"Exciting and enjoyable stand alone work"
As a captain in the English army Neville Hawthorne was
stationed in Egypt where he developed a passion for
archeology. A cousin of Prince Albert told him about the
legend of the Valley of the Dust, the burial place of the
pharaoh Neferankhotep, beloved of the gods who protect the
chamber from grave robbers. Neville almost found the
pharaoh's burial place but the Protectors of the Pharaoh
stopped him. However, he managed to get directions to the
pharaoh's resting place.
Years later he mounts an expedition to find the Valley of
the Dust accompanied by his niece. His guide, Eddie an
Englishmen who served with him in the army and stayed to
marry an Islamic woman, gets them to the location after
dealing with rival archeologists and a dangerous Bedouin
tribe. When they enter the valley, they are sealed in by
the Protectors of the Pharaoh. They befriend an Egyptian
deity and are judged by the Pharaoh as well as other
deities in the Egyptian Parthenon. If they pass they can
stay in paradise or return to their own world but if they
fail, they suffer the Pharaoh's punishment.
The pantheon of the gods of ancient Egypt are alive and
thriving in the tomb of Neferankhotep but they are deities
who understand the foibles of humanity and are merciful
even to those who don't deserve it. The characters, even
the villains, are changed by their ordeal and become
better people. THE BURIED PYRAMID starts off as a Lara
Croft movie and then transforms into a fantasy novel.
Jane Lindskold has written an exciting and enjoyable stand
alone work with characters that are heroically flawed.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted April 30, 2004