It's a long time since I've read a novel from the Jack Howard series. I was hooked on the series when Atlantis came out. It seemed a good time to pick up the series when I saw this book in a second hand (pre-loved) bookshop in Barnsley. Would I be once again disappointed with picking up a series after a few years? Well, no, although this one was a bit different to the others.
Jack Howard finds a plaque in a sunken ship in the Mediterranean Sea. It ties in with a friend's archaeological dig in Egypt, where he is pushed into a historical mystery involving General Gordon and Khartoum. It's a story told in half through a survivor of Gordons campaign in Sudan. One that holds answers to an Egyptian mystery.
I quite liked the way the story of the past is told in full. There's a lot to digest in the story and at times you find yourself flitting back the pages to sort out some of the timelines. The description of the past is very well done. At times you can smell the camels and stench of the Nile. The story keeps flipping through the two eras before the conclusion of the book. It's obvious the story will be continued in the next book and so the ending feels a little flat but doesn't detract from the overall story.
A solid read but maybe only for those who've invested in the Jack Howard series.