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Tomb of the God King by Julia Talbot at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Historical / Paranormal / 20th Century / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 14-May-2018

Book Blurb

Englishman Christian Hewler travels to 1920s Egypt as the man Friday to an eccentric American millionaire, hoping to make history and establish his name in archaeology. What he doesn’t count on is meeting brash hired gun Eric Lawless, an American cowboy working for a rival team, or the paranormal mystery that draws them in and has them facing down crazy archaeologists, dark entities, and even ancient gods.


From dark tombs to the burning-hot desert of the Egyptian landscape, Christian has to prove his mettle. During this dangerous game of cat and mouse, the reluctant partnership between Christian and Eric blossoms into more—maybe even a love that can last beyond the deception and terror hidden deep in the tombs of the Valley of the Kings.



First Edition published by Torquere Press, October 2006.

Book Review

After being caught in flagrante delicto with another man, English archeologist Christian Hewler, of 'Tomb of the God King' by Julia Talbot, has very few employment opportunities, especially in archeology. Then Christian meets an American archeologist, Alexander Royale, a man with more money than sense, who hires him for an expedition as a lackey. Even with the less than desirable demands Royale makes Christian agrees, because he loves his work and wants a chance to make his mark and restore his reputation.

When Christian literally runs into Eric Lawless, the enforcer for the Z group, a competitive dig, he's not impressed. Yet, after getting a good look at him, Christian is intrigued by Eric's rugged, handsome face, fit body, and silver eyes. Eric is more than curious and quite amused by the stuffy but attractive Englishman and immediately begins to needle Christian about being prim and proper in any way he can, most notably by calling him Crissey. Christian has a bad opinion of Americans as it is from his boss and Eric's behavior does nothing to ingratiate them to him. Christian relays their encounter to his boss, then has to suffer through a tirade about how crazy Zavagny is and how Christian should not be consorting with the enemy.  Royale is furious when he realizes that Zavangy's dig is right beside his. This means Royale is going to have to deal with him whether he wants to or not.

As is custom, the dig begins with a Royal Ball. Unfortunately, Christian has been ordered to attend as has Eric. In a short time and after several drinks, they are bored to tears. Eric makes a suggestion that they steal food from the party and take it back to his room. Aided by drink, during their private feast things get heated between them and in a drunken stupor, Christian admits his affinity for men. With this knowledge, Eric seduces him. They engage in a mutually satisfying sexual session, after which, Christian realizes he's made a mistake and leaves with Eric angry and thinking that Christian is a puritan who he is well done without. Since their sites are beside each other, there's no way to avoid each other. Their proximity forces out their true feelings for each other and they can't not act on them, and along with the very hot physical side of their relationship, they begin to fall in love. They begin to soon take every opportunity they can to be together.

Happenings around the site become stranger all the time. Christian starts dreaming about an ancient king and how he was betrayed and tricked by someone close to him. After that, he begins to see a man in black whom he first encountered in the market place before they began working on the site. When Eric's boss hires Christian for some interpretative work that only Christian is trained for, he can't help but be wary, but knowing that it may lead to the fame he seeks, Christian puts doubt aside and joins forces with him; Eric is the only one who knows about the project and becomes more protective than ever concerning Christian. The information Christian uncovers leads them to a mysterious cartouche that seems off, most probably containing evil forces, but curiosity causes them to forge on. Just as they begin to realize what they have discovered, they are attacked and knocked cold.

This story reminds me of a 'penny dreadful' magazine combined with an 'Indiana Jones' movie; against all odds, the heroes always win. It is told in first person which makes it difficult to discern what the characters other than Christian are thinking and feeling. The characters are well drawn and likeable and the story suspenseful.  It's fun, scary, and sexy, but, as the author states, is not necessarily historically correct. I'd recommend it for those who may enjoy lots of sex between the main characters, Egypt, ancient tombs, monsters, and setting things right. Thanks, Julia, for a good adventure.





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Format ebook and print
Length Novella, 142 pages/46150 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 11-May-2018
Price $5.99 ebook
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