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From a very young age I’ve been fascinated by Ancient Egypt. I remember getting the shiny egyptian souvenirs from museum shops, the bust of Tutankhamun and the ilk. Every time a new statue, they sat on a shelf in my bedroom for years. The bright gold and blue colours used to shine in the sun. It was as if they were alien structures left on earth by visitors from space, such was the difference between these and anything seen before and after. I also love Mars fiction, my interest started by the Epic Mars series by Kim Stanley Robinson and those Mars books by Ben Bova about ancient civilisations on the red planet.

‘Keystone’ by Luke Talbot is not the first book to make a connection between the world of the ancient Egyptians and Mars, and I guess it won’t be the last. However it’s one of the best stories I’ve read in the genre. It’s set in the not so distant future and at the start alternates between a dig in Egypt and the first manned mission to Mars. The characters don’t feel as wooden as sometimes you get and you soon warm to them. Conspiracy is not far under the surface though and soon you start to wonder who you can trust in this world Luke Talbot has created.

It was a very enjoyable read filling those times in the night when I was awake. Towards the end it tired slightly but I wanted to find the end, find the secrets which aren’t truly revealed until then. In a world of fiction, I want there to have been life on Mars and want aliens to have visited earth at sometime in the past. These time of science fiction thrillers that combine archaeology slathe my appetite well. Luke’s book is an enjoyable read and one I’m glad I did.

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