Geoscience factor: Plate tectonics, seismology, climate change
Bonus science: Anhydrobiosis
Spoiler: Sedimentary rocks are found everywhere in the world! If you try and kiss a girl, a dinosaur, or something worse, will eat you!
After reading Instinct by Jeremy Robinson, I thought I had a pretty good idea of what I was in for. But by the time our intrepid geologist started making claims about the literal truth of the Bible, but no other claims about literal truths of other religions despite references to literal Egyptian and Norse gods, I was feeling mighty suckered by Antarktos rising. Whereas Sarah Andrews discounts religion in Bone hunter, here Robinson discounts science, using definitions of scientific concepts for his own agenda. The “facts” seem poorly understood by the author and are presented like evangelical tracts bent on converting the reader with exciting footage of dinosaurs, Nephilim, and the triumph of faith.
The blending of science fiction and fantasy is rather artificial. Since hardly anyone can successfully blend science fiction and fantasy, perhaps Robinson shouldn’t be judged too harshly for trying to pull a fast one over the reader. And fast it was ; the book clips along at a fast pace and had enough plot to fill a trilogy.
The racial, religious, and national stereotypes are condescending and offensive. Adventure writing has a not-so-illustrious history of stereotypes, but that doesn’t excuse Robinson’s portrayal of Arabs, Russians, or Chinese. The Brazilians were notably the only nationality not given any personality or characteristics, offensive or otherwise.
I mention with regret that Antarktos rising is a cool title and Robinson writes excellent adventure. He knows his suspense, develops strong characters, and his ideas for scientific possibilities are intriguing and unique. Robinson could be a good writer, maybe has good ideas, and could be very entertaining. But I feel that authors should show Truth about the world or about humanity, a Truth that goes beyond agendas, instead of authors molding and jamming Truth to fit in their personal belief.
Due to the ridiculous propaganda and objectionable stereotypes, I don’t recommend this book.