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From Graham Brown, co-author of the New York Times bestselling thriller Devil’s Gate with Clive Cussler, comes Black Rain . . .Covert government operative Danielle Laidlaw leads an expedition into the deepest reaches of the Amazon in search of a legendary Mayan city. Assisted by a renowned university professor and protected by a mercenary named Hawker, her team journeys inFrom Graham Brown, co-author of the New York Times bestselling thriller Devil’s Gate with Clive Cussler, comes Black Rain . . .Covert government operative Danielle Laidlaw leads an expedition into the deepest reaches of the Amazon in search of a legendary Mayan city. Assisted by a renowned university professor and protected by a mercenary named Hawker, her team journeys into the tangled rain forest—unaware that they are replacements for a group that vanished weeks before, and that the treasure they are seeking is no mere artifact but a breakthrough discovery that could transform the world. Shadowed by a ruthless billionaire, threatened by a violent indigenous tribe, and stalked by an unseen enemy that leaves battered corpses in its wake, the group desperately seeks the connection between the deadly reality of the Mayan legend, the nomadic tribe that haunts them, and the chilling secret buried beneath the ancient ruins....

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ISBN : 9780553592412
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Number of Pages : 528 Pages
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Black Rain Reviews

  • Pranta Ghosh Dastider
    2019-01-14 12:45

    Want action? Want horror? Want miracle and myth? And conspiracy mixed within? There you go, The Mayan Conspiracy is the prefect answer. This book has it all, based on a Mayan temple and a ruthless expedition to find something hidden but of great value. Two groups wants to have it and the person in charge of the expedition doesn't have the freedom to fail or let the companions know about the true goal of the mission.First half of the book is slow. In this part, mostly the conspiracies were explained and took place. Next half is all about confronting the fear and survival. There are a few twists, but more than that horror is important. most of the story took place in the jungle. And when the darkness falls fear comes out. It's dangerous to be out there, for there is impossible vicious creatures, also a tribal race who are hostile as hell. Amongst all these chaos there is one lady, one spy, an specialist, a mercenary who must stand tall. Either way, if you love adventure it can be a treat. But be informed, you have to stay patient and read through the slow parts. For me it's a decent read.

  • Stacy
    2019-01-04 18:23

    Compelling and hard to put down.

  • ফরহাদ নিলয়
    2018-12-25 17:51

    বইটা পড়ার এক সপ্তাহ আগেই আমাজনিয়া শেষ করেছি। আমাজান নিয়ে পরপর দুটো অ্যাডভেঞ্চার আমাজান সম্পর্কে আগ্রহ ক্রমশ বাড়িয়েই তুলছে। গল্পটা ভালই। অনুবাদ বেশ ভাল। শব্দের চয়ন যথার্থ। অসীম ভাইয়ের কাছে আসা সামনে আরো ভাল কিছু মৌলিক আর অনুবাদ পাব। :)

  • Patrick Gibson
    2019-01-19 12:43

    What do you get when you cram a book with clichéd plots? Black Rain. The book has rainforests, Mayan ruins, covert operations, mercenaries, time travel, gun fights, helicopter crashes, primitive native tribes, mysterious crystals, hieroglyphics, environmental consciousness, strange creatures, lions and tigers and bears, oh my! (okay, it doesn't have lions and tigers and bears. But hey, since it had everything else, why not throw in the lions and tigers and bears as well?). I guess the author couldn't decide whether he wanted to recreate Indiana Jones, Alien, or Jurassic Park, so he combined every story line he could think of and stuffed them all into Black Rain. The book just tries too hard. The actions don't make sense. There is way too much going on, distractingly so. The characters are the typical, predictable bunch - the overweight cigarette smoking tech guy (hey, wasn't he in Jurassic Park?), the tough smart woman (only she isn't), the big bad brave black ops guy. The multiple action/science fiction story lines are overkill. What could have been a good read is just a very long book. Why have I been reading so many of these mindless thrillers lately? Uh, I don’t know. Keep hoping to find a good one, I guess.

