Friday, August 24, 2012

{Review} "Masks of the Lost Kings" by Tom Bane

Title:  Masks of the Lost Kings
Author: Tom Bane
Publisher:  Telemachus
Publication Date:  March 3, 2012
Genre:  Mystery/Thriller
Format:  Kindle 952 KB  |  Paperback 382 pages

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Synopsis 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...
Diving In...

This book was very different from what I normally read, but I really did enjoy it.  It did take me a couple chapters to really get into it, but once the main action started I was carried right away in the story.  I have always had a fascination with the subject of archaeology so that's the main reason I agreed to read and review this book.  Once I read the synopsis I knew that it was something that I would probably enjoy.  

I am a sucker for movies like National TreasureThe Librarian series and Indiana Jones.  I even really liked the Tomb Raider movies!  If you like movies like those you will love this book.  I have even seen some reviewers liken it to The DaVinci Code and with the religious theme and conspiracy theories in the book, I can totally see that too.  I have to say that Mr. Bane has certainly done his research.  The whole book is full of carefully thought out plot and lots of scientific and historic information.
Suzy is a student just beginning the study for her thesis.  She is unknowingly thrust into this world of intrigue and mystery.  When she meets Tom initially, she is not impressed, but he ends up being the rock she clings to when she has no idea who she can and can't trust.  There are some crazy twists and turns in this book.  Most books I can kind of figure out by about halfway through, but this one had me guessing until the very end and I was totally impressed by that. Once the story really gets going it keeps you on your toes up to the very last page.  Just like Suzy and Tom, you don't know who the good guys are and you definitely don't know who to trust.  If you are looking for romance you aren't going to find it in this book.  There is a hint of it here and there, but nothing confirmed.  I do hope that it's something that is explored more in the series as it progresses.

Overall, the book is very well written and edited.  I was taken out of the story a little, initially, when it was flipping from the past to the present, but that only happens a little in the beginning.  This is also something that is completely necessary to the story for background on Suzy and one of the other characters.  It wasn't enough to greatly bother me, though.  I think if you like action and adventure you will enjoy this book.

*Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this book, courtesy of the author, in exchange for my honest review.

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