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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Throwback Thursday: Neanderthal by John Darnton

Throwback Thursday is a weekly feature co-hosted by Never Too Fond of Books and The Housework Can Wait. This is a fun way to write about and review beloved books we haven't read in a while.

Here’s how it works:
1. Pick any book released more than 5 years ago. Adult, YA, Children’s; doesn’t matter. Any great book will do.
2. Write up a short summary of the book (include the title, author, and cover art) and an explanation of why you love it. Make sure to link back to The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books in your post.
3. Link up your post at The Housework Can Wait or Never Too Fond of Books.
4. Visit as many blogs as you can, reminisce about books you loved, and discover some “new” books for your TBR list!
This week, my throwback is Neanderthal by John Darnton.
Genre: Adult Fiction (Science Fiction/Thriller/Speculative Fiction)

The Blurb:
In the remote mountains of central Asia, an eminent Harvard archeologist discovers something extraordinary. He sends a cryptic message to two colleagues. But then, he disappears.

Matt Mattison and Susan Arnot-- once lovers, now academic rivals-- are going where few humans have ever walked, looking for a relic band of creatures that have existed for over 40,000 years, that possess powers man can only imagine, and that are about to change the face of civilization forever.
My Review: 
I read Neanderthal when I was in high school and was completely sucked in by this book. I let a friend borrow it who liked it so much they never gave it back. It was one of those books that you could actually see happening. It was so easy to visualize a colony of prehistoric creatures hidden in some remote area living their lives untouched by humans. Though entertaining, the drama surrounding the people didn't interest me too much, but I enjoyed the Neanderthals and the authors interpretation of what they were like. This book gets mixed reviews. People either love it or they hate it. I happened to really enjoy it. It was fast paced with non-stop action. Plus, I loved the idea that the Neanderthals are out there somewhere still. Who knows? Maybe they are!

To learn more about John Darnton and his books, visit his website.


  1. Sounds interesting! I've never heard of it, but I may check it out. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I figure it has to be a good book to get such strong reactions going either way!

  3. Oh wow, this one sounds interesting. I've been reading a lot of YA lately, it may be nice to mix it up with an adult thriller!

    Thanks for stopping by my post!

    - Sarah @ Breaking the Binding

  4. I read this book back in the 90's and loved it. I always had a book to read while riding the bus to downtown Seattle. Neanderthal was an awesome page turner. I still have the book and will never give it up. It's one that I'll read over and over again.


  5. This sounds like the kind of book I would have eaten up in high school. I don't read as much sci-fi like this anymore, although I still love it on the occasions when I get around to it.

    I know I'm super-late this week, but thanks for participating in Throwback Thursday!


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