  • Sanjida Alam
    2019-01-05 18:40

    রেটিং- 5 এ 3.8 দিব আমি।"সামনের পৃথিবীতে আমরা থাকবো না, থাকবে অন্য রকম কেউ।"(দ্য মায়ান কনস্পিরেসি)এলিয়েন বিশ্বাস করেন?বা অন্য গ্রহে মানুষের বসবাস?HISTORY TV-তে "Ancient Aliens" নামে একটা প্রোগ্রাম হয়, দেখেন কেউ? দেখতে পারেন, মজার মজার ইনফরমেশন পাবেন। আমার তো দারুণ লাগে!আচ্ছা, টাইম ট্রাভেল নিয়ে কি মতামত আপনার? বিশ্বাস করতে ইচ্ছে করে তাই না? সম্ভব হতেও তো পারে! অতীতে যে জিনিসগুলো অবাস্তব মনে করা হতো, বিজ্ঞান কিন্তু আস্তে আস্তে সবই বাস্তব করে দেখাচ্ছে....আরো কিছু বলতে ইচ্ছে করছে, কিন্তু বললেই স্পয়লার হয়ে যাবে। :3থাক পাঠের প্রতিক্রিয়া দেই।আসলে প্রতিক্রিয়াটা এমন কনফিউজিং যে কি লেখব বুঝতে পারছি না। এককথায় বলতে গেলে- খারাপ লাগেনি, আবার যেমন আশা করেছি তেমন ভালোও লাগেনি। এখন এর জন্য বই দায়ী, না আমার 'এক সাথে তিন বই পড়া', 'গ্যাপে গ্যাপে পড়া', 'যেহেতু আমাজন রিলেটেড গল্প, অবচেতন ভাবে #আমাজনিয়া'র সাথে তুলনা করা', নাকি আমার 'কিছুই ভালো না লাগার রোগ'- কোনটা যে দায়ী বুঝতে পারলাম না। -_-বেশ কিছু হালকা অসঙ্গতি রয়েছে, যেমন একজনের মৃত্যু, কিন্তু সেটা বললে স্পয়লার হবে বলে স্কিপ করছি। অল্প কিছু বানান ভুল/প্রিন্টিং মিসটেক ছিল।কিন্তু কনসেপ্টটা, মূল রহস্যটা অভিনব। বইয়ে এটাই আমার সবচেয়ে ভালো লেগেছে। একদম টিপিক্যাল আমেরিকান অভিযানের গল্প যেমন হয় এটা তেমনই। লেখক ক্লাইভ কাসলারের ভক্ত, বইয়ে তার প্রভাব আছে ভালই। মায়ান মিথের তথ্যগুলো চিত্তাকর্ষক। সেকেন্ড হাফে দারুণ কিছু টুইস্ট রয়েছে। আর বইয়ে লেখক যে মেসেজটা দিয়েছেন তা আপনাকে ভাবাবে অবশ্যই( অলরেডি পোস্টের একদম শুরুর লাইনটা নিয়ে ভাবছেন না? )একটা ব্যাপার আমি নিজেও বিশ্বাস করি, যা রটে তার কিছুটা তো বটেই। এত এত মিথ, লোকগাথা সব এক বাক্যে কুসংস্কার বা বানানো বলে উড়িয়ে দেয়া মোটেও বুদ্ধিমানের কাজ না। রূপকথার রূপকের পিছনে না জানি কি সত্যি লুকিয়ে আছে...ব্যক্তিগত মতামত, এই কনসেপ্টে জেমস রোলিন্স বা ড্যান ব্রাউন লিখলে একটা মাস্টারপিস হতো নিঃসন্দেহে।অনুবাদ এককথায় ভালো, ঝরঝরে। প্রথম অনুবাদেই চমৎকার কাজ দেখিয়েছেন পিয়াস ভাই। "পপুল ভাহ্" এর কবিতাটার অনুবাদ তো মাশাল্লাহ! আসল "পপুল ভাহ্" পড়তে ইচ্ছে করছে।অনুবাদকের জন্য শুভকামনা :-)

