Monday, January 25, 2016

Blog Tour/Review: Lost King by H.B. Moore

Lost King, by H.B. Moore
2015, 338p, Historical Fiction/Suspense
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received a copy from eBooks for Review for an honest review

Undercover agent Omar Zagouri has been ordered to Giza. A prominent Egyptologist was murdered, and a priceless artifact—the only complete version of the Book of the Dead—is missing. Omar is still reeling from the recent disappearance of his girlfriend, Mia Golding, but he puts his quest to find her on hold to track down the lost piece of history.

Omar’s mission is not just to locate the sacred book; he must also rescue the two archaeologists kidnapped and forced to translate its hieroglyphics under threat of death. Their kidnapper is determined to discover the text’s rumored explosive revelation: that Moses did not receive the Ten Commandments from God but instead copied them from the Egyptians. Though Omar’s need to find Mia grows more urgent, he must focus on finding the enemy who will stop at nothing to ignite a controversy that will change history, and the world, forever.

I loved the first book in this series (you can read my review here) so my expectations were high going into this one. I'm glad to say that I wasn't disappointed and loved this one, too!

Once again, this book starts out with three storylines and it took a while to figure out what was happening. Two of them are modern times and they end up merging together. The third is about Hatshepsut, a female Pharoah, and starts in 1490 BC.

The modern-day storylines are about an undercover agent named Omar Zagouri and his girlfriend, Mia Golding. Omar is on his way to an awards dinner in Tel Aviv when he gets a phone call that there was a bomb threat at the hotel and he needs to escort a guest to the airport. Things get crazy and when the dust settles, he learns that Mia has disappeared so he is willing to do whatever he needs to in order to find her. In the second storyline, two archaeologists, Kale and Farrah, are kidnapped to translate some ancient scrolls and Omar is sent to rescue them. There are dangerous people who want the scrolls authenticated so they can figure out which church is most willing to keep them secret.

We learn the story of Hatshepsut and how she became the female Pharoah. It was an uphill battle for her since women weren't supposed to be interested in the things she was, like architecture and military strategy. Her story fascinated me! I was especially interested to see how her story would tie in to Omar's mission.

This book is fast-paced and hard to put down. There is a wide variety of characters and I enjoyed getting to know them all, whether they were good or bad. I love how this series brings Egyptian history to life and am looking forward to reading more!

Author H.B. Moore

H.B. Moore is the USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of more than a dozen historical novels set in ancient Arabia and Mesoamerica. She attended the Cairo American College in Egypt and the Anglican International School in Jerusalem and received her bachelor of science degree from Brigham Young University. She writes historical thrillers under the pen name H.B. Moore, and romance and women’s fiction under the name Heather B. Moore. It can be confusing, so her kids just call her Mom.

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