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“An ambitious tale loaded with heaping doses of adrenalin, OLD EARTH sweeps the reader away with history, intrigue, espionage, engaging characters, and an intelligent conclusion – all elements of the perfect thriller!" —Steve Berry, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author, THE LINCOLN MYTHGary Grossman, author of the wildly popular Executive series, returns with a high-octane th“An ambitious tale loaded with heaping doses of adrenalin, OLD EARTH sweeps the reader away with history, intrigue, espionage, engaging characters, and an intelligent conclusion – all elements of the perfect thriller!" —Steve Berry, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author, THE LINCOLN MYTHGary Grossman, author of the wildly popular Executive series, returns with a high-octane thriller that digs into the history of the Earth to find the secrets people are willing to kill to keep concealed.In the summer of 1601, Galileo Galilei made a startling discovery in the mountains of Eastern Italy that, if made public, could shatter faith in religion, bring down governments and lead to worldwide turmoil.For more than 400 years the secret has been guarded by a small group of incredibly powerful people, willing to do everything in their power to keep these discoveries from being made. But now, a university dig in Montana headed by paleontologists Quinn McCauley and Katrina Alpert threatens to expose the secret Galileo unearthed, the event that caused him to turn his study to the stars, and the hidden reason the scientist was convicted of heresy by the Inquisition.McCauley and Alpert find themselves in a global game of cat-and-mouse, seeking answers for a mystery that has endured for centuries, hunted for what they might discover.OLD EARTH weighs age-old arguments between science and religion in a tense thriller that spans time and questions recorded history."A high energy combination of history and intrigue, and last but not least, a great book to bring along the next time you travel." —Peter Greenberg, CBS News Travel Editor"OLD EARTH's richly detailed and unique premise will delight fans of Dan Brown and Michael Crichton." —CJ Lyons, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author...

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Old Earth Reviews

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    2019-01-25 15:16

    Galileo Galilei makes in 1601 a discovery in the mountains of eastern Italy that could cause turmoil in the world; that could bring down governments and shatter people's faith in religions.In the present time, a group of people on a university dig in Montana headed by paleontologist Quinn McCauley stumbles over a discovery that a secret group of people for over 400 years has done everything to keep a secret and the secret group will do anything to stop the discovery to be revealed. They stopped Galilei and they have stopped everyone else that has been close to discovering the secret during the centuries. McCauley and fellow paleontologist Katrina Alpert tries to understand what they have found in the mountains at the same time is running out for them...the group will stop at nothing to keep the secret from getting out.Wow! If I would summarize this book would wow be the right word. I have a weakness for adventures books with secret societies and wild chases across the world. Hell, books like this are probably the only genre that over the top is a good thing. In an adventure's thriller the story should be over the top, the characters should be thrown into impossible situations and I don't even mind if the main characters get a bit close together in the heat of the moment, well as long as they don't decide to do it in a situation when they should think more about running and not smooching. But in this book they didn't act that stupid and I quite enjoyed McCauley and Alpert working together. This book was fabulous to read and since I have had for years a fascination with dinosaurs was I intrigued by the story from the beginning. But I never imaged that it would be so good, so different from other adventures thrillers I have read and I liked the fact that it wasn't a "religious" hunt, no holy grail or some lost book of Jesus to find. The discovery that Galileo Galilei made was interesting and it was the very discovery that made me, in the end, give it five stars. It was so fantastic, so mind boggling and it was that kind of discovery that stayed with me after I read the last page. I'm still a bit amazed by it and it has been days since I read the book. I received a copy from the publisher and Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours in return for an honest review!