  • Kathy Davie
    2018-12-25 15:34

    First in the Hawker & Laidlaw thriller series with a heavy dose of horror and revolving around Danielle Laidlaw and Hawker, ex-CIA. This story takes place primarily in Brazil.Be sure to read the prologue!My TakeIt started off feeling same-same, but things developed into a story I could not put down. It sure kept my heart rate up!I loved being inside Hawker's head as he analyzes what's happening and the likely reasons for it. Man, Brown plays his characters well giving them unique personalities with unexpected deliveries. The professor is so sweet as he gets caught up in his subject while the innocent student holds up amazingly well. I love that Danielle has a heart and thinks the possibilities through, wanting to help people. It's all positive and save-the-world until it descends into greed and the desire for power. It's the events in this that provide this series an uncommon beginning for the primary character: Danielle. I won't know until I dive into #2, but I have to wonder if she'll be changing employers. It's as if we came in on the tail end of Danielle's current job just as she has a change of conscience, and her real world will begin in the next installment. Don't get me wrong. Black Rain is an excellent start, unique in how Brown introduces us to the two main characters. It's a lot like life, with meetings and new people affecting how we live. Yeah, the usual tropes are here: the greedy backstabbers along with the greedy, power-hungry businessman with their inevitable endings. But Brown keeps it interesting 90% of the time with his Maya setting and the time traveler(s) who have such an effect on our past. It's the conclusions that the survivors reach that made me fearful of where our society is heading.I do love how Brown plays on the guilt our good guys feel. Very nicely done. I also like how Brown portrays Hawker: intelligent, perceptive, and with lateral thought processes. He's like a grimy James Bond. As for the betrayal...oh, boy. It's hard to believe that there are people like that out in the world. Yet I know they are. What made it even more terrifying was how, how sympathetic the bad guy was. So warm and reasonable sounding, even as you knew he was simply setting them up for the kill. The premise of Gibbs and his plans seemed a bit farfetched, but then again, this is Washington, D.C. Wouldn't put anything past them. Then there's how Brown pulled in the Mayan culture and its legends. Wow. Very plausible and simply made the story even more intriguing.Oh, boy. That ending. Brown knows how to play the tension and drama. I gotta gets me the next in line, Black Sun. The StoryIt's been a hard slog investigating an expedition that occurred decades ago. It only gets worse with Moore's news from the head office, even with Laidlaw's discovery.Still Gibbs is dangling a mighty fine carrot in front of Laidlaw, and she's too stubborn to resist it. Besides, if you could save the world, wouldn't you try?The CharactersDanielle Laidlaw is being mentored by Arnold Moore for the National Research Institute (NRI). Both are field operatives tasked with "examin[ing] cutting-edge projects and determin[ing] what technologies, if any, could be valuable to the United States".The expeditionPrivate security is headed up by Pik Verhoven, a South African mercenary who has tangled with Hawker in the past. Hawker is ex-CIA and a pilot, disavowed for past activities. Professor Michael McCarter, a senior professor of archeology in New York City, has recently lost his beloved wife to cancer, and now he wants life to have meaning again. Mark Polaski handles communications tech while William Devers is a linguist who speaks several native languages. Susan Briggs is a student from McCarter's university about to enter the master's program in Archeological Studies. Brazos is one of the porters.NRIStuart Gibbs is the paranoid director of operations, who runs the place like a private club. And he hates and distrusts Moore. Matt Blundin, one of Gibbs' Boys, is chief of security and the best in the business. Chollokwan tribePutock leads one of the bands of warriors. Ualon is the Old One, the Great Father and leader of the tribe. The Nuree tribe is one of many terrified of the Chollokwan.The really bad guysVogel is also a mercenary, and almost impossible to fool as Remo, a hired thug, finds out. Richard Kaufman is CEO and principal owner of Futrex Systems, Inc., a defense contractor who rakes it in hand over fist. And it's still not enough. Norman Lang is his chief scientist in areas of unusual interest. Brilliant, he'd been caught falsifying data and now works for Kaufman. Eric is another mercenary.Señor Duarte Medina is Moore's contact in Manaus for a charter boat. Sven is a pretty boy contact with a lethal streak.Jack Dixon is a mercenary and good at it. Blackjack Martin was a wealthy fortune hunter back in 1926/27 who launched an expedition and returned a laughing stock. Roche was another South African SAS who went too far.The CoverThe cover is a meaty looking, textured red that splits on a slight vertical diagonal in the background with the author's name and the title in a concrete-looking texture, pebbled with fat raindrops.I have to wonder if Brown chose the title Black Rain for its association with acid rain. Something to think about.

