American archeologist Dr. Cliff Post and his friend Egyptian archeologist Dr. Abdul Saad discover a hidden chamber in the right paw of the Great Sphinx. Inside they find an ancient supercomputer left there thousands of years ago by ancient aliens. A terrorist group seeks to obtain possession of this supercomputer. The Hidden Chamber in the Great Sphinx is the first in a series featuring the adventures of American archeologist, Dr. Cliff Post. Be sure to read the second in the series, The Underwater Pyramid in the Bermuda Triangle.
Paperback, 110 pages
Published January 17th 2012 by Authorhouse
I was emailed a review request from a book publicity company and it was offered as a "YA mystery adventure novel set in Giza, Egypt." While I highly disagree of the usage of the words Young Adult when pitching this book for review. Does not mean I did not like the story. But I do think it's limited to a smaller range of Young Adults that may actually like the story.
Dr Cliff Post has always been interested in Egypt and when his good friend Dr. Abdul Saad invites him to participate in a dig, he jumps at the offer. Cliff is moving to be near is serious girlfriend and her son, taking time off work and now gets to work on a dream job. He couldn't be happier. But when he gets to Egypt he is gets mixed up in a complicated mess with others working on the same dig.
Teens that are highly interested in Egypt and it's history, mostly revolving around the pyramids may find this book interesting as well. There is a underlying factor that the man causing all the troubles for the team highly disagrees with the idea of "outsiders" digging up parts of Egypt. Even though he (the outsider) was asked by Dr Abdul Saad himself to join in the dig.
There are several pages of straight historical facts and information about Giza and the Sphinx itself. Some political aspects of the people of Egypt compared to the information we are given about the 13 skulls.
I did enjoy reading this story, but I also have a love of history and social studies. What I did find lacking is there is no back story to the characters, no growth and I wouldn't particularly call this story an adventure. It is a mystery, it did have fun elements of danger and intrigue and a lot of detailed information.
I would think that adults may connect with the story more so than most young adults. And especially if you have an interest in the pyramid structures themselves.