The Dogon Initiative (The Deniables, #1)
A group of foreign mercenaries hired as deniable assets by a newly-formed humanitarian division of the CIA is tasked with saving Mali’s persecuted Dogon people from genocide. The operation must be carried out in stealth while journeying across some of West Africa’s most hostile terrain. As if all that’s not enough, they are also instructed to help solve an ancient astronomical mystery linked to the pyramids of Egypt.Mission impossible? Duh!Nicknamed the Deniables because their existence isn’t officially acknowledged by the CIA, the mercenaries are crazy enough to accept the mission anyway. However, they soon find themselves fighting for their lives when they get caught in the middle of warring ethnic factions in Mali. Their only way to survive is to join with the Dogon in a race against the clock. The stakes are so high that not only could an entire indigenous group be wiped off the face of the Earth, but all evidence that supports advanced ancient technology theories surrounding the Dogon and a lost civilization thesis may be destroyed in the process.Inspired by a true-life mystery of astronomy, THE DOGON INITIATIVE highlights some of the many myths and theories surrounding the fascinating Dogon people of Mali. In particular, their unexplained knowledge of the invisible-to-the-eye Sirius B white dwarf star, the rings of Saturn and other heavenly bodies, and their rumored ancestral relationship to ancient Egyptians.THE DOGON INITIATIVE is the ninth novel by father-and-son writing team Lance and James Morcan. Their previous works of fiction include the bestselling historical epics White Spirit and Into the Americas, as well as their modern thrillers Silent Fear and The Orphan Trilogy.

The Dogon Initiative (The Deniables, #1) Details

TitleThe Dogon Initiative (The Deniables, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 9th, 2019
PublisherSterling Gate Books
Rating
GenreMystery, Spy Thriller, Espionage, Fiction, Action

