The Mountain Place of Knowledge is written by Marshall Chamberlain and is the first in the Ancestor Series. The book revolves around a location in Caracol Ruins of Belize. An ancient Mayan priestess penned a journal that has been found and is being translated, but the words found on the pages describe things that cannot be in the real world.
The Mountain Place of Knowledge is unlike any book that I have ever read before. I am not sure what depths of Marshall’s soul that this book was written from, but it is almost as if he was channeling another entity. This book spoke to me on so many levels. I am not even sure how to fully describe this book. I think it was put out there for the depth of a certain kind of reader. Even if that is not you, this book will not disappoint.
The actual mountain foretold in the title is one that is supposed to possess healing powers if the Mayan journal is to be believed. However it may also hold the key to great powers of destruction. Once the UN representatives get inside, what they find is beyond anything that they could have imagined.
Marshall has written this story to give the fully encompassed view of all that is going on. The beginning of the book does take a short while to get used to the change in view points, but it hooks you in from the beginning. Once the ball really gets rolling, it doesn’t stop until the very last page that left me wanting more. There are quite a few players in this book, but let’s suffice it to say that there are representatives from the UN, and Belize museum, Chinese intelligence and everything in between.
As the main view point tends to me from the UN representatives I definitely felt more connected to them and was rooting for them. Of course the crazy Chinese capabilities always get so frustrating in the race against time. There is definitely a lot of suspense throughout the story and the ending is extremely action packed with updates by the minute. This book does a good job of both providing closure and leaving the door open for the next book. I was definitely hoping there would be another visit to the mountain to see what else was in there.
Overall I give this book 5/5 stars. It was written very well and definitely came from unique ideas and a unique perspective on history and the world around us. If you are into sci-fi, techno thrillers, military, fiction, historical fiction, action, suspense, thriller, etc., then his book is definitely for you.