Primeval by David L. Golemon
Twenty thousand years ago, when man crossed the land bridge to North America, creatures called They Who Follow made the great trek as well. But once in the new continent, the giant beasts disappeared, whether into hiding or extinction, no one knew.
Centuries later, a battered journal–the only evidence left from the night of the Romanovs’ execution–turns up in a rare bookstore. As the U.S. and Russians vie for the truth, and the lost Romanov treasure, they collide with a prehistoric predator thought long-extinct.
It’s up to the Event Group to lay to rest the legends. On an expedition into the wilds of British Columbia, Colonel Jack Collins and his team make a horrifying discovery in the continent’s last deep wilderness, where men have been vanishing for centuries.– taken from goodreads
This book. Just…no. I made the mistake of buying two of Mr. Golemon’s books – at full price, no less! I’m a sucker for books like his: thrillers dealing with ancient legends/conspiracies. Basically anything Dan Brown-esque. Also, the Romanovs. Anything involving that family instantly captures my interest, particularly novels where the Tsar’s children escape (thus began my starry-eyed love affair with Steve Berry). Unfortunately, the summary was extremely misleading. Apart from the prologue, the Romanovs play no part in the story & are only briefly mentioned again at the very end.
Instead, the book revolves around a tribe of Sasquatch. Sasquatch who carry around 50lb. clubs that they use to bang on tree trunks. …no joke. So many random, unnecessary subplots are thrown in (including one where Amelia Earhart’s remains are planted for an archaeology group to ‘discover’). It got to the point where I continued reading just to see what on earth could happen next. Each page was more ridiculous than the last.
Giving Mr. Golemon the benefit of the doubt, perhaps the sheer number of main characters would have been easier to keep track of if I had started the series from the beginning. Even after finishing the novel, I still have no idea who is who. This seems like a book that works fine on its own, but there were a few passages that specifically referenced events from previous books.
There were a number of factual errors and a surprising amount of spelling/punctuation errors. In one instance, holy became holly.
Were it not for the other book I bought, I wouldn’t give this series another look. As the case may be, however, it looks like I’ve got another book to force my way through. Ugh.