Tomb of Gods

Brian Moreland. Flame Tree, $25 (288p) ISBN 978-1-78758-414-3
Moreland (The Devil’s Wood) delves into Ancient Egyptian secrets in this suspenseful but underwhelming adventure tale. In the 1930s, British explorer Harlan Riley is driven mad by what he finds in the tomb Nebenteru, leaving his adult granddaughter, Imogen, an Egyptologist, desperate for answers. She accompanies Dr. Nathan Trummel, her former lover, and photographer Caleb Beckett, to Egypt to retrace her grandfather’s expedition to the tomb. There they find a technologically advanced relic amid a cavern of horrors that may be the pathway to the underworld. Their discoveries will change the course of history, if only they can make it out alive. Though Moreland’s tale is nicely paced and laced with palpable tension, the characters hew too closely to type: Imogen is the plucky heroine, fighting against 1930s sexism; Trummel is the self-important, pompous academic; and Caleb is the dashing, sensitive artist who wins Imogen over with his thoughtfulness. Horror fans will be pleased as the terrors of the tomb force each character to confront a past trauma, but the final reveal of the tomb’s secrets is predictable. For those familiar with the genre, this will feel like a retread. Agent: Betty Anne Crawford, Books Crossing Borders. (May)
Reviewed on : 02/20/2020
Release date: 05/01/2020
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror
Paperback - 288 pages - 978-1-78758-412-9
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