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The Granite Key (Arkana Mysteries #1)

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Forget everything you thought you knew about ancient history. The real facts have been buried… Until now!

Imagine yourself a nineteen year old college student. Your life is normal in every way until a bizarre set of events drags you into a hidden world of danger. You are recruited by an underground society questing for artifacts that reconstruct the lost histor
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Published February 12th 2011 by N. S. Wikarski
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What impressed me the most about The Granite Key was the large amount of archaeological and historical detail that crept its way into this novel. It reads very much like an updated version of a Dan Brown book, matching fact with fiction until the reader is unsure of which is which. At the beginning of the book, our main character Cassie, already finds herself going through an enormous challenge. Her sister was murdere
Vera mallard
May 06, 2016 Vera mallard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Author Nancy Wikarski has created a history story-line that is far different from the one we have been told by archaeologist, scientist and the educational system. Her take on the creation story and worship is intriguing; although I did not research her sources, her research appears in-depth and from many sources.

Two groups are searching for religious artifacts for two very different reasons. The Arkana are preserving artifacts from the beginning of history, the Blessed Nephilim's Cul
Paige Ellen Stone
I did receive a free digital copy of this book in exchange for a fair review. I will be as fair as I can be. The idea for the book, two factions, living in secret amongst the rest of us, seek to collect the valuable artifacts that show evidence of previous civilizations/cultures. One is ultra-conservative Christian religious group, the leader of which seems to have a secret agenda of conquering the world no matter what the cost, which he keeps secret from most in his circle, even his own son. Th ...more
Rosemary Cantrell
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for doing a review. Unfortunately, the review will not be very glowing. This is a hunt for ancient treasures - the granite key being a stone with etchings that is supposed to unlock the mysteries to finding some major artifacts having to do with the truth about the early civilizations of the world before the "warlords" took over and rewrote history. Odd - but OK - hunting for artifacts is a plot device that has often been used. Traveling around the ...more
Victoria Brinius
Jan 25, 2014 Victoria Brinius rated it liked it
This was a good first book for a series. However that is exactly what it is. It is only the beginning of a well written story, and I felt like I was missing something. A professional hit man that misses his target, a clueless husband, mythology and a mysterious key. I liked everything else about the book, especially the feminine perspective. I know that the author will write book 2, and it will have a great ending. I would give that book a 5/5. This book is a 3/5 because I don't feel like the bo ...more
C.M. Truxler
Aug 03, 2013 C.M. Truxler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, history
The Granite Key Gives Solid Base to Series

The first book in the Arkana Series, by N. S. Wikarski, The Granite Key captures history and the accepted premises of archeological “fact” and stands them on their heads. It is a pliable and plausible alternative to set theories, which does a great deal to thrust the work into a living reality within the reader’s mind. So, one might ask if it is just another stretch of the imagination, and a set of unanswered questions that are pulled from the author’s t
Kimber Wheaton
*I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

When I saw the blurb for this book, I definitely wanted to read it! I'm a sucker for mythology, history, and archaeology. I decided that since main character Cassie is a nineteen year old college student, this novel could pass for new adult. The Granite Key is kind of DaVinci Code meets Indiana Jones meets the paranormal. Interesting combination.

The story opens with Cassie seeing her sister's death in a dream. She soon learns
Beth Cutwright
Jul 18, 2013 Beth Cutwright rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book to be interesting and thought provoking. I went into it with an open mind and I expected it to challenge my belief system. And it did. I have not taken the time to verify the bibliography information the author used as reference material. The author however, referenced a lot of resources to support the historic evidence that society began much earlier than history teaches us and that it was a matriarchal society. This is definitely an empowering read for women, which defies eve ...more
Aug 17, 2011 Fran added it
The Granite Key: Nancy Wikarski
Reviewed by Fran Lewis

Waking up in the middle of the night after envisioning your sister’s murder is more than frightening for nineteen-year-old Cassie. Thinking what she so vividly pictured in her dream was only a dream she never imagined waking up to the harsh reality that while dreaming the murder it really happened. An intruder that was after a Key of some type that cost Sybil her life. What does this Key unlock and why would someone kill to get it?

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Dec 10, 2014 Myra rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars, but rounded down due to editing issues.

