Friday, August 17, 2012

Review: The Lost Stones by Paul Rimmasch

1600s Mexico- The Aztec Prince Ixtililxochitl writes that the first people to inhabit his land came from the Tower of Babel at the dividing of tongues…Scholars dismiss his writings as myth.
1800s Mid Western United States- Settlers dig into ancient burial mounds and discover thousands of slate tablets covered with a strange hieroglyphic writing and drawings depicting Jesus Christ…these artifacts are denounced as a hoax.
1909 Arizona-a newspaper runs a story describing how a cave containing metal artifacts and Egyptian-type hieroglyphics was discovered in the Grand Canyon by a group of Scientists from the Smithsonian Institute…the Smithsonian categorically denies the account.
These and other amazing facts make up the world of forbidden Book of Mormon Archaeology. It is a world BYU student and Iraqi War veteran Ammon Rogers never knew existed. He is thrust headlong into this world when he asks the enigmatic adventurer John Byrd a simple question. When John is kidnapped in Mexico, Ammon joins forces with John’s beautiful daughter in a desperate attempt to not only save John, but to find his answer…an answer that will change the world…an answer one sinister foe will do anything to suppress.

As you can tell from the blurb above, this is an LDS based book that centers around the teachings found in the Book of Mormon.  Like the bible or any scriptural account of Jesus Christ, or any historical writing for that matter, there are always people looking for ways to prove and disprove that they actually happened.  You can tell by reading this book that the author has done a ton of research into this subject.  There is a passion there that was not lost on me.  I admire people who find something they are interested in and really devote time and thought into it.  Writing a book that incorporates your passion must be like a dream come true.

I will have to say that as a reader, it felt to me like this book was mostly a platform the author used to get his ideas and theories across to me and less like an actual work of fiction.  Sometimes I felt really distracted by the long dialogue explaining why this theory or that theory could be true.  

I liked a lot of the elements in this book.  I think the premise of the book~ trying to find an alternate energy solution, studying it out, having the "bad guys" wanting to stop that, action and a bit of blooming love on the side~ is awesome.  I'm not sure it all came together for me as a whole, but there were definitely parts where I was turning pages to find out what happened next.  There were lots of great moments.

If you are even remotely interested in BOM archaeology you should probably give this book a whirl.  I learned quite a few interesting things I hadn't heard before.  Oh, and check out this book trailer.  I think it's pretty cool.  :)
My thanks to the author, Paul Rimmasch for letting me read his book.  I wish him much success.

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