  • Koeur
    2019-02-22 14:20 DiversionPublishing Date: March 2015ISBN: 9781626816336 Genre: Mystery/ThrillerRating: 2.5/5Publisher Description:In the summer of 1601, Galileo Galilei made a startling discovery in the mountains of Eastern Italy that, if made public, could shatter faith in religion, bring down governments and lead to worldwide turmoil.Review: For some reason the characters were rendered a little flat for me. Not sure if it was all the hot Phd.’s running around or Dr. Smugly Douchebag aka Quinn McCauley , breaker of hearts, womanizer, throwing arm of a God, Yale professor (not tenured) by way of Harvard, Boston Red Sox draftee, that put me off. Usually the movement is a great vehicle to develop characters, and to be honest, Quinn did develop out of his juvenile narcissistic tendencies. The characters were rendered a little flat due to the uninteresting story line and constant halt in the movement. So the Mighty Quinn and his hot and filthy rich GF Dr. Katrina Alpert, by way of Cambridge, dig around and find a wall that isn’t a wall and this secret society that wants to protect this “secret” by destroying the entrances to these places all around the world since the 1600’s. Turns out that all the killing to keep these places secret is based on a principle idea that society is not ready for THE TRUTH and if known, would rip it to shreds with billions of lives lost in the process. Um kay.This reads like a Dan Brown novel went to the methadone clinic and while puking in the gutter had a revelatory recipe that included; Dr. Paleo Super Pants, Dr. Girl Friend, Galileo (Leonardo was busy that day) and the Catholic church (because genuflecting is not exclusive). While the writing is pretty good, there is nothing that is new. It follows a standard Dan Brown recipe with a kind of twist at the end, that while faintly interesting, does not summon the latent conspiracy theorist that resides within. The premise that some super secret would rip society asunder is, well, weak. Read it if you’re riding in coach to Hawaii with a fussy lady in the seat next to you that smells of perfumed talcum powder and baked beans.

  • Cherei
    2019-02-07 19:16

    Truly a mind boggling adventure! If you love thrillers.. 'Old Earth' by Gary Grossman is a MUST READ in 2015!If you love adventure, dinosaur digs, and Vatican mysteries, secret organization, and Galileo! This book is for you! 'Old Earth' by Gary Grossman was very well written. I have never read the author before and was pleasantly surprised to find a new gem! The storyline is very believable. The characters are extremely well-developed and you come to root for the good guys and hope that the bad guys get what they have coming to them. One follows along waiting to find out exactly what it is that the Professor and his seven students have unearthed while out digging for dinosaurs in Montana. An undiscovered cave with petroglyphs that leads them further and further down the path.. until they come upon something so surreal that they cannot grasp what they've found. But, unfortunately.. there is an age old group tasked with ensuring that the world will never hear of the find.

  • John Purvis
    2019-01-23 16:55

    “Old Earth” was published in 2015 (March) and was written by Gary Grossman ( This is Mr. Grossman’s fifth novel to be published. I obtained a galley of this novel for review through I would categorize this novel as ‘R’ as there are instances of Violence and some Mature Language. This Thriller novel is set in contemporary times, but with flashbacks to the 1600’s. Dr. Quinn McCauley is a Yale paleontologist who leads a small group of graduate students into Montana on a summer dig for fossils. Unexpectedly, their camp is visited by Dr. Katrina Alpert, who is there to assess McCauley. A few weeks into their dig, they come across a cave with a mysterious black wall. Several flashbacks to Galileo Galilei in the 1600’s reveals that he had found a similar wall in an Italian cave. When the Catholic church hears of his discoveries and writings, Galileo is questioned and eventually put under house arrest. Soon after McCauley and his students find the cave and they begin to investigate what they have found, McCauley realizes that they are now targets. As McCauley and Alpert try to find someone who can shed light on what they have found, they find themselves running for their lives. The story did remind me a little of “The DaVinci Code”. I liked the concept of the story, and how it evolved. However, I was not fond of how the story ended. I give this novel a 3.7 (rounded up to 4) out of 5. Further book reviews I have written can be accessed at

  • Leslie
    2019-02-19 15:55

    The book is like if Dan Brown and Michael Crichton collaborated on a story. You have 3 converging story lines; 2 set in modern day and one set in the 1600's. Is there a secret society that controls the world? In Old Earth there is and they have fingers everywhere that can reach out and obscure the truth.Like Dan Brown's protagonists everyone is a little to perfect and there are places where the story bogs down but overall it is an enjoyable and unique read.

  • Len
    2019-01-23 13:59

    Meh. Not good, not bad, just meh.

