Ancient Origins Book 1, by Robert Storey

Mankind’s greatest discovery has been kept secret for a reason. The origin of our species is not what we thought. But as all life on Earth is threatened with extinction, that which has lain buried for millennia may yet prove to be our only hope…

In the near future Sarah Morgan, an English archaeologist, is in a race against time to prove the impossible: that an advanced human ancestor once populated the Earth. But there are those that will kill to protect this most ancient of secrets, and when Sarah finally gets the proof she craves it is cruelly wrenched from her grasp; but never one to lie down Sarah finds another path, a path that propels her into a quest that will span continents and change her life forever.

Simultaneously the world prepares for the arrival of 2011 AG5, an asteroid that will impact off the South African coastline with the force akin to the strike that wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years previous. Humanity has long been planning for this colossal event and many preparations have been made to counteract its after effects in order to preserve the ever fragile global economy and civilization itself. As the world holds its collective breath, below the surface government-run clandestine subterranean facilities are gearing up for the challenges ahead. These facilities are run by the gifted and ever mercurial Professor Steiner who has overseen a global programme charged with the preservation of mankind, as the clock ticks down towards zero hour his schedule is on track; however everything might not turn out as smoothly as he’d hoped…

BookDragon says: This book started off with a bang, making it hard to put down for the first 50-70 pages. The writing is good and clean, reading a lot like Clive Cussler’s more recent works in terms of style. This first book in the series has a lot of potential but ends on a major cliffhanger without wrapping up any major questions. The plot wanders between characters and timelines more than we would have liked, which meant our attention did, too. We would have liked to see deeper character development, something to become more invested in the story. One of the main characters is an archaeologist who consistently disregards basic standard digs protocols, but spends most of the story feeling wronged that the scientific community doesn’t think her work is valid. The book starts with a fantastic premise, and you really care about the (seeming) main character, but then you barely see him again throughout the work.

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  • Solid writing, starts with a bang
  • Ancient beings and cool gadgets
  • Interesting science


  • Characters hard to invest in
  • Lots of unresolved questions -- Cliffhanger!!
  • Inconsistent timeline