Book Description (via Goodreads): Career grifter and perennial loser Cal Reeger is a dead man. He owes a lot of money to crimelord Jaefor, and the only thing he owns are his pair of revolvers. Not even the jacket on his back belongs to him. To repay this debt, he must infiltrate the Archaeology Guild’s sits at Natx Hollow. As Cal schemes to steal the find of a lifetime from the aeons-old site, the ruin’s true nature is revealed. Within a cryogenic coffin belowground sleeps Centurion Prae Ganvelt, a member of the first civilisation, the original race of humans who flourished millions of years ago. Still looking for a way out of his debt and with a mercenary hot on his tail, Cal joins the awakened warrior Prae and archaeologist Peter Mathester to investigate the fate of Prae’s kind. Within the mysterious, ancient compound of Ala’ydin, they learn that progenitor scientist, Erudatta, altered the cycle of dormancy for Prae’s people. What they still must discover are his reasons for doing so. The Fifth Era of Man examines the dangers of unearned achievements and the desperation that drives those who are prey to their own bad decisions.
I received The Fifth Era of Man by Joshua Banker in exchange for an honest review. I have given this book two out of five stars ⭐️⭐️
Unfortunately this book went completely over my head. I tried really hard to follow the storyline and loved what I was reading from the start of the book but after about 60 pages into the story I lost the flow.
I really enjoyed Banker’s writing which is the main reason that kept me reading through this book as I thought Banker did an incredible job of creating very descriptive locations in a sci-fi world which became very vivid in my imagination.
I find that characters are a huge part of a story and, for me, unfortunately the ones created in The Fifth Era of Man were not very likeable and came across with harsh tones to their characters which is one of the reasons why it took me a lot longer to read this book and why I found it difficult to follow. Towards the mid-end of the book this changes and their characters begin to mesh better with one another.
I will definitely be reading this again in the future and try to grasp this book as I thought the concept of the story was really clever and would like to give it another go.