  • Michele
    2019-01-12 12:45

    I received this book on a goodreads giveaway. I set about reading it as soon as I could, so that I could review it. I am so glad that I received this book, one reason is because it sounded so good and I know that my husband will enjoy it too. The title tells the tale this book is a thriller. It is about Danielle Laidlaw an operative for a CIA type organization called the NRI. Danielle is in Brazil with her partner and mentor Arnold Moore until he is called away by their employer. At which point she is left to run the assignment on her own. She is there to find a mysterious power source that could change how we use energy. Danielle builds her crew starting with a ex-CIA helicopter pilot named Hawker. Hawker proves to be an invaluable member of her crew. She also recruits a linguist, a professor, an assistant for him, porters, and some guards. I am sure I missed some characters that were minor so that is why.After a crazy situation with a ships crew that Arnold Moore had set up, and Danielle was lucky enough to have Hawker with her to help her. Soon they were on the Amazon with a new group of characters added to the mix including Verhoven who also is an invaluable member to the crew. As they travel the Amazon and in the jungle the story unfolds and Danielle wasn't completely honest with her crew. There are hostile natives who want the "black plague" out of their jungle. They have all of the modern things like gps and computers. It all escalates to a fevered pitch. All I can say is read it, read it, read it. I want to go on but I do not want to put spoilers in there I want you to read it. It is supposed to come out on January, 2010, get it and read it. I look very forward to the sequel, I will be reading it.

  • Benjamin Thomas
    2019-01-10 12:35

    I love discovering new talent, especially in the genres I love to read. "Black Rain" is the first published book by Graham Brown and is written as an adventure/thriller novel with elements of science fiction and horror. Right off the bat I'll say this is one very good book. It reads like an Indiana Jones adventure but in the present day and with some good solid speculative science weaved into the plot. If you are familiar with novels by James Rollins or Mathew Reilly then you'll have a good idea of the style...sort of like reading a movie. In a nutshell, the novel is about a covert government agency that is launched on a quest to find an ancient Mayan temple in the heart of the Amazon. But what they find there is a huge mystery and more action/adventure than I've read in a long time. The scenes and characters are presented clearly, so clearly that you can "see" the movie unfolding in your mind. And the plot is heavy on the action, especially the second half. The first half builds up the mystery of just what is going on here, establishes the main characters and allows us to see what is motivating the competing groups looking for the temple. Intrigue abounds and it really keeps you turning the pages. And the second half just explodes with action. Very well done. I was so impressed by this novel that I've added the name Graham Brown to my "Best Little-Known Authors" list on my blog. I daresay he won't be unknown for long as my copy of the book says he is working on a sequel to "Black Rain" and I can't wait to read it. If his work is marketed well, he could be the next "big thing" in this genre.

  • Denise
    2019-01-06 18:33

    When I first saw the title of this book I thought it would be about the chemical warfare used by the Russians against the Kurds in Afganistan. Much to my surprise when I started reading the book it was about the ancient Mayan superstitions and culture. A group goes into the Amazon to find a new technological breakthrough in power supply. The trials they had to deal with as in most thriller novels are great but the good guys (heros) overcome the obsticles in due course. They did this by coming up with innovations in self defense.In rating the book I felt that the author created novel uses of standard military hardware against attack by gorilla forces. It was a very good read.This is a guest review by Dan.

  • Wendy
    2019-01-03 15:47

    Really enjoyed the book, couldnt put it down!! action pack adventure that kept me on the edge of my seat!!

  • Shelly
    2019-01-09 17:50

    I won this book. This book was great! I had a hard time putting it down, very suspensful. I can't wait for the sequel. If you like thrillers combined with some history, then you will love this book.

