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Secret of the Sands (Secret of the Sands #1)

3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  245 Ratings  ·  61 Reviews
For 12,000 years a dark and deadly secret has been hidden deep below the Great Sphinx of Giza. In present day Egypt, a frightening, yet awe-inspiring story unravels as archaeologists race against time to decipher an ancient truth...

A deep probing mystery riddled with prophecy and danger, Secret of the Sands uses Egypt and her mythology as a backdrop to delve into the meani
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Nov 02, 2008 J.R. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rai Aren's "Secret of the Sands" should not be kept a secret. It is a wonderfully thought out story, and I highly recommend it to anyone.

I have always been intrigued with Egyptology, although I don't ever recall reading a book on the topic. Apparently the Indiana Jones series quenched my thirst. :)

That said, I found myself unable to put this book down. The chapters are fairly quick, which fit in wonderfully with my incredibly hectic schedule, especially during the holiday season. It is filled w
J.C. Torre
Let me just say - it's rare I leave reviews. I only do it for books I truly do love. As an author, I understand the destructive nature a bad review can give a book, so I subscribe to the old adage, "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all."

Secret of the Sands has forced me to break that oath. It's a confounding book that you'd like to love but it makes you work so hard to get there that by the furious end, it leaves you winded and feeling like you worked to hard to see
Aug 08, 2008 Tommy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The title of this book really drew my attention to it. I'm also a big fan of James Rollins and Wilbur Smith. I love adventure novels. And the fact that this one took place in Africa, Egypt was a plus. Rai Aren and Tavius E. really know how to tell a rollicking adventure story with humor, action and romance.

The story is both present day Egypt and historical Egypt. I love that, it goes back and forth between current day and Egypt circa 10 000BCE. Two very funny present day archaeologists discover
Ann Keller
Oct 17, 2008 Ann Keller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone, especially those who love Egyptology and intrigue
In Secret of the Sands, talented authors Rai Aren and Tavius E. weave the threads of the past and present into an intricate literary tapestry surrounding the great sphinx of Egypt. From the moment I turned the first page, I was caught up in their tale, gasping for breath as the secret trap door slammed closed, cutting off my air, shouting for joy at Mitch and Alex’s archaeological discoveries, chuckling at their friends’ Jack and Bob’s antics, and frowning at Zazmaria’s greed and treachery.

The m
Nov 26, 2008 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alexandra "Alex" and Mitch are both archaeologists.They have been on many dig sites but none of them have been as exciting as this latest dig at never the Great Sphinx at Giza in Egypt. Alex and Mitch discover a chest. Hidden inside of the chest are some cylinders. One of the cylinders contained a book filled with paintings and writing in as well as many other artifacts, dating as far back as 12,000 B.C. This is a great discovery for Alex and Mitch but there is just only small problem...these ar ...more
Dec 30, 2010 Bonnie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the idea, but I found some of the writing leaving me wanting. I agree with other reviers - the dialogue was child-like and in the present day scenes, there was way too much of it! There was very little character description because it was all in the dialogue. The scenes in the past were much more entertaining for me.

At times I found myself slightly bored and other times I had to turn the page to find out what happens next. I suppose the word I'm looking for is uneven? I do think there
The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon)
Okay, a pinch of action, a healthy portion of mystery and suspense, a touch of intrigue, throw in some old shoes, a hot babe and a pair of comically nerdy geek scientists that remind me of Ryan Styles (Drew Carey, Who’s Line Is It Anyway?) and Jack Black (School of Rock, High Fidelity) and it turns out to be an entertaining adventure story…if you like Swiss cheese.

The story centers on two struggling but gifted archeology, graduate students, working on PhD’s in Egyptology while working on a larg
Gary Tenuta
Nov 11, 2008 Gary Tenuta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys the settings and adventures common to the Indiana Jones series.
SECRET OF THE SANDS has BLOCKBUSTER written all over it!

Fans of what might be called the "Indiana Jones" genre of fiction will be thrilled with Secret Of The Sands . Like a race horse on steroids it blasts out of the gate in the opening prologue and doesn't stop running until it reaches the finish line.

This remarkably well-conceived and well-executed first-time novel by Rai Aren and her co-author, Tavius E. is loaded with adventure, prophecy, mystery, secrets, deception, epic-scale battles, r
Aug 11, 2008 Debra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of adventure and ancient Egypt

A mystery, a secret, prophetic dreams, and a threat to the planet’s existence. Sound like a good beginning? It is. But there’s more, and it starts when young archeologists Alex (Alexandra) Logan and Mitch Carver stumble across an artifact while part of an excavation team working near the Great Sphinx. The pair don’t know what they’ve discovered, but they suspect it’s significant. They also know they can’t trust the professor they report to. Meanwhile, 12,000 years earlier, a race of people calle
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Erikka Adams aka "The Bookbinder" for

Alex and Mitch are the outcasts of the archaeological dig site they are working at in Egypt. Their supervisor/Professor, Dustimaine, is out to thwart their every attempt at success. If he misses anything, his underling, Fessel C. Blothers, is there to catch them.

