Rating: 4 of 5
Author: Rai Aren & Tavius E.
Available: Paperback, Kindle
In present day Egypt, young Egyptologists Alexandra Logan and her coworker Mitch begin experiencing strange dreams while excavating near the Sphinx. Seeming almost more like an alternative reality than a dream, they discover ancient scrolls containing a language pre-dating the Egyptian culture. However, the containers within which they are found, though carbon dated to ancient times, contain materials and metallurgy far beyond the capabilities previously known to exist. Mitch and Alex search for the answers regarding the secrets long held within the scrolls. Little do they realize the power that has been locked away for centuries that is about to be unleashed once again.
In Secret of the Sands, Rai Aren and Tavius E. introduce an intriguing premise of a pre-Egyptian culture that provides answers to many of Egypt’s mysteries such as the genesis of the Sphinx and its purpose. The book carriers two story arcs, that of the present day Egyptologists and that of the pre-Egyptian culture where a royal family struggles to maintain control and power. The majority of the book takes place in the past which is the strength of the book. The king and his priests initiate a secret project shrouded in mystery which in turn alienates his brother and his power hungry wife who will stop at nothing to gain control. Politics, conspiracy, adultery, murder, mystery, and supernatural events combine to make this an interesting tale.
The present day action and characters are less engaging but serve their purpose in forming the foundation for events that have transpired in the past. Secret of the Sands, while a complete volume, leaves open the door with a few unanswered questions to be resolved in the forthcoming sequel.