Cliffhangers in the Dunes

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Like most adventure books, a mysterious letter is sent from an archaeologist, Pitblade Yegen, who was presumed dead for about 11 years when he was evacuating the ruins from a desert.

Like most adventure books, a mysterious letter is sent from an archaeologist, Pitblade Yegen, who was presumed dead for about 11 years when he was evacuating the ruins from a desert. A realistic-life adventure featuring family and friends are left to travel the Sahara desert of Marrakesh, a city in Africa.

 

Meet Zagora's family- Zagora the protagonist, her astronomy brother Duncan, and their father, Dr. Charles Pym – world's renowned archaeologist and friend of Pitblade Yegen. When the mysterious letter arrives at their home, Zagora is excited and can't wait to go exploring the desert. On the other hand, Duncan is regretting every moment of the decision but goes along with his family.

 

Zagora and Duncan make a new friend, Razziq after a near-death experience with two copper head snakes and invite him to their dangerous trek to the desert. When waking up the next morning after camping out, Dr. Pym is nowhere to be seen. Zagora and Duncan realize that they are not on the journey to save Pitblade Yegen anymore, but are on the journey to save their father from his kidnappers – or worse.

 

The trio start for the tower, by any hope, if Dr. Pym lost his way, he would meet his children and friends there. As it turned out, a beetle munching Pitblade Yegen was in the tower and said nobody had stopped by for days. He explained that he had sent his cousin, Olivia Yegen the letter by falcon and she forwarded it to his friend. Zagora realizes that Olivia must have captured her dad in search to make money in order for her to raise the scorpions.

 

Together, they must survive the dangers of the desert to save Pitblade's friend, and stop Olivia Yegen before the eclipse is over and takes over the world with hundreds of scorpions.

 

This easy to read book will make your heart speed faster as it draws you to an end in 386 pages. Written through third person limited, the author has known at just the right moments when to end the chapter to make the reader to keep reading. The reading material is suggested for girls and boys aged 10 and up – and I would agree because the main character (protagonist) has expressed her feelings through 11 years old.