1. Who is the plot based around?
The plot is based around a young man named Ammon Rogers. Two things have changed about him since returning home from the Iraq War. First, he no longer wants to be a businessman but rather wants to study forms of alternative energy. Second, he wants to get in touch with his faith--a faith he had given up on as a teenager.
2. What is the main idea of the plot?
The main idea or theme of the plot is an exploration of the relationship between faith and proof. Also explored is the impact mainstream science plays in this relationship. While a work of fiction, The Lost Stones, examines many real life issues along this front. A lot of research went into this book.
3. When does the plot take place?
The plot takes place in present day, give or take a few years.
4. Where does the plot take place?
The characters in the book hop around quite a bit. They start out in Utah. Then travel to Mexico, Michigan, and finally end up at and in the Grand Canyon.
5. Why did the plot develop the way it did?
Research really drove the development of the plot. I had a basic framework in mind when I started. As my research progressed, however, further plot avenues opened up to me.
6. How did you come up with the idea for the plot?
I came up with the plot by pondering one of the great “what ifs” in Book of Mormon scholarship.
About the Book
1600s Mexico- The Aztec Prince Ixtililxochitl writes that the first people to inhabit his land came from the Tower of Babel at the dividing of tongues…Scholars dismiss his writings as myth.
1800s Mid Western United States- Settlers dig into ancient burial mounds and discover thousands of slate tablets covered with a strange hieroglyphic writing and drawings depicting Jesus Christ…these artifacts are denounced as a hoax.
1909 Arizona-a newspaper runs a story describing how a cave containing metal artifacts and Egyptian-type hieroglyphics was discovered in the Grand Canyon by a group of Scientists from the Smithsonian Institute…the Smithsonian categorically denies the account.
These and other amazing facts make up the world of forbidden Book of Mormon Archaeology. It is a world BYU student and Iraqi War veteran Ammon Rogers never knew existed. He is thrust headlong into this world when he asks the enigmatic adventurer John Byrd a simple question. When John is kidnapped in Mexico, Ammon joins forces with John’s beautiful daughter in a desperate attempt to not only save John, but to find his answer…an answer that will change the world…an answer one sinister foe will do anything to suppress.
Release Date: August 2011
Genre: Thriller, Archaeology
Publisher: Cedar Fort Publishing & Media
Buy Links: Amazon, BarnesandNoble.com
About the Author
Paul Rimmasch was born and reared in the Salt Lake Valley. He graduated from Weber State University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminalistics and a minor in Photography. Paul has spent the last fourteen years working as a Crime Scene Investigator for Weber-Metro CSI and is active in Forensic Science education and Law Enforcement training. He lives in Ogden Utah with his wife and three children and is an avid hiker and gardener.
Paul had parlayed a life long interest in Book of Mormon Archaeology and LDS Church History into this, his first novel.
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