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Most helpful customer reviews 9 of 9 people found the following review helpful. . THE CONTEST BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR CENTURIES--AND CONTINUES TO THIS DAY By Scott E. High Discounted or free productis it good or bad?I'll make the provider/authoreither happy or sad............and sometimes even mad.This is a new spin on the infinite struggle of good versus evil. It is picked up by legendary scientist Isaac Newton, a scientist who probably spent more time and effort investigating religious principles than he did pure science. Newton lived in a time when science and the church (Catholic primarily) were at polar opposites, with scientists trying to prove logically how we got there and the church trying to protect its teachings and established institution. Having Isaac Newton trying to tie science and religion together during his lifetime was considered an oxymoron at best.We are introduced to this story when an auction house sells off several lots of Newton manuscripts and possessions. Attention is drawn to Newton's work as numerous items bought by collectors/museums are stolen across Europe by seemingly the same group of criminals. A London art historian and "recovery artist" is employed by the local police to examine a small manuscript left at a crime scene and two Vatican scholars join the hunt. Unfortunately two European hit men have been hired by a very powerful individual who wants to recover the same property in order to complete a catastrophic event that will result in evil presiding over the surviving civilization. Seamless transitions are made back and forth over a 400 year time period to prove that Newton's theories have now come to roost. The final battle lines have been set and only the lack of recovering a powerful religious artifact has prevented history from running its course.Written in the manner of Dan Brown's DA VINCI CODE and some of Clive Cussler's (original) works, Duncan Simpson has written an engaging and entertaining story about the age old conflict of good versus evil. Historical events and artifacts are discovered and examined before finally being linked to what is happening in today's world. Once the path of evil is uncovered and identified, it is up to a small group of scholars to save the world as we know it. Letting evil prevail is not an option--regardless the cost.Mr. Simpson's writing is taut and descriptive with a bit of black humor thrown in occasionally. Not only do I have to be entertained when reading a book, but I also need to learn something from reading it. Duncan Simpson accomplished both of those, but the lines get pretty blurry between fact and fiction and I'd have to do further research before putting too much weight on (what might be) fictitious facts. That in itself is a pretty good measuring criteria since taken together it all blends well. I am not a fan of one or two page chapters, but using that format occasionally appears necessary to link the past with the present. All-in-all a good first novel.Note: Book provided for free in exchange for honest review. 4 of 4 people found the following review helpful. Don't miss this amazing thriller, Entertaining and educational. By Roger F, Shepherd This book was one of he most intriguing novels I have read in a long time. It begins with an auction of miscellaneous papers and artifacts of Isaac Newton including papers about the early church and a small volume from Newtons own personal volume.A representative from the Vatican won the auction with a bid of 3,000 pounds.The first part of the novel is labeled under Newton's First Law of Motion. Which I chose to interpret using a quote from my baseball hero who sadly just went home to that dugout in the sky 9-22-15, Yogi Berra stated that "You can observe a lot just be watching" ad of course "when you come to a fork in the road, take it" which is equivalent to Newton's first law of motion.Here is a scene that I liked. It introduced the most evil antagonist Drakon. No,I did not misspell Dragon. He is a pretty good sniper. He makes a head shot through a window at just under 1,000 feet using a Russian Sniper rifle. FYI Our best sniper in Vietnam won a shoot out with an NVA sniper who was using a Dragunov rifle which Carlos Hathcock retrieved since the enemy sniper no longer had any use for it. Which brings us to Newton's Second Law of Motion.Think of a projectile impressed on the body along a straight line. Here is where I again consulted one of my favorite baseball heroes for help in understanding Newton;s law. Satchel Paige of the Monarchs said :" Don't look back, Something may be gaining on you!" And he was right. The bad guy looked back and took bullet in the head.The author maintains a tight momentum with plenty of action scenes that follow in logical order. We know our hero wants from the beginning to retreive the stolen artifacts, But the quest is multiplied by extreme revenge when his wife is killed and his young daughter id seriusly injured.The story line moved right alongand was believable. The main character suffered enough setbacks in his quest to create tension and suspense.The novel