Book review: Primordia – Greig Beck



My first dinosaur book of the year was this ripper from Greig Beck. Primordia takes inspiration from Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous novel The Lost World. In this book, we follow Ben Cartwright and his friends as they try to locate a hidden plateau located deep within the Amazon jungle thought to be home to dinosaurs. This is a place that is only accessible once every ten years. Does the place really exist? Are there really dinosaurs still roaming the Earth? And what is causing all of the interference with the telecommunications equipment?

Primordia is definitely one of the best dinosaur books I have read in some time. Whilst the first half of the book reads like Nicolas Cage’s National Treasure, entailing a game of cat and mouse as they search to locate Cartwright’s grandfather’s journal, the second half ramps up the action as Cartwright and his naive friends embark upon their quest to discover the plateau. Ben Cartwright is a very solid character. He’s likeable and not overly macho,  considering his past as a soldier. His friends that accompany him are largely fodder, destined to become food, often perishing in gruesome circumstances. Cartwright isn’t the only one interested in locating the plateau. A group of mercenaries funded by the deplorable Mr Barlow also follows the trail and add more problems and conflict to a situation that rapidly descends into a fight for survival!

Primordia does exactly what I want a dinosaur book to do; it adds adventure, gruesome deaths, excitement, dinosaurs, brain-eating bugs, giant snakes and guns, creating a cocktail of prehistoric cool. I read through this pretty quickly. It is well-paced and I am definitely up for a sequel please Mr Beck.

4/5 man-eating cockroaches from the Grim Reader.

Pick up a copy from here.

10 Comments Add yours

  1. Lilyn G says:

    Oh, I think I’m going to have to get my hands on this one! I like Grieg Beck’s work, but haven’t gotten to this one yet.

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    1. It’s a good one, Lilyn. If you like dinosaur adventure books then this is one of the better ones, for sure.

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      1. Lilyn G says:

        Sweet! Have you ever read the original Journey to the Center of the Earth? (If you mentioned it in the review, I’ve already forgotten, sorry.)

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      2. I have not, Lilyn. I immediately downloaded The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle after reading this…and it was free on Kindle!


  2. You’re on fire this year so far!!

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  3. I’m a school teacher. I finished for summer in December so I’ve been reading a lot. Most of these books I read before Christmas. Primordia is the first one started and finished this year. I just finished Devin Townsend’s autobiography Only Half There. Superb book. One of the best of its kind I’ve ever read. Really insightful, funny and philosophical. Highly recommended.

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    1. Ooh I didn’t realise he’d written one! I Love a bit of the Dev, will have to definitely check it out, Cheers!!!

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  4. Great review. I really like dinosaur stories but never read any book about them, as far as I remember.
    Loved the National Treasure movies, so I guess I’ll like this book.
    From your review, it’s not clear for me: is it a series? Can I read it as a standalone?


    1. Primordia is a standalone book. Very easy reading. Huge fun!


      1. Thank you. Already added it to my Amazon list!

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