Rogue archeologist Marah Chase is approached by MI6 with an impossible mission: to help them recover a lost treasure with the potential to destroy humanity.
Once a rising star in the field of archaeology, Marah Chase is now a black-market treasure hunter, her services available to the highest bidder. But when she s caught “rescuing” relics in Syria before they’re destroyed by war, an MI6 officer named Joanna Mason approaches her with an offer she can’t refuse: help save the world or rot in prison.
All Chase has to do is find Alexander the Great s lost tomb, recover an ancient weapon of mass destruction he may have used to conquer the earth, and destroy it before the bad guys can get it. Among those adversaries are a powerful church that believes in a forgotten epoch of advanced alien technology, the white supremacist thugs in its employ, and the rival archaeologist who recently left Chase for dead.
Chase can’t resist a challenge or the British spy recruiting her. There’s just one problem. If Chase has any hope of unearthing Alexander’s tomb before the forces hot on her heels do, she’ll need the help of the one person she’s been afraid to see since her fall from grace: Zoe Forrester, the heir to a hidden journal that holds the key and Chase’s ex-girlfriend.
A contemporary homage to the best adventure stories of literature, television, and film, Marah Chase and the Conqueror’s Tomb is an action-packed, globe-trotting quest, perfect for anyone who’s ever thought Indy really ought to be Jewish, female, and gay.
In Marah Chase and the Conquerors Tomb, Jay Stringer punches you right in the face with a giant boxing glove filled with action and adventure. Right from the gecko, he presents you with a well thought out novel. With helping after helping of historical facts and back story, he brings this exciting treasure hunting story alive with an abundance of thrills, close calls, and crazy twists that you may or may not have seen coming.
As you follow the main character, Marah Chase, around, you soon realize why she is the star of this novel. She’s smart, beautiful, good with a gun, and a bit crazy. To some, this might leave her looking a bit rough around the edges. To me, this left an impression of her being the love child between Tom Cruises character Jack Reacher and Aileen Wuornos. She was more than enough to keep you glued to the pages just to see what trouble would walk into her life next.
Along this feat of relic hunting, she surrounds her self with a few colourful supporting characters. First of all, you have Zoe Forrester, brought up by money and a dysfunctional family, Joanna Mason who is probably just as sharp shooting with a firearm as Marah Chase, and Chuy Guerrero, who had the best lines in the story. I enjoyed this mixture of these protagonists as they swirled together like some type of romantic breakfast smoothie. They made the book, not only exciting but added the romantic flair to the plot here and there.
Out of the good guys, I felt Guerrero was one of the most enjoyable characters in the book as he brought a few smiles to my face with his comic relief. It would be awesome to read a whole novel of some of his adventures.
Just like every book, if there is a good guy, there is a bad guy. This book didn’t fall short and had some pretty ruthless protagonist. Out of all of them, I found Parish to be the evilest of them all. Jay Stringer hit the nail right on the head when he made this character as he made him into somebody that you wanted to slap silly if you ever saw him in the street.
One thing that I didn’t like about the story was that there were too many factions. This could have just been me, but I had to keep it sorted on who belonged to what faction.
Overall, this book is fast paced, exciting, and filled for thrills. The story of the search for Alexander the Great’s tomb and the might Aten was a well worth read. If you are a devoted fan of finding lost treasure and a slew of danger that goes with it, give this book a try. Especially if you enjoy reading authors like James Rollins, Steven Berry, or Matthew Reilly.
I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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