The Dogon Initiative (The Deniables, #1) Review

  • Todd Simpson
    January 1, 1970
    This is another fabulous story from Lance & James Morcan. There are some books that just can’t pull yourself away from with the need to find out what’s going to happen, and this is definitely one of those stories. I quite enjoyed that the plot is a little bit different from the normal action thrillers, but in saying that the action scenes are great with a definite edge to them. The other standout for me is the great characters, especially Dean Hawkins and Moussa Diarra. Moussa Diarra and his This is another fabulous story from Lance & James Morcan. There are some books that just can’t pull yourself away from with the need to find out what’s going to happen, and this is definitely one of those stories. I quite enjoyed that the plot is a little bit different from the normal action thrillers, but in saying that the action scenes are great with a definite edge to them. The other standout for me is the great characters, especially Dean Hawkins and Moussa Diarra. Moussa Diarra and his bodyguard Ibrahim were lucky to escape the massacre of their fellow Dogon people in Mali. The Mali Government wanted to wipe out the Dogon and the Muslim Militants were only too happy to oblige. With the Dogon believed to have Astronomical knowledge it was believed the ancient knowledge they processed could be a threat to organised religions. Ex-SAS solider Dean Hawkins had been approached to help put together a team of very experienced special forces type people for a deniable operation. Dean and the other Deniables aren’t going to find it easy in Mali, and especially if Moussa wants to return to his home country. With so many wanting him dead, and the fact that the deniable couldn’t count on any assistance if they got into trouble, it’s sure to be a very dangerous mission. Without doubt this is an enjoyable story that I would certainly recommend. 5/5 Star Rating.
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  • Dianne Faktor
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent read!I found this a fascinating read and enjoyed the historical background of the Dogon tribe, which seems to be impressively researched. I haven’t had a chance to fact check but it all seemed authentic. Highly recommended by me.. especially to fellow Africans (I’m South African) - I’m embarrassed I knew so little of Mali. Thank you to the authors :)
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  • Sheri
    January 1, 1970
    The Dogon Initiative (The Deniables Book 1) by Lance and James MorcanA group of Mercenaries known as "Deniables"are assigned a mission to save the Dogon people from genocide. This is a very dangerous mission, traveling through hostile territories. Add to it they also must solve an ancient mystery linked to the pyramids in Egypt.The plot is original moving at a fast paced with action, danger, thrilling nail-biting moments. The characters are well rounded, with vivid detail and engaging dialog. I The Dogon Initiative (The Deniables Book 1) by Lance and James MorcanA group of Mercenaries known as "Deniables"are assigned a mission to save the Dogon people from genocide. This is a very dangerous mission, traveling through hostile territories. Add to it they also must solve an ancient mystery linked to the pyramids in Egypt.The plot is original moving at a fast paced with action, danger, thrilling nail-biting moments. The characters are well rounded, with vivid detail and engaging dialog. I was pulled into the story from the beginning, thoroughly engrossed anticipating the final outcome. I highly recommend The Dogon Initiative, a definite five star read!
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  • Grady
    January 1, 1970
    ‘You must never tell anyone of this place.’New Zealand novelist and screenwriter Lance Morcan is a former journalist and newspaper editor with twenty published books to his credit. He regularly writes in collaboration with his son James Morcan, an actor, writer, podcast host and producer who resides in Sydney, Australia. Together they have published nine books as a team, both novels and the ‘underground knowledge’ series which includes ‘MEDICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX, GENIUS INTELLIGENCE, and VACCIN ‘You must never tell anyone of this place.’New Zealand novelist and screenwriter Lance Morcan is a former journalist and newspaper editor with twenty published books to his credit. He regularly writes in collaboration with his son James Morcan, an actor, writer, podcast host and producer who resides in Sydney, Australia. Together they have published nine books as a team, both novels and the ‘underground knowledge’ series which includes ‘MEDICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX, GENIUS INTELLIGENCE, and VACCINE SCIENCE REVISITED. The Morcans know how to deliver intrigue, both on scientific subjects and most assuredly on suspense thrillers. They invite us in with their moody Prologue which in addition to giving us insight in the tale to follow allows us to appreciate some fine African ‘history’. ‘The first full moon of the rainy season was a momentous occasion for the Dogon people of Mali. It marked the day, many countless moons ago when, according to legend at least, Moussa Diarra, one of their ancient forefathers, discovered Sirius B, the second star in the Sirius solar system and one that wouldn’t be rediscovered by astronomers until hundreds of years later. And then only with the aid of telescopes. Every year, Dogon used the occasion to celebrate Moussa’s discovery and to pay homage to the greatest of all their spiritual leaders. Moussa had ruled over Dogon when the Mali Empire was the largest in West Africa. Its western border stretched all the way to the Atlantic Ocean and it was a center of culture, language, education, mathematics, science, law, trade, and great wealth. It was a time when Dogon had considerable more influence. In the present day they are a persecuted minority facing cultural extinction as they’re continually attacked by larger ethnic and religious fundamentalist groups whose number include disenchanted Muslims.’With that flavor of credible authenticity the story proceeds – mood set, characters arise. Apropos of the authors the lead character is Australian – security consultant Dean Hawkins. Or as the summary of the plot states, ‘A group of foreign mercenaries hired as deniable assets by a newly-formed humanitarian division of the CIA is tasked with saving Mali’s persecuted Dogon people from genocide. The operation must be carried out in stealth while journeying across some of West Africa’s most hostile terrain. They are also instructed to help solve an ancient astronomical mystery linked to the pyramids of Egypt. Nicknamed the Deniables because their existence isn’t officially acknowledged by the CIA, the mercenaries are crazy enough to accept the mission anyway. However, they soon find themselves fighting for their lives when they get caught in the middle of warring ethnic factions in Mali. Their only way to survive is to join with the Dogon in a race against the clock. The stakes are so high that not only could an entire indigenous group be wiped off the face of the Earth, but all evidence that supports advanced ancient technology theories surrounding the Dogon and a lost civilization thesis may be destroyed in the process. Inspired by a true-life mystery of astronomy.’ A novel of epic length, THE DOGON INITIATIVE proves once again that the Morcans are a very fine writing team. This is a tale that pleads to be a film – and perhaps that will happen as James is also a screenwriter…Highly recommended.
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  • Dianne
    January 1, 1970
    I found this a fascinating read and enjoyed the historical background of the Dogon tribe, which seems to be impressively researched. I haven’t had a chance to fact check but it all seemed authentic. Highly recommended by me.. especially to fellow Africans (I’m South African) - I’m embarrassed I knew so little of Mali. Thank you to the authors :)
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  • Christopher Goforth
    January 1, 1970
    Great book
  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    The Dogon Initiative: The Deniables Book 1 is by Lance and James Morcan. This father/son duo has written a fascinating suspense and adventure located in Africa. It is located in the country of Mali. The Dogon people are believed to have knowledge of ancient astronomical mysteries. They supposedly have knowledge of Sirius B, a white dwarf star, which is invisible to the human eye; know about the rings of Saturn which are mostly invisible, and a connection to ancient Egypt. This book takes the rea The Dogon Initiative: The Deniables Book 1 is by Lance and James Morcan. This father/son duo has written a fascinating suspense and adventure located in Africa. It is located in the country of Mali. The Dogon people are believed to have knowledge of ancient astronomical mysteries. They supposedly have knowledge of Sirius B, a white dwarf star, which is invisible to the human eye; know about the rings of Saturn which are mostly invisible, and a connection to ancient Egypt. This book takes the reader on an adventure into the wilds of Western Africa to take a native home and to bring back proof of the Dragon’s connection to Ancient Egypt. Dean Hawkins, a mercenary, is chosen to head a team to take Moussa Diarra, a Dogon refugee, home to Tireli. Moussa hasn’t been there since he was ten years old. He had been taken to a cave on his birthday by Ibrahim, his body guard and an elder of the village. While they were in the cave, the village was attacked and most of the villagers were killed, including Moussa’s family. As the only member of his family living, he was to become the leader of the Dogons so he had fled Africa. He had been brought up in America and now, he was to return to lead his people back to greatness. The Mali government had agreed to allow him back in but a faction of the government wanted him dead because he was not a Muslim. So, without the government’s knowledge, they set out to kill him and his escorts. Dean and his team are determined to get Moussa to his village in spite of deterrents. The only contact they had with “their client” was through Lotte by phone and text. She was clear that there would be no backup for them if they were in trouble or caught. They were deniable assets, ones that could be overlooked if needed and disposed of. Lotte made it possible for them to get all the ammunition, guns, and other supplies they would need as well as a helicopter to take them in. Once there, they were on their own. When they finally got Moussa to his village, they would be notified where their contact would meet them to give them directions to get out of the country. Dean and his team were relying on complete strangers to give them the help they needed. At the last minute, Dean was given extra instructions about the “maps” in the cave that would prove the astronomical mystery the Dogons held. Once they start on their mission, there is enough adventure in the book to keep anyone happy. It definitely makes for exciting reading and a lot of suspense. You are never sure who is the “good guy”and who is the “bad”. All you know is that somewhere there is a leak and things begin going bad for the team. Can they get out alive?
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