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"A fun, fast-paced read that
will keep you guessing."
When I took Michael Cole's book Secrets of El Tovar Canyon into my hands, I knew that I was in for the ride on another adventure. And I wasn't disappointed. The book really took me in just like his previous novels I had the honor and the privilege to review. What Michael has done is to craft an adventure and mystery story that stirs the reader's imagination.
In this novel, an archaeologist Michael Brogan and his academic partner Dr. Cheryl Cone follow the clues left by a mysterious gold tablet inscribed with ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and enigmatic glyphs written in an unknown language. Driven by scientific curiosity, they trace the object's origin to Egypt to uncover an ancient secret that holds the key to the future of mankind.
I must say the book is one of the best adventure novels I have read. Michael Cole's skill at storytelling and his imagination rival the masters of adventure such as David Morell, Clive Cussler, Jack Du Brul, Steven Coonts, Douglas Preston, and Lee Child. Reading the book I could almost feel the sand under my feet and the strength of an artifact inscribed with glyphs and made of almost indestructible metal. The characters, both good and evil, are unique and their motives are clear. What feels like an archaeological expedition becomes an adventure unlike any other with a surprising twist at the very end. I highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a good story.
Author of Swordpoint, Planet of Gods, and Planet of Men
The Book Club Radio Program Podcast
Listen to John Austin from the "Book Club" interview Michael Cole about two of his books, The Papyrus Document and Secrets of El Tovar Canyon, as well as what he's working on now!
Michael Cole's new book, Secrets of El Tovar Canyon, is a captivating story of the "aliens have visited earth" theme found often in American literature. However, Cole's creative angle and more believable plot involves the pyramids of Egypt and El Tovar Canyon on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon, Arizona.
Cole's writing is direct and not convoluted. His character's are vivid and interesting in and of themselves. The book is a quick read with short chapters and it held my interest throughout a round-trip flight from LAX to Detroit. Some movie directorlike Steven Spielbergcould develop a good and profitable movie out of Cole's story.
Laguna Beach, CA
As I turned each page, I was anxious to discover the SECRETS OF EL TOVAR CANYON. Michael Cole, a wonderful storyteller, keeps you in suspense, and emotionally involved in each character. He is concise, creative, and holds your interest to the very end.
An Enjoyable Read.
Michael Cole's third mystery novel, Secrets of El Tovar Canyon, puts a new twist on the age-old questions: How old is the Sphinx?
Who were the architects of the pyramids? The traditional theory
that the pharaohs built the great monuments four thousand years
ago is shattered.
When an ancient tablet with mysterious cuneiforms is found at
the bottom of the Grand Canyon, an unscrupulous antiquities dealer
hires an archaeologist to identify its origin. Unable to decipher the
hieroglyphic-type writing, he contacts an Egyptologist, an archeoastronomer,
and a world-renowed cryptologist.
They set off to Egypt on an adventure to try and link the ancient tablet
to a golden statue deep within the Sphinx's paw.
Just as they feel they're on the verge of discovering the secret
contained in the cryptologist's message, the U.S. government mysteriously
intervenes. Ending in a long-forgotten cave in Arizona, they are now faced
with an appalling choice: to share with the world what they have learned
and compromise U.S. security, or to keep the information to themselves
and relegate future generations to an inhospitable world.
"A four-thousand-year-old theory is shattered. You'll find yourself enthralled."
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