Seed of the Gods

Fiction - Science Fiction
302 Pages
Reviewed on 09/09/2015
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Reviewed by Carol Coetzee for Readers' Favorite

Seed of the Gods by Rod De Bowes is a fascinating, if controversial read. An archaeology professor, Hiram May, and his assistants Tammy and Steven, discover a secret chamber in Peru. This leads them to believe that a race, called the Chimú, lived in the area before the Mayans. The professor is searching for the ruins when he meets Chris Allen, who is an ex police officer on a yachting holiday with some friends. Chris takes an interest in the venture, and he offers some funding. The group, along with several scouts, guides and assistants, find the temple and eagerly begin their explorations. They are unexpectedly attacked by a guerrilla force and some are captured, others killed, whilst the guerrillas attempt to extract information regarding hidden treasures. Tammy and Chris manage to escape and along the way discover an alien cave hidden in a mountain. Here the real story begins! Strange alien objects, dead aliens, possible alien DNA genetic manipulations with humans, and a quest to discover why the aliens died and were abandoned. A fascinating story unravels, which will keep you reading anxiously!

In Seed of the Gods, the author explores human evolution as influenced by the intervention of an alien race. A secret cave of wonders and questions is discovered, revealing mysterious and interesting clues. The characters are interesting, and show us that while many humans are kind and decent, there are many that are cruel and greedy. The book is filled with wonder, intrigue, danger, adventure, fascinating discoveries, love, hate, greed, kindness, to name a few. It is a well woven story of suspense, intrigue and mystery, with a moral of decency. Seed of the Gods explores a subject that has mystified humanity for centuries, rousing curiosity and disbelief. Rod De Bowes has certainly proposed an interesting and also believable theory that will stay with you long after the final pages have been turned. Whether you believe in aliens or not, this book might well change your thinking!

Seed of the Gods review
Story by Rod De Bowes

Seed Of The Gods by Rod De Bowes is mostly a gripping, intelligent and well written novel that twists from an archeological mystery into an action thriller and then something else.
Professor Hiram May is in Peru to look for ruins that could cast light on the Chimú, an ancient people who pre-dated the Inca.
After a decade of studying the Chimú, the archaeologist came across a chamber where he found Chimú pottery that provided pictographic clues about the people and the beginnings of a planned Exodus from their coastal homeland into the mountains to flee the invading Inca.
The professor and two graduate students, Steven Lord and Tammy Hanson, the derigueur comely heroine have been trying to mount an expedition into the interior to find the lost Chimú settlement.
Enter Chris Allen who we quickly learn has certain physical skills and smarts - able to outwit and outfight two gun-toting muggers. We also learn Chris has some means. His father left him a yacht, the Dream Chaser, and enough money to leave behind his job as a cop for a few years.
During a jaunt on land, Chris spots Tammy with her ring finger bare. He’s instantly interested. Tammy, it turns out, was bait.
Prof. May’s team asks Chris to spend $1,000 on a plane to find the best locations to search for the ruins.
Chris isn’t as as rich as he looks but he feels an adventure, especially one with Tammy might be worth a G-Note.
The plane does its work. Prof. May locates the Chimú site and sets off with students, some locals, and Chris to search the ancient city.
Meanwhile, the pilot figured that $1,000 is good but a share of the treasure is better. He contacts a band of guerrillas and tells them of the treasure the professor is seeking.
The guerrillas attack, killing some of the locals and kidnapping Prof. May and the male graduate student.
Chris escapes with Tammy into the mountains but are instantly pursued by the heavily armed guerrillas. Chris demonstrates his ingenuity by outwitting and setting traps for the gunmen. The guerrilla leader is incensed and obsessed with capturing Chris.
The story then turns abruptly in a direction that might have taken the reader completely by surprise in good ways if it were not for an entirely unnecessary, baffling and poorly executed prologue.
The pros and cons of placing a prologue at the start of a story is much debated by writers and editors. The prologue for Seed Of The Gods pushes me firmly in the no prologue camp. It contains a monstrous spoiler and by far the worst writing in the book.
De Bowes, while clearly comfortable writing contemporary action scenes, is out of his element with a clumsy, unintentionally campy depiction of an intergalactic space battle.
I give Seed of the Gods three stars bit it could be a solid four stars if the author snips off the prologue .