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    Another exciting adventure

    Another exciting adventure with our intrepid explorers who are desperate to find the Emerald tablets. According to legend these tablets hold untold powers and in the wrong hands could lead to world devastation. The story line and brilliant descriptive writing brings the ancient world of Egypt to life. Egypt holds a fascination for the modern world and all the secrets and myths it holds and this is a novel which takes us on that journey to solve one of them. On previous expeditions our group had to overcome personnel issues and put aside grievances to work together to achieve the overall goal. Their characters and their traits are expertly brought to life and with the past tensions on the previous expeditions, it adds emotions of love, jealousy and greed to the story. Any reader who enjoys adventure stories which are full of excitement, danger, with a hint of a love triangle, will love this novel. In creating our explorer of ancient antiquities in Matthew Connor she has set a great rival for Indiana Jones. Look out for other novels by this author!
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    Take an Egyptian Adventure

    This book takes you on an exhilarating Indiana Jones type of adventure through Egypt on a hunt for a lost treasure. There are tombs, curses, snakes and Pharoahs, what more could you want? Romance, you say. It’s got that too along with hidden secrets, lots of action, and did I mention snakes. This book is full of suspense, adventure, and mystery.
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    More archaeology, less high school drama

    Welcome to Egypt! A traveler’s dream and an archaeologist’s playground; where the sand is hot and the sun is brutal. Over the years the mysteries of the sands have been discovered, but how could one map where every single secret lies? In this realistic fiction novel, author Carolyn Arnold gives hope that not all knowledge has been found. Matthew is a world renowned treasure hunter who wishes to leave his mark on the world. It’s Matthew’s tenacity that garners a phone call from Alexandria (Alex) Leonard; an archaeologist with a passion for Egyptology, on the brink of a major discovery that could rewrite history and have an everlasting impact on the world. Matthew isn’t a lone wolf: his team consists of his best friends. Robyn; a curator at the Royal Ontario Museum (emphasis on the enthusiasm for Egyptian history) and Cal a renowned photographer. With little information the three musketeers pack it up for a month and head out to help Alex and her team. Originally thought to be aqueducts diverting water from tombs, imagine the shock when that tunnel yields a cartouche referencing one of the sons of Khufu. Everyone is there for a different reason; Alex is there for fame- to make history. Matthew is there with the enticing reference to the Emerald Tablets (ancient tablets containing knowledge that can effect the future). Robyn is there because Egypt is on her bucket list. Cal is there for his absolute love of adventure. And the Egyptian director of antiquities has been invited for obvious reasons. Even though everyone is here for different reasons, they are solidified on being professionals on the dig site. Once in the tunnel, our group meanders, each at their own pace. Rada, the director of antiquities pauses at the cartouche. Astonishment doesn’t last long as the ground starts to shake, and an enormous “CRACK” is heard throughout the tunnel. Robyn, Cal, Alex, Matthew, and Jasper are separated from Rada, and the group decides to follow the map on the cartouche into unexplored territory. Our group of five continues on a tumultuous, Indiana-style adventure. Each part of the adventure has breathtaking moments as well as sighs of relief. As they continue through the only path available, it seems there is more to this dig site than was originally thought. Untouched rooms filled with priceless treasures linked to the past, and of course, hints towards an even larger treasure. Radio contact is finally made, and the group is rescued from underground. Like true adventurers, they cannot wait to get back underground to start cataloging everything they found. However, Robyn, Matthew, and Cal are on borrowed time, and must return to the states. It isn’t until the cops, and Reda show up at the airport, accusing the three of stealing from Egypt, that they realize they won’t be going home anytime soon. “The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh” is the second book of the Matthew Connor series by Carolyn Arnold. I’ll be honest, I have not read the first book, “City of Gold”, but I felt as though a few inside jokes are lost on the reader because of NOT reading the first book. In this review, I detailed the main outline of the story. I felt the story was MORE concentrated on a man’s (Matthew) indecisiveness to which woman he wanted a relationship with, causing unnecessary drama that overshadowed what could have been a brilliant plot. I’m not kidding when I say that this indecisiveness was on every other page of this book. At first I did not mind it, but as the book continued, I really wanted to skip over some parts and be more involved with the archaeology standpoint rather than the high school drama. While I wouldn’t completely write “The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh”, OR Carolyn Arnold off, I don’t believe I will be picking up this book again anytime soon. I am interested, however, in reading “City of Gold” JUST to see if this series can be redeemed.
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    A twisting & turning Egyptian adventure

    I really enjoyed this book! I love that Carolyn Arnold doesn't waste words. You get enough detail to put your imagination in the scene, but not so much that you get bogged down . The story kept moving and developed in ways I couldn't predict. I'm looking forward to following these characters again.
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    Hate Love Triangles

    It was ok. I'm not a fan of love triangles, especially where two members still like each other but refuse to admit it to each other. It screams assumptions and pettiness to me. Matthew and Robyn really needed to have a heart to heart about their feelings and what they want.
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