"Terrific paranormal romantic suspense thriller"
CommOptima CEO Tobias Benton believes he has located the
legendary Fountain of Youth inside a cave in the Sierra
Nevada Mountains. On the outside "door" is letters written
in ancient Nimian. Tobias knows the person capable of
breaking the code to allow entry; he assumes forced access
will prove dangerous as he expects booby traps everywhere.
Tobias sends for employee Claire Coulter offering her a
deal she cannot refuse. She will go to the site and
translate the Nimian runes for him in exchange for her
brother obtaining the kidney transplant he desperately
needs to live.
Needing money to keep his ranch Dark Horse Ranch owner Jack
Hughes reluctantly agrees to escort Tobias and Claire to
the cave, a three day ride by horseback though he hates
going near there, having suffered a paranormal experience
there as a teen. At the same time Set, an Ancient One,
seeks the healing powers of the Fountain too and plans to
use the human pawns to help him attain his objective;
afterward he will dispatch these worthless creatures.
This terrific paranormal romantic suspense thriller has
some tenuous ties to the previous Forbidden Tarot tale, THE
DARK LORD, but clearly can be perused without reading the
first tale. Claire is a wonderful protagonist willing to
sacrifice everything including ethics and love to save her
sibling's life; she adds a deep moral dilemma/fiber to the
tale. Jack is also interesting as he denies love while
Tobias is fixated on finding the Fountain of Youth.
However, the most fascinating character remains Set, whose
appearances are somewhat limited yet tells quite a back
tale involving the Golden Ones and much more.
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted October 15, 2005
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 24, 2007