The Furies’ Bog by Deborah Jackson
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (446 Pages)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Stargazer
A bog may be Earth’s undoing, but it will be a gift to Mars.
Digging up bog bodies and analyzing corpses are the last things archaeology graduate student Felicity Cratchett wants to do. And when unusual mummies are discovered in the subpolar region of Polar Bear Provincial Park, it’s the last place she wants to go. But since her faculty advisor insists that she log more hours in fieldwork, she has little choice. In a remote bog with a small team of scientists, Felicity unearths the greatest secret of our time—a secret with ties to ancient Rome, roots in Botswana, and a link to the first people to exercise abstract thought. This revelation will challenge the conventional theory of human origins and human evolution.
Meanwhile, astronaut Lucas Wilson, a man tormented with a deep-seated anger, is terraforming Mars. He reluctantly descends to the Red Planet’s surface with his fellow astronauts, preparing to direct their exploration. Mars, in its birth pangs, will challenge every step he takes, with gas explosions and raging rivers, with damaged fuel processors and limited oxygen supplies. In the midst of these disasters, Lucas must keep his companions from discovering a feat of genetic engineering that will transform Mars like nothing has in over a billion years. The double helix of this masterwork twists all the way back to Earth and Felicity’s mummies. But if he fails, Lucas must decide whether to take up Mars’s sword, or to cast the weapon into a bog.
Have you ever wondered what the future holds, yet still remain curious about the past?
In The Furies’ Bog, author Deborah Jackson takes the reader on an amazing journey with astronauts looking at the future colonization of Mars while at the same time taking the reader on a historical journey with a group of graduate archeology students. These are two lines of time that become intertwined with the fate of humanity and the fears of extinction looming in the distance.
Deborah Jackson’s writing style is crisp and lively with humor, emotion and the human condition written in each character and event that occurs. I especially enjoyed how she was able to make each character three-dimensional, each had a rich back story, strong emotions and just like everyday life, their own secrets and weaknesses.
Ms. Jackson does a wonderful and skilled job at describing the setting for both very different plotlines. Initially, it can be somewhat difficult to follow the two story lines as they play out, but soon enough the reader begins to see how the past research and events on Earth relate to the adventurous Mars colonization research. Deep treachery and greed soon enter the equation and both stories take tremendous sweeps and turns, bringing the reader on an amazing journey that is so deep that one feels immersed in the story itself.
The author is able to put the reader into the forefront of the action as each adventure has its own suspense, action and intrigue. Each unfolding event pulls the reader deeper and deeper into the mystery and by the time the final pages come forward, the story comes to a conclusion that does not leave the reader grasping for more, but in all honesty, very content with the finishing sequence of events.
This is one story that I will not soon forget and I implore you to look beyond the separation of past and future and look into what The Furies’ Bog holds for you! You will not be disappointed!