  • Scott Ireland
    2019-01-17 19:46

    A compelling read as the excitement builds, but jumped the shark early in the book and just went way off the end in terms of reality. Still, I couldn't put it down and had to finish...worth reading.

  • S.D.
    2019-01-14 18:51

    Danielle Laidlaw leads an expedition into the Amazon rainforest. She is part of a government entity working under the radar and does not disclose to the civilians traveling with her the true purpose of her mission. The guise is that they are searching for a legendary Mayan city. The truth is that they are looking for a new power source, a crystal which can be used for cold fusion power. The book starts out slow as the trip is discussed, all characters described and devious plans fleshed out, at least some of them. Legends and myths follow them along the way and real life assassins are on their trail to stop Danielle from succeeding. This book is part thriller, part horror as unseen beasts make their presence known as night falls. The “thriller” part had me hooked but the author swerves into the weary plot of the government and/or greedy humans are causing havoc, raping the earth of natural resources, polluting the earth, yada yada. He could have left it as aliens and I would have been happy. But it was still worth the read and speeded along once the characters reached the rain forest.

  • Leah
    2018-12-26 14:43

    I was excited to receive and read this book, it seemed there was a lot of positive "vibe" about it. I admit it, I like mythology books, set in the deep jungle where you are alone, cut off from any assistance from the outside world. I think the author had a great idea, and the concept was in fact interesting, there were several moving parts to the story, and one would move between the mainly political intrigue in the US to the real action on the ground in the jungle. I found the pacing to be uneven a bit, and, while I am the first to suspend belief for a good story, parts of the story pushed the envelope even for me. All of that said, if you are looking for a nice travel read, or a book to sit by the beach as summer winds down, this packs plenty of action to keep you entertained and a story that will keep you engaged to the final page.

  • Andrew
    2019-01-03 16:51

    This is a pretty good thriller, with some supernatural and scientific elements thrown in. I was surprised, because I was a bit disconcerted by the whole government-agency-in-Brazil-looking-for-Mayan-ruins angle. At the start, it was sounding like a plot from the Dan Brown random plot generator. Major religion: Mayan; location: Brazil; protagonist: beautiful, athletic, go-getter agent; number of competing groups: 3; etc, etc. As the story went on, though, Graham Brown threw in some neat "scientific" twists and a few potential supernatural elements. The action was pretty quick paced but wasn't totally unrelenting. I was amused that as characters were killed off (which they almost have to be in a thriller), they were killed off in unique ways. Highly entertaining! I wouldn't be surprised if this gets turned into a movie.

  • Shannon
    2019-01-01 12:25

    There was a whole lot I liked about this book. Great pace, great characters, great setting. I liked most of your book enough to give it five stars. Except for one thing. I thought this was a regular techno thriller, along the lines of James Rollins, and in a lot of ways it is, until you get to the sci fi. I didn't sign up for that. I signed up for cool historical mysteries and bad guy assassins. Not time travel. Ugh. It reminds me a lot of The Atlantis Gene, which was 80% historical and then filled with aliens. If this had a better explanation than time travel, I'd have given it five stars.

  • Nigel
    2019-01-12 14:46

    This is the first book I read by Graham Brown, but have read his collaborations with Clive Cussler which I really enjoy, so I started to read this in anticipation. It is a well written and researched book based on Mayen myths, conspiracies, covert government agencies. Set in the Amazon with opposing teams looking for a mythical object that could change the world, loads of action with some interesting if far fetched ideas. I enjoyed this story although it was slow going in places, would I read the follow up ... Yes I would

  • Melissa
    2019-01-11 14:41

    Won on first reads. As the world lost a great lady when my wonderful friend, Ramona, just passed away, this review will serve for both of us. She will be dearly missed and cancer will be cursed for taking her from us so young.Great book for anyone who loves intrigue, suspense and good reading. Not wanting to give away anything I will not go too much into it but I like the way it hints at some of the most interesting times and history of our world.

  • Lori Downing
    2019-01-15 17:23

    This was my first thriller that I have ever read, and I have enjoyed it immensely. I loved the fact, the group that was lead into the Amazon was to find something that would and could be used for the future, and was very dangerous to accommodate. I loved the characters. This was a very interesting read and I am looking forward to the sequel. I can't wait.

