An ancient, alien technology that will change what it means to be human, a conspiracy begun before the first pyramid was built, and a world threatened by an unimaginable horror.
Deep in the Indian Ocean, Dr. Selene Khan enters an underwater dome thousands of years old, one that is fully operational. She barely escapes to the surface, only to discover that her research vessel has vanished. Can she make it to shore 100 miles away?
On the other side of the world, Agent Jack Elliot uncovers an impossible 900 grams of antimatter. The trail leads him to Egypt, betrayal, and a sinister brainwashing facility. There, in a desperate move, he rescues Dr. Selene Khan, fleeing with her into the desert.
Together, Selene and Jack race to unravel a global conspiracy and learn the truth about an ancient, alien artifact and how civilization really began. Two people must summon the courage and extraordinary ability to stop the world's oldest plan from plunging humanity onto a twisted, evolutionary path.
Artifact is a lightning-paced adventure, utterly unpredictable right up to its stunning conclusion.
©2015 Vaughn Heppner, Logan White (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
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"Don't listen to the bad reviews!"
I almost didn't buy this book because of all the negative reviews, but I'm glad I didn't listen to all those critics. Is this book a classic? No! Are there some errors in it? Yes. But it is one heck of a fun listen. The main characters defy all odds to defeat the evil "Mother" who is hell bent on destruction. They left this open for a sequel and I can't wait. It just goes to show that you have to make your own judgements and not put too much stock in the opinions of others.
"Conspiracy theory anyone?"
I did not like this book. The performance was over the top with silly character voices and the story did not make sense. Also, thin characterisation, ridiculous plot points and so much conspiracy theory that I was about to stop listening. Plus a very unsatisfying conclusion.
"Mulligan for Heppner"
If you liked Heppner's Lost Starship Series, read that again and stay away from this. All the reviews here referring to silly plot and characters are true. I'm surprised they were able to get Luke Daniels to read this -- he usually is an indicator of something good (Iron Druid, etc).
"An easy listen."
No miracles but nonetheless it was entertaining :-) I would definitely listen to a second chapter.
This book may not be the worst audiobook I've ever listened to but it was pretty close. The characters were one-dimensional, there was no plot to speak of and the writing was somthing you might expect from a 14 year old kid who has read way too many Clive Cussler novels.
The narration is harder to critique, it bordered on creepy but that may be because of the idiotic dialog.
Don't waste your money or your time.
This book had some promise but it fell short. With all of the unusual events taking place that the protagonists witnessed, it drove me nuts they were in such denial that there just might be other forces outside of what the world knew to be certain. The story was action packed but overall pretty dry.
"Good if it were intended for a YA audience."
While there was some interesting tech and an interesting plot. The story needed more development. IMHO this had a chance to be an epic sci-fi thriller. While still an interesting listen it tetters on the edge of recommendabilty if that is even a word.
Luke Daniels saved the story with another great performance.
"This book was a mess."
Luke Daniels did the best he could.
The characters in this book gained intelligence and lost it. A super human soldier was beaten by a just-a-guy. Characters would get detailed and interesting back stories right before biting it.
I couldn't wait to be done.
"Not Sci-Fi....rather, an adventure/thriller"
This book contained so many errors in the first 30 minutes that I almost returned it to Audible. If you're going to try to be a Techno Thriller or Sci-Fi story...you need to get your facts straight. In particular the book's citing the use of Radar, vice Sonar for Ocean depth measurements and the use GPS at the depths cited. Additionally, the lead female character was annoyingly whiney and cynical for a PhD who had (by this time) seen many not-of-this world technologies. For her to argue about Fallen Angels vice Aliens without considering the age and probable interpretations thereof made me shake my head...again, I was tempted to return the audiobook. It was the story, vice the accuracy of it, which kept me listening. At the end, I had to wonder why I allowed myself to be snookered.. the story had a curt, brief and simplistic ending which says to me that the authors ran out of steam. I have read comic books which had more complete and satisfying endings. What happened to the Pyramid...I thought Celine, with her enhanced intelligence considered the explosion too small to only have been caused by the pyramid's destruction. What happened to Marcus? And after Millenia/centuries (depending upon your perspective) to have Mother simply walk out of the picture was too simplistic to be even mildly credible. Please don't tell me there is going to be a sequel....I felt that this Audiobook was not worth the Digital 1's and 0's it was stored on. All in all, I was disappointed...I gave the story a 2 because I wanted to hear how it ended. I didn't give it more, since when I found out how it ended, I felt like I wasted hours of my time. The Narrator was OK. If the system would have allowed, I would have rated this a 2.5 overall.
"really good story"
really liked it. then twist at the end was awesome. I don't think there will be a party two but if so...count me in!
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