Tomb Of Gods: Brian Moreland
Reviewed By Steve Stred
Every week, one of the nicest people out there, Char from Char’s Horror Review posts/tweets what she’s reading and asks what are others reading. I actually look forward to these, because I love seeing what she’s cruising through and typically there is some back and forth with each person about how they’re enjoying their books.
When I commented that I was reading ‘Tomb of Gods‘ by Moreland, Tony Jones from GNOH replied that he’d loved this one and that ‘the deeper they go, the darker it gets.’
Just to be clear – if there was a night club for book reviewers, Tony and Char would be laughing and sipping an adult beverage in the club, while I’d be outside, hoping to be let in! It’s these interactions that always make me smile.
Just how accurate was Tony’s comment? 100%
What I liked: ‘Tomb of Gods‘ is actually my first Moreland read, but will not be my last. I have a bunch of his stuff on my Kindle already and feel a bit ashamed now that I’ve put off his works for so long. ‘Tomb…’ is a stunning action-adventure book in the same category as The Mummy and Indiana Jones. We get some initial back story first thing, but once we get to the archaeological dig site where things really dance. The story is set in 1936 and this absolutely played to the plot’s advantage. Eliminating technology and having the group have to survive from wit and strength was a top-notch decision.
The main character, Imogen, is also one of the best female leads I’ve read in some time. Smart, strong and not willing to take any grief, she definitely made for a protagonist I rooted for.
What I didn’t like: Minor things really. Some of the characters being killed off were very predictable, as though they were in Star Trek wearing a different color uniform. Not that this was bad, as the reader, we of course, want people to die horrifically, but at times I wished the section had been devoted to the others. The only other thing that I wasn’t overly fond of was the ridiculous levels of jealousy one character continued to express.
Why you should buy it: I couldn’t stop reading this book. From page one to the very end, the story flew from the pages at 200 mph. Moreland created a very familiar, yet completely unique Egyptian adventure. Don’t let this one pass you by, this is a must-read and one of the best books I’ve read in the last few years
Tomb Of Gods
Deep inside the tomb exists a hidden world of wonder and terror.
In 1935, British archaeologists vanished inside an Egyptian cave. A year later, one man returned covered in mysterious scars.
Egyptologist Imogen Riley desperately wants to know what happened to the ill-fated expedition led by her grandfather. On a quest for answers, she joins a team of archeologists and soldiers in Egypt. Inside a mountain tomb, they ve found a technologically advanced relic and a maze of tunnels. Dr. Nathan Trummel believes this tomb leads to the most guarded secrets of the pharaohs. When the explorers venture deep into the caves, they discover a hidden world of wonder and terror.
Steve Stred writes dark, bleak horror fiction.
Steve is the author of three novels, a number of novellas and four collections.
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