The Fossil

Science Fiction Thriller

Fiction - Science Fiction
454 Pages
Reviewed on 03/21/2021
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Reviewed by Joel R. Dennstedt for Readers' Favorite

Evocatively reminiscent of Michael Chrichton’s best techno-thrillers, The Fossil by Joshua T. Calvert shares the old master’s skill at handling a complexity of multiple, intertwined plotlines told with crystal clarity, at a breathless pace of development that keeps the pages turning, and by way of many well-sketched characters – all believable and personally engaging – leading us eagerly through a highly nuanced, wonderfully imagined, brain-satisfying, near-future adventure in a familiar if extrapolated world. In science fiction, credibility and continuity are king. The reader must believe the storyline is possible, perhaps probable, but at the same time, incredible. And any explanation of its development must be seamlessly embedded in the plot, not simply patched on like some overlying writing band-aid. Fans of the genre will understand.

Joshua T. Calvert scores a major hit with The Fossil, his first book in a planned trilogy. The only surviving member of a Mars exploration team is compelled to know why their craft crashed on its return to Earth, why she cannot remember vital details of the mission, and most importantly, what in hell did they bring back on board? In parallel quests, a beleaguered scientist attempts to prove that ancient astronauts, or aliens, or original humans built that enormous pyramid in Antarctica, and a pair of counter-terrorist agents are tasked against the Sons of Terra, Earth-devoted fanatics who seek to expose and destroy The Enemy – a closeted but supposedly supreme alien master. Like I said, a complex scenario of multiple, intertwined plotlines. As told by a new master of this genre with consummate skill, clarity, and gusto.

Sherri Fulmer Moorer

In 2018, archaeologist Ron Jackson makes a shocking discovering in Antarctica that rewrites the history of the human race. Unfortunately, he disappears shortly after making this discovery, without a chance to reveal the proof of his true theory of human origins to the world. Twenty years later, the first manned mission to Mars ends in disaster, with only one astronaut returning in a ship that crashes in the Indian Ocean, holding samples that might prove not only this theory but a connection between Earth and Mars that nobody thought possible. Then Ron Jackson’s wife is murdered, reopening the case to his disappearance and drawing connections between his discovery and the fossil found on Mars. How are events on two different planets connected? The Fossil, by Joshua T. Calvert, is an amazing adventure of mystery and intrigue that will keep you reading – and guessing – to the last page.

The Fossil is a perfect combination of science fiction and mystery. Mars is intriguing, and Joshua T. Calvert has written a tale that ties the history of the planets together in an amazing way that holds true to what we know of human evolution while pointing out that things could have been more different than we think. Every character in this novel is amazing and interesting, as their separate adventures slowly tie together in a larger story that leads to revelations in the end. The science is explained in a way that makes things easy to understand – in fact, it’s so well written that you can practically see yourself in the book with the characters, which makes this an amazing tale. I had a hard time putting this book down! It’s exciting, interesting, entertaining, and will leave you wanting more. A highly recommended read.

K.C. Finn

The Fossil is a work of fiction in the science fiction, suspense, and thriller sub-genres, and was penned by author Joshua T. Calvert. The work is intended for the general reading audience and takes us to a not-too-distant future after the mysterious disappearance of an archaeologist more than two decades prior. Our protagonists are Agatha Devenworth and Pano Hofer, thrown together to investigate the later death of the archaeologist’s wife, who unwittingly begins to uncover a connection to the first manned mission to Mars. As the plot takes them to the stars and back, conspiracies unravel and secrets abound in this truly thrilling conceptual mystery tale.

Author Joshua T. Calvert has crafted a magnificent work of fiction that will really make its readers think. One of the features which I found particularly impressive about this piece was its attention to detail in every instance of person and place, weaving an intricate tapestry of storytelling that ties up every loose end in a marvelous package by the mystery’s conclusion. The lead characters, too, were very enigmatic and far from the traditional hard-boiled approach, with bold dialogue and a naturalistic presentation that helps readers relate to them as central figures. And for sci-fi readers, the second half of the novel really amps up the atmospheric and conceptual details as we step into a bold new world of technology and its many deadly secrets. Overall, I would highly recommend The Fossil to fans of thrilling mysteries, tense, thought-provoking drama, and science fiction enthusiasts everywhere.