This is one of those books that have you scratching your head and wondering where the line between fact and fiction may lie. Reminiscent of an Indiana Jones thriller, Rollins postulates a prehistoric society that influenced the dawn of mankind. This is done in conjunction with the attempt to isolate the human genome and generate planned mutation. Considering some of the news out of China recently about gene editing, the story may not be so far-fetched.
The Chinese figure prominently as the villains
in the book. Their willingness to defy both accepted cultural dogma and societal norms as well as ignoring treaties is clearly illustrated in both the story and the current headlines.
The development of Baako, a gorilla, and his relationship with the other characters is both sad and heartwarming.
Rollins does an excellent job creating a plausible plot but you wonder if he and Dan Brown might be drinking buddies.
I enjoyed the book and recommend it.
This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.