Who is JT Brannan
JT Brannan trained as a British Army officer at Sandhurst, before deciding to pursue a writing career. A former national Karate champion, he now teaches martial arts in Harrogate, where he lives with his wife and two young children.
Origin is his first novel
For millennia it has lain there undiscovered. Now the time has come…
Research scientist Evelyn Edwards always knew the Antarctic held deep secrets but the discovery of a 40,000 year old body buried under the ice caps surpasses even her wildest expectations. But just as her team begins extracting the body the dream turns into a horrific nightmare as they are targeted for death by someone who wants to keep this secret buried. Evelyn barely escapes with her life…
On the run, alone and desperate, she turns to her ex-husband Matt Adams, a former member of an elite government unit, for help. Soon, they find themselves caught up in a frantic race against time, which takes them from Area 51 to the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, as they try to uncover the biggest conspiracy of all time before it’s too late for everyone…
If mankind thought it knew its origins, the time has come to think again because its every belief is about to be challenged…
This was a tough review to write, on the one had this is a debut novel and i tend to lean towards being easy on an authors first book. I really do think that a good author grows with every book they write. So the first is part of that learning process. On the other hand i need to be fair to those spending their cash.
This, in scope is by far the most ambitiously scoped story i have every read. To tell you the true scope would give too much away. Imagine all your conspiracy theories, myths, religions everything in one book. Yes it is that good. I was immensely impressed with the balls on this author covering this scope in his first book, and in a single book.
Did I have any issues?
Yes Matt Adams is too good for me, too fast, too tough, almost superhuman and this i think is intentional, I can live with that. I have read so many thrillers of this type, but I’m still a person who likes his kick ass hero to be a bit rougher around the edges and to show the bumps he picks up along the way. To show a level of reality /humanity. A great example is Andy McDermott’s Nina Wilde and Eddie Chase, a pair who have lived through amazing levels of abuse and come out the other end. But Eddie wears his scars on his sleeve and keeps going despite them. Matt Adams is just indestructible.
So the big questions: Do I recommend it? & Should you buy it?
If you love a thriller, especially one that takes you to the edge of reality. Then yes i do recommend it and you should click the link and buy it, Same can be said if you love a well constructed story that covers myth after myth and enigma after enigma. At £4.33 less than a fiver for hours of fun, that’s great value for anyone.