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This standalone fantasy brings an ancient Egyptian mystery to life against a modern background, in a tale expertly crafted by a seasoned anthropologist

Set against the glory and tragedy of ancient Roman Egypt, this novel brings to bring to life the greatest love story of all time.

Sixteen-year-old Hal Stevens is a budding historical scholar from a small town in Colorado. A
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 10th 2020 by Daw Books
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Ari
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Thank you NetGalley and DAW for this ARC. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

I fell in love with mythology and the history that surrounds it around the age of thirteen-years-old, when my English teacher, at the time, introduced me to Greek myths. That led to me digging up more on my own, and my fascination with Greek mythology evolved into Roman, Egyptian, Norse and Celtic. So, whenever a novel crosses my path that deals in any sort of mythology, I am
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2020/03/19/...

So Im pretty sure this is my background in anthropology talking, but I really enjoyed this. Coupled with my general interest in ancient Rome and Ptolemaic Egypt, it made Cries from the Lost Island by Kathleen ONeal Gear a delightful escape for this archaeology and history nerd.

The protagonist of this story is sixteen-year-old Halloran Stevens, a smart but socially awkward high school student. His only friends are Roberto,
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April Sarah
*ARC received from #Netgalley in return for an honest review*
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This whole story gave me a little bit of 'The Mummy' vibes and a little bit of Indiana Jones but with a very young adult bent to it. I loved that there was so much history embedded in this book. I was fascinated the whole way through. The little tidbits of Antonius and Cleopatra and their love story captured me in a way I wasn't expecting. Plus you get a lot of Egyptian mythology. You get to
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Jackie
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
I was never able to really get into this book which is a shame because the synopsis and cover made it look amazing.

Cries from the Lost Island follows Hal as he struggles to manage his parents desires for him to love a normal life and the love he feels for Cleo, a young woman who believes herself to be the reincarnation of the infamous Cleopatra. Following an unfortunate series of events Hal and his friend Roberto find themselves in Egypt where they must uncover the truth from the past and
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Danalli Calhoun
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book. I love when authors combine anthropology and a little bit of fantasy. I loved that this book was a little bit fantastical, but still had a real world feeling about it. I also appreciate that Kathleen O'Neal Gear did such a good job keeping to a lot of the history from Egypt and Cleopatra. I learned a lot about the history as I read the book and kept pausing to google certain facts and questions. Even with all the pausing to look up the history, I zoomed ...more
Hannah
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
Im almost tempted to rate this three stars for Roberto and because this was so bad that it wrapped back around to being enjoyable, but Im leaving it at 2 for now. If you happen to be the kind of person who finds questionable classical reception entertaining and youre not bothered too much by inaccuracies (regarding both ancient Roman/Egyptian history and modern Colorado) then this is probably a good book for you. I am fascinated by this portrayal of Antony. ...more
Karen Gail Brown
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book....it took me a long time to read it because I had to keep rereading parts to make sure I understood how the plot was building.

Hal Stevens is a teenager with a vivid interest in Egyptian history. His girlfriend is Cleo and she claims to be the incarnation of Cleopatra...when Cleo is killed, her claims seem to have validity. Suspicious that she may be killed, Cleo leaves behind a medallion with Hal for safe keeping. She says that she never would have been reincarnated had the
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Cari
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Zoe L.
Mar 10, 2020 added it
So, if there is one way to turn me into a petulant child with sticky fingers screaming, gimme! it is to combine the two words: anthropology and book. Its just an instant draw, love, and obsession for me. Has been since middle school. Theres just something about the profession that is so dreamy and wondrous to me. Tie in a book with anthropological aspects WITH an author who is an anthropologist? Well, thats just like handing me a bar of gold!

