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Walt William Becker , Dick Hill
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Book Description

Feb. 15 2000
Deep in Africa, an international team of paleontologists is in search of the key to mankind's past. They're after bones. Ancient human bones. But what they'll find will change the course of history. At stake is nothing less than the final piece in the evolutionary puzzle, a prize that will confer instant immortality upon its discoverer. With the answer to this riddle comes technology so advanced that the future of the human race cannot go unchanged. For the long-sought “missing link” that made the leap from ape to man may have been stranger than we'd ever imagine. Fast-paced and provocative, this is a thriller that races the heart and challenges the mind.

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Paleoanthropologist Samantha Colby makes a startling find in West Africa, then links up with former lover Jack Austin to outrun some bad guys. It's all good, Indiana Jones-style fun, and if the text is weighed down at times by excessive scientific theorizing, it's still entertaining enough to have hit the Los Angeles Times and Dallas Morning News best sellers lists. At a recent benefit involving multiple authors, Becker sold more copies of his book than anyone but Tom Brokaw, a newsworthy event in itself. Morrow has him on tap for two more novels.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Earnest, slightly hokey Michael Crichton style adventure tale that poses an extraterrestrial origin for some of humanity's best and worst traits. Newcomer Becker's grasp of speculative anthropology is surprisingly down-to-earth he appends a solemn afterword on unanswered questions about human origins, including a bibliography ranging from Charles Darwin to Carl Sagan. But such high seriousness is undermined by gratuitous gunplay, turbid romance, and spy-versus-spy plotting. A better-than-average debut that evokes suspense and moments of gee-whiz wonder from a tired science-fictional premise. -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Thumbs Up for Link April 12 2004
Format:Library Binding
If a great book contains heart-beating action, violence, love, interesting characters and a bit of the unknown then "Link" by Walt Becker is a great book. Link is one of the best books I have read in awhile. This book makes you start thinking and the action never stops. There are several climaxes that lead up to a final climax and the end only leaves you wanting to read it over again.
The whole point of this book is to answer the question: where did we come from if there has been no clear evolutionary link between Homo erectus and Homo sapiens? This is a question that the author Walt Becker seems to have been asking for awhile. But he has come up with a theory that we, modern humans, come from extraterrestrials as well as Homo erectus. Although this theory may seem far-fetched he weaves it into a story with facts from existing old documents and myths that by the end you are sure that it is true.
The main characters he weaves this theory into is Samantha Colby who is a paleoanthropologist- the study of and search for the keys to human history. And Jack Austin who was Samantha's ex-boyfriend/fiancé who has out of the world theories that had caused him to fall towards the bottom of the scientific food chain. But Jack's theory about "the source" of where modern humans came from are soon going to come true when Samantha finds a fossilized skeleton of something she had never seen before- an extraterrestrial and a mysterious isosceles triangular object that has Egyptian like hieroglyphs all over it.
This object is made entirely of an element not found on Earth and on the bottom within the triangle is made of 100% beryllium, which is found in the African country of Mali where they are.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Movie, Please... :-) Dec 14 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Let's see... what do I have to add? I actually read this about four years ago and its effect on my outlook on life is still apparent. Although a work of fiction there is a tremendous amount of historical, geological, and archeological fact lain as groundwork. Character development is somewhat lacking but it doesn't detract from the reader's enjoyment of the storyline (character dev. isn't what this book is about anyway...).
If you're looking for "depth", though, read "Forbidden Archeology" by by Michael A. Cremo and Richard L. Thompson - one of the many works cited in the bibliography. None-the-less, I would encourage you to do your own research on the specific and verifiable references in the story. There is a reason that you do not hear much about this subject matter - because much of it cannot be explained such as the megaliths in Lebanon that cannot be moved much less lifted and megaliths and smaller stone incorporating laser precision cutting in Bolivia or the Dogon's seemingly impossible astronomical knowledge that dates back well over 5000 years OR... - I could go on and on and I don't want to give everything away! :-)
This is a fast-paced Indiana Jones/Lara Croft meets "The X-Files" thriller that will grab your attention from the first couple of pages until the last and have you salivating for more - I found it very difficult to put it down and cursed Becker for not including several hunderd more pages! There are some books that you wish they'd make movies of and this one was one of those for me. Yes, some may call this "shallow fun" but if I'd written a story in the 15th century (for example) about how we'd set foot on the moon I would have been beheaded or burnt at the stake for blasphemy (THOSE shallow morons...)!!! Hope you enjoy this quick read as much as I did!