  • Elisa
    2019-02-10 17:59

    Too slow to get started and way too much exposition for it to get going. I don't really need to know or care about the names of all the inquisitors who judged Galileo, and I certainly don't need several discussions about the age of the Earth (it's not something that affects my real life). It was still entertaining, even if the final secret was kind of lame.

  • Jeff Waters
    2019-02-06 18:21

    A lot of fun. If you like Dan Brown, you'll enjoy this. One of the characters even throws some humorous shade Brown's way. Ending was a little abrupt and not quite as spectacular as I would have liked, but still pretty good. Audio narration was phenomenal!

  • Jason O
    2019-02-22 16:20

    Old Earth was terrific. Not as deep as a Dan Brown novel, but more complex than a Steve Berry novel. Great story line and I love how the plot shifted between the Inquisition and Galileo and modern times. Recommended summer read.

  • Max
    2019-02-12 13:56

    This is not a bad book, but it is not good either... The best way to describe it is another version of "Italian Philosopher" Code book.

  • Chanticleer EditorialBook Reviews
    2019-02-15 14:54

    A historical fiction thriller in the vein of "The DaVinci Code." An ancient secret, safe-guarded for 400 years discovered. A fast-paced thrill ride with a secret society determined to keep the discovery hidden from mankind.Old Earth is a gripping tale of historical intrigue and espionage that leads readers on a journey that spans 400 years. The book weaves science, politics and religion into a high-octane thriller. With locations ranging from a cave in Montana to Vatican City, Grossman has created a tale that often leaves you wondering if you are reading a work of fiction or an actual historical account.As the book opens, the year is 1601 and you find yourself crawling through a cave in Italy with none other than world renowned scientist Galileo Galilei. He discovers a mysterious black "wall" buried deep within the cave, something that will have implications later in the story and will impact many people. The composition of the wall fascinates Galileo as it absorbs all light and is covered in odd markings. In fact, this discovery plays a role (in Grossman’s telling) in Galileo being accused of heresy by the Catholic Church. What Galileo fears more than repercussions from the Catholic Church is the unprecedented turmoil on all fronts, including religious and secular governments, that will befall mankind if his discovery is revealed.The plot thickens as a secret society of powerful individuals is formed to safeguard this secret -- a secret so big that, if revealed, will cause society to fall apart -- for 400 years.Fast forward to the present when a group of students, led by Professor Quinn McCauley, is on an archaeological dig in Montana with high hopes of finding dinosaur bones. What they unearth instead is the well-guarded secret Galileo discovered some 400 years before, a black wall. When the secret society reveals itself, Dr. McCauley finds his life in danger. What ensues is a thrilling global quest for the truth that makes for a page-turning read.The book does have spots that take some effort to wade through. This mainly occurs during the early stages of the book where a fair amount of time is spent setting the stage for the story and developing characters. However, the reader’s persistence will be well rewarded in the end.

  • ItsAboutTheBook
    2019-01-25 16:57

    Review can be read at It's About The BookFascinating story. A little slow in places, but fascinating just the same. I particularly enjoyed the debates between Professor Quinn McCauley and the group of graduate students he had taken with him on the archeological dig in Montana about the age of Earth. Quinn insisted that, even though they were all scientists, they seriously discuss the arguments by the religious advocates of the biblical justifications for Young Earth. That was an engrossing, page turning section of the story.Unfortunately, not everything was that engaging. The “bad guys” protecting the “past” were not well developed, with no compelling reason for them to work so hard and violently to suppress the discoveries. This book has been compared by others to works by Dan Brown and Michael Crichton. I don’t agree. This book, while having some similar characters…don’t they all?…is pretty unique. I would have liked to have seen more of the interesting grad students and a lot less of the old documents about Galileo and his battles with the Catholic Church.Then there is Autem Semita, the self appointed group tasked 400 years earlier with hiding any discoveries that might expose “Old Earth” and her secrets. The hopeful successor to the leadership of the group, Mr. Kavanaugh, is nearly pitiful in his greed for power. There was nothing about this group and these men that indicated any true commitment, just the desire that others never know what they know. I would have liked to have found some little morsel of sympathy, or even interest, in their point of view. I never did. The comparison to the Church’s repression of science was inevitable.Having said all that, I did enjoy this book. It was very nicely written…a great read for anyone who likes a romping good adventure with a conspiracy theory theme. If you’re looking for a romance, you might be disappointed, though.

