The Riddle of the Sands

sandsTitle: The Riddle of the Sands (Full Fathom Five Book Two)
Publisher: Cleis Press
Author: Geoffrey Knight
Pages: 256 pp
Price: varies

Jake the treasure hunter. Eden the biologist and explorer. Shane the cowboy and adventurer. Luca the art expert. Will the historian. Together, they have traveled the globe, seeking lost treasures, battling smugglers, assassins, and warlords.

Following the events of The Cross of Sins, the five adventurers gathered by Professor Fathom thought they would have a chance to rest and enjoy themselves. Such was not to be the case. When young Sammie — a homeless gay teenager who has been taken in and befriended by Jake — is poisoned, they find themselves racing to find both the cure and a long lost treasure: a fantastic pyramid constructed thousands of years ago by the son of Imhotep. Can they find the pyramid, defeat its many traps, and find its treasure in time to save Sammie?

Think of the Full Fathom Five series as Romancing the Stone meets Indiana Jones. Lots of action, lots of chase sequences, lots of narrow escapes — and not to be taken seriously. These books are just plain fun; the literary equivalent of rocky road ice cream. Just sit back and enjoy yourself.

So, why the review in EHS? Pyramid! Long lost pyramid! With absolutely awesome traps and riddles and monsters. Oh, and did I mention the gigantic statue of Min with the … um … moveable phallus?

As I said, not to be taken seriously. But so much fun!

Highly recommended to fans of the above films, as well as fans of James Lear, KJ Charles, Jordan L Hawk, Ginn Hale, and Megan Derr.

[Rebecca Buchanan is the editor of EHS.]