Easy Nevada and the Pyramid’s Curse by Georgette Kaplan is an adrenaline-fueled action and adventure masterpiece that keeps your heart pumping from the beginning to the end. It is the first book in the Cushing-Nevada Chronicles and hold on to your hat because it is chock full of excitement!
Things aren’t going well for Easy Nevada. The treasure hunter is buried up to her neck in the sand on an island beach in the Gulf of New Guinea. Negotiating with pirates is difficult! Rescued from her precarious position by her partner Jaques, she is greeted with even more bad news. Her benefactor has also unceremoniously severed funding for her expedition to recover the final piece of 13 artifacts she is retrieving for him. Then again, freelance might be a better option for the sharp-tongued tomb raider. Less people to interfere and a bigger payout in the end. Still set on retrieving the artifact, she poses as a journalist to insert herself into the dig site of pyramid in the Sudan.
Candice has toiled tirelessly her entire life to get to this moment. She went to school, studied hard and graduated maxima cum laude. It is her theory, linking pyramid placement with constellations that results in locating the cursed pyramid of Queen Amanirenas. She is about to unearth the tomb and finally get the recognition she’s been seeking when chaos erupts as a group of religious zealots sweeps in to destroy the site and its blasphemous idols.
Easy wants to raid the tomb. Candice wants to preserve the site for historical and cultural reasons. ISIS wants to blow it to smithereens. Easy and Candice will have to join forces if either of them is to succeed but can they get along long enough to do it?
Easy Nevada is introduced as an arrogant and scurrilous treasure hunter whose mouth gets her into some pretty sticky situations. She is not an overly likeable or relatable character initially with her sexual bravado, quest for fortune and attitude towards women. However, she evolves throughout the course of the adventure under Candice’s influence. As you learn more about her and her past she becomes a much more layered character and her defects make her more tangible and relatable.
Candice Cushing is a brilliant and dedicated archeologist who is both trying to make her mark in her profession and help preserve the history and knowledge of her native country, the Sudan. She is relatively straight laced, especially when compared to Easy, but she is also firm in her determination and beliefs, stands her ground when she must and holds her own against Easy’s banter and flirtations.
Easy and Candice are the ultimate odd couple but despite their differences, there is an undeniable attraction that becomes harder to fight the more time they spend together. The palpable tension and the gradual development of the searing chemistry between them will keep you on edge as much as the action.
The Writing Style
Kaplan managed to hook me in right away with the opening scene of this book. The action unfolds at a blistering pace. Exhilarating moments of peril are perfectly interspersed with moments of character insight maintaining a thrilling atmosphere that kept me interested and on edge. Kaplan does a wonderful job steadily building the sexual tension between Easy and Candice and I look forward to seeing it culminate as the series progresses.
The story is written from the different points of view of Easy, Candice and even Farouq (the main antagonist). I love how this allows you to get into their heads, and gain a better understanding of who they are and what is driving their behaviour. It gave me a deeper connection to the characters that could have seemed flat without this insight.
I thoroughly enjoyed the brilliant descriptions of the landscape Kaplan writes. She is really adept at pulling you into the scene with her vivid imagery. I’ve hiked in deserts and reading this, I could once again feel the beating, unrelenting heat and dryness of the desert and found myself reaching for a glass of water on more than one occasion.
What I most enjoy about this book is the hilarious dialogue and banter between Easy and, well everyone, throughout the entire story. Add to this the bourgeoning sexual tension between Easy and Candice and the intense, non-stop action and this book was truly an unforgettable experience.
There are scenes of violence and death, and religious extremism is a theme which some readers may wish to avoid.
Kaplan has written an incredibly humourous, action filled and riveting story that is just brimming with adventure! If you are into treasure hunting rogues with a sharp wit and sexy swagger, then you simply must meet Easy Nevada.
Excerpt from Easy Nevada and the Pyramid’s Curse by Georgette Kaplan
Candice walked after her. “You’re a treasure hunter.”
“I don’t like that term. I’ve always felt that the real treasure we should be hunting is literacy. But yes.” She pulled out a flashlight as they approached the dark pit.
“A grave robber,” Candice accused. Her guts contracted to ache along with everything else in her body.
“That I like. Very metal.” Nevada started down the ladder, flashlight held awkwardly in one hand.
“And you think there’s treasure down there?” Candice asked. “There isn’t. There never is. Any gold or jewels you think you’ll find were probably picked clean by other grave robbers a thousand years ago.”
Nevada stopped to look up at her. “Not after gold, not after jewels. Are you coming?”
“Coming?” Candice cried shrilly, feeling an edge of hysteria in her own words. “What do you want me to help carry the nonexistent loot?”
“I did save your life,” Nevada pointed out. “But no, I should be able to manage. I need you because I don’t know exactly what’s down there and you might be able to get me through some of the death traps.
“Death traps?” Candice stomped down the ladder after her.
“There are no death traps! No curses! No treasure!
“Well then you won’t have to worry about me robbing the place.” When Candice was in the pit beside her, Nevada reached into her backpack and brought out a GoPro camera. Candice recognized it. Did she nick my camera?
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- ISBN number: 9783963240706
- Publisher: Ylva Publishing
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