  • Bill
    2019-01-04 13:29

    I enjoyed the book and the characters. The setting in the dense Brazilian jungle and the discovery of ancient Mayan ruins was central to the somewhat dense plot. At times the action was overshadowed by what came across as classroom lectures on Mayan culture and history, human biology, and archaeology. But large parts of the book outweigh my quibbles. It is a good read.

  • Donna
    2019-01-08 19:43

    I received this book early through Goodreads. Only the flu kept me from reading it right away. It reads like an action adventure movie. Vivid, fast paced, a thoroughly enjoyable read. I highly recommend it.

  • Linda
    2019-01-09 14:37

    I won this book. I really enjoyed the Mayan history/folklore, intrigue, and adventure. The characters were very believable, and I cared about them. It read very fast, and I had a hard time putting it down! I could actually see this as a series, or even a film. I highly recommend this book.

  • Megan Hansen
    2018-12-28 20:51

    This wasn't my type of book, I don't normally get into thrillers. But I will say it was an exciting story and the characters were very human and some of them even likable! If thrillers are your thing, then Black Rain won’t disappoint.

  • Carolyn
    2018-12-26 17:32

    Great book. Suspensful story. Once I started, couldn't put it down. Mayan legends, the past and the future, all had a ring of truth. The beasts scared the living daylights out of me and gave me nightmares. All in all, a story I won't soon forget.

  • Diane
    2018-12-26 13:40

    Quite the thriller! I found myself not wanting to put the book down, but had to at times. It kept me guessing at what would happen next. I enjoyed the plot. Can't wait for the sequel.

  • Kelly Sermeno
    2018-12-30 16:48

    This was an excting, thrilling read!