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"Link" is the type of book that you can sit down to for an hour of two and really dive into. It's an extremely fast read that will appeal to Crichton and Indiana Jones-type fans. Not too deep, it's an well-researched debut novel by Walt Becker with a large number of cited resources in the back of the book.
Becker has created some memorable lead characters, Jack and Samantha, who stumble on to what could be the most important discovery in the history of the world. The "link" that they discover in the jungles of Mali may not just change Darwin's Theory of Evolution, but the future of mankind, as well.
Without giving away important plot details, let me suffice to say that the intrepid aforementioned scientists end up battling not only a greedy entrepreneur for their discovery, but the US Govenment as well. There's a sufficient amount of action and romance to appeal to a wide range of readers. "Link" is entertaining without becoming cheesy, yet fantastic enough to keep the reader guessing what might be coming around the next bend.
It's pure escapism and good for a few hours of enjoyment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Should Not be Missed! March 28 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book takes the book "Chariots of the Gods?" to a new level and uses a fictionalized plot to explain most of the mysteries of that book. There is a lot of information presented here which makes us question if the theories of evolution and the creation of life are correct. In a archeological dig, some artifacts are discovered of such immense importance that a former archeologist turned college professor (Jack) walks out of the middle of his class to board a helicopter that will take him on a wild adventure. Jack rushes to the site in Mali and examines what looks to be artifacts of an "alien" race.
One of the artifacts has strange powers and gives Jack enough information to know that all the secrets it possesses can be found in an ancient temple's ruins in Bolivia. The only problem, he needs to be there at the next equinox which is just days away. Jack and the other scientists race to the site. When they get there they discover the secrets to man's creation along with a power source that can be man's salvation or can lead to man's destruction.
A corrupt businessman (Dorn) who deals in arms sales to foreign nations is funding Jack's venture using a drug cartel for transportation and equipment. One can easily guess Dorn's motives right away and they are nowhere near benevolent. Knowing that we can also guess up front that Dorn will stop at nothing to have the secrets of the ancient ruins for his own personal gain.
The book moves at a fairly rapid pace with the scientists, the drug cartel, Dorn, and the CIA all competing for the secrets. It is definitely worth a read though not as good a book as Robin Cook's "Abduction," which takes a different slant on explaining man's origins.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, thought-provoking thriller
After seeing Link recommended on Amazon, I decided to find myself a copy and read it. I'm so glad I did! The book grabbed me within a couple of pages and kept me reading. Read more
Published on Aug. 12 2006 by A. Grant
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story. Bad science
I enjoyed the story, but the author's insistence on pushing a Creationist agenda greatly detracted from it. Read more
Published on June 4 2004 by DominionSeraph
3.0 out of 5 stars shallow fun
This book has obviously been well researched and perhaps if some of the same enthusiasm had been spent on character development,it could have been a truly great read. Read more
Published on Nov. 19 2003 by orange
3.0 out of 5 stars "COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER"
The novel starts with a lot of promise.....and somewhere ....it falters..... but i will definetly read Walt Beckers other books too. Read more
Published on April 30 2003 by sanjeev sood
1.0 out of 5 stars Truly awful
Wooden characters, action and violence seems to be thrown in just to meet a formula rather than for any good reason, and the most predictable romance imaginable. Read more
Published on March 5 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable Story
I'm really surprised that it doesnt have 'New York Times Bestseller' printed on it. Good length, fun story. Read more
Published on March 14 2002 by "enfranchise"
5.0 out of 5 stars What an imagination
I thought this was first rate, very well written and considering the scope of the imagination that went into it well worth the read. Read more
Published on Aug. 22 2001 by Movie fan
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad writing, bad science
I looked forward to reading this book, thinking I would be along for a well written scientific adventure sweetened with interesting theories. I was sorely disappointed. Mr. Read more
Published on July 19 2001 by "rukmini"
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED THIS ONE! GREAT ENTERTAINMENT!
LINK was a great, quick read. The characters of Jack and Samantha were both well-developed and interesting and their relationship was involving, and not as cliche as other... Read more
Published on May 13 2001 by Shane Brooks
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