  • Brandie
    2019-02-15 15:09

    Old Earth by Gary Grossman is an interesting book. The book flashes between Galileo Galilei (1600's) to a present day dinosaur dig in Montana. Doctor Quinn McCauley is leading a dinosaur dig with top students from universities across the US. While there, Doctor Katrina Alpert has come to watch over him. McCauley, who doesn't have tenure yet, fears that this may be the beginning of the end of his career, but has no idea what really awaits him.As they explore, they come across cave. In this cave is a wall, that isn't a wall. No one can explain it. It absorbs all light. It has strange markings on it. Everyone is intrigued but no one has any idea of what is going on. As McCauley and Alpert dig into this mystery deeper, they realize they are in trouble. Someone is after them. The secret of the wall is one that others are willing to kill for. McCauley and Alpert then travel around the world seeking answers. The book has an interesting premise, and you have to suspend belief at the end. It is in the same vein as Dan Brown, however, personally I felt some parts of the book drag on and others just flew by too quickly. That said, I did enjoy reading the book, and am likely to pick up another Grossman novel in the future. I like the flashes with Galileo as a juxtaposition to the current day situation. I like the historical aspect of it (even though, it is not accurate history). It adds an interesting twist to the plot and helps the reader understand the significance of what is in the cave. Overall, I give this book three stars. It's a mystery-conspiracy-history-adventure book all rolled into one! *Note: I received an e-copy of this book via NetGallet with the understanding that I would review it. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

  • Ruth Hill
    2019-02-11 14:02

    This is a most unusual book, and it is a bit more difficult to review for that reason. It is not your typical historical fiction, thriller nor mystery. It fills that area of the market as unusual, and what you think you may be getting may not be quite what you thought. The premise behind this book was extremely interesting as I love history, especially history, and the author writes in a fairly easy-to-read style. All of these things were positives in regards to this particular book.Unfortunately, this is one of those books that I read and my feelings towards it were mixed. Although well-written and researched, I found myself struggling to remain focused and interested. This may be just a personal preference. I found myself confusing the characters and the places in the book. The author was quite vigilant when it came to time periods and geographical locations, but the characters were often confusing. I thoroughly adored the history in the book, but for whatever reason, I struggled through some of the portions. For my more sensitive readers, do note that there is some profanity throughout the book. I am not marking the book down for this reason, but I am merely pointing it out. There is some church history and some conjecture, but nothing that was overly upsetting to the religious nor the non-religious. While this may not have been my cup of tea in a few portions of the book, I can say that those who have a penchant for thrillers and the like may wish to check it out.I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

  • Literary Classics Book Awards & Reviews
    2019-02-09 14:12

    In the early 1600s Galileo's views that the earth revolved around the sun were challenged by astronomers. There was a formal inquisition and it was concluded that Galileo's arguments could only be presented as conjecture. In what was considered an act of heresy, Galileo later published his views, which many believed to be an attack on Pope Urban VIII. Galileo was tried, and spent the remainder of his life under house arrest.Fast forward to present day in Gary Grossman's geological thriller Old Earth . . . Dr. Quinn McCauley, a professor of paleontology, along with a team of his top students, are on a dig in Montana where they hope to find some rare dinosaur bones. Instead, they unearth an artifact which defies common logic and challenges Galileo's story as told by historians. McCauley and a trusted colleague are determined to reveal the truth behind their discovery of this centuries' old conspiracy. But members of a secret society are bent on keeping the world from learning the truth behind Galileo's discovery. Gary Grossman has authored a gripping thriller which challenges the dogmas of faith and science as they pertain to a world historical viewpoint. With a fascinating premise and cerebral substratum, this book keeps a steady pace as the author skillfully vacillates between the past and present while challenging long held beliefs within the pages of this compelling novel.