One day, Alex and Mitch literally stumble upon a secret; a secret thousands and thousands of years old, unknown to anyone but them. With the help of their lab tech friend
Paul Byers
Apr 17, 2013 Paul Byers rated it it was amazing
Secret of the Sands is an interesting book running two parallel stories at the same time, yet taking place 12,000 years apart. It’s part Indian Jones, part mystery thriller.

The first part of the story is about a team of modern day archeologists who discover an ancient artifact hidden beneath the Great Sphinx of Giza in Egypt. The second story is about an unknown civilization that predates the Egyptians.

Both sets of stories are well written and interwoven in a cause an effect type setting. It al
Oct 09, 2008 Lance rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone wanting to experience an exciting adventure
Typically, as an Author I find little time to read another's literary work unless something very creative catches my eye. Secret of the Sands caught my interest and I read the first chapter. "Grab you hat and hang on for an adventure." Sadly, there were no more pages to turn. I can hardly wait for the sequel. Rai Aern, I believe will give Spielberg some serious competition.
Jim Cherry
Dec 15, 2010 Jim Cherry rated it it was amazing
Every story is a “what if?” Writers are continually writing alternate histories of the world even if they seem identical to the world we inhabit. Ancient Egypt wavers in our minds between knowledge and imagination, fact and fiction, like waves of heat coming off the desert, is what we see real or mirage?

Secret of the Sands by Rai Aren and Tavius E has two stories running concurrently and that mirror each other. The first story is the of ancient Egypt before the Pyramids but not before the Sphinx
Jim Cherry
Dec 01, 2008 Jim Cherry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every story is a “what if?” Writers are continually writing alternate histories of the world even if they seem identical to the world we inhabit. Ancient Egypt wavers in our minds between knowledge and imagination, fact and fiction, like waves of heat coming off the desert, is what we see real or mirage?

Secret of the Sands by Rai Aren and Tavius E has two stories running concurrently and that mirror each other. The first story is the of ancient Egypt before the Pyramids but not before the Sphinx
Geri Ahearn
Jan 16, 2011 Geri Ahearn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Mitch and Alex find a mysterious box, while working on a dig near the statue of the Great Sphinx in Egypt,and uncover artifacts that could possibly be the biggest discovery in archaeological history. How could these artifacts exist, and will a mystery be solved, or is there a plan to destroy another society? the students continue their mission with assistance from Bob and Jack to research the significant findings, but do not share
Oct 19, 2008 Rai rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
5 out of 5 stars: Loved every minute of it!, By Marauder (Louisiana, USA), Deputy Headmistress of the Official Potterholics Annonymous

The description that initially comes to mind is Indiana Jones, with a bit of Stargate, Mummy, and 5th Element, yet remaining completely unique.

Secret of the Sands is an excitingly vivid, page-turning adventure infused with history, humor, and excitement. Rai Aren and Tavius E. have created a spectacular story with characters that I just love or simply love to hate
Jan 05, 2009 Ruth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From the beginning when the priests are scrambling to hide important scrolls from their attackers, I was drawn into the book. I could easily see this being a movie. The book alternates from the past to the present. In the present we are introduced to two archaeologists, Mitch and Alex who are digging near the Sphinx. They find mysterious containers that hold the scrolls. From there, we are taken back to the past when the events in those scrolls that Mitch and Alex were examining are brought to l ...more
Dec 15, 2010 Michael rated it it was amazing
Tell all your friends about this Secret

Secrets, deceit and lies can make almost any novel exciting. But, add to that, two stories simultaneously told, then throw in some romance, science fiction and a power struggle and what do you get? A true page turner that takes you on one heck of a journey.
Rai Aren and Tavius E. have masterfully intertwined a story about a modern day archeological dig in Egypt with a story that took place at the same exact location in ancient times.
Enjoy digging through the
Michael Timlin
The sands of Egypt’s past may hold the key to unlocking the future...

The Kierani king underestimated the power it had. The Kierani priests too did not know the danger it possessed. Only the Chosen One knew of its true capabilities. But, the Kierani people will soon learn its true potential.

