#Adventure Review: Tomb of the God King by Julia Talbot (@juliatalbot)

Tomb of the God King was a fun read. All I wanted out of it was a b-movie adventure, something akin to the old serials that inspired Indiana Jones and Rick O'Connell, and on that it delivered. There's plenty of action and adventure, creepy horror, and intrigue, all set in 1920s Egypt. Julia Talbot does take some liberties with Egyptian history and mythology, but she admits that herself in the introduction, so you can hardly hold it against her.

There was more sex to it than I expected - a lot more - which may be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on what you're looking for. I didn't have a problem with it, but what did strike me as odd is the ease with which Christian and Eric move from enemies to lovers. It's hard to fathom, given the era and the setting, especially when we know Christian has been blacklisted for his sexuality, but it is fiction, and a speedy romance is expedient to the plot.

The characters are all solid, more than capable of carrying the story, and the dialogue rings true for their cultures and the times. There's some much-needed humor to their interactions, and legitimate tension between millionaire treasure hunters and hired guns. The dark dreams that drive Christian towards discovery are a nice touch, and the little glimpses of the supernatural keep things interesting. There are some plot holes that are never resolved (who poisoned Christian?), a few developments that are too easily glossed over (how did a small crack turn into a full-fledged tomb?), and a few typos that I'm hoping get fixed in the final published draft (a salary of X pounds stands out), but those are minor quibbles.

I wanted an archaeological adventure, complete with mummies, curses, snakes, tombs, and backstabbing villains, and Tomb of the God King delivered on all of it. I was entertained enough that those little quibbles don't matter.

Kindle Edition
Published May 13th 2018 by Dreamspinner Press (first published August 27th 2006)

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary ARC of this title from the publisher in exchange for review consideration. This does not in any way affect the honesty or sincerity of my review.