  • The Bookend Family
    2019-02-01 19:07

    Reviewing this book is sort of awkward for me. The reason for that is that Old Earth isn’t all one thing or all the other, what I mean by that is when I review a book, any one part is nearly as good or as bad as any other part. For instance the execution of the story may not be as good as the prose but everything’s pretty equal in quality.Old Earth took that opinion and blew it into dust. Some elements of the book were amazing while others were completely terrible. The prose and storyline of this book were marvels. While at the same time our two main characters, Dr. Quinn McCauley and his girlfriend Dr. Katrina Alpert, respectively Mr. Perfect and Ms. Perfect, were just poorly written characters. When you add all these things together along with the old “a secret so big society would fall apart” thing you get a mediocre book. I thought only an amateur would write a book with two characters who are flawless. They’re both beautiful, smart, rich and one has a lightning bolt for an arm and is a Red Socks draftee. They weren’t just perfect actually, they had add-ons that made them more perfect, and I’m not going to even touch on their shallow personalities. The fact that I thought only bad authors write books with infallible characters surprises me considering Grossman’s sterling record he shows he has the ability to write with how good his prose is alone.

  • (Kevin Bayer)
    2019-02-01 21:20

    A fascinating yet frustrating book. Old Earth drew me in with a story of an archaeology dig in Montana that stumbles upon ...something. There's also an ancient conspiracy trying to cover up that discovery - anytime and anywhere it's discovered.The story weaves between the modern day discovery, a similar discovery in the 1600's and the outcome of that, and the efforts of the third party to prevent the discovery from becoming public. To talk any more about plot would probably give away too much. The blurb does nice a job summarizing without spoiling. The main characters are Quinn McCauley, a university archaeology professor probably about to lose any future funding for digs, and Katrina Alpert, a peer sent to evaluate him, as well as their group of students and a couple of travel magazine publishers. This was a page-turner for me. I love books set in caves with mysterious discoveries and maybe some conspiracy thrown in. Ultimately, explanation of the discovery wasn't enough for me at the end though. It was too easily covered up, and perhaps not enough of a physical discovery. Again, to say more would be spoilery.Apart from that little nitpick, the rest of the book was thoroughly enjoyable.

  • Gina Hott
    2019-01-29 20:06

    Hott Review:Something about this synopsis pulled me, even though it’s not my typical read. There is nothing light and fun about Old Earth. It’s an intriguing and thought provoking thriller that takes you on a journey through time.I really enjoyed Old Earth but it took me a very long time to read it. This is not a book that can be read quickly or without thought – every conversation, every word has meaning – and, you need to savor every word.My biggest concern before reading this was that the science versus religion argument would offend me. However, I can say that they way in which Mr. Grossman wrote Old Earth presented facts from both sides and characters held strong opinions but that he didn’t write anything that would try to sway a reader to either side, he just used them to tell an amazing story.Book Details:Genre: ThrillerPublished by: Diversion BooksPublication Date: 3/10/2015Number of Pages: 419ISBN: 9781626816336Source: This book came to me from a Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tour, although I am paid to assist in the management of tours I am in no way expected to review books. I am only obligated to give an honest review of the books that I choose to read.Grade: B+Steam: Language…

  • Kelly Smith
    2019-02-17 17:12

    I almost didn't read this book since I read "Executive Actions" by Gary Grossman immediately prior to "Old Earth" and was extremely underwhelmed with it. That book was riddled with typographical errors and, to me, fell apart about half way through. At the beginning of "Old Earth", the author alludes to a character from the "Executive" series. Again, I almost stopped reading it immediately as I felt that that series was not worth my time. I'm glad I continued on! (Still not sure why that character was even alluded to because she nor any other Executive character was mentioned from that point forward). "Old Earth" was well written even as it traversed different locales and times. Suspenseful and entertaining, it may even pique your curiosity in Galileo and secret societies. At times it may seem far fetched but even those times were masterfully handled. I was surprised that I ended up liking this book as much as I did but I am happy that Igave Gary Grossman another chance.

