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Book Review: Marah Chase and the Conqueror's Tomb by Jay Stringer

If you like rip-roaring Tomb Raider style adventures, Marah Chase is the heroine you've been waiting for. Recruited by British Intelligence to find the tomb of Alexander the Great and a mysterious, powerful artefact it contains before a quasi-religious cult (obviously thinly based on Scientology, which cracked me up).

The action is non-stop and we get to meet quite a few characters from Marah's past, including her former mentor and her ex, as well as the attractive operative who recruits Marah and is a secondary protagonist in the story, Joanna Mason.

Oh, that's right. Didn't I mention that? Marah's an unabashed lesbian, just as happy to flirt with a pretty woman as James Bond. There's nothing more explicit in the story than a few kisses and closed-door bedroom scenes, but it's refreshing to see an LGBT story in this genre.

The book’s pacing was overall very good, some clever reveals coming at just the right moment; the only issue I had with it was that Chey Guerrera, a smuggler/pilot who is effectively Marah’s sidekick on the principal tomb raiding adventure, isn’t introduced until way too late in the story for the important role he ends up with. Nevertheless, this was a great story and I’d love to read further books in the series. Five stars.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review via NetGalley.

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