Trapped in Pharoah's TombTitle: Trapped in Pharoah’s Tomb
Author: Peter Reese Doyle
Pages: 148
Recommended Ages: 9-12
Star Rating: ★★★★

A break neck adventure involving a long lost treasure and an Egyptian tomb? Count me in!

The Story.

Siblings Mark and Penny Daring and their friend, David Curtis, are on the adventure of a life time! They’ve been invited by their friend, Mr. Paul Froede, to participate in a secret archaeological expedition that is working to open a never-before-discovered Egyptian tomb! The tomb should hold untold millions worth of ancient treasures, and the tomb itself is a marvel of history and architecture.

But it appears that the perfidious villain, Hoffman, has ferreted out their secret and plans to steal away the artifacts for himself! When Mark, Penny, and David find themselves trapped in the tomb, they must rely on their knowledge of the secret passageways – and their faith in God – to help them escape from certain death!

Discussion.

Well. I think when I bought this book I expected it to be a mediocre adventure story which was obviously written for the pure purpose of communicating a Christian perspective of Egyptian history. Instead, I encountered an adventure that was surprisingly engaging with only peripheral references to God – mostly in the form of prayers.

In one sense I preferred this difference – it was nice to read a story that didn’t have a lot of the negative elements usually associated with children’s fiction, but that also wasn’t flat or boring. I liked the fact that as a reader I wasn’t tripping over awkwardly inserted references to God and Christianity – references that didn’t really fit into the story.

On the other hand, I was a little disappointed – I would have liked more information concerning the Egyptian artifacts that were being handled and their placement in Egyptian chronology. I would have enjoyed reading Christian-influenced discussions on the Egyptians, their culture, and their religious views. But this was nowhere on the radar of this story.

One interesting comment was made on page 111 when David and Penny are locked in the treasure room with several idols.

“Suddenly they were overwhelmed by a sense of ancient evil. They both felt it – ancient evil and present menace! Those gods were somehow real – not sovereign they knew – but real nevertheless. They were as real as the demons Jesus had cast out of troubled Galileans, real as the evil that caused the murders and horrors and wars of today.” [pg. 111]

Penny and David get separated from Mark for one portion of the story. As they encounter perilous situations, they sometimes hold hands and David occasionally hugs Penny to comfort her. Their attraction is more subliminal than anything else.

‘Gosh’ is used three times.

Conclusion. Good – children won’t learn much about ancient history in this particular volume, but as Mark, David, and Penny encounter the wonders of Egypt, your children will likely develop an interest in the topic.

Review © 2014 Laura Verret

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