The beginning felt a little like someone took scissors to parts of the story but it evened out well by the first third. Well-written, a few homonym problems (damn for dam comes to mind), but nothing that took me out of the story.And what a story... The archaeology angle was great and sounded completely believable to me. I ripped through this book pretty much in one sitting and am glad I did. I hope that the author feels there's enough words left in the world he's created here to pick up a sequel or even to jaunt out in a new direction to explore some of what he touched on but didn't go into detail.