Disclosure: I received a complimentary e-book copy of this book and have volunteered to share my review.
Mystery lovers will need to hold on to their hats for this follow-up to City of Gold, which reviewers described as “a fast-paced action adventure” that is “akin to an Indiana Jones story set in modern times.” Now, the second in the series promises to bring much of the same excitement! Join archaeologist and adventurer Matthew Connor and his friends as they go after the Emerald Tablets to save the world in The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh.
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 whomever 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.
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 Jones, Lara Croft, National Treasure, and The Relic Hunter.
What I love about Carolyn’s writing – no matter it be a Madison Knight FBI procedural or a Matthew Connor adventure – is the adventure, action and suspense that comes with every page of the book.
With The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh, not only are we on the edge of our seat with anticipation as we join Matthew, Cal, and Robyn as they seek out out a buried, hidden treasure; we are pulled into the action and suspense of the challenges they face getting to the treasure. One cannot simply find a buried treasure without there being snakes, falls, and other hidden mysteries along the path and that’s what makes this read so exciting.
In addition to the adventure itself and the challenges faced on the adventure; there is always some plot in the background that we never really pay a whole lot of attention to even though you can feel it nagging on the edge of your brain.
Something felt off from the beginning but I couldn’t take the time enough to really figure it out. I just wanted to keep pushing on the adventure!
Needless to say, one part of the plot was pretty easy to come by from the beginning; a second part made more sense towards the end; and frankly, the end was a jaw dropper! I was definitely knocked down by that shocker!
Carolyn makes for amazing mystery reads that while you think you may have it figured out – she always throws in a kicker that leaves you shocked and awed. It’s one of my favorite things about her books. She really makes you have to think to figure it out.
If you love a good mystery – a good thinker that makes you really think and piece it together – Carolyn Arnold is a must read author. I highly recommend The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh and as an added note; you don’t have to have read Matthew’s first adventure to follow this one (although you will want to go back and read just to get more adventure and learn more about my beloved pals!)
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.
About the Author
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.
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