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The Oracle by D.J. Niko

August 1, 2016

Medallion Press:  Aurora, IL 2015 (PB) The Oracle is the third installment of D.J. Niko’s adventure series featuring Cambridge archaeologist Sarah Weston and her erstwhile (and sometimes trustworthy) side kick and occasional lover, American anthropologist Daniel Madigan.  The author conceives…


Mountain Rampage by Scott Graham

June 1, 2016

Torrey House Press, LLC:   Salt Lake City, UT 2015 (PB) The second entry in Scott Graham’s “National Park Mystery” series, featuring contract archaeologist Chuck Bender, includes many of the same elements that made his initial Canyon Sacrifice such a delight…


The Riddle of Solomon by D.J. Niko

January 1, 2015

Medallion Press 2013 (PB) D.J. Niko’s “Sarah Weston Chronicles” are simply stated, a guilty pleasure!  The Riddle of Solomon follows hot on the heels of The Tenth Saint, which was reviewed here some months ago.  In that initial volume, the…


The Moses Virus by Jack Hyland

November 1, 2014

Taylor Trade Publishing:  Lanham, MD 2014 (HC) First-time fiction author Jack Hyland’s The Moses Virus starts out with a bang and a tantalizing plotline.  As a trustee of the American Academy of Rome, New York University professor of forensic archaeology…


The Tenth Saint by D.J. Niko

June 1, 2014

Medallion Press: 2012 (pb) It’s always gratifying to discover a new author and a new fiction series that features archaeology as an important aspect of the story line.  So it was when Amazon.com informed me that “If you liked *******,…


Beranek’s Stand by Ray M. Schultze

September 1, 2013

BookSurge Publishing:  North Charleston, SC 2010 (pb) An imaginative and credible archaeological dig provides the setting for this entertaining and well-written self-published novel by author Roy M. Schultze, a retired journalist. Charles Beranek is a popular scholar/lecturer Columbia University professor…


The Lost Goddess by Tom Knox

November 1, 2012

Viking Penguin:  New York 2012 (HC) Tom Knox has again authored an imaginative—and violent—thriller, using a literary device he first employed in his first effort, The Genesis Secret, to great effect.  He initially spins two tales—widely divergent in terms of…


The Explorer’s Code by Kitty Pilgrim

April 1, 2012

Scribner:  New York 2011 (HC) Former CNN journalist and co-anchor Kitty Pilgrim has written an often-charming, sometimes puzzling adventure yarn that takes its protagonists from the high society enclaves of Monaco to the frozen wastes of arctic Norway, with numerous…


Quest by David Wood

March 1, 2012

Gryphonwood Press:  Grayson, GA 2011 (pb), eKindle (2011) Young Professor Thomas Thornton has led an “ecology fieldtrip” into the deep recesses of the Amazon rainforest, but when he, his grad assistant and two undergraduates fail to return as scheduled, his…


The Ark by Boyd Morrison

October 1, 2011

Touchstone:  New York 2010 (HC) Boyd Morrison’s novel The Ark is a standard contemporary thriller with a relatively thin veneer of archaeology as a backdrop.  UCLA bio-archaeologist Dilara Kenner is summoned from her Incan excavation in Peru to meet an…