Merry Christmas! Santa is on his way so I hope you’ve all been good and you get everything you want! This will be the last post of 2012, but never fear, I’ll be back with more reviews in January and more authors interviews. If there is any other content that you would like to see or have comments, I would love to hear from you.
Today’s review is Masks of the Lost Kings by Tom Bane. The author comes from a scientific background and that is apparent from his description which appears to be very well researched.
This is an action/adventure which has been compared to Indiana Jones and the Da Vinci Code. The main character, Suzy da Silva is an archaeologist working on a thesis that compares the ancient Egyptian history to Christianity. Unable to be funded by Oxford University, her professor Dr. Logan arranges for her to speak to the mysterious Horus Corporation. She is soon traveling to Egypt. She manages to get inside the Great Pyramid where she witnesses a murder and flees in fear for her life. She travels to the Valley of Kings to see the tomb of the boy king, Tutankhamen. She is convinced that she will find the proof she seeks there. She is joined by Tom Brooking, a talented astrophysicist. Together they discover secrets that some would kill to acquire. They are chased by assassins and others that are either trying to protect them or kill them as well.
This is a thriller, adventure and mystery all rolled into one. I admire those authors that have a gift for description, and this story’s strength is the description. The story is a great premise and although I would have liked to see a little more characterization, I really didn’t have an issue with the characters. The distraction to me was the pacing. It started well with a jungle scene, but when it gets to Suzy and the lead-in to her Egypt adventure, the action drops while through lectures and narration, the reader is given a lot of scientific information. While I found it interesting it felt too technical to me. I found myself glossing over all the technical information to get to the action, which it took many pages to get to. Once it did however, the action was riveting. I think that anyone interested in Egyptology or adventure/thriller would very much enjoy this book. I would recommend it as it is a very good story once the action starts happening.
I purchased this book on my own and received no compensation for my review.