  • Rudra Kaiser
    2019-01-11 16:40

    বইয়ের নামঃ মায়ান কনস্পিরেসিলেখকঃ গ্রাহাম ব্রাউনঅনুবাদঃ অসীম পিয়াসপ্রকাশনীঃ রোদেলামূল্যঃ ৪৫০ টাকা*এক কথায়ঃ__অ্যাডভেঞ্চার আর অ্যাকশনের সংমিশ্রণে দারুণ এক অভিযানের সাথে পাঠক নিজেই সম্পৃক্ত হয়ে যাবে।*কাহিনি সংক্ষেপঃ__পৃথিবীর বুকে রহস্যের অন্যতম এক নাম আমাজন। সেই আমাজনেই এক রহস্যের সন্ধানে নেমেছে আমেরিকান সরকারের অনুদান প্রাপ্ত একটি প্রতিষ্ঠান ‘ন্যাশনাল রিসার্চ ইন্সটিটিউট, সংক্ষেপে যে এন.আর.আই নামে পরিচিত। এদের এই অভিযানের উদ্দেশ্য আমাজনের গহীনে শীতল ফিউশনের সন্ধান করা।*প্রশিক্ষিত সামরিক সদস্য, দুজন গবেষক আর সি.আই.এ’র প্রাক্তন সদস্য এবং দক্ষ পাইলট হকারকে নিয়ে এই অভিযানের নেতৃত্বে থাকা ড্যানিইয়েলি লেইডলের দলটি গঠিত। আমাজনের অভ্যন্তরে মায়ান মন্দিরের উদ্দেশ্যে তাদের যাত্রা, যেখানে মিলবে সম্ভাব্য শীতল ফিউশন। আর তাদেরকে অনুসরণ গোপনে এগিয়ে যাচ্ছে তাদের অন্যতম প্রতিদ্বন্দ্বী ও নিরব শত্রু, যাদের নিজেদের লক্ষ্যও শীতল ফিউশন আয়ত্ব করা।*মায়ান পুঁথি ‘পপুল ভাহ’ হতে পাওয়া সূত্র অনুসরণ করে এগিয়ে যাওয়া দলটি চলার ভয়ংকর অভিজ্ঞতার সম্মুখীন হয়। মৃত্যু বার বার তাদেরকে থামিয়ে দেওয়ার চেষ্টা করে। মৃত্যুকে ঠেলে আবিষ্কার করে নতুন চমক ‘তুলান জুয়ুয়া’। পেছনে লাগা অন্য দলটি ছাড়াও তাদের অজ্ঞাতে বেরিয়ে আসে আরও এক ভয়ঙ্কর শত্রু। আগ্রাসী এই নতুন শত্রুটি সাধারণ কেউ নয়, পৌরাণিক দানব।*পাঠ প্রতিক্রিয়াঃ__চমৎকার প্লট আর অ্যাডভেঞ্চার ও অ্যাকশনের সংমিশ্রণে লেখা গ্রাহাম ব্রাউনের এই উপন্যাসটি বেশ শ্বাসরুদ্ধকর। শীতল ফিউশন যা পৃথিবীর জ্বালানীখাতে বিপ্লব এনে দেবে, আর তা দখল নেবার এই অভিযানে আছে টিকে থাকার জন্য লড়াই, ভীতি, মৃত্যু, বিশ্বাস ঘাতকতা, টিম ওয়ার্ক, অচেনা শত্রু এবং উপন্যাসের সবচেয়ে বিস্ময়কর আবিষ্কার, ভয়ঙ্কর ও আগ্রাসী শত্রু এক পৌরাণিক দানব। বুদ্ধি আর সাহসের চমৎকার মিশেলে টানটান উত্তেজনায় ভরা এই উপন্যাসটি সবটা মিলিয়ে বেশ জমজমাট একটা লেখনি।*রয়েছে পৃথিবীর অন্যতম প্রাচীন সভ্যতা মায়া সভ্যতা নিয়ে চমৎকার অনেক তথ্য। আধুনিক সভ্যতা আর হারিয়ে প্রাচীন সভ্যতার পাশাপাশি চিত্রটি বিস্মিত করবে। উপন্যাসের সবচেয়ে বড় থ্রিল হচ্ছে মায়ান পুঁথিতে উল্লেখিত কাঠমানব আর তাদের পালিত পৌরাণিক দাবন। প্রায় অপ্রতিরুদ্ধ এই ভয়ঙ্কর দানবের সাথে যুদ্ধটা বেশ জমিয়ে দিয়েছে উপন্যাসটি। তাদের মৃত্যু তাণ্ডবের সম্মুখে দাঁড়িয়ে শঙ্কিত হবে পাঠক। সেই সাথে প্রতিরোধের উপায়টিও বেশ চমক দেবে।*অনুবাদ সম্পর্কে মন্তব্যঃ__মায়ান পুঁথি ‘পপুল ভাহ’ থেকে সংগৃহীত ‘কাঠমানবের পতন’ অংশটুকু থেকেই পাঠক অনুবাদকের অনুবাদশৈলী সম্পর্কে ধারণা পেয়ে যাবে। ছন্দ আর অন্তমিল রেখে বেশ চমৎকারভাবেই অনুবাদক পুঁথির ঐ অংশটুকু অনুবাদ করেছেন। পুঁথির কথা উল্লেখ করার কারণ, অনুবাদ সম্পর্কে হালকা ধারণা দেওয়া। বলতে একদমই দ্বিধা নেই, এটি চমৎকার একটি অনুবাদ এবং পাঠকের জন্য সুখপাঠ্য।

  • Susan
    2019-01-18 14:41

    I really, really enjoyed this book. The subject matter was something I get into and the writing is very good. I've been annoyed with a lot of what I've read lately because I feel like the writer doesn't know when to give more detail and when to let things go. I've found myself getting bored and skipping over huge chunks of fight scenes or long rambling descriptions. Not so with this book. I never got bored, it was always moving at just the right pace for me. I can't wait to read the others in the series.

  • James E. Mayfield
    2019-01-24 20:31

    Good ReadI enjoyed this book a lot of was the first I have read by Mr. Brown but he has a gift. This book made me fall for Laidlaw ,Hawker and the rest so I'm getting one of his other books. I'm hoping to enjoy it as much as I did this one. If you like action books you should get this one!

  • Jan Phillips
    2019-01-11 18:21

    Fun ride, enjoyed the characters too!