In present-day Egypt, archaeologists Alex and Mitch stumble upon the find of a lifetime, but are puzzled by its implications. The scrolls, key notes and obelisk are in pristine condition, but what do they me
Susan Jane McLeod
Have you ever wondered how old the Sphinx really is? Have you been intrigued by the mysteries swirling like the desert sands around this awesome ancient monument? Rai Aren and Tavius E. have written a mesmerizing story in which two young archaeologists discover an artifact that could provide all of the answers. But they are not the only ones who are interested in this relic, for it holds a power unlike anything seen on Earth before...
Secret of the Sands takes us back 12,000 years to the origins
Jul 21, 2009 GoldenjoyBazyll rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
This book is exciting from the minute the author begins putting words on the paper! Of course, I love anything that has Egyptian reference... archeology... and a little excitement rolled in! :) It's the story of 2 friends who are doing an archeology intership in Egypt. Their professor is not the most popular guy in the desert and is working all of them to exhaustian. Early on in the novel... the friends make a BIG discovery- one that could make thier careers. They plan on telling the professor ( ...more
Jan 22, 2009 Mike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all age groups
Recommended to Mike by: shameless authors group
Review of Secret of the Sands.

Secret of the Sands, by Rai Aren and Tavius E, is an entertaining mystery that takes place in ancient Egypt. The authors take us on a wild rollercoaster ride full of secrets, romance, lust, seduction, loyalty royalty and deception that takes place 12,000 years ago where all is not as it seems. Two modern day Indiana Jones type archaeologists discover the secret of the sands and unravel the mysteries and dangers the secret presents. The characters are well developed
Donald Gorman
Dec 19, 2010 Donald Gorman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book bounces back and forth in a fascinating balance between modern day archeologists and a theoretical civilization from 12,000 years ago. It is a great hypothesis about the origins of the Sphynx and the civilization that created it. The story is told in a deft, yet casual style that makes it accessable and fun for any reader. There is an impressive array of characters, the story moves in a fast-moving pace that will keep you turning pages. The theory of the authors about the Sphynx, thoug ...more
Nov 21, 2008 Lil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes Egyptology, Archeology, speculative fiction and even a little romance
Shelves: favorites
Oh, my, I loved it from start to finish! Rai, and Tavius have written an awesome book! I loved Mitch and Alex and Bob and Jack were great characters who added a lot to the story. I hated to see it end and even knowing a sequel is coming out, I have that feeling, the one I get when I don't want to leave a set of characters behind.
The ancient setting and characters are every bit as engaging as the modern era characters are, I cried during some parts and laughed at Bob and Jack's antics, as seconda
Jan 02, 2011 Cathy rated it it was amazing
A really good read. Archaeology in Egypt in the present day and what the artifacts meant to the people living in 10000 BC. And those people were not what you would think. There is supposed to be a sequel that, I hope, will finish the story and reveal a surprise ending but it's not written yet. Waiting anxiously.
Scott Collins
Nov 19, 2009 Scott Collins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I very much enjoyed this book. It was an easy read with likable characters, an interesting plot, and a conclusion that kicked my imagination into overdrive.
Jan 09, 2012 Pasta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, I was not expecting that. And incredible read. Now I can't wait for Destiny of the Sands.
Todd Fonseca
Dec 28, 2008 Todd Fonseca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In present day Egypt, young Egyptologists Alexandra Logan and her coworker Mitch begin experiencing strange dreams while excavating near the Sphinx. Seeming almost more like an alternative reality than a dream, they discover ancient scrolls containing a language pre-dating the Egyptian culture. However, the containers within which they are found, though carbon dated to ancient times, contain materials and metallurgy far beyond the capabilities previously known to exist. Mitch and Alex search for ...more
Looks awesome ... but Luzerne doesn't have it.

It's easy to browse a nonfiction section @ the library's website, check the books here to see what I'd like, and have a list ready to go to the library. It's more frustrating to try to find fiction that way. I don't like browsing the shelves in person, because there aren't a few dozen reviews a click away from each title, and I often pull out things I think I'll like but then don't, or skip over titles I might actually really enjoy. So, I look for fi
Jason Blacker
Jun 04, 2011 Jason Blacker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun and very interesting novel. I loved the way the author wove the historical scenes with the modern day times. The characters were a lot of fun to read, and the humour of the modern day archaeologists added immensely to the story.

I'm very interested in reading the sequel and seeing how the story unfolds. I find the very idea of the theme both probable and intriguing in its explanation of the technology of the ancient Egyptians.

If you love Egypt, if you love fantasy, mystery and adve
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Rai Aren is the co-author of the award-winning mystery novel Secret of the Sands, which has been an Amazon bestseller numerous times in these categories: "Fiction, Action & Adventure", "Historical Fiction", "Fiction, Ancient Civilizations", "Fantasy, Historical" & "Books, Religion & Spirituality, Fiction" and its sequel, Destiny of the Sands. She just released the final instalment in T ...more
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