Masks of the Lost Kings
by Tom Bane
I have been SO crazy busy at work and at home and the craziness has affected my book reviews! Actually it has stifled my reading as well and I have only been able to dedicate maybe twenty minutes a day to reading – way too little time to get into a book and to become absorbed in the story. Luckily life is slowing down a bit and I am about to board the review train this weekend; destination…Masks of the Lost Kings by Tom Bane!
An epic archeological adventure, Masks of the Lost Kings is a conspiracy story involving an Oxford University graduate student named Suzy da Silva. Suzy is a bright and upcoming archeologist who is researching her thesis on the link between Christianity and the ancient Egyptian culture. She is introduced to the Horus Corporation, the company funding her research, by Professor Piper. When she arrives in Egypt she is emerged into an ancient mystery surrounding the ancient cultures of both Egypt and Mexico. The mystery involves sacred numbers used by the Egyptians and the Mayans; small clues left in their temples that could potentially unravel a truth about the Earth’s future. Along the way Suzy is given clues from an anonymous source about this secret truth, and with the help of astrophysicist Tom Brookings, is about to discover what has been hidden for thousands of years. The only problem, some very important and influential people wish to keep this truth a secret…now Suzy and Tom are not only trying to find the answers hidden in the past but they are also fighting to stay alive in the present!
I enjoyed reading this story because of my love for mythology and of ancient cultures; these were the main factors that attracted me to the book, and they also became the reason I continued to read the book. Although the story was interesting enough, I felt the characters lacked substance. Yes, there was a background story to the main characters – Suzy and Tom – but for some reason they both didn’t really grow on me. I actually had more of a connection with Professor Logan; he seemed more realistic in his actions and behavior. That being said, the overall story was intriguing as the author kept the reader guessing. There were a few times I thought I knew who was behind the attempts on Suzy’s life only to doubt my sleuthing skills by some other circumstance that arose. Same with the mystery…I never really unraveled the clues until the very end when the author wanted you to unravel them. To me, having the reader not really know the outcome until the end is a good sign that the story is complex enough to entertain and engage the reader throughout the entire book, not just the beginning.
I hope I don’t sound too negative in my review of Masks of the Lost Kings because I like the mystery that Tom Bane weaved together. The history surrounding the Egyptians and Mayans piqued my curiosity for those cultures and the lessons on those two subjects were fun to read about. I was pleased with the ending and felt satisfied when finishing the story. It was just the development of the two main characters and the keeps me from praising this book to the fullest.
Who would be interested in reading this book? If you like history and like to read about ancient cultures then you would really enjoy reading Masks of the Lost Kings. Same with those who like mysteries, because when reading this book you will be trying to solve the riddle in the story. The story also mentions and about the Mayan calendar and the mystery of 2012, so if you are into “the end of the world” conspiracies or like to read about what it could possibly mean, then you better pick up this book before the year is over (not that the book focuses only on 2012 but it does play a part in the story). As for the age of the reader, I would say this book is for the adult reader – anyone over the age of 17 will be able to read and understand it.
Find out more about the author, Tom Bane, at his website: www.tombane.com
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