Progenitor

Cold Blood Rising Book 1

Fiction - Science Fiction
496 Pages
Reviewed on 09/23/2015
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Reviewed by J. C. Steel for Readers' Favorite

Philip Terenson’s Progenitor: Cold Blood Rising begins with a landmine explosion in Africa, killing a group of British Army personnel, but inexplicably failing to kill the journalist in the Land Rover with them. Cameron Grant wakes up six years later in a London hospital, a medical miracle that no one can quite explain, and finds out in short order that he is not alone in his own head. Cameron tries to convince himself that his invisible reptilian visitor is a result of massive cranial trauma, but even his storytelling abilities are not up to the task. He’s forced to provisionally accept that just possibly, when the meteor crashed to Earth sixty-five million years ago, not all the dinosaurs were eradicated. Some of them were missed.

Progenitor: Cold Blood Rising offers an original revision to the Theory of Evolution, weaving together heresy, high finance, alien conspiracy, and action in an eclectic mix of themes. Philip Terenson proves himself capable of audacious feats of imagination, linked with an ability to pull on the single plausible thread of each piece to create a convincing alternate-world scenario. With action ranging from the plains of the United States to the back alleys of Paris and the catacombs of the Vatican, I found this book an intriguing read, leavened with ingenuous explanations for aspects of human society guaranteed to garner at least a grin. If you like gritty action and a touch of cynicism with your science fiction, Terenson is definitely an author to pick up.