New Book, “The Mountain Place of Knowledge,” Gives Readers a Genre-Bending Experience

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Marshall Chamberlain’s Genre-Bending Novel Explores ‘Plausible Reality’

A new book, the genre-bending novel “The Mountain Place of Knowledge,” is the first in the Ancestor Series by author-researcher Marshall Chamberlain.

“It is often said that reality is stranger than fiction; indeed, investigations into history, culture and science itself are often testimonials to how counterintuitive reality can be – the Ancestor Series is inspired from this perspective,” says Chamberlain, who has experienced life as a businessman, a U.S. Marine officer, husband (and divorcee), father, world traveler, boat dweller, seeker of meaning, author and all-around adventurer.

Following two feisty scientists, the genre-bending novel – an action-adventure-thriller -- unfolds with the discovery of a mysterious site within a mountaintop in Belize. It was created by “The Ancestors” 180,000 years ago. The scientists’ perilous adventure uncovers an ancient Mayan codex, revealing the secret entrance to the mountain and its mysterious hi-tech wonders.

The two stalwart characters are forced to deal with the interests of the CIA, a local, avarice-afflicted museum curator, a strange Indian monk sent to assist them, a small force of NATO troops assigned to provide security, and a covert attack orchestrated by China to control the mountain and gain possession of the priceless treasures lying inside.

“This genre-bending novel deconstructs several disparate disciplines of human understanding, combining them in a unified narrative,” Chamberlain says. “The series embraces Eastern metaphysical philosophy; the existence of mythical, ancient races; adventures in strange and inhospitable locations; discoveries of arcane ancient technology and instruments of immense power; encounters with various forms of evil; and heedless slaughter in the name of arrogant righteousness.

Adding spice to reader appeal, Book I of The Ancestors begins the thread of a timeless and intriguing subplot: a young man and woman growing closer together through the shared experiences of hazardous sojourns.

About Marshall Chamberlain

Marshall Chamberlain focuses his adventure in life around principles that define him as an above average man. He is sharply focused on his passions, with no time for distractions or compromises: no pets, lawns, mortgages, or companions of any kind to look after. He received a Master’s Degree in Resource Development from Michigan State University and a graduate degree in International Management from the Thunderbird School, just outside of Phoenix, Ariz. He served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps and spent many years in investment banking, venture capital, and even worked a stint as a professional waiter. He is obsessed with preparedness, survival and independence. This combination of traits continues to lead him to all manner of adventure -- including serious Stone Age survival classes -- adding flavor and authenticity to his writing. Chamberlain’s primary worldview is simple but profound—“I’m in awe of the magnificence of this world.” For more information visit

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