Book Review: The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh By Carolyn Arnold

The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh (Matthew Connor Adventure series Book 2) by [Arnold, Carolyn]

Mystery lovers will need to hold on to their hats for this follow-up to City of Gold, which reviewers described as “a fast-paced action adventure” that is “akin to an Indiana Jones story set in modern times.” Now, the second in the series promises to bring much of the same excitement! Join archaeologist and adventurer Matthew Connor and his friends as they go after the Emerald Tablets to save the world in The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh.

In Egypt’s Western Desert lies the tomb of an unnamed pharaoh that hides a secret so powerful, it could destroy the world as we know it.

Archaeologist and adventurer Matthew Connor has made a career of finding legends the world has all but forgotten. Though there’s one in particular that has fascinated him for years—the Emerald Tablets. Myth says that they possess the knowledge of the universe, allowing humankind to traverse Heaven and Earth, and have the power to bestow wealth and wisdom upon whoever possesses them. But if they fall into evil hands, it could cause a global disaster.

So when a former colleague stumbles across an ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic map that promises to lead to a pharaoh’s tomb and the Emerald Tablets, there’s no way he’s turning down her invitation to join the dig. He only has one stipulation: his best friends Robyn Garcia and Cal Myers come with him.

The road ahead isn’t going to be an easy one, and their shared dream of recovering the Emerald Tablets is being crushed at every turn. And just when they think it’s all over, they learn there are a few clues they have overlooked. But they’re no longer the only ones searching for the Tablets. Now, the fate of the world hangs in the balance, and soon they’ll find out that when it comes to hunting legends, they can’t trust anyone.

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Action-adventure books for the mystery lover.
Does treasure hunting excite you?
What about the thought of travelling the globe and exploring remote regions to uncover legends that the world has all but forgotten? If so, strap yourself in for an adventure with modern-day archaeologist Matthew Connor and his two closest friends. Indiana Jones meets the twenty-first century.

This is the perfect book series for fans of Indiana Jones, Lara Croft, National Treasure, and The Relic Hunter.

Also available in Matthew Connor Adventure Series

Each book may be read as a stand-alone novel, or as part of the series.

City of Gold, Matthew Connor Adventure Series Book 1

Finding the Inca’s lost City of Gold would be the discovery of a lifetime. But failing could mean her death…

Archaeologist Matthew Connor and his friends Cal and Robyn are finally home after a dangerous retrieval expedition in India. While they succeeded in obtaining the priceless Pandu artefact they sought, it almost cost them their lives. Still, Matthew is ready for the next adventure. Yet when new intel surfaces indicating the possible location of the legendary City of Gold, Matthew is hesitant to embark on the quest.

Not only is the evidence questionable but it means looking for the lost city of Paititi far away from where other explorers have concentrated their efforts. As appealing as making the discovery would be, it’s just too risky. But when Cal’s girlfriend, Sophie, is abducted by Matthew’s old nemesis who is dead-set on acquiring the Pandu statue, Matthew may be forced into action. Saving Sophie’s life means either breaking into the Royal Ontario Museum to steal the relic or offering up something no one in his or her right mind can refuse–the City of Gold.

Now Matthew and his two closest friends have to find a city and a treasure that have been lost for centuries. And they only have seven days to do it. As they race against the clock, they quickly discover that the streets they seek aren’t actually paved with gold, but with blood.

My Review

As a huge fan of Indiana Jones, I found The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh a real treat to read.  Carolyn Arnold’s hero, Matthew Connor is as dashing, intelligent and romantically confused as Indiana Jones always seems to be.

This is the second in the Matthew Connor series and I hadn’t read the first book City of Gold, but it didn’t matter.  The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh works perfectly well as a stand-alone story.

The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh combines adventure, Egyptology, suspense and romance in a very satisfying way.  Matthew dashes off to Egypt at the call of a previous colleague, Alex, who claims to have found the tomb of a pharaoh in which there is a reference to the legendary Emerald Tablets which Connor has been chasing for years.

He takes his friends, Cal (a photographer) and Robyn (who works in antiquities in a museum) with him.  All of Arnold’s characters are well fleshed out and you really feel as if you know them by the end of the story – which I won’t reveal.

Their adventures see them trapped deep below ground with snakes and when tragedy strikes one of their number, things begin to unravel.

Arnold throws you into the adventure at breakneck speed but cleverly allows the psychological tension to build between the characters as the pressure of their discovery starts to weigh heavily on them all.  Could it be a pharaoh’s curse?

There’s plenty of detail, too, about Ancient Egypt to fascinate the reader and a romantic love triangle which sees Matthew having to choose between the beautiful Robyn, who adores him but with whom things have never worked out, or the equally beautiful Alex, whose reasons for inviting Connor on the expedition may not be as innocent as they seem.

Highly recommended.

About the author

CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international best-selling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series—Detective Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, McKinley Mysteries, and Matthew Connor Adventures—and has written nearly thirty books. Her genre offers her readers everything from cosy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures.

Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.

Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower. 

I received a free copy of this book from the publishers Beck Valley Books.

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  1. 6 May, 2018 / 7:44 am

    This is definitely an incredible book, I am a fun of mystery and already loving this book

  2. 5 May, 2018 / 11:46 am

    This is a great review and the book sounds like it will be a great read.

  3. 4 May, 2018 / 12:17 pm

    Sounds like a book full of awesome adventure that we’ll all enjoy reading. I love books like this and I’d love to grab a copy!

  4. Nayna Kanabar
    4 May, 2018 / 6:53 am

    This sounds like an excellent read with lots of adventure.

  5. 3 May, 2018 / 7:47 pm

    This sounds really interesting, I’m always on the look out for books to add to my reading list.

  6. 3 May, 2018 / 8:13 am

    I loved Indiana Jones films as a child so this sounds like a book I would enjoy

  7. 3 May, 2018 / 6:48 am

    Sounds like a really interesting series, esp as I’m a huge Indiana Jones fan x

  8. Lindsay Troncone
    3 May, 2018 / 6:47 am

    Great review. Thank you for your honest feedback. I am in the need of a book that has adventure!!

  9. 2 May, 2018 / 9:37 pm

    I love the sound of these – I find Egyptology really fascinating, and mixed with some adventure sounds good

  10. 26 April, 2018 / 1:57 pm

    Thank you for reading and reviewing THE SECRET OF THE LOST PHARAOH. Your support is appreciated.

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