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Queen Cleopatra of Egypt has died and her body is secretly moved to a hidden location by devoted subjects who remain true to their religion and leader in The Lost Tomb of Cleopatra by JT Osbourne. While the ancient drama plays out, the story fast forwards to today when archaeologist Brook Burlington struggles through criticism and outright ridicule to find the famous queen’s last resting place. A surprise contact from an ex-boyfriend convinces Brook to come to Egypt to try to find the long-lost tomb. Past hurts and injustices plague Brook as she remembers her father’s downfall due to unscrupulous collectors, as well as her own battle with trying to prove herself in her field. Not sure if she can trust anyone, Brook enlists the assistance of several acquaintances and leads her own investigation of the clues that have turned up. The trouble is staying ahead of the gunmen who seem to have their own agenda for finding the ancient burial site.
Wonderfully researched and beautifully written, The Lost Tomb of Cleopatra is an exciting and engrossing story covering over 2000 years. JT Osbourne weaves several time lines together, adding richness and depth to the plot and helping to build suspense as past and present seem to converge in the middle of the Sahara Desert. The well-developed characters fulfill their roles, moving the action along with humor, seriousness and definite emotional involvement, growing and discovering exactly what is important. The scope of the action and involvement of a wide-ranging assortment of people is interesting and really adds to the overall effect of the story. The Lost Tomb of Cleopatra provides great mystery and intrigue as well as a clear portrayal of numerous historic events and fields of study. Great story and the basis for more stories about Brook! Exciting and informative.