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The Forbidden Tomb (The Hunters Book 2) Paperback – February 23, 2015
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About the Author
CHRIS KUZNESKI is the #1 international bestselling author of THE PRISONER'S GOLD, THE FORBIDDEN TOMB, THE EINSTEIN PURSUIT, THE HUNTERS, THE DEATH RELIC, THE SECRET CROWN, THE PROPHECY, THE LOST THRONE, SWORD OF GOD, SIGN OF THE CROSS, AND THE PLANTATION. His thrillers have been translated into more than twenty languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide. The first book (The Hunters) in his new series is currently being made into a major motion picture, and his latest book (The Prisoner's Gold) won the ITW Thriller Award for 2016 Book of the Year.
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Kuzneski has clearly done copious amounts of research to bring this novel to fruition, and has successfully woven an entertaining archeological thriller—exactly what I was looking for when I sat down to read this book. I like the A-team approach to the series; each character has a unique personality that works well within the context of the story, and they play off each other well. I would have liked to have seen a little more character development, as well as development of the nascent attraction between Cobb (team leader) and Sarah (former spook), particularly at the (brutal) conclusion to this book, as the conditions seemed ripe for an intimate moment between the two.
So why four stars instead of five? There was quite a bit of "head-hopping" within chapters, the perspective changing between characters without chapter or section breaks. I found this a little bit disorienting. Kuzneski also set up many of the chapters with what I would consider something of an information dump by way of a preamble—breaking the flow of the story by injecting information about a historical site or cultural singularities as a narrator would.
Wierdly this elite treasure hunting group is made up of really good hearted people which kind of made it odd with the fact they were doing this for money yet knowing the private investor had some conspiracy going on with the finding of these treasures. All in all a captivating, fast-paced satisfying read.
This is the first book I have read in this series. The Hunters don’t know who they are working for or why he has them chasing these treasures. They do believe that they are doing good. In this book they are going after Alexander the Great’s tomb.
The story moves right along. Cobb and Sara unwittingly attract the attention of some local thugs. Then, while Cobb, Sara, McNutt, and Jasmine are exploring the catacombs under Alexandria, Egypt, they attract the attention of a group of priests, sworn to protect the tomb at all costs and the thugs follow them into the catacombs. Jasmine disappears just before the catacombs are destroyed by the priests. The rest of the story is a race to get Jasmine back while battling the thugs and the priests.
The team seems to have more dumb luck than actual expertise at the start of the book, however, in working to locate Jasmine they pull together and use their strengths more effectively. A couple of them have anger issues that come to the fore in their hunt for Jasmine and Sara becomes somewhat reckless.
I liked the story and I liked McNutt and Jasmine, but I didn’t particularly care for Cobb and Sara. If you like adventure, deserts, and explosions this is for you.