Review Tour: The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh Carolyn Arnold

Nadene May 2, 2018 2018 new release challenge, Reviews 0 Comments

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Review Tour: The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh Carolyn ArnoldTitle: The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh (Matthew Connor Adventure, #2)
Author: Carolyn Arnold
Series: Matthew Connor Adventure #2
on April 17, 2018
Pages: 322
Genres: Mystery
Source: Beck Book Valley Tours
Format: eBook, ARC
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Rating: four-stars

In Egypt’s Western Desert lies the tomb of an unnamed pharaoh that hides a secret so powerful, it could destroy the world as we know it. Archaeologist and adventurer Matthew Connor has made a career of finding legends the world has all but forgotten. Though there’s one in particular that has fascinated him for years—the Emerald Tablets. Myth says that they possess the knowledge of the universe, allowing humankind to traverse Heaven and Earth, and have the power to bestow wealth and wisdom upon whoever possesses them. But if they fall into evil hands, it could cause a global disaster. 

So when a former colleague stumbles across an ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic map that promises to lead to a pharaoh’s tomb and the Emerald Tablets, there’s no way he’s turning down her invitation to join the dig. He only has one stipulation: his best friends Robyn Garcia and Cal Myers come with him. 

The road ahead isn’t going to be an easy one, and their shared dream of recovering the Emerald Tablets is being crushed at every turn. And just when they think it’s all over, they learn there are a few clues they have overlooked. But they’re no longer the only ones searching for the Tablets. Now, the fate of the world hangs in the balance, and soon they’ll find out that when it comes to hunting legends, they can’t trust anyone.

 

As a big fan of Carolyn Arnold’s work, every opportunity to read her books is a dream come true. Therefore, when The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh came on my radar, I knew I could not let the chance to read and review this title pass me by. This is the second book in the Matthew Connor Adventure and it is a great addition to the series.

In this installment we meet Alex, an archaeologist who for the first time is leading an archaeological dig. She discovers the possible existence of a magnificent treasure, which if it should get in the wrong hands would mean the end of the world.  Looking to make a name for herself, she sought the assistance of the one person who could help her achieve this goal.

Matthew Connor has made it his mission in life to prove the existence of mythical treasures. When approached by a long lost colleague to help in the search of the mythical Emerald Tablets, he saw this has an opportunity not to be missed. However, no matter how eager he was to proceed on this latest adventure he would do so only if his best friends Robyn and Cal would join him in this historical moment.

Once again, Carolyn Arnold took me on a suspenseful and action packed adventure that kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. The rich description and the author’s attention to detail made me feel as if I were a part of the adventure. Where is the fun in seeking a lost treasure without a few snakes involved, along with the occasional cave ins and the many hidden entrances? Not everyone can be trusted and figuring out whom to trust was no easy feat.  The twist near to the end, I never saw coming. Not only was it a shocker, it was mind-blowing. It shows not everyone who smiles with you is your friend.  Besides the danger lurking in every corner, feelings of resentment and mistrust reared their ugly heads among the members of both teams. Emotions ran hot. There was a hint of a love triangle, but thank goodness, it did not overshadow the events regarding the search for the Emerald Tablets.

The characters, both good and evil were portrayed in a manner, which made it easy to understand what motivates them, especially during their triumphs and trials. They each had their issued to work through and they did so amidst the challenges faced during the expedition. My favourite character is Cal. He is funny and knows how to make a tense situation seem light. What made him unique was his eagerness to take part in these expeditions, yet afraid of the threat of danger that came with adventures such as these.

Conclusion/Recommendation
The author weaved a brilliant tale, which perfectly combines adventure, suspense, and Egyptology sprinkled with a pinch of humour to make for a splendid read. Fans of archaeological themed stories would enjoy this series.

 

 

 

Action-adventure books for the mystery lover. 

Does treasure hunting excite you? 

What about the thought of traveling the globe and exploring remote regions to uncover legends that the world has all but forgotten?  If so, strap yourself in for an adventure with modern-day archaeologist Matthew Connor and his two closest friends. Indiana Jones meets the twenty-first century. 

 This is the perfect book series for fans of Indiana JonesLara CroftNational Treasure, and The Relic Hunter.

 

Book Excerpt


Also available in Matthew Connor Adventure Series

Each book may be read as a stand-alone novel, or as part of the series. 

City of Gold, Matthew Connor Adventure Series Book 1 
 
Finding the Inca’s lost City of Gold would be the discovery of a lifetime. But failing could mean her death… 

Archaeologist Matthew Connor and his friends Cal and Robyn are finally home after a dangerous retrieval expedition in India. While they succeeded in obtaining the priceless Pandu artifact they sought, it almost cost them their lives. Still, Matthew is ready for the next adventure. Yet when new intel surfaces indicating the possible location of the legendary City of Gold, Matthew is hesitant to embark on the quest.Not only is the evidence questionable but it means looking for the lost city of Paititi far away from where other explorers have concentrated their efforts. As appealing as making the discovery would be, it’s just too risky. But when Cal’s girlfriend, Sophie, is abducted by Matthew’s old nemesis who is dead-set on acquiring the Pandu statue, Matthew may be forced into action. Saving Sophie’s life means either breaking into the Royal Ontario Museum to steal the relic or offering up something no one in his or her right mind can refuse–the City of Gold.Now Matthew and his two closest friends have to find a city and a treasure that have been lost for centuries. And they only have seven days to do it. As they race against the clock, they quickly discover that the streets they seek aren’t actually paved with gold, but with blood.
 
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About Carolyn Arnold

CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international best-selling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series—Detective Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, McKinley Mysteries, and Matthew Connor Adventures—and has written nearly thirty books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures.

Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.

Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.

She currently lives just west of Toronto with her husband and beagle and is a member of Crime Writers of Canada.

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