionists, who had been exiled for trying to discover more about an alien race who had lived on the planet before humans. But a group of men, including a trader named Blackburn, who had previously urged Cale to escape, destroyed the village literally as soon as Cale discovers it.
(Source: Ace Trade)