Cries from the Lost Island

DAW. Mar. 2020. 320p. ISBN 9780756415785. $26. FANTASY
At 16, Colorado schoolkid Hal is obsessed with ancient Roman and Egyptian history and mythology. Cleo Mallawi, his best friend, is from Egypt and believes she is Cleopatra reborn. She also believes she is being stalked by an ancient demon, Ammut. She calls him in danger; he and his friend Roberto rush to help but are too late. Cleo dies in Hal’s arms. Not knowing who murdered Cleo and having a difficult time with grief, Cleo’s uncle suggests that Hal and Roberto go to Egypt to work on his archaeological dig. The boys set out on an expedition with no idea of whom to trust or what might happen, enthusiastically embracing the challenges.
VERDICT This stand-alone from Gear (coauthor with husband W. Michael Gear, People of the Canyons; Star Path) is a great adventure with lots of suspense and danger, well researched and bringing history to life with vivid descriptions.
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