Multi-volume author, Diamond Wilson, introduces us to Dangers in the Desert:
Maylee and Rafi trek through the Sinai desert on camelback, headed for Cairo—but they aren’t the only ones looking for the Queen. Danger is waiting for them amongst the pyramids, and a secret society that teeters on the edge of good and evil might just take them down. Or, it might be their only hope. In the meantime, Smith is still in Montana—but with the click of a mouse, the world is a very small place. The shield between Smith and his data trackers is only as thick as his Internet security, and with the college students on vacation, his TOR blanket is pretty thin. On top of it all, Johann Barker left a trail of clues behind him when he died—clues that point to a secret far more personal than the missing Queen. Amjad and Jerome must find all the clues, decipher the code, and face a familial shock that tests their integrity. One thing’s for sure, they’re going to have to work together to find the Queen, but in this game of intrigue, it’s hard to know whom they can trust.
I enjoyed this book more than the first! Diamond shows some writing growth, she had more plot threads to weave together and introduced more suspense! I particularly like that she provided clear breaks for scene and plot changes, and I really love her chapter titles, they added a nice touch of humor.
Her scene descriptions are crisp and very believable. I love the dialogues and the action is plentiful. She keeps the story moving at a good pace, something else I appreciate as a reader.
Even though this book is ostensibly aimed at the YA market, I had several hours of reading pleasure as a senior adult. I enjoyed this story and the first volume The Caves of Qumran so much, I hope there will be a third volume. With enough encouragement from us, the readers, it could happen.
Dangers in the Desert gets a score of 4.8/5 stars. The handful of spelling errors is the only thing preventing a higher score.
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Bonus: Diamond gave a TEDx talk in April of 2016, I think it is worth sharing:
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Israel, Dead Sea, Egypt, Pyramids, desert, peacock, Jerusalem, YA, MG, scrolls, conspiracy, mystery, action, suspense, history, intrigue, romance
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An avid reader, typobuster, and the Hyper-Speller. I am a husband, father, and grandfather.
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