Author: Chris Turner
Category: Adult (Paranormal Thriller)
Publisher: Innersky Books
Date Published: August, 2011
The discovery of a six-sided pyramid creates a stir in the archaeological world. A team of international archaeologists are sent to excavate the site in the bleak Sahara; however, in the midst of unexplained phenomena, military corruption and paranormal sightings, they uncover a sinister presence.
When Australian archaeologist Carl Langley experiences visions and protective urges for site relics while in the newly-discovered tunnel entrance to Sinesi 1, he is progressively beset with deeper mystical connections with what he believes is the long dead Pharaoh of Upper Egypt.
Can Langley overcome his mystical possession, by a force of which he has no comprehension? He must hurry, for there are other diabolic forces that wish to penetrate one of the greatest archaeological finds of the century!
My Final Thoughts
The book isn’t the type of book I usually read but given that it is set primarily in the mystical Egyptian desert and featured some intriguing archaeological activities, I thought I have to give the book a chance. Besides, the sound of a six-sided pyramid (that becomes a center of this story) making its occurrence amid the normal ones made everything seemed strange, in an uncommon way thus provoked my interest.
In the story, Carl Langley, an Australian archaeologist found himself got entangled in mysterious visions and urge to protect the site despite the on-going digging of the pyramid. However, a sinister plot to loot the relic makes him go beyond the law to stop the illegal plundering. In the process, while being in the state of unconsciousness, he finds himself came face to face with Koruka, the Pharaoh of Upper Egypt. The cute thing about Carl is that he has a Siamese cat, Goldie, as his loyal companion throughout the story and that sort of made me go ‘aww!’ while reading. It’s not every day that I chanced upon a male character in any books having a cat as a companion. Other than that, I thought he is quite of a strong character and most of the time, I imagined Clive Owen portraying the character although he isn’t Australian.
The main issue I had with this book was, it wasn’t as thrilling as I had expected it should be. Perhaps I had been watching ‘The Mummy’ too many times that I thought Denibus Ar would somehow match its ‘wow’ factor though not entirely. When the author described the story as supernatural thriller, I anticipated scary mummies, angry Pharaohs, dirty scandals and acts of betrayal happening that give rise to the six-sided pyramid. I was a bit disappointed because the prologue somehow gave me that vague impression of how ‘supernatural’ everything would be like, which turned out to be unremarkable.
On the bright side, I was impressed by the author’s knowledge of the Egyptian history and legends. I had to admit that I had hard times trying to catch up with the archaeological terms, the scene descriptions and everything in between. At some point also, in one particular chapter, I thought I had a private literary tour experience around the site exclusively delivered by Prof. Chesla with her long explanation of the history. Everything was quite believable and convincing, so the author had truly done a great job with that.
I would have given this book a five star; however it didn’t come up to my expectation. Though I liked the concept and writing style, but in the end, I didn’t feel utterly engaged with the story. The thrill and adventure wasn’t impressive enough for me.
Bornean Bookworm rates: 4 stars out of 5!
*Review done at the request of the author. Review copy and synopsis were provided by the author. Many thanks to him!
*Cover image taken from Goodreads.
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