But: Happy Book Birthday to this sweet book! Its been
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Theresa
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Cries from Lost Island
by Kathleen O'Neal Gear
Starting with the dedication,  no one is more deserving than to whom this book is dedicated. Knowing these authors as I do they are grateful to their fans. This particular one more than others because she finds value in their works beyond the normal reader. This book is a remarkable tribute to her bravery, her ability, and her adoration.
I have waited impatiently for four years for this book. First and foremost because it is a Young Adult book, I can
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KO
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you could pick any best friend, one who is brilliant, compassionate, loyal, and indulges your idiosyncrasies even when everyone else thinks you're delusional, who would it be? Cleo found Hal, or he found her, and the rest is history, literally.

CRIES FROM THE LOST ISLAND is a spectacular story of friendship! Hal, Roberto, and Cleo are misfits, according to their high school student body, but there's nothing further from the truth. When you can find two or more people who "click" spiritually
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Tina Osterman
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Superb!

I have been reading all my life. I started this book one evening and could NOT put it down, literally. I finished in under 15 hours including breaks.
Kathleen O'Neal Gear has written a novel which reaches out, pulling you into another world through her masterful use of the written word.
I have been learning Egyptian history most of my life, yet I can only now say I understand. Along with an amazing storyline, she weaves a tale unparalleled of characters so rich you feel their feelings.
I
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Heather
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

If you love ancient Egypt, the story of Cleopatra and Marc Antony, and stories of the gods/esses, this book is for you!

Our story revolves around a sixteen year old named Hal, who is in love with a girl who believes she is the reincarnation of Cleopatra. Cleo is murdered and then Hal and his friend Roberto are off to Egypt to try and solve the case.

The amount of detail with the history of Cleopatra and Marc Antony is amazing. I've always loved history, so it was right up my alley.
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Lucien Welsh
Mar 06, 2020 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
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Thank you to Berkley Publishing and NetGalley for providing me with a review copy.

Im sad to say I had to give up on this one. The writing was really stiff and got on my nerves with the flowery language. I tried to get past the first chapter but didnt like either of the characters and they way they spoke was obnoxious.

I was under the impression that this was going to be an adult novel in line with the original Mummy films, but this felt like just another teen novel. Im sad I had to throw in the
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Eileen
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
As a YA read, this has a potential to be a great read for reluctant boy readers. Their resilient and trusting friendship will draw them into the story, and Roberto runs around with a gun being his best friends protector. The intrigued, the deceptions, and the ghostly spirits walking keep the pages turning. ...more
Cosette
Interesting book that teaches you a lot about Egyptian history, gods and goddesses. It has a good plot and great characters.
Niki Sawatsky
Mar 20, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5
Heather (The Sassy Book Geek)
Wow, that was disappointing

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Meagan Hansen
I received this as an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This book has murder, mystery and loads of history. The book started out with an exciting rush, but then slowed down quite a bit. There were so many facts thrown out that my reading speed slowed substantially in order to absorb everything.
Melanie
Feb 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Won this book from Goodreads. Two teen boys go on an adventure in Egypt after a friend is killed. Lots of history about Cleopatra and Anthony and danger for the boys. Not my cup of tea but very good if you like lots of history with adventure and mystery.
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😍🙄🙆 This book.... That is all! What a wonderful book! 😍🙄🙆 Please read this, you just must!
Cynde
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
A great adventure story set in the Egyptian archeological digs with non-stop suspense and danger.
Hal is obsessed with ancient Roman and Egyptian history and mythology. Cleo , his best friend is from Egypt and believes she is Cleopatra reborn. She calls him in danger and he and his friend Roberto rush to help her but they are too late. Cleo dies in Hal's arms. Not knowing who murdered Cleo and having a difficult time with grief, Cleo's uncle suggests that Hal and Roberto go to Egypt to work on
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Sarai Henderson
At first, I was drawn to this book because the story was so promising. We start off with a bang, when there is a murder and the main character is thrown into a world of confusion. We follow them to Egypt, where they try to piece together the reasoning behind the murder.

The story was a little slow for me a full of historical information fed to the reader through dialog. I got a little bogged down but was able to finish this short novel within a day.

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