The more Carter Devereux, a professor of archeology, researches and studies the history of the human species, the more he becomes convinced that Solomon was onto something when he said, "The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done, is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. Is there anything whereof it may be said, see, this is new? It hath been already of old time, which was before us. There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come, with those that shall come after." Ecclesiastes 1:9 -11 (Circa BC 940).
Carter's research and exploration into this history take him to South America, India, and the Middle East, where he makes mind-boggling discoveries which challenge our entire view of human history. And before long, Carter finds himself with not only a large number of critics from across the world, but also a number of ardent followers.
Through the ages kings, rulers, power seekers, and governments, have been trying to secretly, and sometimes not so secretly, get their hands on artifacts believed to have immense power. Examples include the Holy Grail, the Ark of the Covenant, Bachal Isu - the staff of Moses carried by David, and the King of Kings, Jesus Christ, the Spear of Destiny, the time machine, "the glock," created by the Germans during WWII, and ancient lost cities with hidden fortunes of gold, and artifacts with unimaginable powers.
There is a no shortage of unscrupulous, power hungry people who will do anything, including kill, to possess these relics - if they exist.
Most frightening of them all, are the ancient texts that speak of earth's destruction by nuclear weapons, thousands of years ago.
Do those nuclear weapons still exist?
If so, where are they?
Can Carter Devereux discover them, before anyone else can?
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Even a symbol has a power of it's own.
This book is an enormous disappointment. With the promise of being a first rate thriller encompassing archaeological and academic discovery together with growing fears of terrorist activities, it manages instead to be just a long presentation of ideas interspersed with a tedious idyllic love/ marriage and a glimpse into the aspirations of a Syrian leader. And for what it is, it is far too long.
Although many of the ideas presented were interesting, even thought provoking, many were ones already quite well known, even to this reader, yet were still greeted by the protagonists with the wide eyed wonder of children. Given that the researchers were supposedly the top minds in these fields, it was risible, and further removed a sense of authenticity. But the real problem was not the research undertaken, some of which, as already mentioned, was fascinating, but the writing itself: clunky and uninspired, at times repititious, the characters were heavy, the conversations dull.
Narrator, David Panfilo,, did a good job under the circumstances. Although there were a few editting glitches where sentences, or parts of them were repeated, Panfilo's pleasant voice carried this listener through to the end, although I did increase the speed to 1.25 for the final one and one half hours - would that I had thought of that earlier. Nothing was lost in the diction and the individual voicings, never very substantial, were marginally more pronounced.
This is not a completed story. After the build up to terrors that might possibly occur in this, volume one, the story continues in another book. Sorry, but I will not be continuing to volume two. I received my complimentary copy of Nothing New Under the Sun from the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. Thank you but it was not for me even though I did thrill to the opening chapters of archaeological discovery. But so much which followed felt like packing to make the book unecessary longer and, without building relatable protagonists, the book became more of an endurance than a thrilling read.
- Norma Miles