follows the three act formula using Newtons Three Laws of Motion to head up each Part or Act. I was familiar with the Third Law of Motion. You know..for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. So if you punch Chuck Norris in the face ..you are going to be getting your nourishment though a straw for the next three weeks..maybe longer. Just sayin. But hey I am not schooled in Physics like our noted author. I am schooled in Physiques especially female. All I knew about Newton when I started this book was his fist name was Isaac not Fig and that he was beaned by an apple while passed out under a tree somewhere in England.That is how he came up with stuff about gravity and all those laws.But remember anyone who has begun to think places some portion of the world in jeopardy.Again this was a well written novel and I look forward to following Dr. Blake in the next Dark Horizon trilogyed by Roger Shepherd. 2 of 2 people found the following review helpful. Will Blake Solve the Mystery of Newton's Writings? By Michael A. Newman This review is based on a free copy received directly from the author but represents my own personal opinion.The author sets the tale in motion with an auction in 1936 where a couple of bidders for some possesions of Isaac Newton are outbid by a representative of the Vatican. Those items then get shipped to the Vatican archives for review and safe keeping. (Note: in the afterword of the book, the author states that this auction was based on a real occurence).Vincent Blake is a rare artwork investigator working for the police. He is tracking a series of robberies involving works of Isaac Newton. He and the police suspect an exchange of the stolen property will happen in a restaurant. They are tracking their suspect when he is killed by a sniper bullet which was from the mysterious Drakon. The police recover a notebook of Isaac Newton and later on Blake will take it to his home for further examination..Wanting the notebook, the Drakon will attack Blake and his family, killing his wife and severly injuring his daughter. Blake now has a real personal reason to capture the Drakon and solve the mystery of Newton's works. A pocket watch that he comes in possession of later will be a big key.Later a homeless woman with an apparent interest in Isaac Newton will be introduced. This woman has the ability to see people's auras. Though she seems minor at first, she will be an intricate character later on.This book had the feel of a Robert Langdon novel, as we have the Church involved and a mystery around the works of one of the greatest thinkers of all time.Though not quite as good as those Dan Brown novels and Blake is nowhere as interesting as Langdon, this one is a decent read. There are also some elements of an Indiana Jones story as there will also be a Biblical artifact involved. The afterword give a lot of factual information on which the story is based, so it is obvious where the author got the idea for this story.I would have liked to know a lot more about Blake and maybe the author has saved this for a sequel book. I give this book not quite 4 stars (Amazon does not allow 3 and a half). See all 45 customer reviews...
About the Author Duncan Simpson spent his childhood in Cornwall, England. As a teenager he gained experience in a variety of jobs, from working in a mine to doing shifts as a security guard in an American airport. After graduating from the University of Leeds with a physics degree, he spent a year backpacking around the world. On returning to the UK, he embarked on a successful career in business. Along the way, he became the finance director for a technology company and a partner in a leading management consultancy firm.The History of Things to Come was born out of his lifelong fascination with the relationship between science and religion. A keen student of the history of London, he loves exploring the ancient stories and myths surrounding the city. When he's not writing or consulting, you'll find him playing guitar in a rock band, running by the Thames, or drinking tea with his wife and three children in their home in Berkshire, England.He can be reached through his website at http://www.duncansimpsonauthor.comQuotes from the Author:‘My mission is to write action led thrillers that hit hard, right from the go.’‘I love telling stories that are on the blurred edge between fact and fiction; whether I’m writing about the world of art crime, the Royal Society, Isaac Newton, Freemasonry, the Knights Templar or the history of London; weaving a contemporary crime thriller within layers of true fact is what gives me a buzz.’‘I write what I love to read. When I pick up a novel, I want to be entertained, that’s a given, but I also want to learn something new.’‘The function of a best-selling crime novel is to give the reader what they don’t get in their real lives. It’s about escaping the ordinary and entering into a world of the extraordinary.’Find out more by visiting:Website & Blog:http://www.duncansimpsonauthor.comTwitter:http://www.twitter.com/dsimpsonauthorFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/duncansimpsonauthor
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