"THE 34TH DEGREE" BY THOMAS GREANIAS Usually this is not my genre of choice but this book was well-written and fascinating. A book about terrorists, secret operations, and one man's struggle to keep catastrophic events from unfolding. This is a great read with a slight supernatural/sci-fi feel. I'd definitely recommend it! -Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club
The 34th Degree
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From New York Times bestselling author Thomas Greanias comes an all-new, reality-altering epic adventure featuring counter-terrorism agent Sam Deker from The Atlantis Revelation and The Promised War.
1943. The supernatural alchemy for the ultimate weapon, encoded in an ancient biblical text, has fallen into the hands of the most ruthless secret society known to man—the Nazi SS.
Present Day. Dishonorably discharged from the armed forces after the events of The Promised War, Sam Deker is trying to build a new life in Los Angeles. But nightmares of the past continue to haunt his present, and Deker discovers that the unusual lightwave-induced torture he barely survived has changed him.
The Pentagon, however, believes that change makes him the only one who can endure their top-secret neuro-simulation program known as the 34th Degree. The stunning technological breakthrough uses the sliced brain tissues of dead terrorists to enter their memories and glean priceless intel.
Now Americans want to use the preserved brain tissue of SS General Ludwig von Berg, the legendary “Baron of the Black Order,” to send Deker back to 1943. Deker’s mission is to discover the fate of the lost biblical text and steal its formulas before his counterparts in the Alignment, a 21st-century successor to the SS, beat the U.S. to it.
The text not only spells out the end of the world, but the supernatural alchemy for Greek Fire, a thermodynamic technology that the ancient Greeks believed to have come from Atlantis and that the Americans now believe threatens the Earth.
Ultimately, Deker discovers that the past, present and future are not what they seem, as his path leads to a shattering secret that will change everything he knows about the universe.
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A story that is quite ...
A story that is quite engaging, falls nearly flat due to a very evident lack of fact-checking (in both operational and historical fact) and a number of editorial errors (including spelling). While the story is engaging, the author comes across as one simply trying to ride on the coattails of those who truly care about the quality of their stories. The qualities seen in books by such as Griffen, Cussler, and Clancy (to name but a few), will be missed by fans of the genre as the mistakes are frequent and as simple as messing up the process of a static-line parachute jump to a lack of basic historical knowledge of WWII (when most of this book takes place). The addition of hollywood style posturing by the protagonist also detracts from the finished product. In the end, what could have been a very decent (albeit strange) story becomes a very shallow attempt to capitalize upon the successes of others with minimal actual effort on the part of the author and the publisher.
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