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Their detailed storytelling paints a picture of ancient Egypt in all its glory. The end of the novel leaves the reader curious and wanting more. This reader can hardly wait for the sequel, Destiny of the Sands. --Authors on the Rise Book Reviews

"The authors have successfully woven a story based on archeological events mixed with their own ideas of what happened to the Sphinx and the mysteries surrounding it."

"Rai Aren & Tavius E. write a spellbinding mix of mystery, history, fantasy, and adventure in this tale of two histories - telling a story of misused power, learning how to trust, and the fate of civilization."

"Secret of the Sands mixes mystery, ancient Egypt, romance, and as well as paranormal elements to make a fascinating novel." --Cheryl Koch, Amazon Vine Voice

"A deep probing mystery riddled with prophecy and danger, Secret of the Sands uses Egypt and her mythology as a backdrop to delve into the meanings of life and religion." --McNally Robinson

From the Author

Secret of the Sands is a highly unique cross-genre novel with a double-storyline. The genres it encompasses are mystery, suspense, adventure, and historical fiction, combined with an element of speculative sci-fi. The story revolves around Great Sphinx of Giza and alternate theories about its age and origins. The idea for the book came from a program on the Discovery Channel where archaeologists were proposing that the Sphinx might very well be thousands of years older than the history texts state. Rai & Tavius have been fascinated by ancient Egypt their entire lives, so this program immediately sparked their imaginations and creative fire. With this story they have woven a new (fictional) chapter to ancient Egyptian history with an explanation for the true origin and purpose of the mysterious and enigmatic Great Sphinx.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: RFS Publications; 1st edition (September 14, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419675524
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419675522
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,179,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Photos: Rai & Star Wars clone friend; Official author photo: Rai Aren on the right, Tavius E. on the left.

RAI AREN (Twitter: @raiaren), co-author of SECRET OF THE SANDS, its sequel DESTINY OF THE SANDS, and LOST CITY OF GOLD.

Rai is super-proud that both books, archaeology adventure/alternate historical fiction/mystery novels, have been Amazon kindle BESTSELLERS (thank-you readers!) and that SECRET OF THE SANDS is the 2009 "Fiction-Mystery" silver medalist. She and Tavius are also thrilled at the ongoing fan following that both books are enjoying. Your messages and support mean the world to us!

You can learn more about our adventures on our homepage at:



Rai loves the stories of Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Star Trek, Stargate, Indiana Jones (her first kitty cat is named Indiana, Indy for short), and The Matrix (take the red pill!), to name but a few. She loves getting lost in these enchanting worlds and studying their underlying philosophies. Ancient Egypt has held a particular fascination for her since childhood. She is a HUGE sci-fi geek and has turned her own family into Trekkies (boo-yeah!) She hopes you all live long and prosper :)

Rai feels that novels have the ability to take us on magic carpet rides, allowing us to escape into fascinating and engaging worlds, where the stories become real to us. Storytelling is an ancient, timeless practice and is an integral part of who we are. For Rai, writing a novel is a similar, but far more intense experience and she is thrilled to be a part of such an honored tradition. She believes that these stories are out there, waiting and wanting to be told - that they travel the universe in search of the door, the conduit, to the soul who is meant to tell their tale. She hopes you enjoy the worlds she & Tavius have opened the doors to...


Tavius E. enjoys movies such as The Lord of the Rings and The Star Wars trilogies, which have ignited his imagination. Authors such as David Eddings and Dan Brown have inspired him to write.

He also enjoys learning about ancient Egypt and archaeology. He sometimes looks up at the stars in the skies and wonder about all the amazing stories that have never been told. As a result, he and his friend, Rai Aren, are pursuing their shared interests of being successful storytellers.


Rai & Tavius are working on the third and final book in the Secret of the Sands trilogy, REVELATION OF THE SANDS.

In addition, Rai is continuing work on her solo projects - the first is a short novel entitled LOST CITY OF GOLD, which will become part of a series of archaeology adventure/thriller/mystery stories, called the "Ancient Quest Mystery Series".

Stay tuned for more details to come!

