Despite a dashing and brilliant Special Agent, a touch of the supernatural, fabulous locations, and prehistoric intrigue, this "thriller" sadly isn't thrilling. The premise is interesting, but the supernatural elements are not persuasively woven into the law enforcement thriller and historical interest elements. Instead of emerging as the only possible explanation for a series of crimes, the paranormal events overpower the plot and characters from the start, and too many characters have too many cold fingers touching their spines too often. Even outside of the explicitly paranormal realm, numerous critical events in the plot are utterly implausible (for example, a huge gathering of academics from all around the world -- organized on short notice by e-mail invitation). The characters themselves also show initial promise but are insufficiently drawn, including a protagonist whom we want to like and admire but who is inexplicably inconsistent. Indeed, where character detail is added it feels artificial and is at times unbelievable -- for example, the love interest in the book seems forced, based on what we know about the characters. I further was bothered by the liberties taken with descriptions of real places (such as the University of Alaska). And the book suffers from internal inconsistencies and factual problems that a good edit should have helped the author avoid. Even for a casual vacation or airplane read, I found this story flawed.