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Secret of the Sands Paperback – September 7, 2007
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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." --sabrinareviews.com
"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." --TeensReadToo.com
"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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I had a philosophy professor many years ago who told the class not to have expectations. Because only we knew what we expect; others didn't know, so we would always be disappointed by not achieving or receiving the object of our expectations.
That being over-stated (BG) I must say that this was a delight of a novel. The premise is not new, but it is more well-developed than most other novels I have read. Novels which deal with the ancient civilizations, especially those which precede the Hebrews crossing the desert, the birth of Christ, and the lot. Way, way back as it were. Pre-Atlantis even!
This one goes a long way to offer an alternate view of how civilizations superior to ours got to our planet - somewhat like the Fifth Element (movie) with Bruce Willis, but this goes even further, way earlier. And not once was Atlantis mentioned as explanation.
The plot was well developed, with appropriate twists. The characters were excellently developed, each different from the others. I only missed knowing what really happened to a small girl-child but, without trying to give away more, I won't go farther.
If you like archeology, and speculation on the early Egyptian civilization's ability to build Pyramids and a Sphinx, and you enjoy a good, fast-moving who-done-it-and-why, then you must read this one.
No pun intended, but time will move very quickly as you read this novel. The two authors deserve kudos for not writing a formula novel with sex and adventure and ... the rest of the treacle that is too prevalent these days.
This is a true mystery. Well done!
Throughout the Secret of the Sands, readers are treated to the underlying knowledge of the authors about ancient Egypt, especially through their intimate descriptions of the Sphinx. The transitions between time periods and characters heightens the tension of the novel. Readers discover the intrigue of ancient Egyptian life as the modern day characters are working to decipher the clues they have found. I found myself mentally pushing the modern day characters to work harder to discover what I had just found out.
It is commonly thought that the Sphinx is older than 5000 years. By setting Secret of the Sands in the year 10,000 BC, the authors have taken advantage of this field of thought to give readers their glimpse into what must have been a magnificent time period. Highly recommended for mystery lovers and those lovers of anything Egyptian like myself. I can't wait for the next book in this series.
author of Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend