In the Beginning

Project Genesis

Fiction - Science Fiction
271 Pages
Reviewed on 10/13/2013
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Author Biography

Duke Woodrick was born in Santa Monica, California, in 1945. He grew up in Venice and now lives in Henderson, Nevada, with his wife, Marjorie. In the Beginning: Project Genesis is his first published novel.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite

In the Beginning: Project Genesis by Duke Woodrick delves into the story of the meteor crash at Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. The book introduces us to Simon Cole, a 12-year-old boy who finds his entire life is about to change forever and sends him along the path of something fascinating, scary, and amazing. What Simon found that day with his Scout troop would vanish from his memory, later causing an adult Simon to start looking into that missing time frame when he is a U.S. Senator. It is with the help of his secretary that questions will be answered for Senator Simon Cole.

I have to say that Duke Woodrick takes a whole new look at what is perhaps one of the most infamous events of our time. This is something that has been written and theorized about for years and here the author manages to make a whole new mark on the events that could have happened. The story is fast paced and well written with deep characters that you enjoy getting to know. There is no doubt in my mind that a lot of research went into this book and it truly does show in the way the story unfolds. I found that this book held my attention from the first page to the last and it was nearly impossible to set down. Anyone who enjoys this kind of fiction is going to be in for a treat, and you may even start asking yourself: is this really what happened in New Mexico? I know I did.

Kim Anisi

Duke Woodrick's first novel, In the Beginning: Project Genesis, is a fascinating book that makes you want to read more. The story begins with different people who witness an object falling from the sky near Roswell - one of them is a young boy called Simon, who was on a rock collecting mission with the Boy Scouts. He, his group, and some other people go to find out what crashed and made the discovery that would change their lives forever - or even end it. It was not a meteor or a plane but an alien spaceship they found and as soon as the government gets involved, the people who know about it either die, disappear, or become brainwashed. Simon is one of the lucky ones who survives. Many years later, when he is a senator and feels like part of his past is missing, different people come into his life, to bring evidence, to tell stories. But there are also the people who don't want anyone to know about what really happened.

In the Beginning: Project Genesis was a book I couldn't put down. The various story lines weave a very interesting plot that makes you think about how much truth there could be to it, especially if you do believe that there have to be more intelligent beings than humans out there in the huge, vast universe. It is also not very hard to believe that governments all over the world are hiding things from us and this novel explores one of the many options, i.e. that there have been alien contacts and that there have even been dealings with the aliens. Duke Woodrick combines different events and beliefs that are familiar to most readers and turns them into a fantastic story that ends with a cliffhanger which makes you look forward to the next book.

Bil Howard

Trying to uncover something that happened in the past often has unexpected consequences. Simon Cole, a senator nearing retirement, found that out in In the Beginning: The Genesis Project, by Duke Woodrick. After losing his memory of the events that took place when Simon was 12 years old and a Boy Scout, he has always considered 1947 as the lost year. As he looks back over what happened when he and Scout Troop 32 went to check out what they thought was a meteor crashing into the sand dunes near Roswell, New Mexico, their memories were somehow erased. However, there are a pair of grainy, black and white photos that are proof there was more to it than the government allowed anyone to know. In 2011, it is Cole’s mission to discover what actually happened and try to regain the facts of what happened. Is trying to reconstruct a part of his life that was lost worth risking not only his own life, but the lives of others that are willing to help him?

Duke Woodrick’s method of telling the story of what really happened in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947 makes this an intriguing read. Not only was the characterization of the many people involved in the even top rate, but the suspenseful twists of the plot, which is developed slowly, but in detail, will keep the reader turning pages and hoping to find the answer. The conflict that faces Simon Cole, not only as a boy, but as a senator close to retirement, is real and intense. Even the lives of others who were involved in the events, and the way that they deal with what was taken away from them in the cover-up, takes an honest look into how lies and dishonesty affect everyone involved. This is a thrilling read that will draw the reader in and not let go.

Mamta Madhavan

In the Beginning: Project Genesis by Duke Woodrick is a mystery-cum-science fiction. Twelve-year-old Simon Cole’s life changes forever when he is on a rock hunting expedition and a meteor crashes near Roswell, New Mexico. He hikes up with his group to discover something that is really shocking. Simon, now a U.S. senator nearing retirement, is trying to go back and find out about his lost years. There are a group of survivors of that calamity who offer their help to Senator Cole.

The story is exciting with a lot of unexpected twists and turns that will keep you hooked. The plot and the sub plots have been woven together beautifully to show the author’s craft. The book offers everything to the reader – mystery, suspense, intrigue, adventure, and some well etched characters. The descriptions are detailed and it is nice to see the main characters grow and then change from what they were.

In the Beginning: Project Genesis will attract readers to this story and the characters the author has created. Science fiction and adventure stories always fascinate the reader, especially the youngsters. This story opens your creative eye and gives you an opportunity to use your imagination. It opens many avenues in your thought processes. The author takes your thoughts to exciting destinations, leaving you to wonder. The author deftly connects the plot and sub plots to give you a wonderful and powerful ending.

Ronnie Stern

Wow, what a well crafted story.

At first I thought this was going to be yet another fictional story about the famous (or infamous) incident at Roswell, New Mexico. I figured that nothing new could be written about it since its been covered by so many authors.

But Mr. Woodrick has taken his well known story in a refreshingly new direction. There are so many unexpected twists and turns that I was hooked right from the beginning. His character development is great and you feel like you really know the people in the story. And like all good authors, Woodrick gradually brings all of the sub-plots together into a wonderful climax. The ending is indeed a fun surprise.

I know the phrase “I couldn’t put it down” has been overused so many times, but in this case I just have to say that I couldn’t put it down.

Debra Bowen

A gripping tale!!

Very creative and exciting, a well constructed and satisfying read. Captivating, if you start this book, you’ll stick with it, probably well past your bedtime. Hope to see another from this author soon!!

Sandy Becker

In the Beginning: Project Genesis

Hard to believe this is the author’s first book. Great effort! There have been many stories about the events near Roswell, but none more readable or enjoyable than this one. This is a whole new take on an old story, but it works great. I liked the way most of the main characters were spread out over a long period of time. Really a great way to see them grow and change. I have read several books by established authors that were not near as good. Hope to have an opportunity to read another book by Mr. Woodrick soon.

Patrick E. Farrell

Surprise ending!!

Enjoyed the details of the story and the believability of the story. Great read. Would recommend for any scifi aficionado.

Carol DeLong

A definite page turner!

This book is addicting. I love how it keeps the interest and connects the characters. Mixing fiction with fact makes if seem real. I highly recommend reading this book!


In the beginning: Project Genesis

This is a great book. You can’t put in down once you start reading. Lots of twist and turns and interesting characters. Good ending too. You will love it. A very good read.

jan blaske

This is the best book I have read in a very long time. It's hard to put down so be ready for a couple of sleepless nights if you're one of those bedtime readers!