Thursday, August 16, 2012

Masks of the Lost Kings by Tom Bane

From Goodreads - Following the sudden disappearance of treasure hunter Ben Sanders in Mexico, beautiful archaeologist Suzy da Silva is snatched from the cloistered environs of Oxford University and thrust into a deadly maelstrom of intrigue and discovery. Joining forces with astrophysicist Tom Brooking she crosses four continents, to unlock the dark secrets of Tutankhamun's tomb, the Holy Sepulchre and the mysterious Mayan Temple of Inscriptions to reveal a mysterious truth. Together they risk their lives, pursued by martial assassins and renegade special forces, fighting the forces of evil to discover hidden knowledge so precious that it has lain dormant for over a thousand years.

When I first saw the cover of Masks of Lost Kings, it immediately drew me - reminenscent of Egyptian Tombs and Raiders of the Lost Ark movie.  Like a moth to flame, I was hooked, hoping the story captivated me as much as the cover art.

Suzy da Silva is an archeologist studying at Oxford when she is thrust into a quest with astrophysicist Tom Brooking to uncover the origins of Christianity.   The two of them embarq on a journey spanning several continents, where intrigue, murder and dark secrets are exposed. Soon, they are running for their lives,  for the information they carry and for the secrets they seek.

Bane has done a phenomenal job of bringing the reader to ancient times and incorporating thought-provoking ideas into the plot.  Suzy is a diverse character and Tom is great in a supporting role as the two of them try to stay alive while international conspirators would rather leave some things buried. Really detail oriented writing bring the scenes to life and will keep you thoroughly engaged in this thrilling adventure! Highly recommend!!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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