  • Jim N
    2019-02-16 16:14

    This is a review of the audiobook version of Old Earth:11. 5 hours into this 13 hour and 20 minute audiobook, I still found myself debating whether I wanted to listen to the last two hours. That probably tells you all you need to know abut Old Earth.Narrator P.J. Ochlan does his utmost to make this poorly paced, second rate thriller compelling but unfortunately, Old Earth is a mish mash of cookie cutter characters and under-explored ideas. The narrative ping pongs between characters, scenes and times, sometimes stopping so briefly that a device probably intended to create more dramatic tension and keep the reader on edge backfires and has the opposite effect. Gary Grossman seems more interested in propelling his characters from one mini-adventure to another than in exploring any of the ideas at the heart of his novel. Doing the latter, especially through the eyes of less one-dimensional characters, would have made for a far more interesting reading/listening experience.

  • Samuel Fort
    2019-02-23 20:05

    Old Earth reminded me a lot of a Clive Cussler book. Almost everything that happens is unbelievable to some degree, but it’s a fun ride. You definitely don’t want to approach the book too seriously or you’ll find yourself rolling your eyes and smirking throughout. The plot, after all, is about a dinosaur fossil hunter who stumbles upon an ancient secret which a secret society will do anything to hide. It’s pop-fiction and I think the author did a pretty good job of setting things up and carrying the story to the end. My only real disappointment was that the “reveal” was quite predictable and, ultimately, inconsequential. I thought the society that served as the antagonist held a lot of promise in that it was atypical, and some of the interactions between its members were intriguing, but sadly, the organization itself was never really fleshed out. Perhaps we’ll learn more about it in the sequel.

  • Barbara
    2019-02-02 15:04

    Fully the first quarter of Old Earth is taken to assemble the cast scattered over hundreds of years and thousands of miles. Once your head gets thoroughly muddled trying to keep everyone and every time in every locale straight, strap in for the roller coaster ride that begins. None of those characters or locales is a throwaway and eventually they all contribute to the thriller Grossman created. It has some of the feel of a DaVinci Code but don't let that lull you in to predicting the culprits or the outcomes. Surprises are in store and Grossman saves the best for last, so no peeking. The only thing that bothered me were the multitude of POVs but I guess that couldn't be helped when every character had a piece of the story to tell.

  • Barb
    2019-02-04 18:17

    I have been told that you must bring a bit of yourself to books that you read and perhaps I didn't bring the right bit of myself to this book. This is by far one of the dumbest books I have ever read. Whereas, I did enjoy the historical back ground and the intrigue was awesome, I felt as if the author could not bring himself or his readers to the point. The point being what had Quin and his group actually found in that cave? The contents of the cave were not something believable unless you think "Star Trek" is believable. I keep thinking it would come to an interesting turn of events. Then out of the blue, the author kills off one of his very best characters!!!IMO, don't waste your time with this lengthy, meandering book. The "thrill ride" isn't worth it.

  • Laura
    2019-02-17 18:19

    Historical-thriller cotton candyThis conspiracy thriller contains historical and theological/philosophical references and keeps you guessing right up until the last few pages, but you may as well be dining on spun sugar. The plot and references, combined with a merely serviceable writing style, makes you long for heartier fare. Without giving away the resolution, I found it preposterous. Chiefly, scientists/academicians would not change their minds about years and years of accumulated factual evidence after one "experience."

  • Elisabeth Cole
    2019-01-30 19:58

    This book could have been so much more than it turned out to be! It dragged on for what seemed like forever with pointless scenes that didn't add anything to the story. There were factual errors most people wouldn't notice that bugged me and I never did understand the significance of Galileo being in the story!!

  • DianeR
    2019-01-31 14:16

    Nothing complex here, just a good story full of thought provoking concepts, a secret society, and page-turning action. What's in these caves making them so dangerous that the guardians kill to keep their secret?The narrator of the audio edition is outstanding.

  • Cristiana
    2019-01-31 15:55

    I got this on sale at audible, although Goodreads does not list an audio version of the book. I can't tell if it's the story or the narration, but it's just not drawing me in. The characters seem one dimensional and goofy.

  • nikkia neil
    2019-02-15 14:14

    Thanks to diversion books for this arc.You really have to suspend reality for this book, but its a good fast read. I liked the history in it.

  • Eileen
    2019-02-05 17:15

    another fun book by Gary Grossman. nicely done, sir.

  • T. Jackson
    2019-01-24 20:14

    Not what I expected. Fantastic Story. Loved the characters. Kept me turning through the pages to see what happened next.