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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful By ellen VINE VOICE on May 28, 2008
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There are a few books I picked up and could not let go - Secret of the Sands is one of them!
Rai Aren and Tavius E. have written a book that takes place in ancient ancient Egypt and present day Egypt near the Sphinx. A pair of young archaeology students, a young man and woman - Mitch and Alex are on a dig and suddenly discover a mysterious box, and with the help of two friends they open the box that is so old, it predates anything else known - the glyphs are in a different form, the metal not known in the current world.
The ancient era story details how this box and the information came to be and the backstory of the characters that will play through this amazing trilogy.
As I was reading Sands, I kept thinking of the pace is much like Raiders of the Lost Ark, because it is that good and that well paced.
The co-writing team of Rai Aren and Tavius E. have come up with movie material and what a movie it will make!
For those of us who are lovers of the ancient worlds, Egypt, present and past, archaeology, the metaphysical, and mystical happenings, this is a great choice for you.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By L. Mcgrew on January 29, 2011
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I am mystified at the positive reviews received by this book. It's clear to me that it's been self-published and/or produced by a publisher that doesn't understand how to edit. But even once I can get beyond the grammatical and style problems presented by essentially unedited writing, most of the characters are two-dimensional or unbelievable, and the descriptions of Egypt 10,000 years in the past are sparse and not convincing. Expository writing is completely sacrificed to action and dialog. Battle scenes include things inappropriate for the context such as cannons, guns, and steel. There is almost no attempt to draw a picture of daily life, and when the authors do venture into that territory it seems silly and rings false. We are supposed to accept everything that doesn't make sense since it is out of context because we have been vaguely led to understand that these people are from an alien culture with advanced technology. Yet even that doesn't offer any satisfactory explanation for much of what happens, and by the end of the book, it's clear that you are going to have to wade your way through a sequel which may or may not provide more insight. I am under the impression that one of these authors can write better than the other one. If so, My advice to them as a team is to put that person in charge of writing the entire next book with just some creative input from the other. There are some good and even interesting ideas in this novel. But I would never recommend slogging through it just to occasionally find them because the execution is so poor. Don't waste your time or your money. I wish that I had not.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By P. Martucci on December 30, 2010
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Secret of the Sands is a very entertaining and exciting tale of ancient Egypt and modern archeology. The authors succeed in painting the ancient world and its characters in realistic and memorable fashion. Secret of the Sands is a story of adventure, wonder, betrayal, forgiveness, suspense, and action - all the elements that so often can be weaved together into a blockbuster movie. A hope this tale gets the opportunity to reach the big screen - i'll be amongst the first in line to see it! Fans of adventure tales like Indian Jones will love this book.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mary B. Deats on April 21, 2008
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I would givet this a 2. 5 stars, but can't do halves, so three it is. "Secrets of the Sands" is a book that has many good aspects contained within it. The idea as to whether or not the Sphinx, etc. were connected to a possible alien visit/settlement from Orion is a concept that has been discussed over the years by many different groups. The shifting between the two time eras was a good idea as well. I found the main characters, of the present times,however, to be almost cartoonish, or better suited for video games. Maybe I am expecting more delineation of character through description and less through the 'Gee wizz' high school level dialogue that thoroughly littered the scenes set in the present. Surely the two main characters are a BIT more mature than how they were presented? Their side kicks in the lab were nothing more than mere cartoons in development, trying to 'out-silly' each other. The lead archeologist, as the 'bad guy' was really just too far fetched and simplified. Far more difficult to create a 'bad guy' person who has good points as well, which we all know make the character much more believable. The whole set up in the current times was just too unbelievable and simplified as to characters, I was turned off by them.
The concept of the Pharom, which when I read it brought immediately to mind the ancient wonder of the world set in Alexandria was a clever idea and a great lead in to a continuation of the series, which one hopes the following volumne will carry forward.

The setting and action of the ancient era was much better written, almost like two different people wrote the two sections, so did the two of you divide up the story and each do your 'part'?
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Susan J. McLeod on September 1, 2008
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Have you ever wondered how old the Sphinx really is? Have you been intrigued by the mysteries swirling like the desert sands around this awesome ancient monument? Rai Aren and Tavius E. have written a mesmerizing story in which two young archaeologists discover an artifact that could provide all of the answers. But they are not the only ones who are interested in this relic, for it holds a power unlike anything seen on Earth before...
Secret of the Sands takes us back 12,000 years to the origins of the artifact and the people who created it. Their story is interwoven with the lives of the archaeologists studying it in the present. Both sets of characters are so well-drawn that I could swear I heard them breathing!
This novel is packed with adventure and suspense, and the style is fast-paced and filled with vivid description.When I got to the end I thought "oh no!" I wanted more, more, more! But I'll have to wait for Destiny of the Sands to get it. Rai and Tavius, please hurry up with that sequel!
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