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Beware the ancient curse!

  • May 16, 2012
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Novelists have had a field day with books about Egyptian tomb curses, ever since the uncovering of King Tut's tomb in the 1920s. Some of these books have been good, and some not so good. There have also been a plethora of mummy movies scaring (or not) the daylights out of viewers. This well written book is the latest entry into the mummy curse field.

The main action takes place in a desolate and dangerous place on the upper Nile called the Sudd, where an archeological team is attempting to locate the tomb of the first pharaoh of the united Upper and Lower Egypt. It's quite an undertaking, and there are happening odd and sometimes dangerous things, that require the leaders of the expedition to call in the services of a professor who deals with unusual phenomena (ghosts, spirits, etc.). When he arrives at the site, he is almost immediately thrust into the middle of a mysterious dig, and the strange findings that result from it.

There is a very strong curse placed on those who would violate this tomb, but the leaders ignore it and go forward with their project. Once the tomb is breached, the action moves forward very quickly. There is an odd and almost unbelievable discovery, and it appears as if the curse is coming true. Action moves quite quickly in the latter part of the book, and it becomes difficult for the reader to put down the book to continue later. There's a satisfactory ending, of a sort, and all ends fairly well, despite some horrific happenings and deaths.

It's a book well worth reading if your interest runs to thrillers, ghost-type stories, and plots concerning Egyptian tombs. I enjoyed it, and I think that you will also.

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May 16, 2012
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“Lincoln Child’s novels are thrilling and tantalizing.” 
 —Vince Flynn

"Bestseller Child (Terminal Freeze) more than succeeds in making a mummy's curse terrifying in this superb supernatural thriller...Child evokes fear through understatement...Readers will hope to see more of [lead character] Logan in a sequel."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Ample gadgetry, New Age soul-shifting, and pyrotechnics sufficient to employ a stable of stuntmen when brought to film: Child’s newest is the sort of thing to delight all those who got wrapped up in The Mummy.Think, a Dan Brown-ian adventure amongst Pharaohs ready with a pocket full of curses."
--Kirkus 

"Its characters are well drawn, and the mystery is nicely handled, keeping readers guessing as to whether something supernatural is going on here. Of the author’s solo novels, this could be the best so far."
--Booklist
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