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Decipher by Stel Pavlou
Review by Ernest Lilley
St. Martin's Griffin Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 0312366965
Date: 09 January 2007 List Price $14.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

Maybe Stel Pavlou's first novel (here in its second paperback edition) is a jumble of science, myth, action, adventure and eco-bleating. Maybe it does read like a Stargate SG1 episode (several, actually) and maybe it's not what you call a mature literary work. But it is a page turning blast through the interface between science and religion and it's chock full of half baked popular science backed up by five solid pages of bibliography...which is actually a lot more than you can say about most SF. It's thick, and its fun, and if you can get over the fact that it's set up as a mainstream techno-thriller rather than lame-themed'll love it.

From official release/information:

Book Description: THE MESSAGE HAS BEEN BURIED. In a frozen Antarctica wasteland, in the depths of the Amazon River, in a chamber beneath the ruins of the Sphinx, something has surfaced: a cluster of crystalline artifacts composed of an energy source unknown to modern science, and inscribed with ancient hieroglyphs. Between them a strange signal courses through the oceans. Where it emanates from is a source that has stunned mankind. The lost city of Atlantis has been found. IT IS THE MEANING OF CIVILIZATION Now, two of the worlds most powerful armies stand on the brink of war to gain control of the most powerful force known to modern man. But a group of scientists struggling to decode the message of the primeval network fears that it is already too late. AND ITS END Solar fires ignite the surface of the earth, and a worldwide cataclysm of Biblical proportions begins. Now as Atlantis rises, so do its secretsalong with a terrifying prophecy that is coming true.

(Source: St. Martin's Griffin)

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