Review: Journey of the Pharaohs by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown.

In 1074 B.C., vast treasures disappear from the tombs of Egyptian Pharaohs. In 1927, a daredevil American aviator vanishes on an attempted transcontinental flight. And in the present day, a fishing trawler–along with its mysterious cargo–sinks off the coast of Scotland. How are these three mysterious events connected? And, more importantly, what do they mean for Kurt Austin and his NUMA team?

As they search for answers, the NUMA squad join the agents of the British MI5 to take on a wide-reaching international conspiracy. Their common enemy is the Bloodstone Group, a conglomerate of arms dealers and thieves attempting to steal ancient relics on both sides of the Atlantic. Kurt and his team soon find themselves wrapped up in a treacherous treasure hunt as they race to find the lost Egyptian riches. . . before they fall into the wrong hands.

Journey of the Pharaohs by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown. Narrated by Scott Brick. Book # 17 of the NUMA series. Published by Penguin Audio, March 2020. Run time is 9 hours and 55 minutes.

I am a huge fan of ancient Egypt. BUT, I am not a huge fan of historical fiction. That is the great thing about the NUMA books from Cussler and Brown. They are action adventure treasure hunts with a tie to ancient history. It is great because you get history that is part of the plot, but it is set in the present time.

Now, in the past, I have complained that the series became very stale due to cut and paste dialog as well as just too formulaic. That changed with the last handful of books when Brown was brought on to be a co-author. The books became much fresher with a more modern feel. The trade off seemed to be less of the ancient history part of the plot. In Journey of the Pharaohs, we not only get the fresh modern vibe, but we also get that bit of ancient history from back in the early NUMA days.

Now, I’m probably a little biased because I love hoaxes and conspiracy theories, but the story was just super fun! What could tie an ancient tomb robbing with a 1927 flying daredevil? This was one of the better NUMA stories in the last 10 years at least. Quick and entertaining the whole way, with clever twists through out. I was really happy with this one. 🙂

I don’t have any complaining to do with book # 17. It was a solid NUMA adventure. I do wish that there was more for the rest of the NUMA team to do, though. I know Kurt is the main star and all, but sometimes it just feels like the rest of the team is just along for the ride. They each have a lot to offer and sometimes it is just a shame to not see them more.

Scott Brick narrated this audiobook. I am normally not Scott’s biggest fan. For me, personally, he is a little too laid back and monotone for action adventure stories. However, I thought this was one of his better narration performances. He still isn’t the best with gender, the women are hard to tell apart. That does get a little confusing. Scott was really good with all the different accents. I was very impressed with his work for this book.

Journey of the Pharaohs was an excellent adventure. Very quick and entertaining. Just the right amount of history, lovely plot twists. Narrator gave a solid performance. Yeah. No big complaints. A perfect summer read!


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