Review of “Hall of the Golden Crocodiles: The Aten Sequence 2”, by Cynthia Marsh

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It’s one thing to run out of fuel on a country road, miles from anywhere.  It’s quite another when that country road is on an insignificant planet, in an ancient time, on the other side of the galaxy.  Not only is there no fuel, no one even knows what “fuel” is–even  if you were to ask them.

Aten and his band of space travelers, which includes dog-faced Druitt, Galasian cocktail waitress Tuy, and 21st -century Earth boy Luke, find themselves in this situation.  Looking for a remedy to their fuel problem, they befriend Egyptian royalty, waiting for a chance to learn their magical secrets.

And they finally get that chance, when a plan goes very wrong.  Surprisingly enough, it’s the errors they make that bring them success.

Although they didn’t really need a tomb robber turning into a tiny-brained Galasian.  (His fault–he shouldn’t have made Tuy angry…)

The plan was for Luke and his friend Neferptah to plant a tracking device on the princess, Merytamen, and then let Aten do what he had to do.  But that turned into a fiasco, which saw the boys, Aten and the crew, Merytamen’s brothers and their friends, and a group of terrified tomb robbers under the claw of aforementioned Galasian newbie, all converging on the Temple of Karnak.  There is danger everywhere under the temple, and they all find themselves running from a host of problems–mostly each other.

And, of course, from the now-living golden crocodiles.

Words to live by:  if you see a jewel-encrusted gold crocodile–do not take his treasures.  Ever.  Tuy is easier to deal with.

 

This is the second book in the series, and even though I didn’t read the first one, it was still very enjoyable.  Of course, there were references in the story to the first book (“Pharoah’s Gold”), but they didn’t detract from the story line here.  In fact, they gave the story a little extra flavor–the references were built in smoothly  throughout the book, and gave “Crocodiles” a dimension that it otherwise would not have had.

There are a lot of characters in this book, and Ms. Marsh has done an exceedingly good job of giving each one a personality and a life all his or her own.  The egocentric Aten, sarcastic Tuy, unhappy Druitt, and happy-go-lucky, fun’s-where-you-find-it Luke are just the tip of the iceberg–or should I say pyramid.

Add in a talking cat or two, and you have one fantastic adventure!

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