In the Books featuring The Forgotten Pharaoh by Laura DeLuca

Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring The Forgotten Pharaoh by Laura DeLuca.

Forgotten Pharaoh

About the book: Some secrets are meant to be buried.

Julie Gerber isn’t thrilled to be pulled out of school her senior year to follow her parents halfway around the world to unearth a lost pyramid. However, when the cute British guy and the mysterious financier of their project both fight for her attention, things start to get interesting.

The pharaoh known as Djedefre was cursed for the murder of his eldest brother. The work of the archaeologists brings new secrets to light, ones that prove the fallen god-king wasn’t the villain history had painted him to be. Can they prove his innocence?

As the team digs deeper into the mystery, members of the party vanish or end up dead. Someone is determined to keep the truth hidden at all costs, even 4,500 years later.

My review: This was a book I was waiting to read after my wife endorsed it, and it didn’t disappoint.

As a huge ancient history and mystery fan, so this was right up my alley. This is going to sound truly nerdy, but my favorite scenes were the ones in ancient Egypt. If there’s a complaint I have is that there weren’t more of those, but that’s strictly my opinion and they perfectly augment the modern day story following Julie and her group.

I have to admit, Julie annoyed me at times, but not in a bad way. She reminded me of what I was like as a teenager. The underlying story, and reason she was in Egypt, was because she made the mistake of going too far when trying to impress some friends. It’s something we’ve all dealt with at some point, and added a layer of depth to her character that transcends time.

I thought the author did a phenomenal job tying everything and everyone together at the end. The idea that we remain with our loved ones through the centuries in one form or another is comforting to a degree. I’d go into greater detail, but I’d get into spoilers.

The story was well written and easy to get into. I really enjoyed the mystery of the curse as people near the expedition started turning up dead. It added an element that I wasn’t expecting and thoroughly enjoyed it. I wouldn’t have minded to see it drawn out a little more, but since it was a sub plot, I didn’t mind at all.

Overall, this was a fun ride, and I’m looking forward to continuing to read more books by the author.

About CP Bialois

Where do I begin? Well first I guess it's only fair to say that CP Bialois isn't my real name. It's a collaboration I made out of the three greatest pets anyone could ever want. My real name is Ed and I'm just an average person that has found a way to do what he loves. For as long back as I can remember I loved to pretend. Whether it was with my Transformers, GI Joe, or He-Man toys I loved to create intricate plots and have them fight it out. As a fan of horror, science fiction, action, and comedy I dare say my taste in movies are well rounded. Some of my favorites were Star Wars, Star Trek, martial arts, and anything with Swarzenegger in them. I'd write my own stories about the characters I saw in the theaters or TV or I'd just daydream about what I'd see myself as the hero of course. You can't have a daydream without beating the bad guys, getting the girl, etc. It's just not right to envision yourself as a flunky or sidekick. As far as books I loved Sherlock Holmes, Treasure Island, Dracula, and the normal assortment. My early love was the Star Trek novels, I'd read them or the Hardy Boys relentlessly. For a time I could tell you the plot of over a hundred books not to mention comics. I have to come clean and say that I learned to read because of comic books. I was bored, make that extremely bored when we started to read in school. Reading "the cat fell down" really didn't interest me. My dad, who continues to astound me with his insight to this day, figured comics would work. With that in mind he went to the newstand in town and bought issues of Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, Tales From the Crypt, and Spider-man. He patiently read through them with me until I picked it up. Whether it was him or the comics I learned to read in about two weeks and for a while few were as good as I was. For years after that whenever we'd go out he'd always spring for a couple of comic books for me. While it wasn't exactly the perfect beginning everything I've ever read or have seen has influenced me in some way and now is the time I'd like to share some of the ideas I've had over the years with all of you. I hope you enjoy my stories, they're always fun to write and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon.
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