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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Review: Into The Jaws Of The Lion

Into The Jaws Of The Lion
by N. S. Wikarski


GENRE: Adventure/mystery



This book is number 5 in a 7 book mystery/thriller/adventure series. It can, however, be read as a standalone.  The author is providing a summary of the Arkana series for the tour hosts' convenience.

Where do you hide a mysterious artifact that has the power to change the course of history? You scatter clues to its whereabouts across the entire planet. Five objects buried beneath the rubble of ancient civilizations point to the hiding place of a mysterious artifact called the Sage Stone. A secret society and a fanatical religious cult vie against one another in a global treasure hunt to claim the prize. Only one can win. More importantly, only one can survive.



Chapter 1—Knot Good
In A Foreign Land – Long Past Midnight

“Watch out!” The Pythia’s warning came too late.

Several dark figures swarmed from behind the boulders lining the trail, jumping Cassie and Griffin. Before the pair knew what was happening, they were body-slammed to the ground.

Half a dozen voices were talking at once, demanding answers in a language Cassie didn’t understand. She blinked as half a dozen flashlights pointed their intrusive beams in her face.

“What’s going on?” she asked dazedly. “Does anybody here speak English?”

More voices joined the hostile chorus. Rough hands reached out to drag her toward some unknown destination. She stumbled up a rock-strewn path and was thrust inside a small tent. Griffin was propelled in after her. Two of their assailants followed and forced them to sit back-to-back against the central tent pole, tethering their hands to the stake with thick hemp rope.

Without a word of explanation, their attackers left and shut the tent flap behind them. The voices outside continued to angrily debate some unknown topic.

Cassie tried to twist around but couldn’t. “Griffin?” she called anxiously. “Are you alright?” She felt the reassuring pressure of his fingers looping through hers.

“I’m fine, all things considered. And you?”

“Other than a few bruises, I’m OK too,” she answered.

The two of them sat back-to-back in silence for several moments, listening to the bellowing match outside.

 The Scrivener shrugged philosophically. “On the whole, this night might have gone worse. Whoever they are, at least they didn’t kill us.”

“The night’s not over yet,” Cassie remarked ominously.

I enjoyed this book. It was a nice blend of adventure, trouble, romance, and history. I found myself rooting for the good guys even more than usual because the bad guys were so awful. They well deserve the title of villain. There's a quest in this story, and I also liked that, although I doubt that I would ever have found what they were looking for because you had to solve a hard riddle to get the info you needed. I've never been good at riddles. There's also a little romance in the story. I'll be curious to see how that pans out. 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

"There's a 52% chance that the next Dan Brown will be a woman ... or should we just make that 100% now?"
--Kindle Nation

Nancy Wikarski is a fugitive from academia. After earning her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, she became a computer consultant and then turned to mystery and historical fiction writing. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, the Society Of Midland Authors, and has served as vice president of Sisters In Crime - Twin Cities and on the programming board of the Chicago chapter. Her short stories have appeared in Futures Magazine and DIME Anthology, while her book reviews have been featured in Murder: Past Tense and Deadly Pleasures.

She has written the Gilded Age Mystery series set in 1890s Chicago. Titles include The Fall Of White City (2002) and Shrouded In Thought (2005). The series has received People's Choice Award nominations for Best First Novel and Best Historical as well as a Lovey Award for Best Traditional Amateur Sleuth.

She is currently writing the seven-book Arkana Archaeology Thriller series. Titles include The Granite Key (2011), The Mountain Mother Cipher (2011), The Dragon’s Wing Enigma (2012), Riddle Of The Diamond Dove (2013), Into The Jaws Of The Lion (2014), and Secrets Of The Serpent’s Heart (2015). The seventh and final volume in the series, The Sage Stone Prophecy is scheduled for publication in December of 2016. All the books have become Amazon bestsellers with an overall average review rating of 4.5.



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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting

Kayla Stratton said...

This sounds really good! I LOVE the cover! Really caught my attention. :)

Mai T. said...

What do you like to read in your free time?

Nancy Wikarski said...

Let me add my thanks for your willingness to host Into The Jaws Of The Lion.

Nancy Wikarski said...

This is in reply to Mai's question. Usually I like to read Victorian adventure fiction, especially H. Rider Haggard. Right now I'm engrossed in Erik Larson's "In The Garden Of Beasts." It's a non-fiction account of Hitler's rise to power as seen through the eyes of the US Ambassador to Germany and his family.

Becky Richardson said...

Your book sounds great.

Victoria Alexander said...

Great review, I love riddles! Can't wait to check this one out :)

Nancy Wikarski said...

This is in reply to Kayla's comment about the cover. Since I design my own book covers, I'm really pleased that you liked it so much.

In response to Becky and Victoria, I hope you enjoy the rest of the book as well.

sonyamorris (Sonya Morris) said...

Looks like a great read!