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Excavation is an intriguing blend of science fiction, adventure, suspense, and reality. Like Subterranean, this novel extrapolates an unexpected impossibility and presents it as a mystery that needs solving and resolving.
As much as I enjoyed the exciting quest over, under, and through the Andes mountains, there were some parts of the book that I found highly difficult to accept. The historical stuff was all right, mostly palatable and probable verifiable. The part that really bothered me was all the stuff about the Devil's blood. I can accept that there may be a strange substance that looks like gold but isn't, that reacts to temperature changes more readily than mercury, and defies all explanation. The part that I can't easily accept is that there could be substances capable of bringing a person back to life just from their head being preserved. That's a little too farfetched for me. Of course, for the sake of the book, I allowed myself to accept it. Still...
It would probably be best to think of Excavation as a sort of "paradise lost" novel. It isn't entirely accurate, but it is a somewhat appropriate description. At the same time, though, don't forget that paradise has a flipside and it might be best to walk only between the two. If you don't understand what I'm talking about, well, just read the book, I'm sure you'll get the point.
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