This is the first in a series (apparently of seven books) dealing with a race to find some mysterious artifacts. The pros: lots of interesting history and theory in here. The cons: not a whole lot actually gets done in this first version, be prepared to get really tired of the term "overlord," some questionable character development. Oh, and the editing issues. Please learn to use quotation marks correctly. Every second or third chapter seemed to
Debra Miller
May 10, 2016 Debra Miller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mystery/adventure well done

I was provided this book to review.
A teen gets caught up in an adventure she never anticipated after her sister gets murdered. The journey to find out why -- and revenge takes many turns while searching for clues.

The search is a pleasant combination of Warehouse 13, Indiana Jones...and perhaps a bit of The De Vinci Code.

I really enjoyed this book and will be reading the follow up books.
Nathan Bales
May 01, 2016 Nathan Bales rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very Interesting!

Given the current political and social quagmire of the whole world, I think this book gives everyone pause to really think about the validity of the"truths" we've all been told our whole lives! Just think about how many things we've realized were not true in just the last five years. . . I would have given this book 5 stars but it is a little too wordy for me. It is definitely worth reading!
Linda Collins
Apr 23, 2016 Linda Collins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mariana Series

Loved this first book in the series...Cassie whose older sister was killed for an artifact becomes the next seer in line for the Arkana group....Cassie, Eric and Griffin have to stay at least 4 steps ahead of a group called Nephilliam...Whereas the Arkana are the good guys , the others are not...I like the banter between the three of them ..The story has a really great plotline and characters
Marta Rawlings
Mar 07, 2012 Marta Rawlings rated it really liked it
I like a fast moving story with a strong female lead character. I like it too when she has a partner who is her equal and not threatened by her strength. Gwen and Jack are just such a couple. Married a short time, Jack is about to find out just how much he doesn't know about his wife's past after a professional hit man fails to kill her. Gwen skills are not as rusty as she feared when she begins investigating the attempt on her life. I have to hand it to Jack; he must really love Gwen because he ...more
Nov 15, 2014 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Granite Key is a good beginning for an archaeological series of stories. It still amazes me (in stories such as this one) that so much can happen in such a short time period.

It was a decent read and I'll read the others if they come as a free book and I recognize the author' name.
Ed Mestre
May 11, 2013 Ed Mestre rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'll be kind & just say this was amateurishly written. There were times when I could almost sense her thumbing through a thesaurus. Often picking a word that was close, but no cigar. This is not a direct quote, but a similar example of what I'm talking about. " 'Let's go' he said succinctly" Well, is there a long winded way of saying let's go? So, you might ask, why did I bother finishing it. It was short enough to trudge through and it was a lot like watching some bad B movie whose entertai ...more
Nov 20, 2011 Gail rated it it was ok
it was a 2.99 book on Kindle so I took a chance. It has a Dan brown type of plot regarding how historians have it all wrong but not to worry because the clues are all around us. I would have given it 3 stars but not enough happens. The author takes a lot of time to teach and explain. I imagine the sequel will have a lot more adventure now that the history lessons are taught. However, I don't think I'll be reading the 2nd book anytime soon.
Nov 28, 2014 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finished reading this today and thoroughly enjoyed it. Interesting plot and wonderful characters. I love stories where the characters have to visit ruins and decipher things to move on to their next place. Love the bits of history too. On to the next book in the series.
Aug 25, 2011 Ilene rated it liked it
This book took me some time to get in to but once I did it moved very quickly. The story is very interesting and re-writes mythology from the female perspective. Great premise!
Mar 23, 2013 Cristiana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Um livro bastante interessante! Junta arqueologia e acção! Recomendo!

A great book! When you want also to learn something about archaeology this is the book!
Jul 02, 2012 Rick rated it liked it
Good Read. A great story but falls short by being a little predictable and all seems to come very easy to the good guys
Jane Herring
Oct 28, 2011 Jane Herring rated it liked it
Little far fetched, but enjoyed it. Saw it compared to Dan Brown books, but don't believe it.
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Dec 09, 2011 Star Shyne Brite (Stargirl) rated it did not like it
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... i got through half of it and couldn't bring myself to finish...
Nov 08, 2011 Anita rated it liked it
Everyone's view of evil is certainly not the same.
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“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. Her short stories have appeared in Futures Magazine and DIME Anthology, while her book rev
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