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Of course they are, and so we enter into a story that mixes the Olmec of Central America with Egypt and the mystery of Cleopatra. The story, especially in about the first third, has the distinct flavor of an Indiana Jones movie, complete with an evil Russian mobster who is actually financing the dig, for reasons that only appear far later, and a gorgeous young "intern" who is far more knowledgeable than might be expected for a person of her experience. About all that's missing is some wise-cracking local kid.
As the book goes on, though, it begins to drag with a lot of baggage of who loves whom, who hates whom, and a lot of repetition from multiple viewpoints. It takes so long and so many hints are thrown out that the reader knows exactly who everybody is (rather than who they say they are) long before the book gets there. There is at least one twist right at the end, though, that does rather make up for all the dragging the reader has been put through. The revelation of the true situation of each character after a while is almost anti-climactic.
The book started as a 4+ star for me, exciting and mysterious, with quite a bit of action. By the middle of the book, though, the anchor is thrown out and the action turns into plodding. I also noticed that for the first half of the book, there were essentially no errors in spelling, tense, or word usage. The second half starts having those issues a lot, as if only half the book got edited.
The overall judgment of the book for me is down to 2 stars by the end, though I rather debated going to three. If it just had the pickup in action that it does near the end, that third little thing would be up there, but the growing issues with tense, usage, placement and spelling just kept it down.
If you are into Egyptian mythology-based stories, this is likely a good read for you. For anyone else, it's really a debate between enjoying the first half or slugging through the second half.
Interesting reversal at the end, where I really had to strain in my memory of various Egyptian Dynasties and Gods.
At the end - bad "people" are punished. Good "people" kinda lose their purpose, but we still end up feeling happy for them.
Definitely grab the book if you like mystery and alternate historic timeline.
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